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NJIT Alum and Head of NYC Construction Firm Peter Papanicolaou To be Honored at NJIT Convocation

Peter Papanicolaou, the president of J.F. Contracting Corporation, a Brooklyn construction and engineering firm, will receive NJIT’s Edward F. Weston Medal for Professional Achievement at NJIT’s annual University Convocation on Sept. 3, 2008, 3 p.m. at NJIT. A reception follows.

At convocation, designations are conferred upon select faculty, alumni and staff who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period. “We reward them not only for their personal achievement, but because their leadership serves as a testament to NJIT’s commitment to excellence,” said NJIT Provost Priscilla Nelson.

Papanicolau started out as an NJIT researcher where he developed a new technology for the cleanup of toxic contaminated soils for industrial sites and military bases. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Papanicolaou is president of the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Youth Choir, member of the Queens College Advisory Board, the St. Basil’s Academy Advisory Board and a member of the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1994, he has served on NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College Advisory Board. He also serves on the executive committee of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Among Papanicolaou’s honors are the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the notable Greek designation: Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in construction engineering and construction management from Newark College of Engineering at 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.