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Financier Honored Speaker at Upcoming NJIT University Convocation: Teachers, Staff, Students Also Honored

NJIT will mark the new academic year on Sept. 15, 2010 with its annual University Convocation, an awards ceremony coupled with a special welcoming ceremony for the freshman class. The event will be held at 3 p.m. on Lubetkin Field at J. Malcolm Simon Stadium, on the NJIT campus. A reception for the award winners will follow.  

Traditionally, this event honors select NJIT faculty, staff, and students who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.  “We reward them not only for their achievement, but because their leadership serves as a testament to NJIT’s commitment to excellence,” said Ian Gatley, PhD, provost.

C. Stephen Cordes, managing director and member of the executive board of ING Clarion Partners, a leading investment advisory firm specializing in real estate, in New York City, will deliver the keynote address.  Cordes, of Westfield, who received NJIT’s Edward F. Weston Medal for Professional Achievement last fall, graduated from NJIT in 1972 with a BS in industrial engineering.  He heads the private equity real estate portfolio management group with assets under management of $23 billion. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University and is chairman of the NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College Board of Visitors.

Receiving the Excellence in Research Award for the Newark College of Engineering (NCE), will be Timothy Chang, PhD, of Montville, a distinguished professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. Dale Gary, PhD, of Berkeley Heights, distinguished professor in the department of physics, will receive the award for the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA).  For the College of Computing Sciences, James Geller, PhD, of West Orange, professor in the department of computer science in the College of Computing Sciences (CCS) will be recognized; and Shanthi Gopalakrishnan, PhD, of Paramus, professor in the School of Management (SOM) will receive the award for that college.  

The prestigious Master Teacher designation is reserved for those who have demonstrated leadership in fostering academic excellence in curricular issues.  Receiving the honor this year will be Glenn Goldman, MArch, of Tenafly, professor in the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) and director of the School of Art+Design, and Piero Armenante, PhD, of Millington, distinguished professor in the department of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering, NCE.

The Excellence in Service Award will be given to Edward Bishof, Sr., of Freehold, associate vice president for university budgeting.

The Presidential Leadership Award will be given to two outstanding recent graduates: Katrina Hornstein, of Duluth, MN, and Jaskirat Sodhi, of Edison.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes and rewards members of the instructional staff for outstanding accomplishments in teaching. The awards are conferred upon those who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, encouraging and guiding students to work at the highest academic level.  

Glenn Goldman, MArch, of CoAD will receive the award for Excellence in Lower Division Undergraduate Instruction.  Dorairaja Raghu, PhD, of Somerset, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, will receive the award for Excellence in Upper Division Undergraduate Instruction.  Jerry Fjermestad, PhD, of Orangeburg, NY, a professor in the School of Management, will receive the award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction-Information Systems.  Roumiana Petrova, PhD, of New Milford, department of chemistry and environmental science, will receive the award for Excellence in Instruction by a University Lecturer.  Byron Chen, PhD, of Whippany, department of electrical and computer engineering, will receive the award for Excellence in Instruction by an Adjunct Professor and Shilan Motamedvaziri, PhD, of Lyndhurst, department of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering, will receive the award for Excellence in Instruction by a teaching assistant.

Piero Armenante, PhD, of Millington, distinguished professor, department of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering, will receive the award for Professional Development.

Katia Passerini, PhD, of Brooklyn, associate professor in the School of Management, will receive the award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching.

Promotions and the conferring of tenure will also be recognized.  Promoted to the rank of distinguished professor is Timothy Chang, PhD, of Montville, department of electrical and computer engineering.  Promoted to professor  are James Calvin, PhD, of Montville and Marvin Nakayama, PhD, of Manhattan, both in the department of computer science, and Jerry Fjermestad, PhD, of Orangeburg, NY from the School of Management.

Promoted to associate professor with tenure are: Edgardo Farinas, PhD, department of chemistry and environmental science and Camelia Prodan, PhD, department of physics, both of Montclair; Shidong Jiang, PhD, of Livingston, department of mathematical sciences; Stephan P. Kudyba, PhD, of Morristown, SOM; Stephen G. Pemberton, PhD, of Highland Park, department of federated history; Usman W. Roshan, PhD, of Scotch Plains, department of computer science; Gareth J. Russell, PhD, of South Amboy, department of biological sciences; Yuan-Nan Young, PhD, of Newark, department of mathematical sciences; and Tao Zhou, PhD, of Princeton Junction, department of physics (CSLA).

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.