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Recent NJIT Graduate To Receive an Award from AIChE

Dimitrios Zarkadas, Kearny, who received his doctorate in chemical engineering earlier this year from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), will receive an award Nov. 2, 2005, from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  The organization will honor Zarkadas for a paper he wrote as a doctoral student about process development.  The presentation will take place at the organization’s annual meeting in Cincinnati.

Zarkadas now works for Schering-Plough Research Institute, Union, in the chemical development division.  Kamalesh Sirkar, PhD, distinguished professor in the department of chemical engineering at NJIT, helped Zarkadas with his dissertation.  Last year, Zarkadas received another award from AIChE for his research work on crystallization.

“Our department is proud of the work of its students and alumni,” said Basil Baltzis, PhD, professor and chair of the Otto H. York Department of Chemical Engineering at NJIT.  “Their well-deserved successes make us, happy, humbled and thankful for having had the opportunity to work with such talented individuals.  I congratulate Dimitri and his advisor, Professor Sirkar.”

Zarkadas received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Aristotle University, Greece.

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.