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NJIT Professor Receives Excellence Award

NEWARK, April 21--Robert Barat, Ph.D., an associate professor in chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently received the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) Innovation in Engineering Education award, given annually to a professor who has demonstrated exemplary achievements in educational innovation.

Barat, of Franklin Park, received the award at the NCE awards banquet.

Upon presenting Barat with the award, William Van Buskirk, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said, “Barat feels strongly about extending his research activities into the teaching environment.”

In 1996, Van Buskirk continued, Barat worked with several faculty members from physics and electrical engineering to form the optical science and engineering curriculum at NJIT – a set of courses that continues today. His current research project continues a tradition of applied optics in research and education that forms the basis of the multidisciplinary education programs for which he is honored here.

Barat came to work at NJIT in 1990. He was also a student at NJIT, graduating in 1980 with a degree in chemical engineering. He then worked for a few years in industry in the early 1980s while completing his master’s degree at NJIT in 1983. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering in 1990 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has done research in combustion, environmental monitoring and process control. He’s now involved in a homeland defense project involving optical scanning for concealed explosives and biological agents.

Barat received his bachelor’s degree from NJIT, and his master’s and doctorate from MIT.


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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