Corporate engineer and NJIT alum Sean Duffy, formerly of Parlin, will be the keynote speaker at University Convocation, an annual celebration and awards ceremony. The ceremony, which marks the start of the new school year, traditionally honors the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff. This year it will be held Sept. 12, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility on the NJIT campus. A reception will follow.This year Convocation is also part of a three-day series of events leading to the inauguration of Joel S. Bloom as NJIT’s eighth president on Sept. 14. Bloom was appointed as NJIT president this past January.
Duffy graduated from NJIT with a B.S.M.E. in 1995 that included a minor in communication arts. While an undergraduate, he completed three internships, the first at Ashland Chemicals (formerly Aqualon in Parlin), the second at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore in Morristown) and the last as a part of the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) on campus. He graduated from the first class of the Albert Dorman Honors College and his involvement in other activities on campus included Theta Chi Fraternity (president and treasurer), Student Senate, cross-country and Tau Beta Pi.
Duffy’s initial position was as a production engineer with Union Carbide Corporation in Bound Brook. He was promoted into a process research and development position in 1996 and then left Union Carbide for Stepan Company in 2001 to pursue management opportunities. He returned to a technical career track in 2004 as a project engineer with Bostik, Inc. In 2008 he joined the corporate engineering services department of FMC Corporation as a senior project engineer, where he continues to work on international capital improvement projects.
Duffy started his part-time pursuit of a master’s degree in chemical engineering at NJIT in 1999 and completed this program at Rutgers University in 2004. He also earned his MBA from Rutgers in 2006 with specializations in strategic management and international business.
Duffy met his wife Karen at NJIT and they married in 1997. They have four children: Brendan (11), Colleen (8), Liam (6) and Ryan (4) and live in Langhorne, PA. He grew up in Parlin, where his parents still live.