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NJIT Professor Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Laurent Simon

Laurent Simon, an associate professor of chemical engineering at NJIT, received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.

Simon, of Somerset, was recognized by the society for his “exemplary teaching.” With great enthusiasm, he challenges his students with stimulating assignments and projects, counsels them before graduation and remains available to them as they enter the workforce.

“I am very honored and humbled to receive a Distinguished Teaching Award from this prestigious society,” says Simon, who teaches in NJIT’s Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering. “I love to teach and hope to continue to have a positive impact on future engineers.”

This isn’t the first time that Simon has been recognized for his impassioned teaching. At NJIT, he has won both an Excellence in Teaching Award (2007) and the Master Teacher (2009) Award. In 2009, The Newark College of Engineering (NCE) also recognized Simon’s contributions by awarding him the Saul K. Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award.

“Professor Simon has a sustained record of teaching excellence at NJIT,” says Basil Baltzis, interim dean of NCE.

“His contributions involve excellent performance in the classroom, teaching innovation, curriculum development at both the undergraduate and graduate level, publication of a textbook (as sole author), mentoring undergraduate, graduate and high-school students in research as well as involvement with assessment and accreditation issues. His recognition with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mid-Atlantic Section Distinguished Teaching Award is very well-deserved.”

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.