NJIT Newsroom tagged with "nasa" Updates about what's happening on and around the NJIT campus. http://www.njit.edu/news en-us 2014 New Jersey Institute of Technology http://www.njit.edu/uicomponents/images/sub_logo.gif New Jersey Institute of Technology http://www.njit.edu 60 New NSF Funding for Solar Research http://www.njit.edu/news/2014/2014-129.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2014/2014-129.phpMon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 A substantial new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will enable NJIT researchers to delve more deeply into powerful, potentially destructive solar events.

Tagged: college of science and liberal arts, csla, department of physics, national science foundation, big bear solar observatory, nasa, dale gary, nsf, center for solar-terrestrial research, bbso, gelu nita, gregory fleishman, solar flares


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NASA Calls NJIT's Spacecraft Instrument Aboard the Van Allen Probes a 'Mission Success' http://www.njit.edu/news/2014/2014-115.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2014/2014-115.phpThu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Now deep into the scientific discovery phase of a two-year orbit, NASA's Van Allen Probes, carrying an NJIT instrument that measures the composition of the radiation belts surrounding Earth, are shedding new light on a hazardous, little-understood region of the planet's outermost atmosphere.

Tagged: department of physics, research, nasa, louis lanzerotti, andrew gerrard, solar, center for solar terrestrial research


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With Instruments in Space and on Earth, NJIT's Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research Monitors the Year's First Massive Solar Storm in Real Time http://www.njit.edu/news/2014/2014-008.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2014/2014-008.phpThu, 09 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 A massive solar storm erupting from a giant, tumultuous sunspot is providing what physicist Andrew Gerrard calls a “beautiful opportunity” to observe and analyze a rare and powerful burst of solar radiation and particles traveling at unusually high speed toward Earth.

Tagged: college of science and liberal arts, csla, department of physics, big bear solar observatory, nasa, center for solar-terrestrial research, andrew gerrard, bbso, solar storm


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Work of NJIT Professor Included in NASA's Flight Opportunities Program http://www.njit.edu/news/2012/2012-314.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2012/2012-314.phpFri, 21 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400 The work of Boris Khusid, professor in the department of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering, has been included in NASA's Flight Opportunities Program.

Tagged: newark college of engineering, nce, department of chemical biological and pharmaceutical engineering, nasa, boris khusid, cbpe


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Lanzerotti's Launch Makes It: Wee Hour Party at NJIT Sees Atlas V Take-Off http://www.njit.edu/news/2012/2012-292.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2012/2012-292.phpFri, 31 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 Rivaling the kind of devotion reserved for rock stars, a band of space weather groupies surrounding NJIT Distinguished Research Professor Lou Lanzerotti stayed up all night into the next day to witness the long-awaited launch of Atlas V.  

Tagged: college of science and liberal arts, csla, department of physics, nasa, louis lanzerotti, paul dupiano, dhvanit mehta


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The Star-Ledger Features NJIT Physicist Louis Lanzerotti's Device for NASA Probes http://www.njit.edu/news/2012/2012-277.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2012/2012-277.phpWed, 29 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 As NASA readies the rescheduled launch  for 4 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2012 (view live starting 1:30 a.m. on NASA TV), read more about the role of NJIT Distinguished Research Professor Louis Lanzerotti  in The Star-Ledger.

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NJIT Scientist Creates Instrument for NASA Aug. 23 Launch To Better Understand Space Weather and Radiation Environment That Caused Demise of Telstar I http://www.njit.edu/news/2012/2012-254.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2012/2012-254.phpWed, 08 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 NJIT Distinguished Research Professor and former Bell Labs scientist Louis J. Lanzerotti, will see his 50-year quest to better understand space weather and Earth's Van Allen Radiation Belts rocket, once again, into space on Aug. 23, 2012. 

Tagged: newark college of engineering, college of science and liberal arts, nce, csla, department of electrical and computer engineering, department of physics, nasa, louis lanzerotti, space weather


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NJIT's Louis Lanzerotti To Be Honored as AGU's 2011 William Bowie Medalist http://www.njit.edu/news/2011/2011-468.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2011/2011-468.phpThu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Louis Lanzerotti, distinguished research professor of physics at NJIT, has been selected as the 2011 William Bowie Medalist of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Tagged: physics, big bear solar observatory, nasa, louis lanzerotti, center for solar-terrestrial research, hubble space telescope, geophysics, george bush, american geophysical union, terrestrial technologies


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Flying Highlander Wins 4th Place at Aerospace Competition http://www.njit.edu/news/2011/2011-142.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2011/2011-142.phpThu, 14 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400 Sometimes engineering school really can be fun. Just ask the six Newark College of Engineering undergrads who created and designed their own micro airplane.

Tagged: newark college of engineering, students, nasa, competition, contests, society of automotive engineers, aerospace, flying highlander


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NJIT Astronomy Club To Host Public Talk on NASA Space Mission http://www.njit.edu/news/2010/2010-313.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2010/2010-313.phpThu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0400 The NJIT Astronomy Club is hosting a public talk on the NASA space mission New Horizons on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. in Kupfrian 117. The New Horizons mission will study the first "double planet" Pluto and Charon and its moons Nix and Hydra. A presentation on the mission will be given by Amateur Astronomers, Inc. (AAI) Sidewalk Astronomy Chair Helder Jacinto, who will cover the space craft, its Jupiter mission and discuss the Pluto and Charon spacecraft visit.

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NJIT Distinguished Research Professor Heads Panel Studying Sudden Car Acceleration http://www.njit.edu/news/2010/2010-228.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2010/2010-228.phpMon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0400 Louis J. Lanzerotti, PhD, a distinguished research professor in the department of physics at NJIT, will lead the 12-member panel organized by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies (www.nationalacademies.org) to identify possible causes of unintended acceleration in vehicles in the aftermath of Toyota's large recalls.

Tagged: department of physics, nasa, ian gatley, louis lanzerotti, national academy of engineering, lucent technologies, geophysics, national research council


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Using NASA Photos, NJIT Physics Professor Leads Journey to Galaxy Center http://www.njit.edu/news/2009/2009-427.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2009/2009-427.phpThu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0500 NJIT Distinguished Professor of Physics Dale E. Gary will guide visitors on a journey to the center of the galaxy on Dec. 11, 2009 at the Cooperative Extension Services, Warren County.

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NJIT Physicist Who Connected Solar Outburst With GPS Failure Promoted To Distinguished Professor http://www.njit.edu/news/2009/2009-296.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2009/2009-296.phpFri, 04 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400 NJIT Professor Dale Gary, PhD, of Berkeley Heights, an expert in solar radio data, was promoted to distinguished professor.   Gary examines the conditions under which solar radio bursts from distinct solar events can disrupt cellular telephone signals.

Tagged: donald sebastian, convocation, honors, national science foundation, award, provost, essex county college, nasa, zachary yamba, dale gary, center for solar-terrestrial research, sun, owens valley solar array, gps


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Former NASA Astronaut Bonnie J. Dunbar To Speak at Chemistry an Environmental Science Department Seminar http://www.njit.edu/news/2009/2009-150.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2009/2009-150.phpWed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0400 Bonnie J. Dunbar, PhD, president and CEO of The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, will be the guest speaker at a Biomedical Engineering Seminar on April 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Kupfrian Hall Rm. 118. Dunbar recently retired from the NASA Johnson Space Center, where she was Associate Director, Technology Integration and Risk Management for the Space Life Sciences Directorate.

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Salman Naqvi, Electrical Engineering Student at NJIT, Named Goldwater Scholar http://www.njit.edu/news/2009/2009-128.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2009/2009-128.phpFri, 03 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0400 Salman Naqvi, of Kearny, a junior studying electrical engineering at NJIT, was named a prestigious Goldwater Scholar earlier this week by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. 

Tagged: newark college of engineering, albert dorman honors college, department of electrical and computer engineering, joel bloom, commencement, department of mechanical engineering, big bear solar observatory, nasa, andrew gerrard, goldwater scholar, mohammad naqvi, salman naqvi, global warming, faizan naqvi, national oceanic and atmospheric administration


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Lanzerotti Speaks To Hold AAS Symposium About Space Weather http://www.njit.edu/news/2007/2007-077.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2007/2007-077.phpTue, 20 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0500 The safety of technologies and humans in space, based on weather, is of special interest to Lanzerotti, who in 2006 was the principal investigator for instruments on the new NASA Radiation Belts Storm Probes mission to investigate Earth's Van Allen radiation belts. 

Tagged: physics, nasa, louis lanzerotti, solar, space weather, geophysics, distinguished research professor, terrestrial technologies


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History Professor at NJIT Captures Smithsonian Fellowship http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-170.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-170.phpWed, 06 Oct 2004 00:00:00 -0400 Looking closer at the impact of NASA's growth on the environmental history and policy of the United States has captured a Verville Fellowship for Neil Maher, assistant professor of history at NJIT.

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Thomas M. Myrick, an Engineer Who Worked on Two Mars rovers, to Receive Distinguished Alumni Achievement Medal from New Jersey Institute of Technology http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-157.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-157.phpWed, 29 Sep 2004 00:00:00 -0400 Thomas M. Myrick, an engineer who played a major role in developing a robotic component for two Mars rovers, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award during New Jersey Institute of Technology's (NJIT) annual Fall Awards ceremony. The ceremony will be held Oct. 6 at the university.

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NJIT Hosts NASA SHARP Students http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-108.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-108.phpTue, 27 Jul 2004 00:00:00 -0400 NJIT hosted students enrolled in the NASA Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) in science and engineering, three of whom are working one-on-one with faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering this summer. The faculty mentors are: Dr. Edward L. Dreyzin, professor; Dr. Boris Khusid, associate professor; and Dr. Chao Zhu, associate professor. 

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SPOTLIGHT: New Perspectives on Port Security http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-098.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-098.phpThu, 08 Jul 2004 00:00:00 -0400 An artist's rendering of one of the HASAs designed to bolster the nation's security with a wide array of innovative technologiesJuly 8, 2004 NJIT researchers are putting a 21st century spin on a 19th century technology to make the nation's ports and coastal waters safer. Airships—known today mainly for advertising flyovers at football games—are the core of a new coastal surveillance system in development for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) of the U.S. Department of Defense. But the new models will bear little resemblance to their predecessors. These High Altitude Stratospheric Airships (HASAs) will be unmanned, stationary platforms 12 miles above the ground. At 500 feet long and 150 feet in diameter with a volume of five million cubic feet, the HASAs will be 25 times the size of a Goodyear blimp. The airships will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge equipment for remote sensing, communications, and risk analysis of suspected threats—and that's where NJIT comes in. The university is partnering with StratCom International LLC to serve as the academic research and development base for the project. NJIT's component of the project is under the direction of Donald H. Sebastian, vice president of research and development and director of the university's Homeland Security Technology Center. Sebastian says the project is a natural fit for NJIT. “We have expertise in the whole range of applicable technologies—terahertz imaging, advanced materials technology for the airship skin, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), intermodal freight transportation through our transportation centers, wireless telecommunications, and information-assurance systems. We're also an agile university with a strong entrepreneurial character that allows us to respond quickly to an emerging need such as homeland security.”   While the airship technology is driven by important defense applications, the impact on civilian life may be far greater. When production can be scaled to meet the need of widespread deployment, the airships will become an important layer of our telecommunications infrastructure, empowering a wide variety of applications based on mobile, bi-directional exchange of voice, video and data—broadband access anywhere at any time. Closer in time, homeland-security applications ranging from first-responder communications for emergency response and command through border security and surveillance systems will be important markets for HASA technology.Monitoring container traffic One area of development that has been proposed to the federal Transportation Security Administration concerns “maritime domain awareness”—pushing the national boundaries out to sea where problem cargo can be identified and handled far from our populated port cities. The primary focus of the project is shipping containers, considered to be among the most serious potential threats to homeland security. More than half of all U.S. trade travels in sealed containers 20 to 40 feet long, piled by the thousands onto ships for delivery to ports, where they are often transferred, unopened, to trucks and trains for shipping to secondary destinations. Some six to eight million containers arrive in U.S. ports annually, and fewer than four percent are ever inspected for contraband or dangerous materials.“The threat is a serious one, but container traffic is also one of the keystones of the global economy,” Sebastian says. According to recent statistics, $728 billion in goods were shipped in containers, accounting for nearly seven percent of the gross domestic product. Many American businesses are dependent on materials and components shipped from other nations. Equipped to scan quickly and remotely, the airships won't disrupt commerce. At an altitude of 70,000 feet, a HASA's advanced radar would provide surveillance coverage over a surface area of 500,000 square miles. Advanced sensory technology in each cargo container would be in communication with the airship to ensure the integrity of the ship's contents during transit. Unmanned air and sea craft would be controlled from the airship to provide additional surveillance and interdiction capabilities. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has recommended the stationing of 10 HASAs to cover all the continental borders of the United States. Spearheading the airship project is Lieutenant General James A. Abrahamson, USAF-Retired, chairman and CEO of StratCom International LLC, who directed both the Space Shuttle program and Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative. He founded StratCom in 1998 and partnered with Lockheed Martin to develop HASAs for the telecommunications industry. But after 9/11, defense agencies took an interest in stratospheric airships. Last September, Team Lockheed Martin, which includes StratCom, won an exclusive $40 million contract with the Missile Defense Agency for HASA design. Detailed plans will be submitted to MDA in June 2004 and, upon approval, the project will receive an additional $50 million to build and launch a prototype airship by July 2006. The final phase of testing and evaluation through July 2008 will receive another $9 million in funding.Detecting explosives with terahertz radiation A terahertz (THz) detection system that can be deployed inside cargo containers is central to the project. Already under study at NJIT, THz electromagnetic radiation can be used to detect and identify explosives and biological agents even concealed in sealed packages, since THz radiation is readily transmitted through plastics, clothing and other non-metals. The team—John Federici and Dale Gary, professors of physics, and Robert Barat, professor of chemical engineering—has developed imaging tools designed to provide wide-area surveillance for concealed explosives. They recently received a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research grant with their industrial collaborators, Picometrix, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for commercial development of the terahertz detection system. For the airship project, they will develop miniaturized systems that can be deployed inside cargo containers, as well as artificial neural network algorithms to analyze the THz images for the presence of explosives. Various types of explosive agents will be studied to develop recognition of their THz signature.“Although the THz system would not be able to determine the contents of a sealed metallic container, it will be able to detect the presence and size of a metal container inside the cargo container,” Federici says. “Comparing images over time could suggest that a suspicious container had been placed on board.” In-container and seagoing surveillance NJIT will consult with partner, Secure Asset Reporting Services (SARS), on the development and installation of advanced in-container sensors. The team will expand upon the GPS-system developed by SARS for tracking maritime and other mobile assets with additional sensor technology to detect door openings, the breaking of container seals, movement inside containers, and chemical, biological and explosive threats. “We plan to see tracking and sensor arrays in every container entering or leaving U.S. waterways and on virtually all road and rail systems in the United States,” Sebastian says.Technology against terrorism Although by far the largest research initiative related to homeland security, the HASA project is one of some two dozen studies coordinated by NJIT's Homeland Security Technology Center. Sebastian says that a public technological university has an important role in homeland security.“We ran a survey last year in the New York Metropolitan area and found that nearly two out of three adults think it is likely that another act of terrorism will occur within this area,” says Sebastian. “The vast majority expect information and protection to come from the government, especially from scientists and technology experts in public institutions. We saw this as a mandate for NJIT to apply its resources and expertise to New Jersey's homeland security.”

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Here Comes the Sun: NJIT Physicists Create Solar Fun at Newark Museum http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-055.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-055.phpFri, 14 May 2004 00:00:00 -0400 If you've ever wanted to learn more about the sun's 10-billion-year life cycle, don't miss "Solar Fireworks," an easy-to-understand new science exhibit about the sun and solar system, on view May 15, 2004, through May 29, 2005, at the Newark Museum. The exhibit is a collaborative effort between astronomers at the museum and Haimin Wang and Carsten Denker, NJIT professors of physics.

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NJIT Physicists Create Solar Fun at Newark Museum: NASA’s Mr. Eclipse Joins Family Fun Day May 22 http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-054.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-054.phpThu, 13 May 2004 00:00:00 -0400 If you've ever wanted to know more about the sun's 10-billion year life cycle, don't miss “Solar Fireworks,” an easy-to-understand new science exhibit about the sun and solar system,  on view May 15, 2004, through May 29, 2005, at the Newark Museum.    The exhibit is a collaborative effort between astronomers at the museum and Haimin Wang and Carsten Denker, professors of physics, at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  Wang and Denker designed and wrote the easy-to-understand display that includes installations, computer animations and even a touch-and-tell plasma globe.  Wang obtained the show's funding -- a $30,000 grant from NASA's Office of Space Science Education/Public Outreach Program.  The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays, noon-5 p.m., in the Prudential Foundation Gallery of the Victoria Hall of Science at the museum.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology Space Explorer Louis Lanzerotti Heads Committee To Study Hubble’s Fate http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-045.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-045.phpFri, 16 Apr 2004 00:00:00 -0400 New Jersey Institute of Technology Space Explorer Louis Lanzerotti Heads Committee To Study Hubble's Fate 

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First Hispanic Ever To Become A NASA Astronaut To Speak AT NJIT: U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez Will Accompany Him http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-023.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-023.phpWed, 03 Mar 2004 00:00:00 -0500 The first Hispanic to become a NASA astronaut, Franklin Chang-Diaz, will visit New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He will discuss a new rocket he is developing for NASA that will dramatically shorten human transit times between planets. He will also discuss President Bush's new vision for the nation's space program, starting with the return to the moon and ultimately the future exploration of Mars and other planets. He will tell NJIT students about the need for science and mathematics in solving the technical problems of space travel. U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., will accompany and introduce the astronaut.

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Scientists Report First-Ever 3-D Observations Of Solar Storms Using Ulysses Spacecraft http://www.njit.edu/news/2003/2003-134.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2003/2003-134.phpFri, 14 Nov 2003 00:00:00 -0500 New Jersey Institute of Technology/Bell Labs physicist Louis Lanzerotti was part of international team that studied the unquiet sun when it was most active and found some surprises.

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High School Teams Win Robot Contest Hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology http://www.njit.edu/news/2003/2003-032.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2003/2003-032.phpFri, 04 Apr 2003 00:00:00 -0500 High-school teams from across the state competed in a robot-design competition hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The contest was part of the annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, whose keynote speaker was a NASA astronaut.

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NASA Astronaut Headlines NJIT Bioengineering Conference: http://www.njit.edu/news/2003/2003-024.php http://www.njit.edu/news/2003/2003-024.phpTue, 18 Mar 2003 00:00:00 -0500 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host a national bioengineering conference whose keynote speaker, a NASA astronaut, will discuss the recent Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Other speakers include bioengineers from Harvard, Yale, NJIT and other top universities. The conference will feature a high school robotics competition, with student teams designing robots that can perform surgical tasks.

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