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2014
Each year for more than a decade, NJIT has hosted Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics — FACM — an international gathering that brings together representatives of academia and preeminent research organizations to share work in mathematics that has significant real-world importance across many scientific and technological disciplines. >>
As Opening Day rapidly approaches for most Major League Baseball teams, NJIT Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences Bruce Bukiet has prepared his annual MLB projections for the upcoming season. And, to the chagrin of loyal Mets fan Bukiet, New York's National League club looks to be in store for a disappointing year. >>
2013
The NJIT community mourns the loss of Monroe Weller on Oct. 10, 2013.  Weller taught physics, calculus and strength of materials at NJIT for thirty-three years.  >>
The 2013 fall applied mathematics colloquium begins today with “Unexpected Chaos in a Neural Model” presented by Jonathan E. Rubin, University of Pittsburgh.  The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II.  >>
Check out some of the upcoming lectures and workshops taking place this week. >>
Check out some of the upcoming lectures and workshops taking place this week. >>
Howard Stone, Princeton University, will present “Variations on familiar flows: (i) Marangoni flows with surfactants and (ii) Trapping of bubbles in stagnation point flows” on March 8 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Phil Holmes, Princeton University, will present “The neuromechanics of insect locomotion: How cockroaches run fast and stably without much thought” on Mar. 1 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Yixin Guo, Drexel University, will present “A Model of Thalamocortical Relay Neuron and the Parkinsonian Network” on Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Marty Golubitsky, Distinguished Professor of Natural and Mathematics Sciences at Ohio State University, will discuss “Patterns of Phase-Shift Syncrhony” on Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Michael Miksis, Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, will present “Drying Processes” on Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
2012
Gregor Kovacic, associate professor of mathematical sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present “Is Our Sensing Compressed?” on Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Yoichiro Mori, assistant professor in the department of mathematics, University of Minnesota, will present “A Model of Electrodiffusion and Osmosis in Cells and Tissues” on Nov. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Mikko Haataja, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University, will present “Compositional Interface Dynamics within Symmetric and Asymmetric Planar Lipid Bilayer Membranes” on Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Edsel A. Pena, Department of Statistics, University of South Carolina, will discuss “Multiple Decision-Making in the Face of Uncertainty” on Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
David Edwards, University of Delaware, will present “Increasing the Utilities of Optical Biosensors” as part of the Applied Mathematics Colloquium on Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
German Mato, Balseiro Institute, Argentina, will present “Temporal Coding in Spiking and Bursting Neurons” on Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Philip D. Rack, Department of Material Science and Engineering at The University of Tennessee, will present “Directed, Liquid Phase Assembly of Patterned Metallic Films by Pulsed Laser Dewetting” on Oct. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Panayotis Kevrekidis, professor in the department of mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, will present “Stability and Dynamics of Solitary Waves and Vortices in Superfluids: From Theory to Experiments” as part of the Applied Mathematics Colloquium on Oct. 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Pushpendra Singh, professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering, will present “Dispersion of Particles on Fluid-Liquid Interfaces” as part of the Applied Mathematics Colloquium on Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Jun Zhang, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Department of Physics, New York University, will discuss “Understanding biolocomotion in fluids: from passive to active” as part of the Applied Mathematics Colloquium on Sept. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
NJIT graduate and undergrad degree programs in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields are racking up kudos when it comes to educating minority students, according to the most recent rankings by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.  >>
Mathematics is a vital tool for understanding the world and in the fall of 2012 a new museum will invite the public to experience the power and wonders of mathematics, with an emphasis on activities that are creative, surprising and fun.   >>
2011
Michael Mackey, PhD, professor at McGill University, will discuss "A Mathematical Modeling Study of Neutrophil Dynamics in Response to Chemotherapy and G-CSF" on Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Paul Steen, PhD, a professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University, will discuss "Dynamics and Stability of Reconfigurable Capillary Surfaces" at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on Oct. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Carlo Laing, a senior lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand, will discuss "Chimera States in Heterogeneous Kuramoto Networks" on Oct. 14 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Philip Yecko, PhD, assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Montclair State University, will be the guest speaker at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Alexander Nepomnyaschy, PhD, a professor in the department of mathematics at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, will discuss "Front Propagation in Anomalous Diffusion-Reaction Systems" on April 8 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Linda Smolka, PhD, an assistant professor of mathematics at Bucknell University, will discuss "Stability of a Planar-Extensional Flow and an Axisymmetric Thin Film Flow" on April 1 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Michael Schatz, PhD, associate professor in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech, will discuss "Characterizing Spatio-Temporal Complexity in Fluid Flow using Computational Homology" on March 25 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Ethan Akin, PhD, professor and chair of the department of mathematics at the City College of New York, will discuss "Good Measures on Cantor Space" on Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
2010
Robert V. Kohn, PhD, a professor of mathematical sciences at the Courant Institute, New York University, will discuss "The Evolution of a Crystal Surface: Steps, PDE's, and Self-Similarity" on April 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Hall Rm. 611. >>
Greg Wilson, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, will discuss "High Performance Computing Considered Harmful" at the Spring 2010 Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on April 16 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
James Meiss, PhD, of the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss "Transitory Dynamical Systems and Transport" at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on March 26 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
2009
Iskander Akhatov, PhD, an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at North Dakota State University, will discuss "Direct Write: Modeling and Experiment" on Nov. 13 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
Itai Cohen, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of physics at Cornell University, will discuss "Defects and Epitaxy" at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on Oct. 30 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
Jonathan Wylie, PhD, a professor at the City University of Hong Kong, will discuss "Drawing of Viscous Threads with Temperature-Dependent Viscosity" on Oct. 23 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
NJIT Mechanical Engineering Professor Anthony D. Rosato, PhD will discuss "Density Relaxation of Granular Matter" at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on Oct. 16 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
Robert Gilmore, PhD, professor in the department of physics at Drexel University, will discuss "Chaos: What Have We Learned?" at the Fall 2009 Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on Oct. 9 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
John Bush, PhD, associate professor of applied mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss "The Fluid Trampoline: Droplets Bouncing on a Soap Film" on Oct. 2 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
Jun Zhang, PhD, an associate professor of physics and mathematics at the Courant Institute, NYU, will discuss "Ratchets in Fluid Transportation and Biological Locomotion" at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on Sept. 18 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
Sheldon M. Ross, PhD, Epstein Chair Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California, will discuss "Gambler Ruin Problems and Pricing Barrier Options" at the Fall 2009 Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on Sept. 11 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
Two professors of mathematics at NJIT will number among the first Fellows named by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).  Gregory Kriegsmann, PhD, noted for his research in applied mathematics, asymptotic methods and more, will receive the honor.  So, too, will Robert M. Miura, PhD, who develops mathematical models in neuroscience.  The ceremony will take place this coming July in Denver. >>
NJIT will host on June 1-2, 2009 Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics (FACM '09), the sixth in a series of annual conferences organized by the NJIT's Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics. This year's conference will focus on mathematical biology with sessions in neuroscience, ecology, biophysics, and biostatistics. For a list of plenary and invited speakers, click here>>
Michael Shearer, PhD, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Center for Research in Scientific Computation at North Carolina State University, will discuss "Particle Size Segregation in Granular Flow" at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on April 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
Arthur Cohen, PhD, a professor in the Department of Statistics at Rutgers University, will discuss "New Multiple Testing Methods in the Dependent Case" on April 17 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2.  >>
Yuji Kodama, professor of mathematics at The Ohio State University, will discuss "Two Dimensional Solitons in Shallow Water" at an Applied Mathematics Colloquium on March 13 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
Marcus Felson, PhD, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark, will discuss "Modeling Crime with Super-Simple Mathematics" on Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2.   >>
2008
Salvatore Torquato, PhD, professor of chemistry at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University will discuss "Can Disordered Sphere Packings Ever Be Maximally Dense?" at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series on Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2.   >>
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Pierre Collinet of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium will discuss "Thin Liquid films, Droplets and Contact Lines with Evaporation and Condensation" at an Applied Mathematics Colloquium on Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2.  >>
Peter D. Miller, PhD, a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, will discuss "On the Semiclassical Limit for the Sine-Gordon Equation" at an Applied Mathematics Colloquium on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2.  >>
Linda Cummings, PhD, an associate professor in the department of mathematical sciences at NJIT, will discuss "Bistability in Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Devices" on October 17 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2.  >>
Doron Levy, PhD, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland-College Park, will discuss "Group Dynamics in Phototaxis" on Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. The lecture is part of the Fall 2008 Applied Mathematics Colloquium Series. >>
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host May 19-21, 2008, more than 200 leading experts for the fifth annual Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics Conference, an unusual three-day event featuring leading researchers who will discuss the latest news and research findings in their fields. >>
"Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics," the fifth in a series of annual conferences organized by NJIT's Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics, will be held on May 19-21 at NJIT. This year's conference will focus on mathematical biology (including mathematical neuroscience, developmental biology, and ecology), mathematical fluid dynamics, applied statistics and biostatistics, electromagnetics/waves, and acoustics. >>
Gregory Kriegsmann, distinguished professor in the department of mathematical sciences at NJIT, will discuss "Propagation in Periodic Dielectric Media" on May 2 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall 2. >>
2007
Iain D. Couzin, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, will discuss “Collective Motion and Decision-Making in Animal Groups” on Dec. 7 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
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The popular website RateMyProfessor (RMP) has ranked Soha Abdeljaber, a university lecturer in the department of mathematical sciences at NJIT, number 45 of the 50 highest rated professors for 2007 in the nation. Abdeljaber has taught pre-calculus and calculus in the department since 2000. >>
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A recent paper on the collisions of solitary waves published by Roy Goodman, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of mathematical sciences at NJIT, was cited in the September 27, 2007 issue of Nature magazine. >>
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Klaus Lackner, PhD, the Ewing-Worzel Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, will discuss “Energy Options for the 21st Century” on Nov. 30 at 11:35 a.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom A. >>
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Michael Weinstein, PhD, professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University, will discuss “Coherent Structures and Energy Transfer in Conservative Nonlinear Systems” on Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m., Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
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Stephen Childress, PhD, professor in the department of applied mathematics at New York University, will discuss “Hovering of Passive Bodies in an Oscillating Airflow” on Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
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Philip Holmes, PhD, professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, will discuss “Collective Neuronal Dynamics and Drift-Diffusion Models for Decision Making” on Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m., Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
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Irving R. Epstein, PhD, the Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry at Brandeis University, will discuss "Differential and Cross-Diffusion Effects on Pattern Formation in Reaction-Diffusion Systems" on Oct. 19 at 11:35 a.m. in Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
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NJIT's Bruce Bukiet, the World Series Forecaster, is once again banging away on his keyboard, this time to name winners of Major League Baseball's Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Cy Young awards for the 2007 season. >>
"There is no dominant team in this year's baseball playoffs, at least in the first round," said Bruce Bukiet, associate professor of mathematical sciences at NJIT concerning the Major League Baseball Division series. According to Bukiet's mathematical model, the Cubs have a 62 percent chance of advancing to the National League Championship Series, while the Red Sox have a 60 percent chance of advancing to the American League Championship Series. >>
NJIT Mathematics Professor Soha Abdeljaber, of North Bergen, received an excellent teacher designation at NJIT's annual convocation on Sept. 5, 2007. >>
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Michael Pallotta, a senior majoring in mathematics, received the Presidential Leadership Award yesterday from NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch at the Highlander Student Achievement Awards ceremony. The awards recognize outstanding student leaders, student staff, campus organizations and programs as well as department and college award recipients. >>
Brenda Farrell, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss "Membrane Tether Forces in Mast Cells" at a Mathematical Biology Seminar on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m., Life Sciences Building, 1st floor, Rutgers-Newark. >>
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Darko Volkov, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of mathematics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will discuss “An Inverse Problem for the Recovery of Active Faults from Surface Observations” at a Fluid Dynamics Seminar on Feb. 5 at at 4:15 p.m. in  Cullimore Hall, Room 611. >>
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2006
"Protein Condensation: Kinetic Pathways to Crystallization and Disease" is the topic of a lecture by James D. Gunton, PhD, the Joseph A. Waldschmitt Professor of Physics at Lehigh University, on Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m., Cullimore Lecture Hall II. >>
The New York Mets have a 60 percent chance of taking the the National League Championship series, with a 24 percent chance of clinching the deal in six games, said Bruce Bukiet, an associate professor of mathematical sciences at NJIT. >>
Starting this fall, William Paterson University (WPU) students can start working on master's degrees in computer science or math from NJIT while completing their bachelor's degrees at WPU. “This new agreement will allow William Paterson students and alumni as well as professionals who live or work near the WPU campus to advance their educations without leaving their backyards,” said Gale Tenen Spak, associate vice president of Continuing and Distance Learning Education at NJIT. >>
Robert Miura, PhD, a professor in the departments of mathematical sciences and biomedical engineering, was honored yesterday by his colleagues for receiving on Jan. 13 the Leroy P. Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution To Research In Mathematics from the American Mathematical Society. >>
2005
Jonathan Luke, PhD, professor in the department of mathematical sciences at NJIT, will discuss "Symmetries and Global Structure in a Sedimenting Suspension" on Dec. 12, 4-5 p.m., Cullimore Hall Room 611. Contact: Susan Sutton, suttons@njit.edu; 973-596-3235. >>
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Lou Kondic, PhD, associate professor of mathematics at NJIT, received a 2005-06 Fulbright Scholar grant to study a dimension of thin film science focusing on the thinnest fluids. Kondic will travel to Argentina, where he will help physicists discover better ways to coat very delicate, almost invisible glass fibers. >>
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Daljit S. Ahluwalia, PhD, chairman of the department of mathematical sciences at NJIT, addressed conference participants at the opening session of an international mathematics conference on May 13-15, 2005. More than 150 of the nation's most prominent mathematicians attended “Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics,” the second annual event at NJIT to explore recent advances in mathematical biology, mathematical fluid dynamics, nonlinear waves and electro-magnetic and applied statistics.  >>
An international conference—a talk fest among mathematicians—will be held this weekend.  “Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics” will be the second annual event at NJIT to explore recent advances in the worlds of mathematical biology, mathematical fluid dynamics, nonlinear waves and electro-magnetic and applied statistics.  Funders include the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, the Society for Mathematical Biology and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. >>
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Avner Friedman, PhD (at left) of The Ohio State University will be the keynote speaker at the Second Conference on Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics on May 14-15, 2005 at NJIT. Hosted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics, the conference will explore recent advances in mathematical biology, mathematical fluid dynamics, nonlinear waves and electromagnetics and applied statistics. For more information, please visit the conference website. >>
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The world's oceans, and mathematics, have a lot to say to Eliza Michalopoulou, PhD,  associate professor in the department of mathematics at NJIT. Her work illustrates another of the many ways in which mathematics defends the nation. As a mathematician, Michalopoulou devises algorithms to help U.S. Navy engineers detect submarines in shallow water.  From her underwater (also known as acoustical) research, Michalopoulou can determine the location of submarines and whales, the earth's changing climate, even environmental contamination. >>
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Bruce Bukiet, PhD, an associate professor of mathematical sciences at NJIT who has an expertise in mathematical modeling, has issued his annual predictions for the Major League Baseball 2005 season. The Yankees should win the most games in baseball in 2005 and take their division, says Bukiet, and the Mets should win 10 more games than they did last year, but they'll still take fourth place in their division. >>
Twenty-seven high schools from across the state will visit NJIT on March 14, 2005 to participate in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition, a one-day exam that tests teams of four to eight students on math, chemistry, physics, biology, and computer applications. >>
2004
If you're interested in learning how to improve a golf swing, create a better baseball bat or combat sepsis, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is the place to be.  More than 200 mathematicians and scientists will attend NJIT's first international research conference May 21-22.  The event will shed light on 40 unusual and important research activities such as the ones above.  Conference sponsors are NJIT's Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics. >>
2003

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“The Yankees have a 72.5% chance to beat the Marlins in the World Series, according to Bruce Bukiet. “ It would be fishy if the Marlins were to win,” Bukiet quips, “since the Yankees are overall a better team, with superior hitting and pitching. The Yankees are favored to win all but one game in the series, and even in that game the teams are statistically even.” >>
Bruce Bukiet, Ph.D., an associate professor of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) an expert in numerical methods and mathematical modeling, has issued his baseball playoff predictions for 2003. >>
When NJIT's Suzanne quizzes quizzes the girls who arrive on campus every summer to study science as part of a program called FEMME,  she asks their opinion of engineers.   Mostly, Heyman says, the students agree that "engineers are nerds," that engineering is not a viable career choice for women, and that science is not something many of them are considering.   What a difference a few weeks of imaginative, exciting teaching can make, she says.   This year's class, 120 girls in grades four through eight, arrived on campus recently and will attend classes through August 7 as day students.   Most are either black or Hispanic and all are within commuting distance of Newark. Many come from low-income families.   But all are bright students who must get A's and B's in math and science and three letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors.   The girls are grouped by grade and spend the summer on one of five interest areas, environment, aerospace science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering.   The faculty design kid-friendly experiments and learning exercises.   For instance, this year's chemical engineering class is learning what makes a polymer turn into "slime," the slippery, gooey plastic sold as a toy.  They learn how chemical reactions change polymers from slimy to hard, says Heyman.   Another class is learning engineering principles by building bridges out of match sticks.   Working in teams--like real engineers--and using a glue gun, the girls design then secure their structures. They will later test their model bridges by placing 10-lb bags of sand on them. Heyman predicts the girls will learn that using cross-braced toothpicks makes a stronger bridge than when the toothpicks are glued together at right angles.   "They come up with some amazing designs," she says.   But in addition to the specifics these girls will learn, the real achievement of FEMME is opening the students' eyes to the possibilities science, math, and engineering offer women.   Nationally, over 90 percent of the jobs in math and science are held by men, according to FEMME data.   Heyman believes that through programs like NJIT's that trend will start to change.   Already about half of FEMME's alumnae who have finished college have gone on to math or science careers, says Heyman.   No one expects that the program will make a scientist of every girl who enters, but Heyman believes FEMME works. It starts wih changing thinking, she says.   At the end of last year's session, the students were again polled on their attitudes toward math, science, and engineering.   To the question "Girls can be engineers, do you agree or disagree?", only 19 percent had said they agreed at the start of the program. By the end of the session, 38 percent said they agreed. >>
The FEMME program (Women in Engineering and Technology Initiative) helps girls overcome the gender gap in math, science and engineering. Elementary school girls perform as well as boys in math and science, yet fall behind them during middle school and high school. To redress that imbalance, 120 girls – fourth through eighth graders – will come to New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) campus to study aeronautical, biomedical and mechanical engineering. >>
Bruce Bukiet, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology who has an expertise in mathematical modeling, has issued his Major League Baseball 2003 analysis. >>