NJIT announced the promotions of two faculty members to the rank of distinguished professor, seven promotions to the rank of professor, and six promotions to the rank of associate professor with tenure. Brief biographies follow highlighting each of the 15 people (including hometowns) who received promotions (EDITOR’S NOTE: Contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436, for high resolution electronic photos or to set up interviews.)
Atam P. Dhawan, PhD, of Randolph, chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at NJIT, is an expert, inventor and author in the field of medical imaging. He is most noted for inventing the Nevoscope, a medical instrument able to provide a faster and more accurate diagnosis of skin cancer, especially melanoma. The instrument will soon be available for purchase by physicians and others. Also this year, Principles and Advances in Medical Imaging and Image Analysis, co-authored and co-edited by Dhawan was published by World Scientific Press.
John Federici, PhD, of Westfield, teaches in the department of physics. His research interests include the discovery of infrared quenched photo-induced superconductivity, online semi-conductor process monitoring and advanced spectroscopic imaging technologies.
Shanthi Gopalakrishnan, PhD, of Paramus, in NJIT’s School of Management, has focused her research on managing the innovation in organizations. As businesses face an increasingly competitive environment, pressure mounts to gain competitive advantage through knowledge-based innovations. Those innovations can result in new technologies and new products.
Taha F. Marhaba, PhD., P.E., of Bridgewater, in the department of civil and environmental engineering, is the director of NJIT’s New Jersey Applied Water Research Center. His expertise in water quality has developed an identification system for rapidly identifying problematic organics in water, called the spectral fluorescent signature (SFS) technique. The signature acts like a fingerprint of water, characterizing its organic content and allowing researchers to see if the water contains natural or unnatural sources.
John Carpinelli, PhD, of Wayne, teaches in the department of electrical and computer engineering and is director of NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs. His research interests include engineering education research, interconnection networks, and multiprocessor systems. Carpinelli teaches courses in computer architecture and freshman engineering.
Nancy W. Coppola, of Mountain Lakes, in the humanities department, was recently named associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. A senior member of IEEE, Coppola’s editorial domain is technology transfer and innovation.
Rajiv Mehta, PhD, of Perth Amboy teaches marketing in NJIT’s School of Management. His research interests include selling and sales management, marketing channels, and global marketing. He is co-author on two university-level books entitled Sales Management: Building Customer Relationships and Partnerships, and Personal Selling: Building Customer Relationships and Partnerships.
Michael R. Booty, PhD, of Newark, teaches in the Mathematical Sciences Department and is a former director of its graduate programs. His research area is applied mathematics with a focus on mathematical modeling and analytical and approximate solution techniques. The applications he studies occur in fluid mechanics, combustion and electromagnetics.
Kwabena A. Narh, of Wayne, is Associate Chair of Mechanical Engineering for Undergraduate Studies, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of NSF-REU Site at NJCEP. His current research interests are Crystallization kinetics and phase transitions in plastics processing, polymer degradation, melt extrusions, PVT measurements, self-reinforcing composites, nanocomposites, nanocrystallization, thermal contact resistance in material processing. His research activities on these topics involve experiments as well as computer simulations.
Associate Professor With Tenure
Roy Goodman, PhD, of Brooklyn, teaches in the department of mathematical sciences. Goodman's research focuses on nonlinear wave phenomena. He recently investigated the interaction of nonlinear waves with localized changes to the media through which they propagate. This includes the enticing possibility of "light trapping" at specified locations in optical fibers, as well as more abstract studies of classical nonlinear wave equations.
Jorge Golowasch, PhD, studies neural plasticity, the property allowing neurons to change their output, in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Biology. While this flexibility carries the potential for instability, neurons and neural networks can be observed to maintain remarkably stable properties. Golowasch's team studies the mechanisms that enable neurons to recover from disruptions due to growth, learning and injury. His research -- supported by federal grants -- delves into how the nervous system can remain simultaneously flexible and stable.
Katia Passerini, of Brooklyn, NY, is the Hurlburt Professor of Management of Information Systems in the School of Management. Her research is about computer-supported learning, knowledge management and the evolution of mobile communications services.
Zeyuan Qiu, PhD, of Livingston, teaches in the department of chemistry and environmental science in the College of Science and Liberal Arts. He also holds a joint appointment in the School of Management at NJIT. His research focuses on management alternatives and environmental policies that control nonpoint source water pollution. He writes extensively about water resource management for agricultural, resource and environmental economics journals.
Andrei Sirenko, PhD, of Basking Ridge, teaches in the department of physics. His research focuses on optics, materials and device physics, x-rays and more.