Trevor Tyson, PhD, of Mineola, NY, professor in the department of physics, was promoted to 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.
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.
Tyson joined NJIT as an assistant professor in 1996; he was promoted to full professor in 2003. He has established himself as one of the top scientists in the world in the studies of atomic, magnetic, and electronic structure of correlated electron systems. His experimental work is closely coupled with detailed modeling to provide a comprehensive picture of the microscopic origin of macroscopic phenomena such as magnetism, ferrolelectricity and basic atomic structure. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Energy, and Department of Defense. He is the recipient of a prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Award, and has received approximately $5M in external funding to support his research.
Tyson has supervised 10 successful doctoral students who have found positions in x-ray optics at national laboratories, university faculty positions, and industry-based research facilities. Under Tyson’s research program, NJIT jointly operates two x-ray beamlines at the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory for scattering and spectroscopic studies of materials. He also leads a team of 10 researchers who have developed a proposal to fund and develop a beamline for combined high magnetic field and high pressure experiments. The beamline will push the limits on high magnetic field structural measurements and involve the development of new types of magnets, area detectors, x-ray optical instruments and high pressure measurement methods.
Tyson is the former director of the NJIT Materials Science and Engineering Program. He continues combining research and education with a seven-week summer workshop offered to four to eight Newark area high school students from underrepresented groups. Students are taught basic scientific techniques, and learn basic chemistry, electronics, solid state physics and computer programming.