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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.   

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.