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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

New NJIT Biz School Dean To Be Appointed Distinguished Professor

Pius Egbelu, PhD, of Parsippany, professor of industrial engineering and the new dean of the NJIT School of Management will be appointed Distinguished Professor with tenure at NJIT’s University Convocation, an annual celebration to be held Sept. 14, 2011.

Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.

(ATTENTION EDITORS:  Hi-res photos  will be taken at the event.  To receive a copy and/or set up an interview, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)

Broadcaster, author and motivational speaker Steve Adubato will speak at the event.  A university lecturer, Emmy Award-winning television anchor, and Star-Ledger columnist, Adubato also served in the mid-1980s as New Jersey's youngest state legislator at age 26. Previously, Adubato anchored three PBS broadcasts including Caucus: New Jersey, an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series.

 Egbelu also holds the title of distinguished professor and Then & Clark Chair. He served previously as the dean of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Academy and as dean of engineering and Bert Turner Distinguished Professor at Louisiana State University.  Prior to his tenure at LSU, he served as chair of the department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Iowa State University, program director for production systems and operations research at the NSF, assistant professor and associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Pennsylvania State University, and assistant professor of industrial engineering and operations research at Syracuse University.

Egbelu has been vice chair of the Academic Coalition for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (A-CIMS), was a member of the Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Board for air traffic controller staffing standards and served on advisory boards of directorates and committees of visitors at NSF and on the board of Louisiana Foundation for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Education (LaFESTE).

His research interests are in the areas of automated material handling, facilities planning and design, manufacturing, supply chain engineering and enterprise and service systems analysis. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and a licensed engineer in the State of Louisiana.

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.