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

NJIT Co-sponsors a Conference on Resilient Design at the United Nations

Contact: Robert Florida
(201) 725-6435: robert.florida@njit.edu

WHAT:
The Center for Resilient Design at NJIT is co-sponsoring a major international conference at the United Nations. Three NJIT officials will speak at the conference, whose theme is “Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization.” During the conference experts from national and local governments, nonprofit groups and institutes as well as academia and industry will present case studies on how cities can use resilient design to prepare for natural disasters.  Resilient design is a field in which designers, architects and engineers create stronger buildings and infrastructures that can withstand natural and man-made disasters.  

WHO: President Joel Bloom will give an overview of resilient design initiatives at NJIT; Urs Gauchat, Dean of the College of Architecture and Design (COAD), will moderate a panel on “To Build or Not to Build”; and Thomas Dallessio, a member of the COAD faculty and director of NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design, will introduce a panel discussion on how leaders can apply resilient design principles to create more sustainable communities and enhance urban mobility (Editor’s Note: Dallessio can be reached at 609-647-1538).  Dignitaries such as Ban Ki-moon, Secretary of the U.N., and John Ashe, President-elect of the U.N. General Assembly, will also speak at the conference.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: The United Nations Economic and Social Council, at the U.N. Headquarters. The entrance is on First Avenue and 47th Street.

WHY: NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design was invited to the United Nations because of its success in promoting innovation in storm-resistant building.  Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the center serves as a clearinghouse for leading-edge information about stronger construction. The conference is part of World Habitat Day 2013.     

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.