New NJIT Degrees Benefit Students, Technology Industries and New Jersey

NEWARK, Feb. 15--New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently introduced a master of science degree in pharmaceutical engineering - a degree that prepares students to work in the pioneering fields of drug manufacturing, drug development and pharmaceutical operations. The pharmaceutical degree is the newest of several programs recently introduced by the university.

The pharmaceutical degree, one of only a handful of such programs in the United States, gives students the foundation to work within the highly regulated pharmaceutical. field. Students work with esteemed faculty who are researching applications such as particle technology, drug delivery systems and membrane separation.

Students who choose this new degree can study chemical engineering, environmental science or industrial and manufacturing engineering.

New Jersey is geographically at the heart of the nation's pharmaceutical industry, and NJIT's campus is close to 21 of the leading pharmaceutical firms. Professors and others at NJIT have strong ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Students work directly with industry advisors to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and rigorous. Industry experts from the pharmaceutical firms teach at NJIT.

In addition to the pharmaceutical degree, the university recently introduced six other degree programs in Internet engineering, biomedical engineering, information technology, urban systems, chemistry and environmental engineering. All the programs provide new opportunities for students, plus supply needed engineers and researchers for high-tech industries. The new degrees include three bachelor's, one master's and two doctoral programs.

The master of science degree in Internet engineering is offered by the NJIT Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Atam Dhawan, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering and department chair, knows the power of the Internet to transform commerce and the way business operates.

"The explosive growth in Internet technologies demands engineering skills that entail Internet analysis, design and applications. These competencies cannot be learned through other graduate degree programs available today," Dhawan says.

The bachelor of science in environmental engineering trains environmental engineers to be responsible for managing and for disposing of solid and hazardous waste generated by consumers and industry. Such engineers evaluate air quality and pollution.

"Graduates are sought by private consulting firms, industrial and corporate sectors, and regulatory agencies where they oversee compliance with environmental standards and preservation of the environment," says John Schuring, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering.

As urban areas continue to grow in population nationwide, NJIT's Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rutgers University-Newark and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, have banded together to offer a doctoral program in urban systems. The program offers a concentration in urban health systems which focuses on health care access, quality and cost. Students can also study urban environment studies which focuses on the urban "infrastructure"-- the public spaces, institutions, facilities and services that shape and sustain urban quality of life.

"When we recognize that two-thirds of all population growth occurs in megacities and that New Jersey consists largely of urban and metropolitan areas, the need to increase our knowledge of how cities and regions interact at that scale becomes even more striking," says Norbert Elliot, Ph.D., professor of English and chair, department of humanities and social sciences.

Many of the advancements transforming the healthcare industry are the result of major discoveries and inventions by biomedical engineers. "There is no single definition of biomedical engineering," says David Kristol, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry and acting chair of the biomedical engineering department.

At NJIT, students are encouraged to explore the breadth of the field. Students can design new instrumentation, study advanced computer applications in medicine and pharmacology, research new biomaterials, apply laser technology to treat disease and build micro and nano machines and work on new prosthetic devices.

Kristol was speaking of the bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. Kristol says biomedical engineering at NJIT prepares a student as an engineer with a foundation in mathematics and physical sciences.

Another important new degree is the bachelor of science in information technology. "Information technology is the foundation of the new economy and the heart of e-commerce," notes Fadi P. Deek, Ph.D., associate professor of information systems and associate dean of NJIT's new College of Computing Sciences. The college was formed to meet the growing student demand for computer courses.

The information technology program offers concentrations in fields from applied physics and chemical processing to network applications and telecommunications. This new degree prepares students to integrate, design, deploy, and manage computing and telecommunication resources and services, says Deek .

New Jersey now has the largest chemical industry payroll in the country plus the highest concentration of pharmaceutical companies. The new doctoral degree in chemistry at NJIT helps fill an acute need for chemists here.

"Companies will be hiring chemists to improve both current enterprises and 'invent the future.' In top demand at pharmaceutical companies are chemists with doctorates in synthetic organic chemistry," says Lev Krasnoperov, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and associate chair, graduate studies in chemistry. "This doctoral program will help us educate an essential workforce for the chemical process industries," he adds.


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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