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

NJIT Kicks Off Black History Month with Talk by NACME Executive

Irving McPhail, PhD, the executive vice president and chief operating officer for National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) kicks off  NJIT’s opening celebrations for Black History Month with a lecture about America, black history and advances in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). His talk, entitled: “A Seminal Convergence in Time,” will take place at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in NJIT’s Campus Center Second Floor Ballroom. The public is invited to this event as well as other Black History Month events.

NACME is the nation’s largest private source of scholarships for African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in engineering and technology. With more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, scholar, advocate and senior executive in higher education, McPhail will provide a framework for the history of minorities in STEM fields and ongoing achievement.

Other events to note are the Black History Month Business Panel and Luncheon on February 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Atrium, featuring representatives from Becton Dickinson, Picatinny Arsenal, LB Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and Deutsche Bank. Student participants will be able to speak with company representatives about the current economy, the need for a diverse workforce and best practices to land the perfect job after graduation. 

The NJIT Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) will close out the month with a program “Witness the Legacy,” Feb. 23 -25, 2009 in the Campus Center Lobby from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The program will include an interactive design space, featuring important events from the Civil Rights Movement that have shaped our world today.

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.