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Biomedical Engineering Pioneer, an Associate Dean at NJIT To Receive Research Award

Biomedical engineering pioneer Ronald Rockland, PhD, associate dean and associate professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), will receive an award from the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research. The award is dedicated to improving human and animal health through biomedical research. Rockland will accept the honor at the organization’s research gala Nov. 17, 2005.  Rockland is an associate dean and associate professor in the department of engineering technology and biomedical engineering.

Rockland spent 25 years in high tech industries including advanced work in pacemakers prior to joining NJIT. His career included work in research, engineering, marketing and sales management for health giants that include Medtronic, Inc, the leading pacemaker company, and Picker International.  Locally, he spent three years at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in the pacemaker clinic.  Rockland holds five patents and has published more than 40 journal and conference papers in medical and educational fields.

“It is exciting that NJIT is willing to share Ron with the rest of the bioscience community,” said Jayne Mackta, president of the association. “We are so pleased to celebrate his contributions to promote public understanding of biomedical research.”

Rockland said the award was important to him.  “As a biomedical engineer, I believe that this field over the last 20 years has provided tremendous advances in healthcare.  As an educator, I want to share these experiences with students, so that they can understand the importance of working in a biomedical related field."

Judith Sheft, assistant vice-president, technology development at NJIT, applauds this recognition. “Since 2002, Ron has done an exemplary job with outreach to high school students who are interested in careers in either biomedical engineering or biotechnology.  Throughout the year, Ron gives many presentations to parents and students at specialized high school programs in New Jersey.  His presentations incorporate his educational research and industrial background. Plus, he has coordinated outreach programs at biomedical engineering conferences."

Rockland received his bachelor’s and master's degrees in electrical engineering and his doctorate in biomedical engineering from New York University and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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.