The NJIT Alumni Association annually honors a select group of distinguished alumni for their notable achievements in their professional careers, community activities, and/or support of NJIT. This year’s event will honor a group of New Jersey residents who made their marks in the fields of architecture, engineering and more. Set for Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 4 p.m. at NJIT, the event caps Alumni Weekend at the University.
Alumni being honored include Fadi Deek, PhD, now Dean of NJIT’s College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA), who received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate all at NJIT. Deek, of East Brunswick, has had many accomplishments. However among his most notable are his innovations in research and education including the initiation of NJIT’s information technology program. He’s been the force behind NJIT’s new department of biological sciences; he’s also cultivated the federated departments of NJIT and Rutgers-Newark.
His leadership has also brought CSLA from a service college to a growing academic institution, by increasing the numbers of majors and offering countless efforts to mentor both students and faculty.
Eugene V. Dotter, PhD, who received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1941, is the owner and president of Dotter Engineering Corp., Florida. Dotter’s work has enhanced the quality of life of residents in third world countries. He is the recipient of the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Paul Eng-Wong, president of Eng-Wong Taub & Associates, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from NJIT. Eng-Wong, of South Orange, will be acknowledged for his entrepreneurial leadership in the field of transportation and his continuing service to both the engineering profession and to the greater Newark community.
Earl Granville Jackson IV, who is an associate and senior urban designer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP, received his bachelor’s degree from NJIT. He is honored for his exceptional achievements in urban planning and design for complex projects. Among his best known work is a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use waterfront development in Bahrain. Jackson, of Manhattan, is also someone who has had successful entries in many design competitions and has been very supportive of the career development of many NJIT alumni.
Lawrence I. Lerner, of Warren, who received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and is of counsel for Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP will receive an award for his leadership in the largest intellectual property law firm in New Jersey. He is a lawyer who is known for his pro bono activities, including the Scimmager v. Sherwin case in 1972 that established the one man – one vote principle in New Jersey.
Joseph P. McCann, who received his master’s degree from NJIT, was a wire and cable expert for the department of defense. His accomplishments included the significant development and patent of “Waterproof Electrical Cable” that revolutionized the transmission of communications signals via cable in the 1960’s. McCann, of Brant Beach, is also noted for his achievements with the U.S. Rural Electrification Administration in developing specifications now used worldwide.
Neil M. Maher, PhD, associate professor, chair and graduate coordinator of the history department, will receive the Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence.
Committee alumni co-chairs who planned the event are Gene R. O'Brien, of West Windsor and Anita M. Rubino, of St. Petersburg, FL. Alumni who helped include Robert Rossi, of North Bergen; Steven B. Saperstein, of Bridgewater; Joseph G. Stanley, of Morristown.