NJIT mourns the loss of Distinguished Professor Timothy N. Chang, who died on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at home. He was 52.
During his nearly 20 years at NJIT, Tim was honored for both his research in the lab and his teaching in the classroom in the area of electrical and computer engineering. He was a leader of the Personalized Weapon Technology Program funded by the National Institute for Justice, the US State Department, and the US Army to successfully develop handguns that are electronically enabled to recognize authorized users and record all firing activities. More recently, and highly noteworthy, was his work in biomedical applications, including his patent of the Smart Pin—a novel liquid dispensing system utilized in molecular biology research that is capable of producing micron-size droplets without contacting the target surface.
In fall 2010 Tim was promoted to Distinguished Professor and received NJIT's Excellence in Research Award during at the university's Convocation ceremony. The holder of many patents, Tim received a Special Award at the 22nd Annual New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Awards ceremony in October 2010. He was a Senior Fellow of the Society of International Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
He is survived by his mother; his wife Daphne and his children Norbert and Naomi; brothers Victor and Julian (Doris); a sister Charling (William) and his niece Sara.
Funeral arrangements are forthcoming. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers contributions be sent to the NJIT Annual Memorial Scholarship Fund in his name. Checks should be made payable to The Foundation at NJIT and mailed to NJIT, University Advancement, 323 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102; attn: Colleen Vandervort. NJIT friends and colleagues can share memories of Tim and condolences with his family at http://rememberingtimothychang.blogspot.com/.