Alumni And Engineering Students Receive Awards At NJIT Dinner

NEWARK, May 25- The Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently honored outstanding students, faculty and staff members at the school's third annual NCE Awards Banquet at the Newark Airport Marriott.

"The NCE Awards banquet brings together the constituents of NCE to honor the achievements and dedication of students, alumni, faculty and staff. It also provides the opportunity for all NCE constituents to involve their spouses and friends in a function that is beneficial to the educational programs of NCE," says NCE Dean S.T. Mau, P.E., Ph.D. Proceeds of the event go toward the NCE Merit Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Joseph S. Hinksmon, of Highland Lakes, was named NCE's outstanding senior student, which is the school's highest honor. Hinksmon also received the award for outstanding senior in chemical engineering, chemistry and environmental science.

"Winning both awards was such a high honor because there are so many outstanding students at NJIT," he says. "I really owe a lot to NJIT, because without the doors the school opened for me I would not have been able to do so much.

" Chrissa Roessner, of Hazlet, received a first time award recognizing a top female engineering student. "Receiving this award has made me feel that the things students do are recognized. It means a great deal to me to be acknowledged for my leadership, academics and involvement, as well as being the first to receive this award," she says.

Long-time faculty member, Robert Dresnack, P.E., Ph.D., East Brunswick, professor of civil and environmental engineering for 35 years, received the excellence in teaching award. "I see the NCE awards program that was initiated by Dean Mau as a constant reminder to the engineering faculty of the value placed on teaching excellence in developing and supporting a strong engineering curriculum," he says.

"Such awards combat what has become a common practice at many institutions of higher learning to concentrate hiring practices and policies on promoting faculty based on achievements related to obtaining funded research grants and/or publishing in peer review journals. It is unfortunate, but understandable, that young faculty members sometimes lose sight of the importance of their additional responsibilities to educate both undergraduate and graduate students in a supportive manner. This award reaffirms to both me and others at NJIT that teaching indeed matters a great deal," he adds.

Dana E. Knox, Ph.D., North Edison, an associate professor of chemical engineering, received the faculty honor for excellence in advising.

"Advising is a very important part of the college experience for students. It is often the only one-on-one contact that the student has with a faculty member," says Knox. "That alone should make it important to faculty as well, but all too often it is done in an offhand, undisciplined way.

Instead, Knox gets to know each student. "I want to know them as individuals," says Knox. "I think any good advisor does the same. It requires a serious commitment to do it well. The award given by NCE, which as far as I know is the only award of its kind at NJIT, means a great deal to me as acknowledgment of my time and effort," he says.

Reginald P.R. Tomkins, Ph.D., Bloomfield, professor of chemistry; Athanassios K. Bladikis, Ph.D., Newark, associate professor and chairman of industrial and manufacturing engineering; and Robert Kirchner, P.E., Ph.D., Piscataway, professor of mechanical engineering received awards for outstanding achievement in student recruitment. John Carpinelli, Ph.D, Wayne, a native son of Clifton and an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, received the NCE award for innovation in engineering education.

Other students who won awards include Richard Heissler, New Milford, who was named this year's outstanding senior civil and environmental engineering student.

Darrnell Simon, Newark, was named outstanding senior in biomedical engineering.

Glenn Dougherty, Piscataway, was named outstanding senior in engineering technology.

Vinek Bhagat, Jersey City, was named outstanding senior in electrical and computer engineering.

Samuel Leiber, Jersey City, was named outstanding senior in mechanical engineering.

Olufunso Aduloju, Westbury, NY, was named outstanding senior in industrial and manufacturing engineering.

The local student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers was named the outstanding student organization in NCE. Accepting the award were chapter president, William Chandler, of Brick Township; vice president Stephanie Ann Dubyna, of Clifton; treasurer Tania Feliz, of Passaic; secretary Frankie Perrone, of Fair Lawn.  

Cynthia Wos, Clifton, assistant to the chairperson of the department of chemical engineering, chemistry and environmental science received the excellence in achievement for outstanding staff.

NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.

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