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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.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.