Sebastian develops partnerships with industry; oversees the university's 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 to be used 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 bachelor's degree, master's 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,
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Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.