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Andrei Sirenko of Basking Ridge Promoted to Professor at NJIT Convocation

Andrei Sirenko, PhD, of Basking Ridge, associate professor in the department of physics, has been selected to be promoted to professor 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 of the researcher 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.

“Andrei and his research team have been developing novel approaches, using optical techniques, to characterize a new class of materials known as meta materials,” said N.M. Ravindra, PhD, chair of the department of physics. “These artificial materials have enormous applications including those in antennas, sensor detection, remote aerospace and energy management.”

Sirenko works in the field of optics and condensed matter physics. He uses synchrotron radiation at Brookhaven National Lab for his research. Recently, his group built a far-infrared ellipsometer to probe magnetic excitations in complex oxide materials. Sirenko’s research receives support from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.  

Sirenko joined NJIT in 2003 as an assistant professor; he was promoted to associate professor in 2007, and granted tenure in 2008. Sirenko is a very active researcher, with 64 published journal papers, 16 conference papers, and 995 citations as of September 2010. His research involves application of spectroscopy in optics, condensed matter physics, and device materials physics.  His areas of expertise include raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, hard x-ray synchrotron, and optical ellipsometry. 

Distinguished experts in Sirenko’s field have noted that he has “broad and outstanding knowledge in experimental physics and in particular optical spectroscopy” and that he is “one of the rare experimentalists who are capable of developing new techniques, such as far-infrared ellipsometry, and of applying these to really interesting novel materials, such as the multiferroic oxides and quantum-well structures.”  Sirenko’s teaching evaluations are consistently superb, and he has developed two new physics courses for the department: one undergraduate and one graduate.  His records of service for CSLA as well as for the Physics Department are solid.  He has served as an enrollment advisor, on search committees, a peer reviewer, and as one of just two external representatives on the CHESS User Committee.

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.