New Jersey Institute of Technology Appoints Dean of New College of Computing Sciences

NEWARK, Oct. 4-- Stephen B. Seidman, Ph.D., a noted expert in software engineering and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, recently arrived on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to be dean of the university’s new College of Computing Sciences. The college is the first of its kind to open in New Jersey and with more than 2,440 enrolled students-27 percent of NJIT’s student body-the school numbers among the largest computing sciences colleges in the nation.

“Our goal is to be recognized as having one of the leading programs in computing education and research in the nation. We are delighted that we were able to recruit someone of Steve Seidman’s caliber to lead the new college.”

Seidman has an impressive academic background. Seidman belongs to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is chair of the IEEE Computer Society Undergraduate Teaching Award Committee, and he is a leader in a nationwide effort to develop a competency examination for professional software engineers.

Seidman received in 2000 the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, an honor that also bestowed upon him the distinction of being a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He has published widely in computer science and mathematics. He has received research funding from the National Science Foundation and the Naval Research Laboratory, as well as from state government and industry.

Before arriving in Newark, Seidman spent five years at Colorado State University, both as department chair and professor of computer science. From 1990 to 1996, he served in similar positions at Auburn University, Alabama.

Seidman was also a faculty member from 1969 to 1972 at New York University and at George Mason University from 1972 to 1990. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the City College of New York and both a master’s degree and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

“I’m very excited about coming to NJIT,” Seidman says. “The prospects for the new college are limitless, and I look forward to working with the students and faculty in all of the departments, to help them realize the potential for the new college.”


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a “perennially most wired” university.

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