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NJIT Awards Honorary Degrees to Polshek and Bartz

NEWARK, Jan. 16--James Stewart Polshek, an esteemed architect chosen to design the Clinton Presidential Library and Carol Bartz, president of the world's largest personal computer software firm will both receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees during NJIT's 119th commencement exercises. The commencement will be held Jan. 23, 10 a.m., in Prudential Hall, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, at One Center St., in Newark.

Architect James Stewart Polshek and Carol Bartz, president of Autodesk, San Rafael, Calif., will be honored during the winter ceremony, when NJIT awards some 450 bachelor's, 547 master's and 29 doctoral degrees. Polshek is founder and principal of one of the nation's leading architectural firms, the Manhattan-based Polshek Partnership; the firm was chosen to design the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. Polshek Partnership also received design awards for projects such as the Rose Center for Earth and Space of the American Museum of Natural History, New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and the Santa Fe Opera Theater. The firm has also led historic preservation efforts at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Museum of Art and New York Botanical Garden.

Polshek, who served as dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for 15 years, concentrates on architectural solutions based upon place and mission rather than on the limitations of fashion.

In 1992, Polshek Partnership received the Architecture Firm Award of the American Institute of Architects. Recent honors presented to the firm include Best in Design 2000 from Time Magazine for the Rose Center; National Honor Awards for Architecture for Inventure Place, the home of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and for the New York Times Printing Plant; and the American Architecture Award of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for the Santa Fe Opera.

Innovation is the key to Carol Bartz's success as chairman of the board, president and CEO of Autodesk. Since she joined the firm in 1992, the company has expanded revenues from $285 million to more than $936 million. Today, Autodesk is the world's largest personal computer software firm. In addition to design software used by more than 2 million architects and engineers, the company provides software solutions in multimedia, animation and geographic location. Some 40 percent of personal computer- based game developers use Autodesk software, as did the last three Academy Award winners for visual effects in film.

Bartz's creative approach doesn't end with the product line. Cited among the "best companies to work for" by Fortune, Working Mothers and Business Week, under her leadership Autodesk has developed one of the nation's most progressive benefit's programs. Among the company's uncommonly generous benefits are paid sabbaticals every four years, dogs allowed at work, pet insurance, legal assistance and elder care advice. Employees are encouraged to work wherever and whenever they can be most effective - some 46 percent of the company's 3,500 employees telecommute.

An advocate for the advancement of women in business executive ranks, Bartz supports the women's manager group at Autodesk, as well as workforce development initiatives aimed at middle and high school girls. She encourages her employees to spend four hours a month working with children in schools and the company offers internships, mentoring and scholarships for young women.

Her entrepreneurial spirit and management practices recently won Bartz the Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is also a member of the Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame, an honor sponsored by the IBM Corporation and presented by Women in Technology International. She received an Horatio Alger Award and the Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.


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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