Shanthi Gopalakrishnan, PhD, NJIT's Associate Dean in the School of Management, received the Excellence in Research Award on Sept. 15, 2010 at the NJIT University Convocation, an awards ceremony with a special welcoming ceremony for the freshman class. The event was held on Lubetkin Field at J. Malcolm Simon Stadium, on the NJIT campus. A reception for the award winners followed.
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, delivered the keynote address. Cordes, 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.
The citation read as follows:
The Excellence in Research Award for the School of Management is presented in recognition of a sustained record of contributions that have enhanced the reputation of NJIT. This year, we honor Shanthi Gopalakrishnan, who personifies the integration of research, instruction, economic development and public service that are this university's core mission elements.
Dr. Shanthi Gopalakrishnan joined the faculty of New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1999, where she is now a professor and associate dean in the School of Management. She is an active leader in the field of technology management research; her body of work is impressive both in terms of quantity and quality. Her papers are novel, insightful, and have important managerial and policy implications.
In addition to her publication record, Dr. Gopalakrishnan has also demonstrated her emergence as an international scholar through her appointment to the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. This appointment is a reflection of distinctive contributions to the research on management of technology and innovation. In addition, she has been active in prestigious conferences such as the Academy of Management and was program chair of the Eastern Academy of Management. Her research has been highly cited and it has generated high levels of visibility among the academic and practitioner communities. She is a talented instructor, valued colleague, engaged officer of professional associations, and a productive scholar whose work has had substantial impact and holds promise for helping to shape a field.
In recognition of her substantial and notable research contributions, the NJIT Board of Overseers is pleased to present the Excellence in Research Award for the School of Management to Dr. Shanthi Gopalakrishnan.