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NJIT To Salute Smart Grid Expert, Sotirios G. Ziavras, of Fort Lee

Sotirios G. Ziavras, PhD, of Fort Lee, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, and director of the NJIT Computer Architecture and Parallel Processing Laboratory, has been selected to receive the Excellence in Graduate Instruction Award at NJIT’s University Convocation.  This is 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. 

In March of 2012, Ziavras will co-chair the special session on information and communication technologies for smart grids of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology in Greece.  He was past chair of the 2010 13th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering  and past program chair of the 21st  IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence in 2009. He has authored more than 160 research papers. For more information, please visit http://ece.njit.edu/people/ziavras.  

The guest speaker at University Convocation will be broadcaster, author and motivational speaker Steve Adubato.  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

Ziavras’ departmental administrative duties have included serving for many years as the associate chair for graduate studies. He’s also served as the coordinator for the department’s computer architecture and systems thrust area. His research interests are advanced computer architecture, embedded computing systems, parallel processing, VLSI design and reconfigurable computing.   

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.