NJIT will hold its annual black-tie benefit dinner, Celebration 2011, on Nov. 11, 2011 at The Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange. Entertainment will be provided by the Surf City Allstars, featuring David Marks, an original member of the Beach Boys.“Dinner proceeds will endow scholarships for students at NJIT,” said Jacquelynn Rhodes, associate vice president for development. “Many NJIT students are the first in their families to attend college, and they rely upon merit and need-based scholarships.” A festive evening of dinner and dancing, Celebration honors individuals for achievements beneficial to the state and nation. Organizations exceptional for their commitment to NJIT’s mission are also applauded. Since 1995, many of NJIT’s most generous supporters have gathered annually for this event, which has raised nearly $3.5 million in scholarship funds. The black tie event will include a silent auction.
Businessman and NJIT alumnus Lawrence A. Raia, PE, principal and founding partner of Raia Properties Corporation, a family business that invests in and manages Class A apartments in the southeast and southwest, will receive the President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Raia received a BS in civil engineering from NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his professional engineering license from New Jersey. The family partnership began as a small concrete and construction materials company which grew to 10 plant sites and more than 500 employees. The company was sold in 1987 while the principals moved onto a real estate management company. Raia chairs the NCE Board of Visitors, provides a family scholarship to NJIT students and is a board member of Homes Fit for Heroes. In 2001, he received the NCE Outstanding Alumnus Award and in 2009 was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.
Richard S. Bowles III, PhD, executive vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for Merck & Co., Inc. will be honored as a special friend of NJIT. Bowles returned to Merck after its merger with Schering-Plough Corporation in November 2009. Bowles had joined Schering-Plough in January 2001 as vice president, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and in March of the same year was appointed senior vice president, worldwide quality. He held the position of senior vice president, global quality operations, from March 2001 to November 2009. From 1974 through 2000, Bowles was employed by Merck & Co., Inc., where he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. Bowles earned both his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Columbia University and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University. For more, see: http://www.merck.com/about/leadership/executive-committee/home.html
NJIT alumnus Ying Wu, a general partner with CTC Capital since 2007, will receive NJIT’s Edward F. Weston Medal for Professional Achievement. Wu co-founded UTStarcom, Inc., serving for many years as the vice chairman of the board of directors and executive vice president, while also serving as chairman and CEO of UTStarcom’s Chinese subsidiary. Before then, Wu co-founded Starcom, Inc. which in 1995 merged to become what is now UT Starcom. Wu’s career began at the former Bell Laboratories. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from NJIT and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Beijing Industrial University. Wu was recognized in 1997 by Business Week as a “Star of Asia.” In 2003, China Central TV named him one of the most influential people for China’s economy. For more, see http://ir.focusmedia.cn/phoenix.zhtml?c=190067&p=irol-govBio&ID=178729
AECOM will be named Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year. AECOM, a Fortune 500 company, is a $7.3-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services with 45,000 employees – including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals. The company serves clients in approximately 125 countries. Ethisphere has ranked AECOM as one of the world’s most ethical companies for 2011. For more, see http://www.aecom.com/.