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Newark College of Engineering to Honor Three Alums at Upcoming Dinner

The NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) will hold its 12th annual Salute to Engineering Excellence on Thursday, March 25, 2010, from 6-9 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium at NJIT. The event will celebrate the 91st anniversary of NCE, the flagship institution of NJIT.

This year three alumni, who have collectively devoted their careers to improving cardiac care and orthopedic implants, will be honored along with a corporate award for  Turner Construction.  The event is expected to draw more than 150 loyal supporters. For more information about tickets, placing a journal advertisement or becoming a sponsor, please contact NCE Director of Development Archie Crawford, acraw@njit.edu at 973-596-3408. 

Alex Khowaylo, of Upper Saddle River, who graduated from NJIT in 1963, has enjoyed a 36-year career in the orthopedic implant industry developing joint replacement devices for hips, knees and shoulders.  He most recently was a co-founder of Implex Corp., serving as its chairman and chief executive officer until the company was acquired by Zimmer Holdings in 2004. Implex developed the first new biomaterial for orthopedic applications since the early 1980s. Trabecular Metal, as it is known today, has more than 15 years of successful clinical history and is the material of choice for certain bone augmentation applications as well as various joint replacement devices.

Robert C. Gorman, MD, and Joseph H. Gorman III, MD, of Pennsylvania, grew up in Montclair and graduated in 1984 from NJIT.  A few years later they graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. Today, both brothers are associate professors of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and are co-directors of the Gorman Cardiovascular Research Group, a heart failure and cardiovascular device design laboratory, which receives support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Both physicians have served on numerous study sections and advisory committees for NIH as well as the American Heart Association. They have also each mentored more than 30 post-doctoral fellows and published more than 100 original scholarly articles. Robert Gorman recently was recognized with a prestigious Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.

For more than a century, Turner Construction Company has been busy building America. Since the inception of the company in 1902, when Turner pioneered the practical use of the concept of “reinforced concrete” design, the company has grown dramatically. Today, it is a $10 billion corporation with 46 offices and more than 5,000 employees nationwide. Turner’s New Jersey office, located in Somerset, was established in 1984 and has built or managed the construction of many of the state’s leading commercial, residential, institutional, industrial, sports and healthcare facilities. Turner’s projects include New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Liberty View Towers, the renovation of the State House Annex and the Trenton War Memorial, AT&T Network Operations Center, Bridgewater Crossing as well as multiple buildings at NJIT.

Turner has a strong skill and experience base in all major market sectors. In 2009, Engineering News Record ranked Turner as the largest builder of green buildings, healthcare, education, sports and correctional facilities in the country, and second in hotel, airports, electric assembly, telecommunications, data centers and commercial offices. Turner was also ranked as the number one construction firm in New Jersey by NJ Biz and first as a general contractor by New York Construction News.

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.