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Randal Pinkett, Founder of NJIT Business Incubator Company, Hired as "The Apprentice"

Randal Pinkett, PhD, a Rhodes Scholar and the founder of a company located in the business incubator program at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will compete, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. on NBC's reality television show, "The Apprentice."  Pinkett, who founded and now heads BCT Partners, located in NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center, was selected from among more than a million applicants.  He will be one of 18 people in this season's cast.

BCT Partners is a management, technology and policy consulting services firm that works with corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the following industries/sectors: housing and community development, economic development, human services, nonprofit and community technology and education.

Pinkett is a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership program and Leadership New Jersey. The National Science Foundation awarded him a graduate fellowship and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) named him their National Member of the Year. He was also an NCAA Academic All-American, and received the Triumph Award from the New Jersey Martin Luther King Commemorative Commission. He received an MS, PhD and MBA all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in computer science from Oxford University, England, and a BS in electrical engineering from Rutgers University, where he was named a Rhodes Scholar.

BCT Partners combines industry and sector-specific knowledge with a unique ability to translate customer needs into innovative and transformative solutions.  The minority-owned and operated company offers management consulting and policy consulting services such as research, assessment, strategic planning, technical assistance and evaluation.

BCT Partners also provides information technology consulting services for web application development, database design, usability testing, heuristic evaluation, systems integration, and related strategic technology consulting services.  Clients include Johnson & Johnson, Ford Foundation, Pfizer, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Hewlett-Packard, Annie E. Casey Foundation and Microsoft.

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.