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NJIT Faculty Receives Excellent Teacher Award

Howard Kimmel, PhD, professor of chemical engineering and executive director of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Center for Pre-College Programs, received the NJIT Foundation Overseers Public and Institute Service Award.

Kimmel, of East Brunswick, was given the award during an NJIT annual awards ceremony known as university convocation. The award recognizes those with a long record of extraordinary service to the university and the community.

Under Kimmel’s leadership, the Center for Pre-College Programs has gained national recognition for excellence and innovation. With a small program that began in the early 1970s serving a handful of students, the Pre-College Program now serves nearly 5,000 students as well as their teachers, counselors and parents. The benefits to the community from Kimmel’s vision, labor and energy are incalculable.

In the late 1990s, Kimmel played an important role getting the New Jersey core curriculum content standards adopted by the State Board of Education.  Kimmel has been active in many professional organizations; he has mentored many students, both at the pre-college and college levels. He has also been a special mentor to junior faculty, especially in helping them prepare research grant applications to the National Science Foundation.

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.