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.