Joseph Muscari Appointed to New Jersey Institute of Technology Board of Overseers

NEWARK, October 8-- Joseph C. Muscari, executive vice president and group president for Asia and Latin America at Alcoa, was recently appointed to New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Board of Overseers.

The NJIT Board of Overseers is composed of senior executives, CEOs and entrepreneurs. Members of the NJIT Board of Overseers provide a broad range of advocacy for and support to NJIT, both corporate and personal. Beyond creating a connection between the university and the corporation, some overseers have demonstrated their personal commitment by creating scholarships to honor loved ones. These businessmen and women also serve as professional advisors, supplying expertise in a multitude of areas including marketing and strategic planning.

Muscari, who grew up in Jersey City and now lives in Manhattan, graduated cum laude in 1968 from NJIT with a degree in industrial engineering and where he also became a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Pi Mu engineering honor societies. He earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969. In 1994, he received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Salem-Teikyo University in Tokyo.

Muscari was named to the newly created position of group president of Asia and Latin America last year with responsibility for Alcoa’s operations and growth initiatives in those regions. He is also a member of Alcoa’s Executive Council, the senior leadership group that provides strategic direction for the company.

The early part of Muscari’s Alcoa career, which began in 1969, focused on manufacturing as an industrial engineer with assignments in the company’s New Kensington (PA) Works, Massena (NY) Operations and the Cleveland (OH) Works.

During that period, he also held an assignment in the corporate secretary’s office in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1979, he was named business unit controller of the forging division in Cleveland and later assumed controllership responsibility for the engineered products group. His next assignment was general manager of Alcoa’s Powder and Pigments Division based in Pittsburgh. In 1986, he was appointed director of Alcoa’s information technology group and later took on the additional responsibility as quality director for the Finance organization. Three years later, he was promoted to group vice president, The Stolle Corporation, a diversified Alcoa business located in Sidney, Ohio.

In 1992, he was appointed president of Alcoa Asia, Japan. While in Tokyo, he was responsible for operations and business development as well as sales and marketing services for the Asian region. He returned to Pittsburgh in 1997 as vice president of audit with responsibility for creating an integrated system for audit processes and was subsequently named vice president, environment, health and safety, audit and compliance for the company, a newly created position.

He and his wife, Donna, have three children.


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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