About Us

Senior Administration:

Atam P Dhawan, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Research
Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Executive Director Undergraduate Research and Innovation
Phone: 973-596-8566
Email: dhawan@njit.edu

Eric D. Hetherington, Ph.D.
Director, Sponsored Research Programs Administration
Phone: 973-596-3631
Email: eric.d.hetherington@njit.edu

Daljit Singh Ahluwalia
Director, Special Projects and Liaison to Research and Graduate Studies
Phone: 973-596-4874
Email: daljit.ahluwalia@njit.edu

NJIT Office of Sponsored Research Administration (SRA)

Suite 340, Fenster Hall
323 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102-1982
Phone:  (973) 596-5275; Fax: (973) 596-6056
E-mail:  srard@njit.edu       
(This email address will deliver the message to everyone in the SRA Office except the Admin Asst)

Sponsored Research Administration (SRA), as part of the Office of Research and Development, advises and assists faculty and staff members of the NJIT Community in all aspects of externally funded research projects and other scholarly activities — from the identification of a potential sponsor and the preparation of a proposal, through various administrative functions (related to budgets, personnel, sub-contracts, reporting and accountability, and negotiations with the sponsor) during the course of the project, to the submission of the documents required to close out the project. SRA serves as the primary agency liaison for pending, active and closed research grants/contracts.

The Sponsored Research Administration, Office of Research and Development (SRARD) is staffed by personnel knowledgeable about funding opportunities in a wide range of academic fields and experienced in dealing with public and private for- and not-for-profit sponsors. SRARD helps faculty identify appropriate potential sponsors, interpret guidelines, develop budgets, and fulfill application requirements. SRA also provides institutional sign off on proposal submissions, negotiates awards with sponsors and guides investigators in funded project administration. SRARD provides guidance and assistance to Principal Investigators, faculty and departmental managers for all sponsored project pre-award, award management, and post-award activities.


Eric D. Hetherington, Ph.D.
Director, Sponsored Research Programs Administration

Daljit Singh Ahluwalia
Director, Special Projects and Liaison to Research and Graduate Studies

Norma Y. Rubio
Director, Research Information Systems

Justin Samolewicz
Associate Director (Pre Award and Proposal Submissions)

Rose Federici
Assistant Director (Post Award)

Angela Retino
Undergraduate Research & Innovation
Administrative Coordinator

John McCarthy
NCE Director of Research

Cristo Leon
CSLA Director of Research

Nancy Henderson
CCS Program Manager

Iris Pantoja
CoAD & SOM Program Manager

Matthew Pettit
Grant Specialist

Thomas Bozza
Grant Specialist

Felicia Margolies
Project Manager

Jesus Novoa
Grant Specialist

Sonia V. Henderson
Administrative Assistant

Office of Grant and Contract Accounting

Grant and Contract Accounting (GCA) is a part of NJIT's Finance and Control Directorate. GCA provides central services in support of NJIT's grants and contracts. GCA provides post-award support, complementing pre-award support from the Office of Sponsored Programs.

As part of the Finance and Control Directorate, GCA ensures that NJIT grants and contracts are properly budgeted and accounted for, so that NJIT can be reimbursed by sponsors for grant and contract expenses. GCA reviews purchases, student and graduate student employment, and personnel actions to ensure that they are compliant with sponsor regulations. GCA coordinates grant and contract evolutions such as the annual A-133 audit, sponsor reviews and audits, and the triennial Facilities and Administrative Rate Proposal. In addition to these core functions, GCA provides customer services to meet the specific needs of the many grant and contract Principal Investigators and administrative staff at NJIT.


Eric D. Hetherington, PhD
Director, Sponsored Research Programs Administration 

Bobby J. Vadasserril
Associate Director

Lian Cheng
Assistant Director

Hiumui (Hattie) Yeung
Senior Accountant

Darryl J Rivera
Senior Accountant

Grant Accountant

Elvin J. Martinez, Jr.
Grant Accountant

Department of Intellectual Property and Patents (DIPP) 

The Department of Intellectual Property and Patents (DIPP) follows up with faculty, staff and student inventors on the submission and review of invention disclosures for further processing and submission of provisional patents. The DIPP also works with NJIT inventors, IP committee and external resources for the preparation, submission, and acquisition of full patents. 

The mission of the Department of Intellectual Property and Patents is to promote the protection of results and intellectual property from the research grants, contracts, and other resources, and to serve NJIT community with the full support of review, processing and submission of provision and full patents, and licensing agreements.  

The Department of Intellectual Property and Patents reports jointly to the Office of Research and Office of General Counsel.


Sangeeta Bafna
Manager, Patents & Licensing Administration
Sanjiv M. Chokshi, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel for Patents and Intellectual Property