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Dale Gary Receives the Excellence in Research Award at NJIT's University Convocation

Dale Gary, PhD, distinguished professor in NJIT's Department of Physics, 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 College of Science and Liberal Arts is presented in recognition of a sustained record of contributions that have enhanced the reputation of NJIT. This year, we honor Dale Gary, who personifies the integration of research, instruction, economic development and public service that are this university's core mission elements.

Dr. Dale Gary, one of the top solar and radio astrophysicists in the world today, joined the faculty of New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1997, where he is now Distinguished Professor of Physics and Director of the Owens Valley Solar Array. Dr. Gary's research is both highly regarded and highly referenced, and his work can be characterized as an exemplar of collaborative research at its best.

Since his arrival at NJIT, his career has soared. He has contributed to advancing the subject area of solar astronomy-especially in the use of radio techniques-and the reputation of NJIT as a leading U.S. university in solar physics has benefited in innumerable ways by his presence and his contributions.

Dr. Gary has been a leader in the use of solar radio data for examining the conditions under which solar radio bursts from distinct solar events can disturb, or disrupt entirely, cellular telephone signals emanating from cell tower sites as well signals from GPS satellites. His research is essential to understanding and mitigating the conditions under which such deleterious effects of solar events can occur. Dr. Gary's research has attained international recognition for him, and for NJIT, and his leadership in the field will continue well into the future.

In recognition of his substantial and notable research contributions, the NJIT Board of Overseers is pleased to present the Excellence in Research Award for the College of Science and Liberal Arts to Dr. Dale Gary.

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.