For Immediate Release
September 30, 2002

Media Advisory

New Jersey Institute of Technology Press Conference on Smart Gun Technology

WHAT:New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host a brief press conference to showcase personalized weapons technology (better known as “smart gun”), which tops the state Senate’s agenda today.

WHO: Donald Sebastian, vice president of technology for research at NJIT, will answer questions about smart gun, which is programmed to fire only for its owner.

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Guttenberg Information Technologies Center located at the intersection of Central Avenue and Lock Street on the NJIT campus. /p>

BACKGROUND: NJIT has been in the forefront of developing a personalized weapons technology. The technology calls upon sensors that read the owner’s handprint and grip and fires only for him or her. If someone grabbed the gun and tried to fire it, the gun would not fire.


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.