New Jersey Institute of Technology Receives $250,000 Grant From Schering-Plough Foundation

NEWARK, Feb. 19--The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has received a $250,000 grant from Schering-Plough Foundation, which the university will use to enhance its newest degree program: a master of science in pharmaceutical engineering.

The new degree is one of only a handful of such programs in the country. Pharmaceutical engineers play an important role in the design, scale up and operation of pharmaceutical facilities; drug manufacturing; and pharmaceutical product development.

"Schering-Plough Foundation and Schering-Plough Corporation have been long-term supporters of NJIT and its programs," said Richard J. Kinney, president of Schering-Plough Foundation. "We are particularly pleased to support the university's new master's degree program in pharmaceutical engineering, which will help meet the pharmaceutical industry's critical need for skilled professionals in this field."

New Jersey is geographically at the heart of the nation's pharmaceutical industry, with NJIT's campus in close proximity to some of the leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies. New Jersey-based firms developed more than half of the new drugs approved last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As the state's public technological research university, NJIT has strong ties with the pharmaceutical industry and has worked directly with industry advisors to develop a rigorous and relevant curriculum.

"The grant will be used to enhance the quality of the new pharmaceutical engineering master's degree program," said Piero M. Armenante, Ph.D., distinguished professor of chemical engineering at NJIT and program director for the pharmaceutical degree program. "It will enable us to recruit new faculty members, develop new courses as well as upgrade laboratory facilities and help faculty undertake research projects as part of student training," he said.

In that training, students will work with faculty researchers pursuing projects in technologies with pharmaceutical-industry applications, such as particle technology, drug delivery systems and membrane separation. After completing the master's program, students can then pursue a doctorate in chemical engineering, chemistry or industrial engineering.

Faculty from the departments of chemical engineering, chemistry and environmental science, and industrial and manufacturing engineering serve as the primary instructors in the new master's degree program. The program also draws on faculty from mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and management. In addition, industry experts from New Jersey-based pharmaceutical companies serve as instructors in specialty areas.

Although the new program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in selected engineering or science disciplines, a bridge program may be required to meet the prerequisites within a specific program of study. Professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry or related fields and those who plan a career in the industry are expected to benefit most from the program.

As with all graduate programs at NJIT, the master of science degree in pharmaceutical engineering can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis. Most courses are scheduled for late afternoons, evenings or on weekends to accommodate working professionals.

Schering-Plough Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Schering-Plough Corporation of Kenilworth, N.J., a research-based company engaged in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products worldwide.


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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