Angelo Perna, NJIT Professor, Named Acting Dean of Newark College of Engineering

NEWARK, May 28- Angelo J. Perna, Ph.D., professor of chemical and environmental engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has been appointed acting dean of Newark College of Engineering (NCE), the oldest college at NJIT. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2002, says William C. Van Buskirk, provost.

"I am very pleased to be making this announcement," Van Buskirk adds. "Please join me in wishing Angie well and in thanking him for his service to the University. An extensive national and international search for a new dean of Newark College of Engineering will begin in the near future."

Perna, a Roseland resident, joined the NCE faculty in 1967 as an assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering and chemistry. During his 34-year tenure at NJIT, he has served as acting chair of the department of chemical engineering, chemistry and environmental science; director of the Institute of Hazardous Waste Management, a center he co-founded; president of the professional union; and chair of the NJIT Faculty Council. He currently serves as associate dean of NCE and director of the NJIT McNair Program.

Active in several professional organizations, he has served as president of the Association of College Honor Societies and Omega Chi Epsilon, the Chemical Engineering Honor Society. A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), he serves as chair of the ASEE Academy of Fellows and the chair of the AIChE Fellows Committee. He has published more than 80 technical and educational papers and made more than 100 presentations. Active in research and educational development, he has received grants in excess of three million dollars.

Perna is the recipient of more than 60 awards including the ASEE Robert G. Quinn Inaugural Award, ASEE Western Electric Award, ASEE DELOS Distinguished Service Inaugural Award, ASEE Mid-Atlantic Teaching Award and ACHS Distinguished Service Award.

Other awards he has received include ACHS 75th Anniversary Award, Omega Chi Epsilon Service Award, AIChE Service Award, and AIChE Outstanding Advisor Award.

More awards include the NJIT Allan R. Cullimore Award, the NJIT Board of Overseers Public and Institute Service Award, Robert W. Van Houten Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, NCE and the Innovations in Education Award.

Other awards are the NJIT Upper Division Outstanding Teacher Award, NJIT Excellence in Educational Development Award, Student Senate Best of the Best Award, Student Senate Outstanding Faculty Award and NJIT Master Teacher Designation.

Perna, who has long been involved with students, serves as advisor to four student professional organizations including the AIChE Student Chapter, which has received seven outstanding chapter awards under his leadership.

Perna replaces Sheng-Taur Mau, Ph.D., of Houston, who has been at NJIT since July of 1998. Mau will become dean of the college of engineering at California State University, North Ridge. Before coming to NJIT, Mau had been a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston and founding director of the Public Works Institute at the university's Cullen College of Engineering. In Houston, he also directed an interdisciplinary research project on civil infrastructure systems, funded by the National Science Foundation, City of Houston and a consortium of private corporations.

Mau has published extensively in professional journals and conference proceedings in the areas of structural analysis and dynamics, and earthquake engineering. Mau, a licensed professional engineer, is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on a six-member panel for the National Research Council on earthquake engineering for concrete dams.


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