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NJIT Technology Specialist Feted By International Computer Group

Mitchell Darer, executive director of the Center for Information Age Technology (CIAT) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), was recently appointed executive director of the New Jersey chapter of Government Management Information Sciences (GMIS), a networking and educational organization for people who work with government technology.  Members include New Jersey school and government (municipal, county and state) technology coordinators.

Darer, who helped start the local chapter about a year ago, recently received  the “Hershel Strickland Ambassador of the Year Award” for recruitment at the organization’s international meeting this past June. The new chapter now includes a membership representing 40 New Jersey agencies, which GMIS deems important.

"Technology coordinators in New Jersey at all government levels face similar issues,” said Darer. “Getting them together, via meetings and discussion lists, enables them to network and to learn from notable speakers. Additionally, those at one level may find it helpful to establish a line of communication with the technology person at other government levels.”

For more information about joining the group, call Darer at 973-477-3179. Find more information about the organization at www.gmis.org or www.njmis.org.

For more than 30 years, Darer has worked with technology as a consultant, manager, and programmer/analyst. He is familiar with hardware and software which are applicable for micro, mini, and mainframe computers.

Since joining CIAT in 1988, Darer has assembled and directed a team of senior professionals based at two offices. He has presented seminars on technology acquisition and use, and has led or participated in projects for municipal, county, state, and small business clients.  Projects include reviewing student information systems for a state agency, identifying computer and staffing needs of a county utility authority, review of municipal technology systems and more.

GMIS provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and techniques and fosters enhancement in hardware, software and communication developments as they relate to government activities. The group was founded more than 25 years ago by a group of computer professionals, realizing the need of computer specialists to share among all levels of government involved in technology.

NJIT’s CIAT provides professional, impartial technology and project assistance to New Jersey schools and government agencies (municipal, county, state).

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.