NEWARK , August 13, 1999 - For the third time in four years, a student from the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology placed first in the CADDIE Awards program. The international awards, sponsored by Cadalyst magazine, honoring excellence in design visualization using industry-leading Autodesk software is given annually in a variety of categories - from practicing professionals to independent artists to graduate and undergraduate students - for both animations and still images.

     Jaime Laga, of New Milford, N.J., won first prize in the full-time undergraduate student still image division of the 1999 CADDIE Awards program for her entry, titled "Prototypical Children's Library for the Information Age." Jesus H. Mones, of Paterson, N.J., won third prize for his entry, titled "Maritime Museum on the Thames River."

     Laga's entry, a series of five images created in an upper-level design studio taught by Glenn Goldman, professor of architecture, contains a variety of play and work areas with custom-designed furniture and equipment. Parts, reminiscent of toy components that can be pre-manufactured and assembled on-site, are designed to build the entire building.

     Mones' project was the design of an open-air museum, adjacent to the Tower of London, for the display of historic sailing ships. The design included public gardens, restaurants, retail shops and an outdoor theater. M. Stephen Zdepski, associate professor of architecture, was the design critic for the Maritime Museum project.

     The awards were announced in the August 1999 issue of Cadalyst magazine and exhibited at ACM/SIGGRAPH '99, in Los Angeles.

     NJIT is a public research university enrolling nearly 8,200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in 76 degree programs through five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, the School of Architecture, the College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include multimedia, manufacturing, microelectronics, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine has ranked NJIT the "most wired" public university in America for two consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report's "1999 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges" ranked NJIT among the nation's top universities. Money Magazine's most recent issue of "Best College Buys" rated NJIT as the sixth best value among U.S. science and technology colleges and universities and among the top 100 overall.


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