Piero Armenante, PhD, distinguished professor in NJIT's Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, received the Master Teacher 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:
To be designated a Master Teacher is to have demonstrated the highest level of teaching excellence. For over twenty-six years, Distinguished Professor Piero Armenante has demonstrated such excellence in both teaching and research. He has been engaged in teaching courses at all levels, consistently receiving student evaluations well above the average for the university. Piero has developed graduate-level programs in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing, and Pharmaceutical Materials Processing and is the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Instruction and the 2004 Saul K. Fenster Excellence in Innovation Award. He has organized educational events both on campus and at conferences and has been the academic advisor to the student chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, which received the GSA Club of the Year Award in 2007. He has advised doctoral, master's and undergraduate students, many of whom have actively worked with him in pharmaceutical engineering research.
While there are many fine teachers and many outstanding researchers, combining these two qualities by actively engaging the students in learning experiences through hands-on research is a landmark accomplishment for a faculty member and one that has earned the designation of Master Teacher for Dr. Piero Armenante.