Cesar Bandera, PhD, has been appointed to the faculty of NJIT’s School of Management as an assistant professor and will focus his research on the emerging field of mobile health (or m-health). He will join the talents of more than 20 other new faculty members on campus this fall. The newcomers will add momentum to NJIT’s strategic plan for making a major impact on the quality of life in the 21st century. This interdisciplinary initiative is focused on three vital areas: convergent life science and engineering, “digital everyware” — ubiquitous computing — and sustainable systems.The women and men joining NJIT to serve a growing student body bring expertise that spans diverse supporting clusters. These include advanced manufacturing, architecture design and construction, big data, biochemistry, business systems, material science and engineering, and sensing and control.
“NJIT’s academic status and interdisciplinary strategy have attracted people at various stages of their careers, and who offer NJIT both distinctive abilities and new resources,” says Provost Ian Gatley. “Enthusiasm for NJIT’s interdisciplinary commitment was apparent during the search process. Everyone interviewed spoke about how the problems they work on are inherently interdisciplinary, how they like to work on teams, how they look forward to collaborating with colleagues across disciplines.” Donald Sebastian, NJIT’s senior vice president for research and development, emphasizes that connecting with real-world issues is at the heart of expectations for a technological research university. “Academic disciplines are the core of the university and the framework for learning. However, their alignment with industries of the future is not as obvious as with those sectors that have prevailed over the last century. Our strategic research thrusts are designed to make those 21st-century connections explicit.” Convergent life science and engineering, digital everyware and sustainable systems — themes that transcend departments or colleges — shaped NJIT’s hiring plan, he adds.
Bandera’s company Cell Podium has received research support from the National Institutes of Health to develop applications for environmental public health outreach and training via cell phone. In 2010-2011, he was enlisted by the Center for Disease Control to help train clinicians in Haiti who were treating victims of a cholera epidemic.
Bandera has had a relationship with the university for nearly a decade as founder and CEO of BanDeMar Networks, which produces unconventional educational technologies, and Cell Podium, both located in NJIT’s high technology business incubator, the Enterprise Development Center. BanDeMar developed the Global Microscope at Liberty Science Center, a live holographic projection of the Earth as it would be seen from the International Space Station, with a $1-million grant from NASA. He also has grant support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to employ m-health technology to improve safety and construction sites.
An adjunct at NJIT in both management and computing sciences since 2011, he is also a lecturer at Rutgers’ Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute in Piscataway, NJ, and a guest lecturer at the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Universidad de Malaga, in Spain. Prior to founding his own companies, he held management positions at AT&T Labs, Middletown, NJ, and Amherst Systems Inc., Amherst, NY. He has several patents including a recently issued one for Just-In-Time Training of Deployed Skill Support Personnel Via Cell Phone Multimedia. He has authored more than 40 publications and presentations.
Bandera received a PhD in Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a certificate in executive development at Harvard School of Management. He resides in East Brunswick.