NJIT Community
Joel S. Bloom
October 15, 2015
Community Update
From left to right: Kim Guadagno '10 HON, Lieutenant Governor State of New Jersey; Dr. Joel S. Bloom, President NJIT; L. Grace Spencer, Assembly Deputy Speaker, State of New Jersey; Paul A. Sarlo '92, '95, Deputy Majority Leader, State of New Jersey; Thomas H. Kean, Jr., Republican Leader & State Senator, State of New Jersey; M. Teresa Ruiz, Assistant Majority Leader, State of New Jersey; Philip K. Beacham, Board of Trustees NJIT; Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr., New Jersey State Senator; Marjorie A. Perry '05, Executive Vice Chair, Board of Overseers NJIT; and Dr. Vincent L. DeCaprio '72, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees NJIT.

Dear Members of the NJIT Community:

I hope the fall 2015 semester is proceeding well for you.This fall we have some important celebrations for our campus and our city. Allow me to highlight two. The Albert Dorman Honors College turns 20 years old, and the Newark Celebration 350 commemorates the City of Newark’s rich 350-year history by honoring the talents of its people and institutions and our collective impact.

  • On Saturday, October 17, a city spectacular will commence with “Newark 350 Kickoff Family Festival” in Military Park. There will be multiple events happening across the city and on campuses, including NJIT, throughout 2016.
  • On Friday, November 13, “NJIT Celebration 2015” takes place at the Pleasantdale Chateau. The President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded honoring Albert Dorman '45, '99 HON, Founding Chairman (Ret.) of AECOM Technology Corporation.

Some recent achievements on behalf of our university include:

  • The groundbreaking of the Life Sciences and Engineering Building (LSEB) was held on October 1. The building is being funded in part by the 2012 Building Our Future Bond Act approved by NJ voters. We were joined at the groundbreaking by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno,‘10 HON, Senators Teresa Ruiz, Paul Sarlo, ‘92 ‘95, Thomas Kean Jr., Joseph Kyrillos, Jr., other legislators and dignitaries who worked hard to pass the “building the future” bond act legislation.  The bond enabled NJIT to compete and win nearly $100 Million, which included funding for the renovation of Central King Building (CKB) and launch the construction of this new state-of-the-art 24,500 sq.ft. research facility. LSEB is designed to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in fields ranging from biomedical engineering and the biological sciences to electrical and computer engineering and healthcare technologies. The building will open in fall 2016.
  • Governor Chris Christie nominated and the State Senate confirmed Ranjini Poddar, Esq. (Morristown) as the 14th member of the Board of Trustees. She is Co-Founder and President of Artech Information Systems LLC, a nearly $200 million IT staff augmentation and consulting services firm with locations throughout the United States, India and China. Ms. Poddar holds degrees from University of California, Irvine, B.S. Information and Computer Science, minor in Management, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
  • A White House announcement -- that NJIT’s recently established corporation, the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), won $49.6 Million to improve Clinical Care Practices in New Jersey -- was released earlier this month. The grant allows NJII to spend the next four years working with thousands of medical practices in the state to improve the quality and efficiency of the care they provide, while also lowering costs.
  • Three of our faculty members have recently been acknowledged with prestigious awards: Physicist Gordon Thomas was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors; Solar Physicist and Distinguished Professor Haimin Wang was awarded the Excellence in Research Prize and Medal by the NJIT Board of Overseers; and Distinguished Professor Mengchu Zhou has received the IEEE Norbert Wiener award.

NJIT has tremendous assets – the students, faculty, staff and the community members that create and renew on- campus efforts demonstrating our commitment to working together in support of future leaders and scholars in academia and beyond.

  • I want to congratulate the 24 faculty research proposals that won grants from the Provost’s Faculty Seed Grant Program, particularly given that the vast majority of the proposals included faculty working together across multiple disciplines.
  • NJIT shared a joyful week on campus, including the 13th annual NJIT Day, featuring numerous campus activities, concluding with team-oriented Highlander Games, which capped off Spirit Week events. If you missed it, you can catch the video on the NJIT YouTube channel.

In closing, I want to recognize the Committee on Women’s Leadership. At a recent breakfast, more than 100 NJIT women from our community, including faculty, staff and senior administrators on campus, turned out for the annual Welcome Back Breakfast. The committee was established in 1992 to "provide a forum for women at NJIT to discuss matters of common concern," and I welcome the new co-chairs, Casey Hennessey, of Career Development Services, and Lucie Tchouassi, of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

By collaborating and working together we have accelerated the achievement of our desired outcomes as identified in 2020 Vision, particularly for our student enrollment, retention and graduation rates, our growth in research, fundraising, and recognition of our faculty and staff.

I look forward to the pursuit of continuous improvement and celebrating the outcomes.

Thank you,

Joel Bloom