Over the last year, Associate Dean Lisa Axe has spear-headed NCE’s efforts to increase undergraduate student participation in cooperative education. While currently 14% of NCE undergraduate students participate, in the next 5 years significant increases are targeted. In 2009, the NY Times reported that 95% of students in co-op programs have jobs when they graduate, and greater than 60% have taken positions with companies they worked for while in the program. Under the leadership of Dean Sunil Saigal and at the request of the NCE Board of Visitors, a number of measures are being implemented to increase student participation. Specifically, undergraduate students will only pay tuition for one experience, receiving 3 degree credits. In addition, in a number of departments, undergraduate students may begin the co-op program after completion of their freshmen year. Further measures include the ability for students to enroll in a co-op experience during the summer; providing a freshmen seminar on the benefits of the co-op experience with a panel of industry representatives; and, providing students with one advisor for both academics and cooperative education advisement.
Associate Dean Lisa Axe coordinated the NCE application selected to participate in the ENGAGE project, which is an Extension Services project funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of ENGAGE is to increase retention of undergraduate engineering students through implementing three research-based strategies. “ENGAGE is a unique and valuable opportunity to improve the learning experience for NCE students” stated Dean Sunil Saigal. Over the course of 3 years, 30 engineering schools (10 per year) will participate in this project of implementing ENGAGE strategies. NJIT was selected for the 2nd year of the project which will run from Fall 2011 through Fall 2012. The team includes the following individuals leading specific strategies:
• N. M. Ravindra (Chair and Professor, Physics) and Denis Blackmore (Professor, Math): Integrating into coursework, everyday examples in engineering (E3s) – the focus will be on Physics 111 and calculus.
• David Lubliner (University Lecturer, Engineering Technology): Improving student spatial visualization skills.
• Priscilla Nelson (Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering): Improving and increasing faculty-student interaction.
The progress of this project will be tracked over 18 months providing time to broaden and generalize the research-based strategies across the NCE curricula. As part of ENGAGE, NCE hosted three associated webinars: “Improving Spatial Visualization Skills” (http://vimeo.com/19361741); “Using Everyday Engineering Examples in the Classroom” (http://vimeo.com/17535600); “Improving Faculty Student Interaction” (http://vimeo.com/16984211).
In Fall 2011, NJIT is embarking on a new initiative led by Provost Ian Gatley and Associate Provost Judith Redling to improve student engagement in their learning experience and in their connections with instructors, advisors, and peers. Students will enter learning communities – Community Connections in their first year through curricular-based cohorts. They will be afforded peer mentors, close advising, weekly seminars, and integration of course material. Dean Sunil Saigal is committed to providing all necessary resources to ensure the utmost success for this critical and most beneficial initiative. Associate Dean Lisa Axe is the college coordinator of the eight first year cohorts and the one transfer student cohort. All departments in NCE are deeply committed as well to ensuring the success of each of their students. For more information please go to http://www.njit.edu/communityconnections/.
Associate Dean Lisa Axe and Professor Donna Fennell (Rutgers University) coordinated a meeting between DuPont Corporation and NJ researchers held on Thursday, May 26 at NJIT. DuPont is planning to fund New Jersey-based research on remediation science and technology. In anticipation of awarding several research grants to begin in early 2012, a series of informative meetings are being held for interested researchers. DuPont currently has seven sites undergoing remediation in the state of New Jersey. They seek innovative research efforts to meet challenges associated with remediation obligations at these sites and to contribute broadly to the field of remediation science and engineering. Dean Sunil Saigal enthusiastically supported this first meeting for potential principal investigators as an introduction to DuPont’s remediation program and to provide information about remediation challenges at New Jersey sites.
The long awaited trip was the most prestigious way to end the Spring 2011 term. On May 13 , fifteen students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Department of Engineering Technology’s Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program (including a student from Construction Management Technology and a student from Civil Engineering), received a special invitation from The Port Authority of NY and NJ to visit the New York World Trade Center to view $23 billion of construction. Port Authority engineers accompanied the students to the construction site where they had the chance to ask questions about the project as well as job and internship opportunities as they viewed the pouring of concrete. The scheduled opening for the memorial is September 11, 2011.
Finally, I have seen the happiness and joy on the face of the students that they have made it to such a trip.
NCE Excellence in Advising Award
NCE Excellence in Teaching Award
Saul K. Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award
NCE Outstanding Staff Award
NCE Dean's Service Award
NCE Outstanding Student Organization Award
Society of Women Engineers
Saul K. Fenster Innovation in Design Award
NCE Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Departmental Outstanding Senior Student Award
NCE Madame Mau Outstanding Female Engineering Student
Faizan Naqvi, a student in Electrical Engineering, was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. The program, honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater, was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Naqvi, a scholarship recipient from the Albert Dorman Honors College, is also the president of the Rotaract Club and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.
The NJIT ASCE Steel Bridge team took first place honors at the annual Metropolitan New York Region Steel Bridge Competition for the sixth straight year! The team heads to Texas A&M University in May to compete against 175 teams from across the nation.
Dr. Ronald H. Rockland, professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology, was named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He will receive his official designation in June at the ASEE Annual Conference, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada.
The “Flying Highlander” won fourth place at the international annual Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design West competition held in Fort Worth, Texas. The Highlander is an oversized model airplane, with a five-foot wing span and a three-foot long body. It was designed and built by team members: Michael Anderson (team Captain), Jeffrey Van Fossen, Michael Melillo, Carl Ritacco, Chamberline Nwokey, and Jonathan Weiss.
Ammar Abdo, a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering, received the NSF Neural Engineering Travel Award. This award recognizes excellence in the field of Neural Engineering. Abdo is scheduled to present a paper, which was co-authored with Dr. Mesut Sahin, entitled, “Intraspinal microstimulation with light activated micro-stimulators” at the 5th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering.
Martha Molinini, a student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was accepted to present her paper at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Middle Atlantic Section Conference. The paper is entitled, “The BP Oil Spill: Containment Efforts and Ethical Considerations.” The conference was held in Farmingdale, N.Y. on April 29, 2011.
The North Jersey Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) awarded their 2011 scholarships, which are based upon both scholastic achievement and service to the AIChE Student Chapter. Recipients were: Olakemi Akinlabi, Rizkullah Dogum, Maria Khouzam, Jibin Modayil, Estefanos W. Selwaness, and Rachel Wallner.
Carlo Badiola and Paul Dupiano, graduate students in the Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological & Pharmaceutical Engineering, competed at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Region I-NE Student Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire, on April 8 and 9. The conference is a technical paper competition for AIAA undergraduate and graduate student members. Badiola placed second and Dupiano took third place.
The American Society of Civil Engineers recently honored Priscilla Nelson, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for being a pioneer in geotechnical engineering, one who paved the way for innovative research and education in the field. Read more.
On April 4th, 2011, Associate Dean Lisa Axe hosted Rector Ulrich Radtke and representatives of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) for a signing with Provost Ian Gatley of a Memoranda of Understanding and Agreement for fostering research and academic collaborations between the universities. UDE is a member of the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR), an alliance of three large research universities (25,000 + students at each university) located along the Ruhr River in Germany. The other members are the Ruhr University Bochum and the TU Dortmund University. All three universities are very strong in engineering & applied sciences, especially in nanotechnology, energy research, biochemistry, and urban studies. UDE is particularly strong in nano-sciences, being the home to Germany's strongest nano-research cluster, CeNIDE. In May 2010, NCE researchers met with Drs. Sebastian Engell and LeeAnn Renninger from the UAMR. The meeting was organized to discuss potential research collaborations and student exchange programs. This agreement is an opportunity for NJIT students to study abroad with the UAMR and is important for a number of reasons among which include improving global awareness, enhancing academic learning, and learning another language. Furthermore, NCE Dean Sunil Saigal is committed to developing this relationship and forging research collaborations that will provide long-lasting opportunities.
The FE Examination is an 8-hour supplied-reference examination: 120 questions in the 4-hour morning session and 60 questions in the 4-hour afternoon session. More Information
The Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research was established in 1996 in honor of Henry L. Michel, Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation (CEFI), formerly the Civil Engineering Research Foundation. The annual award recognizes and acknowledges leaders of the design and construction industry whose dedication and aggressive vision have provided cornerstones for improving the quality of people's lives around the world through research in the design and construction industry. The Henry L. Michel Award is presented during ASCE’s OPAL Awards Gala held each spring in the Washington, D.C. area.
Yeheskel Bar-Ness, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Foundation Chair of the Center for Communication and Signal Processing Research, received a patent for “Equal BER Power Control for Uplink MC-CDMA with MMSE Successive Interference Cancellation,” a system designed to increase efficiency and reduce interference in wireless telecommunications.
Ivan Dentcho, research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the NJIT Microelectronics Fabrication Center, earned a patent in collaboration with Joseph R. Madsen at Harvard Medical School, for a “Waveform Sensing and Regulation Fluid Flow Valve,” which is used to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid from the brain in hydrocephalus patients.
Anthony East and Michael Jaffe, research professors in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, were awarded a patent for “Thermoset Epoxy Polymers from Renewable Resources,” a substance made from sugar derived from corn that can be used commercially in adhesives and coatings.
Robert Pfeffer, professor emeritus in the Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, received patents for “System and Method for Nanoparticle and Nanoagglomerate Fluidization” and for a filter composed of nanoparticles, “Fractal Structured Nanoagglomerates as Filter Media.”
Yun-Qing Shi, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received four patents for his work in data hiding for: “Method for Identifying Marked Content, Such as By Using a Class-Wise Non-Principal Component Approach;” “System and Method for Data Hiding Using Inter-Word Space Modulation;” “System and Method for Robust Lossless Data Hiding and Recovering From the Integer Wavelet Representation;” and “System and Method for Reversible Data Hiding Based on Integer Wavelet Spread Spectrum.”
Jay Meegoda and Hsin-neng Hsieh, professors in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the NJIT Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders received a grant of $10,000 to develop an ecologically sustainable sanitation system for Hopital Sacre Coeur in Haiti. The system will collect human waste, convert it into fertilizer through anaerobic digestion, and capture the methane gas emissions formed as a byproduct of the process for on-site use as a heating fuel.
NCE Professor Invited to Chair Conference and Guest Editor
Dr. Sotirios Ziavras, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was invited to Chair the IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering in Hong Kong, China in December 2010. He was also invited to be the Guest Editor for a special issue of the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools: Architectures, Languages, Algorithms, for the August 2010 issue.
NCE Professor Invited to Participate in Conferences
Raquel Perez-Castillejos, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected to participate in both the NSF Minority Faculty Development Workshop at MIT and the Innovation Corridor of the 2010 NJ-PA-DE Biotech Conference. She was also invited to contribute a review on fabrication technologies for in-vitro tissue modeling to the high-impact journal, Materials Today.
NCE Professor Presents Paper in Tokyo
Paul Ranky, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, presented a paper at the 2010 International Symposium on Flexible Automation in Tokyo, Japan. His paper was entitled, “Case-Based/Problem-Based Sustainable Green Engineering Teaching/Learning Methods and Experiences for Millennial Generation Engineering Students in the USA, Europe and Asia.” He served as Co-Chair of the Green Engineering Session at the conference as well.
NCE Professor Wins Best Paper Award
Nirwan Ansari, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the IEE GLOBECOM 2010 Best Paper Award for co-authoring, “HYMN to Improve the Longevity of Wireless Sensor Networks.” His paper was one of the eleven chosen for an award out of over 4,600 submissions. The award was presented at the 2010 IEEE Global Communications Conference, held December 6-10, 2010, in Miami.
NJIT Society of Women Engineers Receives Award
The NJIT Society of Women Engineers was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Section Website Award at the 2010 National Society of Women Engineers Conference, held November 3-7 in Orlando, Florida.
NCE Professor Honored at 2010 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award Ceremony
Yun Q. Shi, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was honored at the 2010 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award Ceremony on November 4, 2010. The honor recognizes outstanding work from New Jersey scientists and their respective organizations by highlighting the most exceptional efforts. Shi invented a method of robust reversible data hiding (steganography), which allows the original digital cover image to be recovered without any distortion once the hidden data has been extracted from the cover medium.
The NJIT Steel Bridge Team, the NJIT Student Chapter of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Team participated in the New Jersey Science & Engineering Festival that was held at Clifton High School on October 23 & 24, 2010. The NJIT Steel Bridge Team’s display theme was “How to Engineer a Bridge.” It featured both designing a virtual bridge with software and then load testing it with an animated truck, and a “Paper Bridge Challenge,” where students created a bridge from one sheet of copy paper that had to support 100 pennies. The NJIT Student Chapter of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers provided visual examples of their work in pharmaceutical engineering and chemical engineering through simulation models, testing equipment, and step-by-step presentations. The Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Team displayed their model.
NCE Professor Publishes Paper on Generalized Discrete Fourier Transform
Ali Akansu, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, published the paper “Generalized Discrete Fourier Transform with Nonlinear Phase” with Handan Agirman-Tosun. It is published in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 58, No. 9, pp 4547-4556, Sept. 2010. Akansu also gave a talk entitled “Generalized Discrete Fourier Transform with Nonlinear Phase: A Time-Frequency Method” on October 20, 2010 at Purdue University.
NCE Professors Honored with New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Awards
NCE professors, Timothy Chang and Yun Q. Shi, were honored at the 22nd Annual New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Awards ceremony in Hoboken on October 14, 2010. Dr. Chang, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a Special Award for his achievements in the areas of ultra-high precision systems, genetic systems, robotics, and motion control. Dr. Shi, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Innovators Award
for his work in digital forensics and security.
NCE Professor Delivers Keynote Speech at International Conference
Nirwan Ansari, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, delivered the keynote speech at the International Conference on Network Infrastructure and Digital Content. The conference was held on September 24-26 in Beijing, China. His speech was entitled “TCP: Is It Time for a Makeover?”
The annual University Convocation was held on September 15, 2010. NCE faculty and students were honored with awards at the ceremony. Shilan Motamedvaziri (Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering), Byron Chen (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), Dorairaja Raghu (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), and Piero Armenante (Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering) received Excellence in Teaching Awards. Timothy Chang (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) received an Excellence in Research Award. Presidential Leadership Awards were received by Katrina Hornstein and Jaskirat Sodhi, both recent graduates from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Timothy Chang was promoted to Distinguished Professor and Piero Armenante received the Master Teacher Designation.
Nirwan Ansari, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the International Conference on Network Infrastructure and Digital Content. The conference is being held on September 24-26 in Beijing, China. His speech is entitled “TCP: Is It Time for a Makeover?”
Dr. Yun-Qing Shi, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected to receive the Innovators Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. This award recognizes Dr. Shi’s “Innovative Research Related to: Digital Forensics and Security – Data Hiding, Steganalysis, and Forensics” and will be presented on October 14, 2010 at a Black Tie Dinner.
NCE professor, Dr. David Lubliner, attended a National Institutes of Health Workshop in Bethesda, MD. From June 22 to June 24. The workshop was entitled “Personal Motion Technologies for Health Independent Living.” NIH brought together experts in the field of wireless sensors to discuss current research and future directions relating to their integration into the healthcare system.
Dr. Jay Meegoda, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE awards fellowships to civil engineers who have made significant technical or professional contributions to the profession, hold a P.E. license, and have at least 10 years of exceptional, responsible engineering experience gained while at member grade in ASCE.
Treena Arinzeh and Cheul Cho, NCE assistant professors in the Biomedical Engineering Department, have both been selected as 2010 Coulter Translational Research Award recipients. They have been awarded 2-year Phase I grants of $180,000 from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Arinzeh’s proposal is entitled, “A Novel Composite Matrix For Bone Repair Applications;” the project is to develop a synthetic bioactive composite material in combination with bone marrow cells to promote healing of large bone defects. Cho’s proposal is entitled, “Extracorporeal Bioartificial Liver Assist Device with Human Stem Cell-Derived Hepatocytes for the Treatment of Liver Failure;” the project aims to differentiate human embryonic stem cells into functional hepatocytes and to evaluate their therapeutic efficacy in bioartificial liver device for the treatment of acute liver failure. The Coulter Translational Research Awards program provides funding for faculty in established Biomedical Engineering Departments within the United States. The translational research projects are directed at promising technologies with the goals of progressing toward commercial development and entering clinical practice.
NCE Professors and Graduate Students at 2010 SPE Annual Conference
NCE professors and graduate students participated in the 2010 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference on May 16-19 in Orlando, Florida. Marino Xanthos, Peng Wang and Costas Gogos of CBPE, and Kwabena Narh of MIE attended. In addition, five PhD students attended: Huiju Liu, Jun Uk Ha, Qian Zheng, Min Yang, and Graciela Terife. Technical papers on research conducted on campus were presented by Wang, Gogos, Liu, Ha, and Terife.
NCE Professor Awarded Heinz List Award
Dr. Marino Xanthos, professor in the Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, was awarded the 2010 Heinz List Award. The award was presented to him at the Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) on May 18, 2010. Xanthos was honored for his outstanding achievements in Polymer Devolatilization and Reactive Processing. The Heinz List Award, sponsored by LIST USA, is awarded to the person who has demonstrated unique vision and innovation in the field of polymer processing technology.
NCE students were recognized for service at the annual 2010 Highlander Students Achievement Awards as follows. Paul Rodriguez, MIE: Outstanding Student Leader Award; Jaskirat Sodhi, MIE: Graduate Presidential Leadership Award; Gaurav Bagwe, BME: Outstanding Leader Award; Katrina Hornstein, MIE: Undergraduate Presidential Leadership Award; Ashish Borgaonkar, CEE: Outstanding Graduate Class Award; Arieta Giokas, BME: Outstanding Freshman Class Award; Vanessa Casteblanco, CBPE: Outstanding Sophomore Class Award; Vincent Scarfo, CEE: Outstanding Junior Class Award; Salman Naqvi, ECE: Outstanding Senior Class Award; and Gricel Robles, MIE: Outstanding Student Staff Award.
Dr. I. Joga Rao, associate professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, was selected to receive the Robert W. Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence by the Alumni Association of NJIT. It was presented to him on May 22, 2010, at the 2010 Alumni Achievement Award Celebration.
NCE Alumni were honorees at the 2010 Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration. They were presented with their awards from the Alumni Association of NJIT on May 22, 2010, as follows: Austin Alvarez, BSCE ’68, for his recognized leadership by Naval Sea Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research as an expert in submarine structures and underwater shock technology that create a more shock resistant and survivable submarine; Benjamin D’Armiento, BSCHE ’48, for his patented designs in paint and ink systems, for his longstanding service to the Chemical Engineering profession, and for his countless volunteer and philanthropic efforts for his community, social organizations, and NJIT; Arthur Hahn, BSEE ’69, for his significant development of bar code and magnetic stripped card technology and wireless chip technology used in current wireless communication devices today and for his development of the first digital electronic kilowatt hour meter; Edmund Hecht, BSME ’56, for his internationally recognized consultations in management, marketing, and technical service, for his ongoing contributions to the global community, for his receipt of the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award in both 2004 and 2007, and for being designated a Fulbright Scholar in 2009; Walter Kraft, BSCE ’62, MSCE ’65, Ph.D. Engineering Science ’75, for his renowned leadership in the implementation of intelligent transportation systems and for his continuing service to the professional engineering societies devoted to the field of traffic engineering; Robert Zanzalari, BSME ’82, for his civilian leadership and his outstanding management contributions in science and technology, advanced technology, and small business innovative research for the U.S. Army Research and Development initiatives.
Ametek visited NCE on May 26, 2010 for a meeting with Dean Saigal and Archie Crawford to finalize the establishment of the Ametek Endowed Engineering Scholarship. Ametek presented Dean Saigal with a check for $25,000. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in the Newark College of Engineering. This is a joint effort between NJIT and Ametek in establishing this partnership. Ametek has also offered the opportunity for NCE students to have co-op placements set up at their company. NCE is thrilled to have Ametek as a company where NJIT students can go for employment.
Keith Corkery, NCE student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was selected as the recipient of the 2010 Sol Seid Award for Excellence from the New Jersey Professional Engineers in Construction. He was presented the award on April 9, 2010. Corkery was chosen to receive the $10,000 award based upon his outstanding academic achievements and community involvement.