Biography: Donald H. Sebastian, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Development at NJIT

NEWARK, March 25--Donald H. Sebastian, Ph.D., has an excellent overview of the latest developments in technology, especially biometrics. As New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Research and Development Vice President and Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Sebastian oversees the solicitation, development and implementation of large-scale technology research and development projects.

In this position, Sebastian develops partnerships with industry; is responsible for the universityís 29 research centers; and manages governmental affairs, intellectual property and contract projects in information technology.

Sebastian has most recently been in the news as the university spokesman for the project to develop a biometric technology to personalize weapons. The same technology is being patented for use as a unique-grip system to prevent unauthorized users from taking control of planes.

In 1995, Sebastian joined NJIT as a professor in the department of industrial and manufacturing engineering, and was later appointed executive director of the Center for Manufacturing Systems. He developed the successful proposal to create a statewide assistance program under the National Institute for Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension program and continues to serve on the board of trustees of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc.

Sebastian previously served 18 years on the faculty of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, where he received the Henry Morton Distinguished Teaching Professor award. He received his bachelorís degree, masterís degree and doctorate from Stevens. An internationally recognized scholar in polymer process and product design, Sebastian has authored more than 60 technical publications.


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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