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NJIT Tech Forum Series: Paving the Way to a Smarter World: Creativity in Engineering Education

Santosh Kurinec is a professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Imagination and creativity have long energized technological progress. In recent decades, engineers and scientists exceptional for these qualities as well as in-depth knowledge in their disciplines have transformed the world through advances in information technology and many other areas.

As Santosh Kurinec advocates, staying on this path to a smarter, healthier and more prosperous world requires fostering creativity in technical education along with providing essential basic knowledge. It also requires building an educational system that nurtures talent regardless of gender or cultural background.  

Kurinec is a professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a visiting scholar at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center in New York.   She will speak at NJIT on March 28, 2012, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.  The lecture is free and the public is invited.

Kurinec is the featured speaker for NJIT’s 2012 Lillian Gilbreth Colloquium, held each year during Women’s History Month. The Murray Center for Women in Technology established the colloquium in honor of industrial engineer Dr. Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972). Gilbreth’s 1911 book The Psychology of Management was the foundation for modern industrial-management theory and practice.

Prior to joining RIT, Kurinec was assistant professor of electrical engineering at Florida State University/Florida A & M University College of Engineering in Tallahassee. Her research interests include photovoltaics, non-volatile memory, and advanced integrated circuit materials and processes.

In the 1940s, Gilbreth became the first female professor to teach at Newark College of Engineering. The name of the engineering college where Kurinec teaches honors a woman of comparable pioneering spirit. Kate Gleason was one of the first female engineers and engineering entrepreneurs in the nation.

Co-sponsors: NJIT Technology and Society Forum Committee, Albert Dorman Honors College, Murray Center for Women in Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Physics, Sigma Xi.

For more information, please visit the NJIT Technology and Society Forum on the Web at http://tsf.njit.edu. Previous Forum presentations are available at http://itunes.njit.edu; search for “Technology and Society Forum.”

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.