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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Offers 12-Credit Graduate Certificate in Critical Infrastructure

Tired of your job? Fascinated with fixing bridges and tunnels? Then call today to learn more about the 12-credit graduate certificate in critical infrastructure lifecycle and security management available from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). 

“If you have an existing degree in engineering, an undergraduate degree in an analytical field or practical experience in a relevant industry, then this could be the chance of a lifetime,” said Gale Spak, PhD, associate vice president of the Division of Continuing Professional Education at NJIT. “Our certificate programs  typically take only a year to complete, while working full-time. Only four courses are required.”

The need for managing the development, availability and security of the nation’s critical infrastructure has been acknowledged by experts for years. Recent acts and agencies focused on critical infrastructure protection and response management have further highlighted this need. New programs will require concerted new approaches from private and public sectors The certificate is a set of core courses that delivers some of these approaches. The courses are also a part of a broader master’s degree either in civil engineering or environmental engineering. Courses are transferable to either degree.

Students will learn an integrated approach to plan, manage, anticipate, and respond to challenges facing critical infrastructure. Issues range from life-cycle asset management to critical infrastructure analysis and security planning, remediation planning and analysis of cases and emergency information systems.

The program is recommended for engineers, managers and computer scientists, government officials and people engaged in life-cycle asset management and critical infrastructure safety and the reliable delivery of services.  Individuals involved with the new homeland security guidelines of vulnerability assessment, risk mitigation and management may also be interested.

The first class, Performance and Risk Analysis of Infrastructure Systems, meets from 6-9 p.m. on the NJIT campus, starting in early September through mid-December. Fadi Karaa, PhD, associate professor, department of civil engineering http://civil.njit.edu/people/karaa.php, will teach it. For more information, visit http://cpe.njit.edu/gradcert, call the Division at 800-624-9850 or 973-596-3060  or email cpe@njit.edu.

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.