New Jersey Institute of Technology Professor Named Head of Research and Development

NEWARK, July 12--Donald Sebastian, Ph.D., vice president for technology development and professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering has been named vice president for research and development at New Jersey Institute of Technology. In this position, Sebastian will be responsible for the solicitation, development and implementation of large-scale technology research and development projects of an institutional character. Sebastian’s focus will be on developing partnerships with industry. In addition, he will be responsible for managing governmental affairs, intellectual property and contract projects in information technology. Sebastian had been vice president of technology development.

“The new title will more accurately reflect his current duties and responsibilities,” says William Van Buskirk, provost. Sebastian has recently been in the news as the university spokesman for the project to develop a technology to personalize weapons, which has been commonly referred to as a smarter gun.

In 1995, Sebastian joined NJIT as a professor in the department of industrial and manufacturing engineering, and was later appointed executive director of the Center for Manufacturing Systems. He developed the successful proposal to create a statewide assistance program under the National Institute for Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension program and continues to serve on the board of trustees of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc.

He was a principal in winning the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology award that created the Multi-lifecycle Engineering Research Center. During his brief tenure managing the Office of Sponsored Programs, external research and development funding increased while business and administrative functions were streamlined.

Sebastian previously served 18 years on the faculty of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, where he received the Henry Morton Distinguished Teaching Professor award. An internationally recognized scholar in polymer process and product design, Sebastian has authored more than 60 technical publications.

Sebastian was the valedictorian of the Stevens Institute of Technology class of 1974 and a 1970 graduate of Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. His parent Hubert and Ethel Sebastian remain residents of Wilton. Donald, his wife Catherine, and daughter Caitlyn Ann live in Randolph.

NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.

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