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NJIT Opens Women’s History Month Hosting Female Engineering Conference: Diversity Is Theme, Says Priscilla Nelson, Provost

A weekend conference drawing East Coast female engineers and students headlines the upcoming month-long events set for Women’s History Month at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

The month kicks off this weekend, March 2-4, 2007, as more than 200 female engineering students and professionals from 68 engineering schools from Virginia to New York State descend on the NJIT campus for the Eastern regional conference of the Society of Women Engineers.  The Society, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women.

NJIT Provost Priscilla Nelson, PhD, will drive home this year’s theme--Diversity in Engineering— when she speaks at 8 a.m., March 3, 2007.  Workshops, panel discussions and a career fair follow.  More than 30 companies—including IBM, Barclays Capital, Vanguard Group, UBS Financial and Bloomberg LLP—will be represented.  Schering-Plough hosts Friday night activities. 

“Welcoming and retaining women in the professional environment of the engineering workplace has been a challenge,” said Nelson.  “NJIT has put itself on the forefront of making sure female voices are sought after, listened to and valued by peers and in the organizations of engineering enterprises.”   

Saturday night, March 3, 2006, author Jill Tietjin, director of the Women in Engineering Program at University of Colorado at Boulder, will discuss Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. The book, co-authored with Charlotte S. Waisman, is to be released in August of 2007 by ReganBooks.  Sunday morning a US Army engineer will share experiences serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  To attend the conference, contact Talina Knox, assistant director, Murray Center for Women in Technology, 973-642-4671 or talina.n.knox@njit.edu.

Later in March, computer scientist Deborah Estrin, PhD, professor of computer science at University of California, Los Angeles, and founding director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing funded by the National Science Foundation will discuss computer networking systems. Estrin will discuss remote sensing and wireless networking systems that allow people to sense the world—including natural, human and built environments. 

The talk, set for March 21, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. in NJIT’s Campus Center Ballroom, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Knox at 973-642-4671.

Estrin is a past recipient of NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator Award for research in network interconnection and security. She received her PhD in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her BS from University of California, Berkeley.

A concert and community service drive for a woman’s shelter round out NJIT’s series of events for the upcoming month-long tribute to women.

NJIT will come alive with the sound of women composers March 28, 2007, at 2:30 p.m.   The Downtown Chamber Trio will perform the music of Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann.  The Manhattan-based trio is under the direction of pianist and artistic director Mimi Stern-Wolfe.  Other musicians in the group are violinist Reiko Kawabata, clarinetist William Blount and cellist Daniel Barrett.  Contact Knox talina.n.knox@njit.edu  or 973-642-4671 for more information. The concert is free and open to the public.

During March, the Murray Center spearheads a drive to collect and donate new baby items to a local women’s shelter.  Drop off new bottles, all sizes paper diapers (such as Pampers), baby powder, baby lotion and wipes.  New or gently used blankets will be accepted. Personal hygiene items for mothers, such as soap and deodorant, and school supplies, such as pens, pencils, paper and notebooks, are also needed.  See donation boxes on the first floor of the NJIT Campus Center and in the Women’s Center, Room 265, Campus Center.  For more information, contact Jeremy Gregory jjg9@njit.edu.

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.