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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.

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.