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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.

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.