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, professor of physics, joined NJIT in September of 1995 as an assistant professor. He received a PhD in astrophysics from California Institute of Technology in 1988. He is one of the most prolific researchers at NJIT having published more than 100 papers in refereed journals, more than 70 since joining NJIT. He has played a key role in the Center for Solar Terrestrial Research. He was the recipient of the US NSF CAREER award in 1997 and the Chinese NSF Distinguished Scholar Award in 2003. He is leading two important international projects: Global Halpha Network to observe the sun round-the-clock and Information Technology Research for Space Weather Prediction.
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of the Otto York Department of Chemical Engineering has been at NJIT since joining in January 1990 as an assistant professor. He has built a solid body of research in combustion and applied optics. His current research is in the area of homeland defense. His work is known and respected among his peers. He has an excellent record of teaching, having also developed several courses in the department. He was awarded the Newark College of Engineering award for excellence in interdisciplinary teaching in 2003. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990.
mechanical engineering, came to NJIT as a research professor in 1999 and became associate professor in 2001. Prior to his joining NJIT, he was a research scientist at AeroChem Research Labs at Princeton, NJ. He completed his doctoral degree in applied physics at Odessa University, Ukraine, in 1992. His research is in the area of energetic materials and metal combustion. He has developed a mechanical alloying technology for the synthesis of nano-structured and nano-composite energetic materials and established laboratory facilities for their characterization and testing.
of the Otto York Department of Chemical Engineering received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982. He joined NJIT in 1983 as an Assistant Professor. Dana has been designated as one of NJIT’s Master Teachers in recognition of his excellence in teaching, and has received numerous other awards for teaching and service. He has also been the recipient of the Franzosini Award from IUPAC in recognition of his continued involvement with the activities of the Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data. His primary research interest is in the area of thermodynamics of fluids and fluid mixtures, and he was the main plenary speaker at the 11th International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena in Portugal in July. His service has been widespread both to the profession and to the university. He recently joined the Provost's office as Interim Associate Provost.
, department of humanities, joined NJIT in 1992 as an assistant professor. He has a PhD in philosophy from Boston University in 1991. His research is in the field of environmental philosophy and philosophy of technology and music. He is the founding editor of the Terra Nova book series from MIT Press which have brought recognition to the university. He is the author of numerous books, including Hand's End: Technology and the Limits of Nature, Sudden Music, Always the Mountains, and the upcoming Why Birds Sing, to be published in Spring 2005 by Basic Books.
Raj S. Sodhi
of the department of mechanical engineering has research interests in the area of mechanical design with applications to mechanisms, manufacturing systems, medical devices, and multi-life cycle design. He began at NJIT in 1986 as an associate professor, having served as an assistant professor at Wichita State University. He served as Director of Manufacturing Programs at NJIT from 1990 to 1994. He received the Society of Manufacturing Engineering, University Lead Award in 1994 in recognition of leadership and excellence in the application and development of computer integrated manufacturing. He is past Chairman of the SME University Lead Awards Committee. He received the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Instruction in 2001. He also received the N. Watrous Procter & Gamble Award from the Society of Applied Mechanisms and Robotics for significant contributions to the science of mechanisms and robotics in 1995 and Ralph R. Teetor New Engineering Educator Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1986. His PhD is in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston in 1980.
PROMOTION TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR WITH TENURE
, civil and environmental engineering, joined NJIT as an assistant professor in 1999 after having spent fours years at Georgia Tech. She has established a solid research identity in the areas of traffic adaptation control and transportation safety, receiving an impressive $1.6 million in external funding that includes two grants from NSF. Her research has proved critical to solving both regional and national transportation problems. She has also been very active in service to her profession, serving on several national committees. She has a PhD from Texas A&M University (1995).
of the department of computer science received the PhD in computer science from Harvard University in 1993. He joined NJIT as an assistant professor in 1998 after having spent several years as a postdoctoral scholar at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory. His research deals with the design, analysis, and implementation of latency-tolerant algorithms for parallel computers. His work has advanced the Bulk-Synchronous Parallel (BSP) model of computation, first proposed by his thesis advisor L. G. Valiant who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, to such a stage that Dr Gerbessiotis is now widely recognized as a central researcher in latency-tolerant parallel computing.
engineering technology, joined the department as an assistant professor in January 1999, after many years as an adjunct. He does research in both education and scientific areas, and brings his 25 years of industrial experience into the classroom. He has been principal investigator, or co-principal investigator, on several infrastructure research projects that are associated with pipelines and sponsored by the USEPA, US Army Industrial Ecology Center, and NJDOT. He has a doctor of engineering science degree in mechanical engineering from NJIT (1979).
of the department of electrical and computer engineering has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University (1996). His research interests are in resource allocation for wireless and high-speed networks, mobile radio communication system design, mobile ad hoc networks and sensors, network management and security, and performance evaluation of communication protocols. He joined NJIT in 1999 as an assistant professor. From 1996 to 1999, he was a senior technical staff member at AT&T Laboratories in Middletown, New Jersey. Dr. Papavassiliou was awarded the Best Paper Award in INFOCOM'94, the "AT&T Division Recognition and Achievement Award" in 1997, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award in 2003.
David Washington, engineering technology, is a registered professional engineer. He has worked on computational solutions in the area of civil engineering—from the micro-mechanical behavior of geological materials to freight modal systems. He joined NJIT in 1997 as an assistant professor. He has an excellent record of teaching and service to the professional and university communities. His PhD is in civil engineering from NJIT (1996).
TENURE WITHOUT CHANGE IN RANK
Ljubinko (Lou) Kondic of the department of mathematical sciences joined NJIT as an assistant professor in 1999 and was promoted to associate professor in 1992. His Ph.D. is in physics from the City University of New York (1995). He has held postdoctoral and faculty appointments in applied mathematics. His research spans three main areas: thin film flows, granular materials, and sonoluminescence. In each of these areas, he has made solid, timely, research contributions.
Rajiv Mehta joined the School of Management as associate professor for Marketing in 1999 after having served on the faculties of the College of Business Administration at Loyola University, New Orleans and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. His research interests are in the areas of sales management, marketing channels, and global marketing. His research has appeared in the European Journal of Marketing, Business Horizons, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Business to Business Marketing, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Journal of Global Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Managerial Issues, and Journal of Services Marketing. He has worked diligently to develop and measure learning outcomes for the School of Management’s BSM program. He has been nominated three times for the Award for Teaching Excellence for Upper-Level Undergraduate Instruction. His PhD is in Marketing from Drexel University (1994).
Leonid Tsybeskov joined the department of electrical and computer engineering in 2001 as associate professor. He has a sustained record of excellence in scholarly research in the field of nanostructures. His research is focused on novel materials and structures that promise breakthroughs in the technology of electronic and optical devices based on quantum effects. He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has a PhD in applied physics from Odessa State University (1986).