Update: Rain Is Both Hampering and Helping Rescue Efforts

What: Two professors from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J., call Friday’s early morning rain a mixed blessing for rescue workers. The rain will dampen the dust particles, including fiberglass, which irritate the skin. The rain could save the lives of those trapped, for they desperately need drinking water. But the rain will also slicken the rubble, making it hard for rescue workers to get their footing. It will also make it hard for workers to use heavy equipment, such as bulldozers.

Who: John Schuring, Ph.D., professor of civil engineering and chairman of the department, has an expertise in structural design. He has been quoted in The New York Times. His office phone is (973) 596-5849; his home phone is (908) 852-6716 and will be available through the weekend.

Jack Lebduska, an adjunct professor in the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT, has an expertise in building structure and safety. He designed offices for clients in the World Trade Towers. His home phone is (908) 596-5849 and he will be available through the weekend.

When: Friday, Sept.14- Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001.

How: Call Schuring or Lebduska, or contact the Public Relations department for more information.


NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,800 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.

Contact Information:   Sheryl Weinstein
Robert Florida
Public Relations
(973) 596-3433