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Mechanical Engineering Society Honors NJIT for Terrific Teaching

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has, once again, approved the outstanding teaching of the department of mechanical engineering at NJIT. For the seventh consecutive year, the department received the ASME Student Sections Award--formerly the Ingersoll-Rand Award. The award typically goes to a college or university in the Northeast.

“With NJIT winning the award for seven years in a row, we have earned our reputation as the Yankees of ASME, said Harry Kountouras. “Professors take great pride in student achievements in competitions by ASME as well as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).” Kountouras, a senior university lecturer in the department, is the adviser to student activities and clubs.    

The criteria are based upon an accumulation of points in an annual report. The report is a formal written presentation that documents professional activity at the student section. That activity includes meetings, guest speakers, trips to manufacturing plants, social events, tutoring and service to the university and the community. NJIT amassed over 850 points out of a possible 1000 points to secure first place. 

Mechanical engineering students learn design, analysis and simulation methods to use for scientific discoveries and inventions to develop next-generation products and processes. The curriculum prepares students for successful careers in applied engineering in fields that include aerospace, automotive, biomedical, computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing. Additional fields are defense, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, nano and micro technology, novel and/or smart materials, power and robotics. A degree is versatile enough to provide a solid basis for alternate careers such as law, medicine, and business management.

NJIT students receive a strong foundation in the theory of engineering fundamentals that complements a hands-on approach through state-of-the-art lab courses and an integrated design experience. The latter begins with the fundamentals of engineering design course in the first year and culminates with the senior capstone design course involving the latest computer-aided design tools.

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.