Basil Baltzis, of Wayne, has taught at NJIT for more than 25 years. During that time, he has distinguished himself as a scholar, a teacher and a researcher. For his effective teaching, he received on March 25, 2010 the Excellence in Teaching Award from the NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE).
Baltzis sets rigorous standards for his students, who nonetheless give him glowing evaluations. He has a gift for explaining difficult concepts and his passion for teaching, and for the subject matter he teaches, is so contagious that students delight in learning from him. Baltzis joined NJIT in 1983. He received a bachelor of science from the National Technical University of Athens, a master of science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. All his degrees are in chemical engineering, and he teaches in NCE’s Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering.
In recent years, his research has focused on bio-filtration -- a biological technology for treating volatile organic compound emissions. In 1999, NJIT gave him the Harlan J. Perlis award for research. This isn’t the first time he’s been recognized for teaching. He was among the inaugural recipients of the NJIT Excellence in Teaching award and the NCE Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1998, the NJIT Alumni Association gave him a Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2000 he received the NJIT Master Teacher Award.