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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Students Study Better Ways to Manage Elizabeth, Perth Amboy Waterfronts

WHAT:   A handful of NJIT engineering and architecture student volunteers hope to better understand what happened to the storm-damaged public waterfront areas in Elizabeth and Perth Amboy.  Earlier this week, working with Future City Inc., the students conducted physical assessments of the damaged waterfronts.  Policymakers and constituents met with them.  Tomorrow and Friday, they’ll be brainstorming solutions and writing impact assessments. Professional engineers will be available to listen.  The exercise is bound to not only help the cities but instill pride in the volunteers.  They also may walk away a lot smarter.  Among the issues to be addressed:  Can a living waterfront be integrated into the locality's flood management plan?  And, if so where?  How best to manage the impact of flooding and related damages?  And what about future public access, considering climate change?

WHEN: March 21-22, 2013, from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  1045 East Jersey Ave., Elizabeth

WHO:  NJIT students are from Elizabeth, Union, Sayreville and Newark.  Helping them are NJIT Engineer Colette Santasieri, PhD, director of strategic initiatives, Office of Research and Development; and Michele McBean, executive director of Future Cities (908.659.0689 or 908.230.9126).

HOW: Call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436, to set up interviews.

BACKGROUND:  Not long after Sandy struck, NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break was conceived to help municipal, social service, community and/or faith-based groups recover from the devastating hurricane.  Targeted clean-up was to include beachfronts, parks, buildings and more.   Assignments include cleaning up beaches and/or parks; deconstructing homes (i.e., pulling out wall boards, shoveling mud out of basements); building new structures; finishing work such as painting or simple carpentry; and survey work such as collecting data and information.  Although the university can’t offer college credit for the work, volunteers will receive a t-shirt and food and drinks.  Although calls continue to come in, to date, some 600 volunteers have signed up.  For more information, call 973-642-7831. 

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.