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Professors From Ridgewood, Pine Brook and Colonia Feted at NJIT

More than 100 people recently gathered at an annual awards luncheon to honor the exceptional work and commitment of more than a dozen individuals associated with the College of Science and Liberal Arts at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

“Here at NJIT we think such ceremonies are serious business,” said Fadi Deek, PhD, dean of the college. “It’s a good way to let special individuals know their worth and to teach others that good deeds do get noticed.” Students, faculty and staff from throughout New Jersey stepped up to the podium to receive the honors. They included the following individuals.

Three professors received awards. Ken K. Chin, PhD, professor, in the department of physics, founded an applied physics graduate degree program between NJIT and Rutgers University (Newark). Since the program’s inception, Chin, of Pine Brook, has worked hard to make this program one of the most productive. More than 50 students have graduated since 1999 with doctoral degrees and more than 70 doctoral students are now enrolled.

John Bechtold, PhD, of Ridgewood, an associate professor in the department of mathematical sciences, was honored for his ongoing involvement advising and mentoring students as well as developing curriculum.

No matter what James Lipuma, PhD, a special lecturer in the humanities department, teaches students attend. His classes range from cultural history to technological problem solving.  Lipuma, of Colonia, is often rated by students as one of the very best teachers they have ever had at NJIT, said Deek. In 2003 the NJIT Student Senate presented him with its own outstanding faculty award.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.