NJIT Professor Honored for Excellence in Teaching

NEWARK, April 12--Timothy Chang, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently received the NJIT Innovation in Engineering Education Award, given annually to a professor whose teaching method has proven to be innovative, exciting and effective.

Chang received the award at the NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) awards banquet on April 5.

"It is a great pleasure to receive this award," Chang said, "and to be recognized by my fellow faculty members at NJIT. Engineering education has a broad range of challenges - some of them very difficult - and this award has certainly made the effort worthwhile. I feel lucky and privileged to work at something I love: teaching, where I can imbue students with a desire for learning, creativity and engineering."

Chang lives in Montville and is a member of the Montville district's board of education.

He came to NJIT's electrical and computer engineering department in 1991 and quickly established a solid reputation as a dedicated and innovative teacher.

Chang's teaching methods are creative yet rigorous, calling upon web experiments, web-based teaching methods and even the use of psychological test instruments to improve learning. During the past five years, he has developed a number of new courses, including three in electrical and computer engineering and four in optical science and engineering. He has also redesigned an electrical engineering course by using computer-aided instruction and laboratory experience.

Chang is supremely dedicated to his students, involving many of them in his research. Such research experience has helped them either launch engineering careers or move on to graduate studies.

This is not the first time NJIT has recognized Chang's teaching prowess. In 1997 he won the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award; in 1999 he won an internal challenge grant for using technology; and in 2000 he won the NCE Excellence in Teaching Award.

Chang is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and since 1994 has been the advisor to NJIT's student branch of IEEE, the most active student branch in northern New Jersey. He is also the chairman of that branch's control systems chapter.


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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