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NJIT to Honor Colonel Ellen Pawlikowski with Outstanding Alumna Award

Colonel Ellen Pawlikowski, a U.S. Air Force communications expert, will receive an Outstanding Alumna Award from Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  She will receive the award during the college’s annual NCE Awards Banquet, scheduled for April 8, 2005, at the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel.

NCE is one of six colleges that constitute NJIT. 

Pawlikowski, who was recently confirmed for promotion to brigadier general, is the director of the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office, Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

Pawlikowski, who grew up in Bloomfield but lives now in Los Angeles, has built a successful Air Force communications career on the foundation of a solid NCE education. She is cited as a role model for NCE students. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (1978) from NJIT; she entered the Air Force in 1978 through the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) at NJIT.

Pawlikowski directs acquisition planning, programming, budgeting, execution, and congressional activities for a $40 billion military satellite communication systems portfolio. Her portfolio includes more than seven different related programs including the Milstar constellation; the Defense Satellite Communications System; the Advanced Extremely High Frequency Program and the Transformational Communications Program.

 Before assignment to active duty, Pawlikowski attended the University of California at Berkeley and in 1981 received a doctorate in chemical engineering. She entered active duty in 1982 at McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.  She has served in management, leadership, and staff positions, including working as deputy assistant to the Secretary of Defense. Before being promoted to director of the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office, Pawlikowski served as director of the Air Force’s Airborne Laser System Program.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.