AECOM President and CEO John M. Dionisio and NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch signed on May 9, 2011, a $200,000 scholarship agreement to establish an endowment providing scholarships for undergraduate students of the Albert Dorman Honors College. Accompanying Dionisio for the signing was AECOM Senior Vice President Edward J. Schmeltz, an NJIT alumnus.
AECOM, a Fortune 500 company, is a $7.3-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services with 45,000 employees – including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals. The company serves clients in approximately 125 countries. Ethisphere has ranked AECOM as one of the world’s most ethical companies for 2011.
Under Dionisio’s leadership, AECOM has tripled its revenue and doubled its workforce while considerably expanding its service offerings and geographic reach. During 2007, Dionisio oversaw the company’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which was one of the 10 largest NYSE listings for 2007, and one of the largest engineering industry IPOs of all time.
During Dionisio’s 40-year career at AECOM, his leadership helped advance the company’s transportation and energy infrastructure business in the Americas. Dionisio oversaw the combination of three AECOM business units – Frederic R. Harris, DMJM Infrastructure, and Holmes & Narver Infrastructure – to form DMJM Harris in 2000, a division which advanced many notable projects and now goes to market under the AECOM name.
After the signing, Dionisio and Schmeltz met with selected Honors College students and college deans to discuss the ongoing partnership of AECOM and NJIT.
Scholarship recipients will need to be enrolled in the Albert Dorman Honors College majoring in the building sciences. They must demonstrate leadership potential and commitment to community service and be willing to consider accepting an internship at AECOM.
Albert Dorman is the founding chairman of AECOM and the namesake of the Honors College. Dorman, formerly of New Jersey and now living in California, is a 1945 graduate of NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering. Both Dorman and Schmeltz serve on the Albert Dorman Honors College Board of Visitors.
Almost two decades ago, Dorman challenged the university to develop a new type of educational program that would foster a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs who could take a leading role in shaping the 21st century marketplace. That new educational model grew into the honors college. NJIT awarded Dorman an honorary doctorate of science in 1999.