For Immediate Release
September 16, 2002

Media Advisory

New Jersey Institute of Technology Dedicates Its Chemical Engineering Department to Otto York

WHAT:New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will rename its Chemical Engineering Department in honor of Otto H.York, of Madison, during a dedication ceremony. York pledged $1 million to the department -- funds NJIT will use to establish scholarships to attract outstanding students as well as to support faculty research.

WHO: York, a chemical engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is a long-time supporter of NJIT. The Otto H. York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science at NJIT, also dedicated to him for a previous endowment, houses the largest university-based hazardous waste management research program in the nation. York serves on that center's advisory board. He is the former president of Otto H. York Industries, a chemical recovery company he founded in 1947. He built the business into a major New Jersey corporation.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: The first floor of Tiernan Hall, in the Chemical Engineering Department. A reception will follow in Kupfrian Hall. /p>

BACKGROUND: York made a mark on the chemical processing industry during a 60-year career as chemical engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. With a genius for both technical innovation and business, he became a leader in the field of gas and liquid separations and helped spawn a multi-million dollar industry.


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.