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2014
NJIT's John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will sponsor a public forum on the Proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Plan for the lower eight miles of the Lower Passaic River on July 22, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.  >>
NJIT researchers have developed a paint for use in coatings and packaging that changes color when exposed to high temperatures, delivering a visual warning to people handling material or equipment with the potential to malfunction, explode, or cause burns when overheated. >>
Uncontrolled landfills are a growing problem in the developing world, polluting groundwater and emitting foul odors, while also boosting greenhouse gas emissions. >>
Stephanie Santos and Thomas Olenik, assistant professor and associate professor, respectively, in the John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NJIT, gave a presentation this spring at the Tri-State Best Practices Conference at Bergen Community College. >>
Did you ever wonder if you could pinpoint the original locations where your favorite paintings were created—or if they still exist? A new app developed by NJIT Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Gareth Russell can help users “see” through the eyes of noted artists and the scenery that inspired their work. >>
C. T. Thomas Hsu, a professor in the John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and his two former Ph.D. students Dr. Sun Punurai and Dr. Pedro R. Munoz, recently received a patent for “System and Method of Use for Composite Floor.” >>
Two NJIT engineers, a senior and an alumnus from the Class of 2013, have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, generous three-year grants that allow them to focus intensively on research as they pursue doctoral degrees in graduate school. >>
Michel Boufadel, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection at NJIT, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  >>
Learn more about engineering past Winter Olympics vs. Summer Olympics with this infographic created by NJIT. >>
Learn more about the role civil engineers played in the Sochi Olympics with this infographic created by NJIT. >>
Roumiana Petrova, senior university lecturer in the department of chemistry and environmental science, served as chair of the MS&T 2013 Program Coordinating Committee for the annual conference and exhibition held in Montreal, Canada.  >>
2013
The Board of Trustees and the Administration of NJIT have honored three of the university's most outstanding friends and supporters with the naming of facilities and departments in their memory. >>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $1 million grant to a team of environmental experts at NJIT who offer technical assistance to communities working to transform contaminated properties into clean and productive land. >>
Researchers at NJIT have developed a flexible battery made with carbon nanotubes that could potentially power electronic devices with flexible displays. >>
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has awarded NJIT a $289,000 grant to investigate alternative measures for flood mitigation in the Hackensack/Moonachie/Little Ferry area.  The effort will enhance rather than duplicate any on-going efforts by the US Army Corps of Engineers and other organizations.  NJIT's newest center, the Flood Mitigation Engineering Resource Center will handle the work. >>
The department of civil and environmental engineering begins the fall seminar series today with “Overview of U.S. DOT Connected Vehicle Program” by Joyoung Lee, assistant professor in the department. >>
NJIT Professor Michel Boufadel has been appointed a member of a National Research Council (of the National Academies) committee on the Effective Daily Recovery Capacity.  The appointment is through Nov. 14, 2013.  The task includes providing guidelines on the best techniques for skimming oil off the ocean surface following spills.  Such guidelines are important for preparedness of regions regarding oil spills. >>
An NJIT Capstone team has recently developed the website CELR.org, which stands for Creative Engineering Learning Resource.  The site was created by Priscilla Nelson, professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, and a computer science Capstone team of undergraduates.  >>
Methi Wecharatana, PhD, master teacher in the department of civil and environmental engineering, has been asked to speak at the Thailand Innovation Forum: R&D to Commercialization Seminar on Aug. 15 in Bangkok.  >>
Construction speeds ahead as students from NJIT and Harbin Institute of Technology hurry to add finishing touches to their collaborative entry in the 2013 China Solar Decathlon Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy and China National Energy Agency.  Nexus House must be ready for judging by Aug. 2, 2013.  Thirteen NJIT alums and current students have been overseas since early July to finish the construction process.  The project began two years ago. >>
NJIT Professor Michel Boufadel, is a co-author of a new expert report on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Mississippi Canyon-252 oil spill on ecosystem services in the Gulf of Mexico.    >>
High school science teachers from throughout New Jersey recently attended NJIT's third annual materials science camp to learn better approaches for teaching materials science.  The one-week program was a partnership among NJIT's College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA), the Metro NY/NJ Chapter of the American Society of Materials (ASM) and the ASM Education Foundation.  >>
NJIT, under Maurie Cohen's direction, will be a co-sponsor (with Clark University and others) of the SCORAI event “The Future of Consumerism and Well-Being in a World of Ecological Constraints” from June 12-14.  >>
Congratulations to NJIT's Steel Bridge Team, placing 12th overall at the National Steel Bridge Building Contest.  This was the highest ranking ever by an NJIT team. >>
Michel Boufadel, professor in NJIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will appear this weekend on a segment of One-on-One with Steve Adubato.  >>
NJIT offers innumerable opportunities and the students who avail themselves of the many campus attributes ranging from 121 degree programs to an enviable 15:1 student-faculty ratio often leave NJIT to enjoy a rich, rewarding future.  Five inspirational stories below exemplify that if you stay in school and work hard, success follows.   >>
The time may be fast approaching for researchers to take better advantage of the vast amount of valuable patient information available from U.S. electronic health records.  Lian Duan, an NJIT computer scientist with an expertise in data mining, has done just that with the recent publication of “Adverse Drug Effect Detection,” IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (March, 2013). >>
Technology evangelist and Cisco System Senior Vice President Carlos Dominguez; and alums U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, PhD, and  Edward Cruz, principal of Hop Brook Properties, will receive honorary degrees at the May 20, 2013 NJIT commencement.  The event, set for 9 a.m., will be held at Newark's Prudential Center.  The university will confer close to 2000 doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees on members of the Class of 2013.  >>
NJIT environmental experts will offer better ways to manage brownfields projects and the availability of professional help at NJIT at an upcoming national brownfields conference on May 15-17, 2013 in Atlanta. >>
NJIT continues to demonstrate the value of its educational offerings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to the latest 2013 PayScale college rankings for return on investment (ROI).  NJIT is 6th (top 1 percent) among 437 public universities and 27th (top 2 percent) among 1,511 public and private institutions in the U.S.  >>
It was a clean sweep: Over the weekend NJIT students won the regional steel bridge contest as well as the concrete canoe contest.  This marks the second year in a row that NJIT has won both contests.  >>
WHAT:  Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, injects fluid underground at high pressure to fracture rock formations in order to extract previously inaccessible oil and gas.  Opponents point to groundwater contamination, risks to air quality, and migration of toxic chemicals to the surface.  Is this technology vital for tapping much-needed energy or one that's environmentally destructive?  That's the question a panel of experts will explore at an upcoming NJIT Technology and Society Forum. >>
A technology vital for tapping much-needed energy or one that's environmentally destructive?  That's the question a panel of experts will explore at the Technology and Society Forum session on fracking April 10, 2013 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.  The NJIT Technology and Society Forum is free and open to the public. >>
The Board of Trustees of New Jersey Institute of Technology has approved $200 million in construction and infrastructure projects on the university's Newark campus, designed to enhance and expand NJIT's role as the state's science and technology university and a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and research. The university will apply to the Secretary of Higher Education for $152 million from the Building Our Future Bond Act, state revolving funds and other sources to support the projects. >>
Steven Nagy, NJIT alum and former structural designer and inspector, will present “An Overview of The New Austrian Tunnel Method (NATM):  Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, Tysons Corner, VA” on Mar. 12 from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. in Colton Hall Room 210. >>
Lori Peek, PhD, visiting research scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University will present “When the Earth Shakes:  A Global Study of Earthquake Risk Reduction Activities, Barriers, and Needs” on March 7 from 4:30 -5:45 p.m. in Colton Hall Room 210. >>
Priscilla Nelson, professor in NJIT's Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering, is scheduled to appear on WBGO 88.3 FM from 4-6:30 p.m. this evening, commenting on PSE&G's announcement of a $3.9 billion, 10-year overhaul of its system. >>
NJIT civil engineer Fadi Karaa, PhD, is scheduled to appear tonight on NBC News (Channel 4) at 11 p.m. EST for a special story about pipeline security.  Priscilla Nelson, PhD, and civil engineering department chair Taha Marhaba, PhD were also interviewed.    >>
“No FEAR: A Whistleblower's Triumph” is the title of a lecture by the founder of the No FEAR Coalition Marsha Coleman-Adebayo set for Feb. 20, 2013 in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom.  The event is free and open to the public.  Street parking is available.  Coleman-Adebayo is the Director of the National Whistleblowers Center. >>
Reza Khanbilvardi, Executive Director of CUNY CREST Institute and Director of NOAA-CREST Center, The City College of the City University of New York, will discuss “Satellite Remote Sensing Application in Hydrological Monitoring and Modeling” on Feb. 12 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
Steven Hart, Ph.D., P.E., Director of Infrastructure Studies at the Center for Innovation and Engineering, West Point, will present “Conceptual Models for Infrastructure” on Feb. 5 from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
At the 18th International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies for Treatment of Water, Air and Soil held in Jacksonville, Florida, Lev Krasnoperov, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, presented a keynote lecture entitled "Chemical Reactions in Non-thermal Plasma."  >>
A performance by members of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (BONJ) will launch NJIT's next Technology and Society Forum series, a celebration of artistic creativity and exploration of key social issues.  BONJ will perform on Feb. 6, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theatre on the NJIT campus.  The public is invited to attend the free concert. >>
2012
Shyamala Pillai, doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, won first place at the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Graduate Poster Contest in San Francisco in November.  >>
A few days after Hurricane Sandy hit, NJIT Professor Michel Boufadel was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the impact of the storm on the New Jersey shoreline.  The NSF Rapid Response Research Grant immediately allowed him to take a team of eight researchers to the beaches of Raritan Bay.  >>
Daniel J. Soeder of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, will present “Shale Gas Development: Opportunities and Challenges” on Nov. 16 at 12:00 p.m. in the conference room of Colton Hall.  >>
Rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, homeowners might consider the advice of Rima Taher, an expert in the design of low-rise buildings for extreme winds and hurricanes.  >>
Catherine Britell, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and Joseph LoBuono, HDR Engineering, Inc., will discuss “The New Bayonne Bridge” on Nov. 15 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Colton Hall 416.  >>
Jesse LeCavalier, assistant professor in the school of architecture, will present “Logistics, Archiecture, Infrastructure” on Oct. 25 in Colton Hall 416 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. >>
Priscilla P. Nelson, professor of civil engineering, will present “Approaches to Metrics and Methods for Resilience of Urban Infrastructure” on Oct. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, NY.  >>
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host “Computational Analysis and Design of Complex Underground Transit Structures” by Patrick H.C. Chan, Senior Supervising Engineer and Professional Associate, Parsons Brinckerhoff, on Oct. 18 in Colton Hall 416 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. >>

ASCE Seminar on Oct. 17

October 15, 2012
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter is sponsoring a special seminar on Oct. 17 in Kupfrian 211 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. on soil magic and geosynthetics by Dr. David Elton of Auburn University.  >>
The New Jersey Section of the American Water Resources Association presented the 2012 Excellence in Water Resources Protection and Planning Award to the NJIT project "Protection of Critical Source Areas for Achieving Long Term Sustainability of Water Resources" under the category of the exceptional water resources planning and management initiatives.  >>
NJIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will present “Analysis and Design of Diaphragm (Slurry) Walls” by Dr. Yousof Q. Abd Al-Jalil, senior engineer with Langan Engineering & Environmental Services.  The event takes place on Oct. 11 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Colton Hall 416. >>
NJIT Research Professor Reginald C. Farrow, PhD, who with his research team have discovered how to make nanoscale arrays of the world's smallest probe for investigating the electrical properties of individual living cells was awarded yesterday, Oct. 4, 2012, the NJIT Board of Overseers Excellence in Research Prize and Medal.  This prize is the most prestigious research award at NJIT.  It is the fifth time the award has been made. >>
Dr. Selina Cai, assistant professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering, will present “Intertemporal Pricing and Return Policies for Strategic Consumers” on Oct. 4 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Colton Hall 416. >>
The department of civil and environmental engineering will host their first seminar of the 2012-2013 academic year.  >>
Dr. Maurie J. Cohen, associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science and the department of humanities, has accepted an appointment on a Task Force on Green Development and Sustainable Consumption in China. >>
Sustainability is an issue that cuts across disciplines and requires a spectrum of scientific approaches.  Research at NJIT embraces the integrative and collaborative approach that is critical for understanding how mankind can thrive in a more sustainable way.  >>
Zachary Marinelli (Lake Hiawatha, NJ), currently matriculating toward his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at NJIT, will receive a $2000 scholarship to further his education from the Concrete Industry Foundation. >>
Wen Zhang, PhD, has been appointed to the faculty of NJIT's Newark College of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor.  >>
Michel Boufadel, PhD, a notable voice in the investigation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and BP's Deep Water Horizon (DWH) blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, has been appointed to the faculty of NJIT's Newark College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  >>
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.  >>
Two NJIT graduate students, Shyamala Pillai and Laura Wirpsza, both of the chemistry department, participated and presented at the TechConnect World 2012 meeting in Santa Clara, CA from June 18 to 21.  >>
NJIT Associate Professor Zeyuan Qiu has authored and submitted a plan to restore the Neshanic River Watershed to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  >>
Some two dozen civil engineering students at NJIT were thrilled last Sunday as they took first place in the 2012 Concrete Canoe Competition for the New York metropolitan region.  >>
Dr. Mahmoud Wazne from Stevens Institute of Technology will present a seminar on “Beneficial Use of Industrial and Agricultural Waste Byproducts in Civil and Environmental Engineering Works” in Colton 210 at  4:30 p.m. on April 3. >>
Dr. Wonsiri Punurai, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mahidol University, Nakhonpathom, Thailand will speak on “Monitoring Vibration-based Structural Healthusing Nonlinear Approach”.  >>
High school student teams will present their projects from the current season's work at the ACE Mentor Program Final Presentation Night on March 22 from 4-6 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.  >>
Dr. Pius Egbelu, Dean of the School of Management, will discuss the importance of providing engineering students with the leadership, business and management skills necessary to advance their careers on Tuesday, March 6 in Colton Hall 210 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.   >>
Maurie Cohen, PhD, associate professor and director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Policy Studies at NJIT, will speak next month at a series of events on the Future of the Vancouver Region organized by the Metro Vancouver Council of Governments>>
Zach F. Gallagher, PE, LEED-AP, COO and vice president, Alliance Environmental & Natural Systems Utilities, will discuss "LEED and Integrated Water Resource Management" on Feb. 28, 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
Paul Rosolie of Tamandua Jungle Expeditions in Wyckoff, NJ will discuss "Conservation in the Western Amazon" on Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. in Tiernan 373. >>
Gary Hemphill, PhD, PE of Parsons Brinkerhoff (East Side Access Project) will discuss "Tunneling in the Miaoli Area for the Taiwan High Speed Rail" on February 21, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210.   >>
Michel Boufadel, PhD, PE, professor of environmental engineering at Temple University and director of the Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection, will discuss "The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill after 22 Years: Persistence and Remediation" on Feb. 7, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
Wei Wang, PhD, PE, president of Urbantech Consulting Engineering, PC, will discuss "Construction of the 145th Street Bridge Over Harlem River in NY" on Jan. 31, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
The controversial issues behind the building of high speed rail lines in China will be the topic of conversation next week when NJIT Associate Professor Rongfang (Rachel) Liu takes the stage at the annual 91st Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference.  >>
Mohamed Mahgoub, PhD, assistant professor and Concrete Industry Management program director in the Department of Engineering Technology, has been appointed to the chair position of the American Concrete Institute Committee 555, Concrete with Recycled Materials, for a three-year term. >>
2011
NJIT Associate Professor Maurie Cohen, in the department of chemistry and environmental sciences, is heading a committee to plan a two-day workshop about challenging consumerism and living well sustainably.   >>
Mahmoud Wazne, PhD, assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology, will discuss "Beneficial Use of Industrial and Agricultural Waste Byproducts in Civil and Environmental Engineering Works" on Nov. 22, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
Camille Kamga, PhD, assistant professor of civil engineering at The City College of NY, will discuss "Dynamic Traffic Assignment Modeling for Incident Management" on Nov.15, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
David R. Chapman, PE, president of Lachel & Associates, Inc., will discuss "Project Evaluation, Cost Estimating, and Risk Assessment" on Nov. 8, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
John J. Peirce, PE, DGE, vice president and secretary, and Jennifer Peirce Brandt, PE, vice president and principal of Peirce Engineering, Inc., will discuss "Selection of Excavation Support Systems: Advantages and Disadvantages" on Nov. 1, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210.  >>
John L. Cusack, president of Gifford Park Associates and board chair, New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, will discuss "Technology Verification of Cleantech, Energy & Environmental Technology" on Oct. 11, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall Rm.210. >>
Rima Taher, PhD, PE, university lecturer in NJIT's College of Architecture and Design and consulting structural engineer at Taher Engineering LLC, will discuss "Working with Architects and Contractors: An Engineer's Perspective" on Oct. 4, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
Joseph Baladi, PE, PP, of the Division of Engineering and Development Review in Bergen County, NJ, will discuss "Capital Improvement Projects From A to Z" on Sept. 27, 4:30-6 p.m. in Colton Hall 210. >>
Somenath Mitra, PhD, of Bridgewater, a professor in and chair of the department of chemistry and environmental science, has been selected to be promoted to Distinguished Professor with tenure at NJIT's University Convocation, an annual celebration to be held Sept. 14, 2011.  >>
Maurie Cohen, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science and Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Policy Studies at NJIT, has been appointed Associate of the Boston-based Tellus Institute.  >>
Acrow Corporation, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company headed by Bill Killeen ‘83, recently received the Presidential “E” Award for Exports from U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke at the Department's headquarters in Washington, DC.  >>
Maurie Cohen, PhD, associate professor and director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Policy Studies at NJIT, will discuss "The Paradox of Uneconomic Growth" at the 7th Annual Sparta Mountain Day event on June 5 in Edison Park. >>
Aficionados of modern poured-concrete design were in for a rude awakening last month when they heard NJIT Assistant Professor Matt Burgermaster's presentation at the 64th annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians.  >>
NJIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Priscilla P. Nelson will deliver the keynote address at the 45th Annual Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium on June 26, 2011 in San Francisco. >>
Charles William Bell III, a graduate student majoring in civil engineering at NJIT, was chosen as one of the representatives of Newark who will accompany His Holiness The Dalai Lama during his visit to Newark this weekend at the Newark Peace Education Summit>>
Zeyuan Qiu, PhD, associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, gave a keynote speech entitled “Precision Land Use Planning and Management for Managing Land Uses” at the 24th Annual New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Mapping Contest on April 21. >>
Maurie Cohen, PhD, associate professor and director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Policy Studies at NJIT, will discuss "From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Well-Being" at the First Annual Brick Township Green Fair on April 30 at 11:30 a.m. at Brick Township High School. >>
NJIT is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. >>
U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) congratulated NJIT students who participated last week in the EPA's P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  >>
For the sixth straight year, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge team has taken first-place honors at the annual Metropolitan New York Region Steel Bridge Competition this past weekend.  >>
NJIT Associate Professor Sergiu M. Gorun is leading a research team to develop a biologically-inspired catalyst, an active yet inert material.  >>
NJIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will sponsor a seminar on rail and transportation by Vinay Mudholkar, MS, MBA, director of railway programs at the Louis Berger Group, Inc. on April 18 at 6 p.m. in Kupfrian 107.   >>
Sissy Nikolaou, PhD, PE an associate of Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, will discuss “Seismic Ground Motions for the Challenging Geologic Conditions of New York” on April 11, 11:30-1 p.m. in Colton 416.  >>
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will sponsor a guest lecture by Robert Prieto, senior vice president of Fluor Corporation, on April 4 at 11:30 a.m. in Colton 416.  >>
Student representatives from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at NJIT visited a fourth-grade classroom in the Randolph school district, where they gave a presentation on “What Is Civil Engineering?” and conducted a hands-on activity using toothpicks and gumdrops to design and construct bridges.  >>
NJIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host three Graduate Seminars on March 28, beginning at 11:30 a.m. >>
Eugenia K. Roman, PE, a senior engineer and vice president with Olson Engineering, will be the guest speaker at the ASCE meeting on March 23, 2:30-4 p.m. in Colton Room 416.   >>
William Sasso '73, manager of IT Finance and Controls at PSEG, will discuss "Risk and Risk Management" at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Series on March 21 at 7 p.m. in Kupfrian 107. >>
High school student teams will present their projects from the current season's work at the ACE Mentor Program Final Presentation Night on March 22, 4-8 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. >>
Priscilla Nelson, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, will discuss "Tunnel Construction and Engineering" on March 21 at 6 p.m. in Kupfrian 107.   >>
Priscilla P. Nelson, PhD, professor in the NJIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will receive a notable civil engineering award next month as a leader of the design and construction industry who has improved peoples' lives around the world. >>
Maurie Cohen, PhD, associate professor and director of the graduate program in environmental policy studies at NJIT, will deliver the keynote address at The Explorer Connection's Sustainability Symposium on March 19 at LaSalle University. >>
The NJIT Graduate Environmental Policy Program and the Rutgers Division of Global Affairs are hosting a presentation by the acclaimed Sri Lankan climate activist Uchita de Zoysa on February 28, 6-7:30 p.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 1.  >>
Think NJIT. Think green. Environmental awareness is an intrinsic part of the campus culture. >>
Priscilla Nelson, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, will be an invited speaker next month at the Blackboard Jungle 4 Symposium at the University of Vermont.  >>
Priscilla P. Nelson, PhD, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers to receive the 2011 Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research.  >>
2010
Shabnam Darjani, a PhD candidate in the department of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, received a student participation grant to attend a national conference organized by the National Science Foundation.  >>
CoAD Assistant Professor Matt Burgermaster's design for a prefabricated home in Buffalo, NY is featured in an article in the Journal of Architecture Education, Issue 64:1. This project, called the Ice Cycle house, features a series of innovative building solutions to sustainable living in northern climates.  >>
Dorairaja Raghu, PhD, professor in NJIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the Excellence in Upper Division Undergraduate Instruction Award on Sept. 15, 2010 at the NJIT University Convocation, an awards ceremony with a special welcoming ceremony for the freshman class. >>
Nancy L. Jackson, PhD, professor in NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental science, will discuss "Aeolian Sediment Transport on Managed Coastal Systems" on Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Guttenberg Information Technologies Center 3710. Jackson will present results of a two-year field investigation to assess differences in sediment transport across backshore and foredune environments in New Jersey that are managed for shore protection with those that are allowed to evolve naturally. >>
Roumiana Petrova, PhD, lecturer in NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, received the Excellence in Instruction by a University Lecturer on Sept. 15, 2010 at the NJIT University Convocation, an awards ceremony with a special welcoming ceremony for the freshman class. >>
Sima Bagheri, PhD, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, has been selected to participate in the 8th Annual National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Conference, "Seeing the Future with Imaging Science," Nov. 17-19, 2010, in Irvine, California. Bagheri's contribution is entitled “The Impact of Global Change on Nearshore Water Quality – A Remote Sensing Approach.”    >>
Hans Thomann, PhD, senior scientific advisor at the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, will discuss "Energy in the 21st Century" on Nov. 17 at 11:30 am in Tiernan 373. For more information, contact Haidong Huang, 973-596-3576.  >>
Maurie J. Cohen, PhD, associate professor and director of the environmental policy studies program at NJIT, was invited to give the keynote address on "The New Political Economy of Economic Growth" at the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies Conference on the Environment on Nov. 5.   >>
The NJIT Steel Bridge Team recently participated in the New Jersey Science and Engineering Festival at Clifton High School. "How to Engineer a Bridge" was the theme of their display, which featured designing a virtual bridge with software and then load testing it with an animated truck as well as a "Paper Bridge Challenge" where students created a bridge from one sheet of copy paper that had to support 100 pennies. >>
Drew Terpenning and Shengyan Gao, graduate students in NJIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the 2010 New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Outstanding Student in Transportation Award last week at the 12th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase at Rutgers University. >>
Zhanlu Zhang, PhD, associate professor of land use planning and management in the Department of Land Management, School of Public Administration, Renmin University in Beijing, China, will present a seminar on "Land Use Policy and Farmland Consolidation in China" on Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in 373 Tiernan Hall. The seminar is hosted by NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science. >>
Historians usually depict the space race of the 1960s and 1970s as a pitched technological battle between Cold War political rivals. Yet while U.S. and Soviet spacecraft forced the world to look upward towards the Moon, they also, quite ironically, encouraged citizens across the globe to gaze back down at “spaceship Earth” with a newfound environmental awareness.  >>
Each year since 2005, colleges and universities across the United States have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Following the ninth anniversary of 9/11, higher education institutions continue to work collaboratively to improve the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and guests on their campuses by sharing information regarding policies and strategies to consistently maintain safe campuses throughout the State. >>
Jay N. Meegoda, an expert in geo-environmental engineering and a professor in the NJIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  Geo-environmental engineers apply basic geological and hydrological science, including soil and rock mechanics and groundwater hydrology, to any number of different environmental problems. >>
Jay N. Meegoda, PhD, PE, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The ASCE awards fellowships to civil engineers who have made significant technical or professional contributions to the profession, hold a P.E. license, and have at least 10 years of exceptional, responsible engineering experience gained while at member grade in ASCE. >>
NJIT will launch this fall a new 12-credit graduate certificate in sustainability policy and environmental management. The program will require students to complete four courses. Maurie Cohen, PhD, associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science, will be the program coordinator. >>
Sergiu M. Gorun, PhD, an associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, was part of a team that presented their research this spring at the 43rd Annual International Meeting of the Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cardiff, UK. Gorun's team members included Hans Moons and Sabine van Doorslear, both of the Department of Physics at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and Lukasz Lapok of NJIT. Moons presented the work of the team entitled "CW and Pulsed EPR Characterization of Soluble Metal Phthalocyanines Lacking C-H bonds," which won the JEOL Prize>>
Taha F. Marhaba, PhD, of Bridgewater, professor and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and director of the New Jersey Applied Water Research Center at NJIT, received the 2010 Distinguished Engineer Award from the Rutgers Engineering Society on May 17.  >>
When Kate Boardman, of Montclair, and Paul Rodriguez, of Harrison, march at NJIT's upcoming May 17 graduation at the Prudential Center, their minds may wander to memories of their work as fledgling mechanical engineers  removing bacteria from drinking water and halting water-borne illnesses in a poor Haitian village. Working under the auspices of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), the two made several visits there over the past two years.  >>
A special issue of The Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) co-edited by Maurie Cohen, an associate professor at NJIT, was cited today in a blog by Rob Walker, who writes the "Consumed" column for the Sunday New York Times Magazine. The special issue was published as Volume 14 Issue 1 (January/February 2010). The papers of the online issue are freely downloadable.  >>
Each year, the NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) gives the Innovation in Design Award to an engineering student who excels as a designer. This year, Giancarlo Fricano, of Bridgewater, a senior whose design skills twice helped the NJIT Steel Bridge Team capture first place in regional competitions, received it. >>
NJIT civil engineering students have for the fifth straight year taken first-place honors at the annual Metropolitan New York Region Steel Bridge Competition this past weekend. Some 25 students–including many seniors–will work past NJIT's May 17, 2010 commencement to ready the 20-foot-long model steel bridge for the next step.  >>
The ASCE Student Chapter at NJIT received first place in every competition that they entered at this weekend's 2010 Metropolitan Regional Conference held at FDU in Teaneck. Beginning on Friday evening, undergraduate civil engineering student Luz Zidziunas won the the Mead Technical Paper Competition for her paper "Ethics and the Engineer of 2025." On Saturday, NJIT's Steel Bridge Team again emerged as champions of the Regional AISC/ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition. Under the highly able leadership of their advisors (Professors John Schuring, Alan Slaughter and Anthony Massari) and co-captains Tien Tran and Giancarlo Fricano, the NJIT team also placed first in every single scoring category including Structural Efficiency, Construction Economy, Stiffness, and Aesthetics. The team now advances to the Steel Bridge Nationals, which will be held at Purdue University on Memorial Day Weekend.  >>
As Earth Day approaches, you may want to hear more from Maurie Cohen, an associate professor at NJIT, who is one of a quartet of editors responsible for producing a special issue about sustainable consumption and production prepared for The Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE). The papers of this online issue are freely downloadable at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123296535/issue. >>
Yasmine Aly, of Bloomfield,  a doctoral candidate studying chemical engineering at NJIT received on April 14, 2010, the first-place gold medal for her graduate research project, “Aluminum-based Reactive Composite Powders” at the NJIT Dana Knox Student Research Showcase on April 14, 2010.  >>
Matthew Young, of Collingswood, received the Outstanding Senior Award in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the 12th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence sponsored by NJIT's Newark College of Engineering (NCE).  The event was held March 25, 2010 at NJIT.  >>
Students in the Department of Engineering Technology's Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program received a special invitation from The Port Authority of NY and NJ to view $23 billion of construction at the New York World Trade Center site. Mohamed Mahgoub, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Allyn Luke in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering accompanied the students last week to the construction site, where they had the opportunity to ask questions about the project and job opportunities as they viewed the onsite mixing and testing of concrete.  >>
Civil engineering junior Keith Corkery, of Fair Lawn, will receive the 2010 Sol Seid Award for Excellence from the New Jersey Professional Engineers in Construction on April 9 at a dinner dance in Belleville. Nominated by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Taha Marhaba, Corkery was chosen to receive the $10,000 award based upon his outstanding academic achievements and community involvement.  >>
Magued G. Iskander, PhD, associate professor of civil engineering at NYU Poly, will discuss "Plastic Piles in Geotechnical Construction" at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series on March 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in 416 Colton Hall. >>
Jay N. Meegoda, PhD, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, will speak today about sustainable infrastructure for the 21st century at a seminar sponsored by the department of civil engineering at City College of New York.    >>
Nabil Al-Joulani, PhD, PEng, associate professor of civil engineering at Palestine Polytechnic University, will discuss "Ground Pollution Due To Stone Cutting Industry Case Study-Hebron District" on March 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in 416 Colton Hall. >>
Sergiu M. Gorun, PhD, associate professor of chemistry at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), was awarded a patent today for a novel composition of matter. “Functional Coating Compositions of Perfluoroalkyl Perfluoro-Phthalocyanine Compounds” (US Patent Number 7,670,684) discloses a new self-contained subclass of molecules. These new materials are comprised of organic scaffolds with metal centers, which can be applied as either an opaque or transparent hydrophobic coating. >>
Maurie Cohen, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at NJIT, will discuss "Is It Futile To Pursue Economic Growth?" at the NJIT-Sigma Xi Research Café on March 4, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Area, 3rd Floor, NJIT Campus Center. >>
2009
Zeyuan Qiu, PhD, an associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, published a journal article on watershed buffer zones that appeared in the November 2009 issue of Environmental Management. "Assessing Critical Source Areas in Watersheds for Conservation Buffer Planning and Riparian Restoration" also was profiled on the Conservation Maven website. >>
Students in an NJIT architecture studio welcomed a group of guests last weekend to review their designs and provide practical feedback on the plans. >>
High school students and their parents can obtain valuable information on admissions procedures, tour the campus, explore the wide range of undergraduate degree programs and minors and more at NJIT's Fall Open House on Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit residence halls, classrooms, and athletic facilities and see academics in action with demonstrations like the hydraulics lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Click here to RSVP. >>
NJIT Research Architect B. Lynn Hutchings believes that by making a few practical, effective and relatively inexpensive changes to school buildings, they can become better environments for students with severe physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities. She will spread her word to school social workers at the Nov. 6-8, 2009 Annual Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education, in San Antonio. >>
Maurie J. Cohen, director and associate professor in the Graduate Program in Environmental Policy Studies in NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, is a co-convener of the 2009 Inaugural SCORAI Workshop: Individual Consumption and Systemic Societal Transformation, on Oct. 15-17 at Clark University. NJIT is serving as a cosponsor of the project and workshop.  >>
Dickson D. Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, discussed vertical farms, the agriculture for the 21st century, at the NJIT Technology and Society Forum Series yesterday.  Vertical urban farms could help to repair many of the world's damaged ecosystems and moderate global climate change, says Despommier. Social benefits include fostering a sustainable urban environment that encourages good health, new employment opportunities, fewer abandoned lots and buildings, cleaner air, and an abundant supply of safe drinking water. Despommier's lecture drew a large number of community organizers, including Newark Councilman Donald M. Payne, City of Newark Sustainability Officer Chelsea Arbusher, and Greater Newark Conservancy Executive Director Robin Dougherty, in addition to representatives from the Trust for Public Land, Newark Public Schools, Rutgers University and the Ironbound Community Corporation. >>
Kamalesh Sirkar, PhD, distinguished professor of chemical engineering at NJIT, and internationally-renowned expert in membrane separation technologies will be the recipient of the NJIT Board of Overseers Excellence in Research Prize and Medal.  The award presentation and lecture will take place Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, in Kupfrian Hall on the NJIT campus.  A reception will immediately follow. For more information, please click here. >>
Sergiu M. Gorun, PhD, an associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, has been invited to give the keynote lecture at the combined 19th International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry and 2009 International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies on August 23–28, 2009, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. >>
Zeyuan Qiu, associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, will discuss "Protection of Critical Source Areas for Achieving Long-term Sustainability of Water Resources" on June 8, 2-3 p.m. (EST) as part of the Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS) webinar series. CNS is an EPA grant program offered through the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) Science To Achieve Results (STAR) program that supports collaboration between science and engineering researchers and decision-makers to pursue regional sustainability. Call in: 866-299-3188; Passcode: 202-343-9759. Webinar access: http://portal.epa.gov/webconference; Conf. ID: 411720. Slides from the webinar series and the schedule of upcoming talks are posted on the CNS science connector page. >>
Ornthida Sae-Khow, a doctoral student in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT (shown here with advisor Somenath Mitra), took first place and received a $1000 cash award in the North Jersey Chromatography Group (NJCG) Student Research Poster Competition. Her poster was entitled  "Micro Scale Solid Phase Extraction Using Carbon Nanotubes as Adsorbents." >>
Susana Addo Ntim, a PhD student in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, has been awarded a Faculty for the Future fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation. The Faculty for the Future awards are open to women academics in science and engineering from developing and emerging countries and provide funding for advanced graduate study. The long-term goal of the program is to generate conditions that result in more young women pursuing scientific disciplines. >>
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. >>
Perumalsamy Balaguru, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Rutgers University, will discuss “Recent Research on Infrastructure Materials and Structural Mechanics” at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar on March 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Colton Hall Rm. 416. >>
NJIT has developed 16 new master's programs, designed to help professionals succeed in today's economy. The new programs emphasize business and computing, the bio-tech field, and civil infrastructure. Each has a unique 21st century focus that draws on the rich technological expertise of NJIT. >>
“Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet” is the inspirational theme of a plethora of intriguing events this month at NJIT to celebrate Women's History Month. Join NJIT for activities ranging from green, money-saving tips to a lecture from a Harvard sustainability guru about saving the planet. Except where noted, all events are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact: Talina Knox at 973-642-4671 or view the calendar. >>
NJIT will host tomorrow morning the first of three statewide meetings to discuss the state of New Jersey's infrastructures.  According to the New Jersey American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2007 Report Card for the State's Infrastructure and the recent national ASCE 2009 Report Card, New Jersey's infrastructure systems are in critical need of repairs.  >>
It takes much more than the appropriate technology to create a sustainable green environment and organizational culture. Learn about the challenges of such a transformation at the Technology and Society Forum presentation by Leith Sharp on Wednesday, March 25 from 3-4:30 pm in NJIT's Campus Center Ballroom. >>
“Long-range solid-state ordering and high geometric distortions induced in phthalocyanines by small fluoroalkyl group,” by lead author Sergiu M. Gorun, PhD, an associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, will be the cover article and artwork published in the Feb. 21, 2009 print edition of Dalton Transactions, An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. >>
2008
The Great Depression collided with a wave of natural disasters, including the Dust Bowl and devastating floods of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Recovering from these calamities—and preventing their reoccurrence—was a major goal of the New Deal. In Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (Oxford University Press, 2007), NJIT author and professor Neil M. Maher recounts the history of one of Franklin D. Roosevelt's boldest and most successful experiments, the Civilian Conservation Corps. >>
A structural engineer and world-renowned expert on how structures respond to natural disasters, M. Ala Saadeghvaziri, PhD, a professor at NJIT, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Saadeghvaziri, of Basking Ridge, researches the effect upon buildings and other structures due to time, usage and loadings or the outcome of disasters such as earthquakes or explosions. >>
For an up-close look at life at NJIT, make time this fall and winter to attend an upcoming open house. The take-away will be more than a campus tour and meeting with an admissions counselor. You'll learn about NJIT's graduate and undergraduate programs in high-growth in-demand fields and meet one on one with faculty and admissions representatives. >>
Maurie J. Cohen, PhD, an associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, will discuss "The Unsustainability of American Consumer Society" at NJIT's Green Lecture Series on October 22 at 3 p.m. in Kupfrian 117.    >>
The New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology has awarded almost $100,000 as part of its SBIR bridge grant program to two start-up companies based in NJIT's high technology business incubator. Applechem Inc. and Lenterra, located in NJIT's Enterprise Development Center (EDC), each received Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) bridge grants. >>
Methi Wecharatana, PhD, of Parsippany, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, received a master teacher designation at NJIT's recent annual convocation. >>
Taha F. Marhaba, PhD, of Bridgewater, a professor in the civil and environmental engineering department at NJIT, received an excellent teacher designation at NJIT's recent convocation ceremony.  >>
Miquela Craytor, executive director of Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), will speak Oct. 1, 2008, at NJIT about how green technology can meet the growing climate crisis and also benefit the nation's distressed urban centers. >>
Talented high school students from throughout North Jersey will test their knowledge in performing timed laboratory experiments, writing computer programs, designing chemical apparatus, and more at the New Jersey Chemistry Olympics on May 21 in Tiernan Hall. The one-day competition is co-sponsored by NJIT and The North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society-Teacher Affiliates. >>
Edgardo Farinas, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his project "New Tools for High-Throughput Screening of Protein Libraries: Engineering Metalloproteins Displayed on Bacillus Subtilis Spores." The prestigious career award recognizes teacher-scholars most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. >>
Paul Sarlo BS '92, MS '95, chief engineer, Sanzari Companies, mayor of Wood-Ridge and state senate leader, will discuss “Investing in Infrastructure” at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Alumni Breakfast on April 24 at 8:30 a.m. in the Guttenberg Information Technologies Center Room 3720. >>
Much whooping and cheers could be heard for miles along the New Jersey waterfront as a team of NJIT civil engineering students ascended to the throne for the third consecutive year as top civil engineering students in the New York Metropolitan Region.      >>
For the third year in a row, the NJIT Steel Bridge Team captured first place overall in the 2008 Metro Region Student Steel Bridge Competition on April 5 at Stevens Institute of Technology. The team now advances to the Steel Bridge Nationals to be held at the University of Florida in Gainesville during the Memorial Day Weekend. >>
Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, discussed his current research on "Organic Solar Cells" and "Smart Coatings" on Engineering TV.  >>
Martha Greenblatt, PhD, a professor in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University-Piscataway, will discuss "Novel Electronic Materials Synthesis and Structure-Property Relationships" on March 25 at 11:30 a.m. in Tiernan Hall, Room 373.  >>
Consider that it may take less than a decade for pharmaceutical compounds now passing undetected through wastewater treatment plants to morph from a minor to a major public health issue, said NJIT researcher Taha F. Marhaba.  Marhaba, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been director of the New Jersey Applied Water Research Center at NJIT since 2002. >>
Walter Konon, chair of the civil and environmental engineering department at NJIT, will be interviewed by WABC Eyewitness News reporter Jim Hoffer tonight at 7 p.m. >>
“Nanotechnology-based Solutions for Hydrogen Storage, Fuel Cells, and Solar Power” is the topic of a lecture by Zafar Iqbal, PhD, professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, on Feb. 4 at 2:45 p.m. in Kupfrian Hall Rm. 117. The lecture is part of the Chemical Engineering Department Graduate Seminar Series. >>
2007
Cutting-edge environmental remediation technologies and energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly and “smart tech” products and services for businesses will be the focus of IETC 2007, the second Innovative Environmental Technology Conference sponsored by the Environmental Business Council of Commerce & Industry Association of NJ in partnership with NJIT on Oct. 10. Daniel Watts, PhD, executive director of the Otto H. York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science at NJIT, will co-chair. >>
More than 100 faculty, staff and students crowded into Eberhardt Hall NJIT Alumni Center yesterday for a memorial celebration of chemical engineer, inventor and philanthropist Otto H. York. >>
Dan Watts is on a crusade. The NJIT research professor would like the pharmaceutical industry to adopt safer, greener, more efficient and more effective manufacturing processes. Last week Watts brought his crusade down to the grass roots level at a five-day workshop at which 16 faculty from universities around the nation developed ways to encourage their students to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry so this new way of thinking can flourish. >>
Susan D. Richardson, PhD, a research chemist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Exposure Research Laboratory, will discuss "The Next Generation of Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products and Current Issues" on May 2, 1-2:30 p.m. in Eberhardt Hall NJIT Alumni Center, Rm. 112. >>
A breakthrough patent awarded to an NJIT researcher will enable manufacturers to create a device to uncover miniscule amounts of airborne pollutants. Using computer chip technology, Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor and chair of NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, has developed and patented what could eventually become a simple keychain device to detect tiny, though potentially lethal, amounts of airborne carcinogens. >>
Deborah Estrin, PhD, director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at the University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss "Wireless Sensing Systems: From Ecosystems to Human Systems" on March 21, 2:30-4 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom at NJIT. The event is sponsored by the NJIT Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Engineering and Policy, the Murray Center for Women in Technology Lillian Gilbreth Colloquium, the NJIT ADVANCE Program and Albert Dorman Honors College. >>
A team of NJIT engineering students received the Egor Popov Award for Structural Innovation and ranked ninth overall in the 2007 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Seismic Design Competition for Undergraduates in Civil and Structural Engineering. The competition was held on Feb. 8-9 at the EERI Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. >>
2006
"Computational Chemistry Analysis of Semiconductor Substitution into Zeolite Catalysts" is the topic of a seminar by Preeti Kamakoti, PhD, of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering on Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m., Tiernan Hall, Rm. 373. >>
Francisco J. Artigas, PhD, director and senior scientist of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, will present a seminar titled “High Resolution Remote Sensing of Wetland Environments” on Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. in GITC 3710. >>

KUDOS-December 2006

December 01, 2006
Lev N. Krasnoperov, PhD, a professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, in collaboration with Jingping Peng and Paul Marshall of the University of North Texas, has made an important advancement in the theory of reactions that exhibit negative apparent activation energies. In their paper entitled "Modified Transition State Theory and Negative Activation Energies of Simple Metathesis Reactions: Application to the Reaction CH3+HBr --> CH4 + Br" that appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry (March 2006), they developed a modified transition state theory (MTST) for such reactions, which explained the "negative temperature dependences" and provided quantitative agreement with the experiment. The controversy surrounding "simple metathesis reactions" that exhibit negative apparent activation energies has been an issue in chemical kinetics for about 20 years. The works of Dr. Krasnoperov, Peng and Marshall are an important contribution in understanding of the phenomenon and may also further provide support for the accurate determination of energies of chemical bonds based on kinetic measurements. >>
Researchers at NJIT are leading an effort to improve water quality in the Neshanic River Watershed in Central New Jersey. “We all need clean water for drinking, recreation and other purposes,” said team leader Zeyuan Qiu, PhD, an assistant professor of environmental economics in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT. “The grant will improve water quality in watershed communities by mapping out an integrative and comprehensive restoration plan.” >>
Guido Pez, PhD, chief scientist at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Materials Research Center, will discuss "Hydrogen Storage in the Context of a Liquid Carrier Infrastructure" on Oct. 17 at 11:30 a.m., Tiernan Hall Rm. 373. >>
"Microbes, Minerals and Arsenic" is the topic of a lecture by Lily Y. Young, PhD, a professor in the department of environmental sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick on Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m., Tiernan Hall Rm. 373. >>
Edgardo Farinas, PhD, assistant professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, will discuss "Proteins Designed to Order" on Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m., Tiernan Hall Rm. 373. >>
“What I think they were talking about today were liquid explosives based on nitroglycerines,” said Daniel Watts. Watts, a professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, is among five NJIT scientists and specialists available through Aug. 14, 2006, to discuss on the phone or in person the science and more of the thwarted terrorist plot in London. >>
In less than 20 minutes, researchers at NJIT can now seed, heat and grow carbon nanotubes in 10-foot-long, hollow thin steel tubing. “The work took us three years to develop and get right, but now we can essentially anchor nanotubes to a tubular wall. No one has ever done anything like this before,” said lead researcher Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor and acting chair of NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science. >>

KUDOS-August 2006

August 01, 2006
Thirty Albert Dorman Honors College Students and Assistant Dean Inducted Into Phi Eta Sigma
Thirty Albert Dorman Honors College students were inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at NJIT, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement among members of the freshman class. In addition, Shane Y. Williamson, assistant dean for academics, was inducted as an honorary member for her assistance to Honors College freshmen. NJIT Chemistry Professor Presents Research at International Symposium
Dr. Lev N. Krasnoperov, a professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT, in collaboration with Jingping Peng and Paul Marshall of the University of North Texas, has made an important advancement in the theory of reactions that exhibit negative apparent activation energies. In their paper entitled "Modified Transition State Theory and Negative Activation Energies of Simple Metathesis Reactions: Application to the Reaction CH3+HBr -> CH4 + Br," which appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Analysis in March 2006, they developed a modified transition state theory (MTST) for such reactions that provided quantitative agreement with the experiment.  In addition to the published journal article, Dr. Krasnoperov recently presented this research at the 19th International Symposium on Gas Kinetics in Orleans, France, July 22-27, 2006. >>
The Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at NJIT will host an Ionic Liquids Conference on July 13, 10 a.m.-3  p.m. in the Campus Center. Contact: Sylvana Brito at 973-596-5241. >>
Anyone who has seen the award-winning film The Ditchdigger's Daughter will know the story of Rita Thornton. When she was a child, her father, who worked as a ditchdigger, wanted all six of his daughters to become doctors. Back then, her father's dream seemed farfetched. But next week, during NJIT's spring commencement, Thornton will fulfill her father's dream. >>
Stephen Shaw, president of Shaw Built Homes and mayor of Mountain Lakes, will be named an outstanding alumnus by the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at NJIT. Shaw, who earned a civil engineering degree from NCE in 1982, will be honored during the annual NCE Awards Banquet on May 5 in NJIT's Campus Center. >>
Christopher Obropta, PhD, an assistant professor of watershed management at Rutgers University, will discuss "A New Watershed Management Approach: Water Quality Trading" on March 1, 11:30 a.m., 373 Tiernan Hall. >>
Kitchen chemistry is alive and well at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) as chemical researchers report cooking up a new and more water-soluble strain of carbon nanotubes.  An article about this work, “Rapidly Functionalized, Water-Dispersed Carbon Nanotubes at High Concentration,” appeared Jan. 11, 2006, in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. >>

KUDOS - January 2006

January 03, 2006
Cohen Receives AT&T Faculty Fellowship AwardMaurie Cohen, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science, received an Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship award from the AT&T Foundation.  NJIT's Communications Group Receives Awards for Exemplary WorkThe online Newsroom sponsored by NJIT, which is available for both public and internal viewing, has won an Apex Award from Communications Inc. of Virginia, and a gold award from MarCom Creative Awards, of Texas. The university's 2003-2004 annual report received a commendation for non-traditional design from the International ARC Awards.  >>
2005
A nanoparticle commonly used in industry could have a damaging effect on plant life, according to a report by Daniel J. Watts, executive director of the York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science and Panasonic Chair in Sustainability at NJIT. "Before this study, there was an assumption that nanoparticles had no effect on plants,” said Watts. “This study makes the observation that seedlings can interact with nanoparticles such as alumina, which can have a harmful effect on seedlings and perhaps stunt the growth of plants.“ >>
A nanoparticle commonly used in industry could have a damaging effect on plant life, according to a report by an environmental scientist at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).The report, published in a recent issue of “Toxicology Letters,” shows that nanoparticles of alumina (aluminum oxide) slowed the growth of roots in five species of plants -- corn, cucumber, cabbage, carrot and soybean. Alumina nanoparticles are commonly used in scratch-resistant transparent coatings, sunscreen lotions that provide transparent-UV protection and environmental catalysts that reduce pollution, said Daniel J. Watts, PhD, the lead author of the study.“Before this study there was an assumption that nanoparticles had no effect on plants,” said Watts, executive director of the York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science and Panasonic Chair in Sustainability at NJIT. “This study makes the observation that seedlings can interact with nanoparticles such as alumina, which can have a harmful effect on seedlings and perhaps stunt the growth of plants.  “Other nanoparticles included in the study, such as silica, did not show this effect,” Watts added. He did the study with Ling Yang, a doctoral student who recently graduated from NJIT.The authors conducted the study by allowing seeds to germinate on wet filter paper in Petri dishes, after which they added known quantities of nano-sized alumina suspended in water. The control portion of the experiment was treated only with water, and the authors observed the experiment for seven days. During that time, they measured the differences in the growth of the plants' roots, which were shown to be statistically significant. “We suppose that the surface characteristics of the nanoparticles played an important role in slowing the growth of the roots,” said Watts. “The smaller the particle, the larger is the total amount of surface area per unit weight. So the smaller you make the particles, the larger is the surface area, which we suspect is what contributes to the growth-slowing interaction between the seeds and the nanoparticles. The small size of the nanoparticles may be changed by the nanoparticles aggregating or clumping together.”But what is still not understood, said Watts, is the nature of the interaction between the nanoparticle and the root of the seed. “What is the mechanism of the interaction between the particle and the root? That we don't know as yet,” he said. Nanoparticles can be deposited into air by exhaust systems, chimneys or smoke stacks, said Watts. The particles can also mix with rainwater and snow and gradually work their way into soil. It is difficult to take results from a lab experiment and conclude that is what happens in the real world, said Watts. “But we speculate that air deposits of nanoparticles or water transport of them are ways in which nanoparticles could mix with plant life,” he said. The York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science at NJIT conducts research programs to achieve an ecologically sustainable future by correcting environmental damage caused by past action, and improving current environmental technology and practice, while providing for the economic and equity needs of people in New Jersey and throughout the world.  The York Center has been developed from research and development programs that started in 1984 and involves researchers from most disciplines at the university. >>
"CORSIM-A Microscopic Traffic Simulation Model for Integrated Networks" is the topic of a lecture by Steven Chien, PhD, associate professor, department of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, on Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Colton Hall, Room 416. Contact: Professor Raj Khera, 973-596-2475; e-mail khera@njit.edu. >>
During a lecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the environmental architect and designer William McDonough asked, “How do we love all children of all species for all time?” >>
Notable scientists, administrators and others in business, government and academe will convene Oct. 26, 2005, at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to learn more about innovative environmental technologies. Kathleen Callahan, the administrator in charge of New Jersey for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will deliver the welcome followed by Sid Caspersen, director, New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism. >>
The most recent environmental and energy technologies available in today's industry will be showcased at the Environmental Business Council of CIANJ's first Innovative Environmental Technology Conference on Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., NJIT Campus Center, second floor. >>
Michael Hornsby, adjunct faculty member in the department of civil and environmental engineering, received an Excellence in teaching award during NJIT's annual university convocation.  >>
John Schuring, PhD and PE, is professor of civil and environmental engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He holds several U.S. patents for developing methods of treating polluted soil. He is an expert in pile foundations, differential settlement of structures, and landslides. He has worked on engineering projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. >>
“Pumping the floodwater out of New Orleans is the most pressing environmental issue facing the city right now,” says Hsin-Neng Hsieh, PhD, PE, professor of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT. “There is just too much water and engineers can't use existing waste treatment technologies until the water recedes." >>
“It appears that the levee failures in New Orleans were induced by subsurface seepage through the soils, not by overtopping,” said John Schuring, PhD and PE, professor of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT. “Given the fact that the levees were built and retrofitted many times over the years, and also given the fact that other weaknesses in the soil may exist, care must be taken when the city is dewatered to avoid another failure.” >>
John Schuring, PhD (at right), chairman of the civil and environmental engineering department at NJIT, was one of four individuals who were recognized for their work with the ACE Mentor Program at its fifth annual scholarship breakfast on June 9 at the Newark Club. The ACE Mentor Program is designed to help high school students become aware of college and career opportunities in the design and construction field. >>
A team of student engineers from NJIT has traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in a national research and design contest sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The five-student team was chosen by the EPA as one of 65 finalists to compete in the People, Prosperity and Planet contest, scheduled for May 16-17 on the National Mall, on the basis of an EPA-funded research project about how to improve electronic equipment recycling in America. >>
Sanjay V. Malhotra, PhD, an assistant professor of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT who has been promoting further study of chiral ionic liquids, was recently named the invited chairman of an upcoming conference on green chemistry to be held in January of 2006 in New Delhi, India. Because it's possible to synthesize chiral forms of ionic liquids, they hold great promise for advancing basic biomedical research as well as facilitating the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.  “Properly formulated,” said Malhotra, “these organic salts, which are found in natural substances as common as pine cones, could be a safe and effective way to dissolve and recover dangerous chemicals.” >>
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The New Jersey State Chamber Environment Committee held its public meeting at NJIT on Friday, Dec. 10. The group of about 25 members met in room 3140 of the GITC building. Assemblyman John McKeon, the chairman of the Assembly's Environment Committee, was a guest speaker. Don Sebastian, PhD, senior vice president of research and development, spoke to the committee about NJIT's efforts to develop technology, such as biometrics and strategic airships, which will help the state improve homeland security.  NJIT President Robert Altenkirch also briefly spoke to the group. >>
The Community Environmental Awareness Group (CEAG) at NJIT invites volunteers to join a community-wide effort to help clean up Riverside Park in North Arlington on November 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, contact Caitlin Weaver, CEAG President, at sait26@hotmail.com.  >>
Dr. Maurie Cohen, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, was profiled in the June newsletter of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability. >>
Earlier this week, the New Jersey Youth Corps (NJYC) Brownfields Job Training Program hosted a kick-off event at NJIT. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program prepares unemployed or underemployed young adults for careers as technicians in a diverse educational environment that touches on all aspects of environmental remediation. The health and safety component of the curriculum will be taught at NJIT through the New Jersey Youth Corps of Phillipsburg in keeping with the university's ongoing mission to foster economic development at all levels throughout the state. >>
Yash Sinha, a student in the doctoral program in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Industrial Hygiene at NJIT, recently completed an 18-month tour of duty in Kirkuk in northeastern Iraq. Sinha, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, was commissioned to work in the preventive medicine medical services corp for rebuilding efforts in the areas of water and sewage and sanitation. Sinha received his master's degree in Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene from NJIT in 2002. He has returned to his full-time position at Picatinny Arsenal, where he is employed as a packaging engineer, and is continuing his part-time doctoral studies at NJIT. Sinha enjoyed the work he accomplished in Iraq as well as the sense of fulfillment that comes from helping others. “There is a risk,” he says, “But the mission has to get done.” >>
Dr. Donald Getzin of the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science has been named Associate Professor Emeritus effective June 1, 2005. The designation is in recognition of his many years of service to NJIT and his continuing involvement with its students. >>
Harold Deutschman, Ph.D, professor of civil and environmental engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), was honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a 4,000 member organization, as educator of the year. >>