Forum at New Jersey Institute of Technology To Examine Ways Technologies Impact Business and Higher Education

NEWARK, September 26-- Corporate executives and prominent academic scientists will learn how to build value through industry partnerships at an information technology forum sponsored by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and the Conference Board.

Forty of the participating executives and academics are involved with the Professional Science Masters (PSM) Program, a science and technology degree program, which the Sloan Foundation helped launch and continues to support financially. The PSM Program is now offered at 30 universities across the United States, including NJIT.

The event on Sept. 27, 2002 will take place in the Guttenberg Information Technology Center, Central Avenue and Lock Street, at NJIT. The forum will target breakthrough areas such as computational biology, biotechnology management and physics for business applications, in which a Professional Masterís degree may provide the most appropriate level of training for management and support positions in industry and research institutes. Forum participants will discuss ways to shape these degree programs toward current and emerging workforce needs.

While PSM participants meet, the public is invited to attend lectures on cutting-edge science. The fee for this parallel program, which also begins at 8 a.m., is $35 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Following lunch, tours of NJIT research centers and other events will be available. Members of the New Jersey Technology Council are invited at a reduced cost ($20).

All guests will attend the luncheon, plus hear at 9 a.m. keynote speaker Kirk E. Jordan, Ph.D., team leader of the life sciences emerging solutions team at IBM. Jordan will discuss emerging workforce issues in science and technology. Jordan oversees life sciences university partnerships and develops concepts for growth in life sciences and high performance computing for systems biology, medical and diagnostic imaging, and high-end visualization. Jordan received his doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Delaware.

The public seminars will feature the following speakers who are all NJIT professors.

Michael Recce, Ph.D., an associate professor of biomedical engineering and computer and information science and the director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioengineering at NJIT, will speak about drag and drop programming for micro array analysis in computational biology. Recce received his doctorate from University College, London.

Bartel van de Walle, Ph.D., an assistant professor of computer and information science, will focus on the rise of artificial intelligence systems and applications for business. Van de Walle received his doctorate from the University of Ghent.

Nirwan Ansari, Ph.D., a professor of electrical engineering and associate chairperson for graduate studies, will talk about current research in advanced networking.

Ansari received his doctorate from Purdue University.

Symeon Papavassiliou, Ph.D., an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will discuss the future of telecommunications and wireless networking. Papavassiliou received his doctorate from Polytechnic University.

Constantine Manikopoulos, Ph.D., an expert in intrusion detection for wired and wireless networks, will discuss current research findings. He is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and received his doctorate from Princeton University.

For registration information regarding the public portion of the dayís proceedings, please contact Jane Gaertner at 973-596-5617 or by e-mail at .

The Conference Board creates and disseminates knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society. Working as a global independent membership organization in the public interest, the Conference Board conducts conferences, makes forecasts and assesses trends, publishes information and analysis, and brings executives together to learn from one another. The Conference Board is a not-for-profit organization and holds 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in the United States. For more information, visit the Conference Board website at


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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