Technology evangelist and Cisco System Senior Vice President Carlos Dominguez will speak at this year's commencement.
Technology evangelist and Cisco System Senior Vice President Carlos Dominguez; and alums U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, PhD, and Edward Cruz, principal of Hop Brook Properties, will receive honorary degrees at the May 20, 2013 NJIT commencement. The event, set for 9 a.m., will be held at Newark's Prudential Center. The university will confer close to 2000 doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees on members of the Class of 2013.Dominguez, who has been with Cisco since 1992, will deliver the commencement address. He has played a key role in multiple segments of Cisco’s business and most recently led its service provider business. From 2004 to 2008, he led Cisco’s Worldwide Service Provider Operations group, playing a key role in building the strategy for the business and doubling service provider sales from $3.7 billion to $7.7 billion. Service providers now represent approximately 46 percent of Cisco’s overall business.
Before becoming a senior vice president, Dominguez was vice president for U.S. Service Provider Sales, leading the sales teams for all U.S. communications providers. He grew the business from $500 million to over $2.5 billion. Prior to that, he led Cisco’s enterprise line of business in the northeastern United States and established Cisco in a number of strategic markets such as financial services in New York City, media, government and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to joining Cisco, Dominguez held management positions at Timeplex, Inc. in Woodcliff Lake and at New Jersey Bell/Bell Atlanticom in Newark. Recently he was named one of the top 50 Hispanic executives in the United States by Hispanic Engineering and Information Technology magazine. He serves on the board of directors of Communities in Schools of New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping high-risk children in school; the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME); and the YMCA of Greater New York. Dominguez was born in Cuba and attended the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez.
Pawlikowski, originally from Bloomfield and a 1978 NCE graduate with a degree in chemical engineering, is the Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. She is responsible for more than 5,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $10 billion. As the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, she manages the research, design, development, acquisition, and sustainment of satellites and the associated command and control systems. Her extensive portfolio includes military satellite communication, missile warning, navigation and timing, space-based weather, space launch and test ranges, certification for launch, space superiority, responsive space and other emerging evolutionary space programs.
Pawlikowski entered the Air Force in 1978 through the ROTC program at NJIT. She was awarded a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981 and entered active duty soon afterwards at McClellan Air Force Base, CA. Her major awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; Air Force Achievement Medal; and Air Force Individual Recognition Ribbon.
After graduating as a civil engineer from NCE in 1963, Cruz joined his father’s company, Cruz Construction, which was establishing a name in utilities construction. By 1982, Engineering News Record had named the business among the top 400 US construction companies. As the company grew, the name changed to E.E. Cruz & Company and accomplishments followed included widening a portion of Interstate Route 287 in New Jersey, reconstructing a 25-block area in Manhattan and rebuilding the area around the World Trade Center following the bombings. Since 2008, the company has been involved with constructing the Manhattan Second Avenue subway.
Cruz has held many presidencies including the Utility Contractors Association (both national and New Jersey chapters); General Contractors Association of NYC; and the Moles, an association for contractors and engineers who work underground. In 2006, The Moles awarded him its outstanding achievement in construction. He is a founder of the Ironbound Bank, which continues to operate successfully under the banner of New York Community Bank. NJIT awarded him in 1983, the Edward F. Weston Award. Early in his career, he received his Professional Engineers license in New Jersey.
In 2010, E.E. Cruz & Company was acquired by Hochtief AG, a German company with operations worldwide, through its U.S. subsidiaries-- Turner Construction and Flatiron Construction. Today the company continues to operate as a division of Flatiron. The management team of E.E. Cruz remains in place and continues intact with Cruz’s retirement as chief executive officer at the beginning of 2013.