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Information Systems Expert Named Hurlburt Professor at NJIT

An expert in information systems, Katia Passerini, PhD, has been named the Hurlburt Professor of Management of Information Systems in the School of Management at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Passerini, an assistant professor of management information systems, holds an appointment in the information systems department in NJIT’s College of Computing Sciences.

“Since she joined the faculty at NJIT, Katia has demonstrated an unusual assortment of talent, skills and knowledge – she truly has helped us understand what the NJIT theme, “the Edge in Knowledge,” can mean,” said NJIT Provost Priscilla Nelson. “I will also be looking to Katia for leadership in information technology on campus as the holder of this prestigious honor.”

Passerini said she hopes to leverage her interest in technology-based learning and mobile communication services so that mobile technologies can better support teaching, research and work productivity.  “I especially want to use my research background to enable university campuses, small and medium enterprises and large organizations to run more efficiently,” she said.

Passerini joined NJIT in 2003. She holds an MBA and a doctorate both in information and decision systems from The George Washington University.  She also holds a BA in political science and an MA in economics respectively from Libera Universita Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) University, Rome, and the University of Rome II – Tor Vergata. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in management information systems, knowledge management and information technology strategy.

Passerini has published more than a dozen articles in refereed academic and professional journals which include Communications of AIS, Campus-Wide Information Systems, Computers & Education, Journal of Informatics and Education Research. Her current research focuses on computer-supported learning, knowledge management and mobile communications services evolution.

She serves on the editorial advisory boards of the International Journal of Web-based Learning and Teaching Technologies and Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies. Prior to joining NJIT, Katia worked with multi-industry information technology projects at Booz Allen Hamilton, a global consulting firm, and The World Bank.

The Hurlburt Professorship was established in 1997 by Jean and Frank Hurlburt. Frank is a 1935 graduate of Newark College of Engineering, the predecessor of NJIT.  

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.