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Steven Plate of Glen Ridge Recognized as Special Friend of NJIT at University's Annual Black-Tie Benefit

Steven Plate, Deputy Chief of Capital Planning and Director of World Trade Center Construction at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, accepted the Special Friend of NJIT award from NJIT President Joel S. Bloom on November 8, 2013 at Celebration, the university's annual black-tie fundraiser.

Steven Plate, of Glen Ridge, was recognized as a Special Friend of New Jersey Institute of Technology at the university’s annual black-tie benefit dinner, Celebration, on Nov. 8, 2013 at The Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange.

Entertainment was provided by the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Roberta Flack. Proceeds from the sold-out event will be used toward endowed scholarships for students at NJIT.  Since 1995, many of NJIT’s most generous supporters have gathered annually for Celebration, a black-tie affair that has raised more than $4.6 million in scholarship endowment funds for students at New Jersey’s science and technology university. A festive evening featuring dinner and live entertainment, Celebration also honors individuals for achievements beneficial to the state and our nation, as well as organizations exceptional for their commitment to NJIT’s mission. 

Plate is currently the Deputy Chief of Capital Planning and Director of World Trade Center Construction, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where he is responsible for overall World Trade Center Site (WTC) Redevelopment, including management of a $15 billion-$20 billion, five-year capital program. Immediately prior to assuming responsibility for the WTC Site Redevelopment, he was instrumental in the construction management and delivery of the Port Authority’s approximately $2 billion AirTrain JFK transit system. This was the first Mega Project delivered in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Plate has made significant contributions to his Glen Ridge community, where he served as Mayor from 1999 to 2003 and also served as President of the Town Council for a number of years. He has been very active on the Planning Board, Board of Education, and numerous other committees and forums. He also serves as Chair of the Pastoral Council of the Sacred Heart Church in Glen Ridge, and also directed the approximately $2 million capital program for renovation of its church, school, rectory, and convent. He has also coached youth basketball, baseball, and soccer.   

For more information, visit the Celebration 2013 website.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.