Alumni Association of NJIT - Board of Directors (2014-2015)
Jack W. Wagner '74 NCE (Madison, CT)
President (2014-2016 elected term)
Co-Chair, Alumni Relations Committee on Social Media and Web Communications
Jack grew up in Maplewood, NJ and graduated from NJIT in 1974 with a BS in Computer Science. He then spent the next 34 years as an executive in the IBM Corporation.
He directed the transition of IBM from product sales to a solutions based model which was built on alliances and strategic partnerships. He led the effort to drive the marketing and development between IBM and its partners to expand the integration of advanced technologies into industry-based solutions. He managed the worldwide team for IBM in the solutions marketplace, including business development, communications, marketing strategy, sales support/tools, and solutions vitality. He created the marketing strategy for globally integrated enterprise which enabled IBM to drive strategies for its customers to achieve their growth objectives. Jack successfully managed numerous projects and directed staff and line organizations focused in the areas of sales, marketing, and market support. Jack was also an early pioneer in the deployment of social networking tools to be used to gain a competitive in the marketplace.
Prior to his retirement Jack was on the Board of Visitors for the NJIT School of Management and was the IBM Academic Advisor for the SOM. Since his retirement Jack is now an Adjunct Professor in the School of Management for International Business, Marketing, Sales, and Management. He also has his own consulting organization that is focused on the deployment of advanced IT solutions in the business world.
Jack’s real passion is photography and his work can be viewed at http://jackwagner.us. He resides in Madison, CT and Bay Head, NJ with his wife Sandi. Their son, Jeff and his wife, Catie also reside in Madison, CT.
Vice President (2013-2016 elected term) Newark College of Engineering Board of Visitors
Robert C. Cohen received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1983, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 and an M.S. in Engineering Management in 1987, all from NJIT. Robert is the Vice-President and General Manager of Stryker Corporation's robotic and advanced implant business unit, newly named Stryker Mako.
With over 25 years in the medical device field, Robert has focused on orthopedic implant product development from the early stage concept to market commercialization. The advanced implants and biomaterials he developed include those for hip and knee joint replacement, spinal fusion, trauma and sports medicine applications. His experience includes basic research, design, manufacturing, FDA and international regulatory, and marketing. Robert has over 25 patents and speaks globally at orthopedic surgeon medical education conferences. Robert also serves as Chairman of the Newark College of Engineering Board of Visitors.
Kess-Ann L. Grant '09 NCE (Elmwood Park, NJ)
Vice President (2014-2015 elected term)
Young Alumni Club
Kess-Ann graduated with honors from NJIT in May of 2009 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. During her time at NJIT, she revitalized the Caribbean Student Organization (Caribso), where she served as President for two years, worked as a tutor for the EOP summer program and served as an office assistant for the Office of Admissions. As an alumnus, she is an active member of the NJIT Young Alumni Club where she served as Board Rep for two years.
She currently works as a Mechanical Engineer at the Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ) in the Mechanical Design - Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals department, where she provides Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) design services for various PANYNJ facilities. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of NJ and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building, Design and Construction. She plans to pursue a MBA in the near future.
In her free time, Kess-Ann enjoys writing, reading, art, music and participating in church activities.
Paul W. Klein '64 NCE, '68 NCE (University Park, FL)
Vice President (2014-2017) elected term)
Chair, AA-NJIT Regional Programs Committee, Co-Chair of the Florida Gulf Coast Regional Alumni Club
Paul W. Klein was born and raised in Newark, N.J., He holds a BS ChE from NCE '64, MS MgtSc. from NCE '68, and Tuck Executive Program '83 from Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business of Dartmouth College.
Paul worked as a production chemist in the specialty chemical industry and as a technical writer while attending NCE evening classes '58-'64. He joined Sun Chemical Corporation in 1968 as the Plant Manager of Sun's Newark N.J. Pigmaents Plant. From 1970 to 1976 was the Plant Manager of Sun's Staten Island plant. He relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1976 to manage that facility and became Vice President of Manufacturing for Sun's worldwide colorants business in 1982. Klein became General Manager of Sun's Colors Group in 1983, a Corporate Vice President in 1984, Senior V.P. in 1990, and Executive V.P. in 1997. Retired in 2001 but consulted for Sun in 2001-2002. During his tenure with Sun he served on the Boards of Sun affiliates in Denmark, Great Britain, Turkey, and Spain. Klein was a member of the Staten Island and Cincinnati Chambers of Commerce and an 18 year member of the Board of Governors of the Color Pigments Manufacturing Association having served as the Association's President for years 1989-1993. Klein remains a Member Emeritus of AIChE.
In retirement, Klein is active in NJIT Alumni affairs and is the Co-Chair of NJIT's Florida Gulf Coast Regional Alumni Club.
Alfred E. Olivares '97 NCE, '03 SOM (West Orange, NJ)
Vice President (2013-2016 elected term)
EMBA Alumni Partnership, AA-NJIT Communications Committee
Alfred E Olivares (Al) received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 and an M.B.A. in Technology Management from NJIT 2003. Al is a Manager in the Oracle Technology Practice at Deloitte Consulting. Over 16 years of consulting and industry experience focusing business process re-engineering, Lean Six Sigma, Supplier Management, Procurement, Production Planning, Management and ERP implementations (Oracle R12i, R11.i). His is experienced in delivering business transformation projects across diverse industries, such as Life Science, Oil and Gas, Construction Service and most recently diversified manufacturing. Al is also one of the founders of the School of Management Alumni group.
Darlene Clovis '04 NCE, '07 NCE (East Orange, NJ)
Secretary (2014-2016 elected term)
EOP Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Russell A. Chomiak received his Bachelor of Science degree from NCE in Mechanical Engineering in 1970 and his Master of Science degree from NJIT in 1982. Russ is Vice President of Sales at SVF Flow Controls, a California division of Norca Corporation. With over 25 years in flow controls experience in large Fortune 100 corporations and independently owned mid size companies, Russ has focused on both global and domestic business development from the application of existing solutions to market commercialization of new flow elements. His experience includes managing businesses on virtually all continents with research, design, manufacturing, product launch with international regulatory, and sales/marketing. His solutions went to the moon, to Antarctica and to nearly all points in both hemispheres. Russ is also involved in Pi Kappa Phi fraternity having served multiple positions as an undergraduate and as an active alumni. He also volunteers time and effort in various civic organizations including the Rotary Club in PA.
Harold F. (Bud) Dietrich '78 SOA (New Port Richey, FL)
(2012-2015 elected term)
Florida Gulf Coast Regional Club
Harold F. “Bud” Dietrich received his B. Arch, cum laude, from NJIT in 1978. Bud is a licensed architect in New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He has over 30 years experience on projects with budgets of a few thousand dollars to several billions of dollars. After 20 years of working on large scale commercial and institutional projects throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, Bud founded his own firm in 1998 to work exclusively on custom single family residential projects. His residential projects have won several design awards and have been featured in books, magazines, and newspapers. In addition, Bud’s residential projects have been featured on television including several programs on HGTV, CLTV, and The CBS News Sunday Morning annual dream house episode.
Bud is a member of the American Institute of Architects, NCARB certified, and a volunteer mentor to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Bud has presented seminars at the Boston Society of Architects Residential Design and Construction conference, the AIA Chicago Professional Development Conference, was a founding member of the AIA Chicago Small Project Practitioners Roundtable, serves on the steering committee of the AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network, and served for many years as a director of the Illinois board for the Association of Licensed Architects.
After many years living in Newark, Barcelona, Singapore, and Chicago’s North Shore, Bud and his wife decided to retire to Florida. But rather than spending his days playing golf, Bud is now helping other retirees find and create the perfect home for life’s next
Muhammad Elgammal '12 NCE (Wayne, NJ)
Young Alumni Club (2014-2017 elected term)
Marie Jackson '05 NCE (West Orange, NJ)
EOP (2014-2016 elected term)
Anita M. Rubino '83 CSLA (Mountain Lakes, NJ)
(2014-2015 appointed term)
Co-Chair of AANJIT Awards Committee, NJIT Magazine Editorial Board, Florida Gulf-Coast Regional Club, CSLA Advisory Board)
Anita graduated from NJIT in 1983 with a BS in Industrial Administration and went on to earn an MBA from Seton Hall University in 1986. After a 15+ year career in Human Resources Management, including Chief Human Resources Officer for Nielsen Media Research, she moved into a variety of executive leadership positions within the Nielsen Company. She has most recently founded AMR Solutions Network, LLC, a network of businesses dedicated to providing personalized business solutions to senior leaders and their organizations.
A generalist who specializes in strategic counseling and coaching for C level executives, she combines expertise in organizational development and structure along with her experience in Client Relationship Management (CRM), Client Training and Support, Internet Marketing Services, Knowledge Management and eLearning as well as Business Process Management.
Anita is an avid Baseball fan and supporter of NJIT's Athletic programs along with her other Alumni activities. She is currently serving as sits on the Board of Visitors for the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA).
Steven B. Saperstein '84 CSLA (Bridgewater, NJ)
(2014-2015 appointed term)
Past-President of the AA-NJIT, Past Vice President of the AA-NJIT, Past-Chair and current member of the AA-NJIT Communications Committee, NJIT Magazine Editorial Board, and past Co-Chair of the Young Alumni Club (YAC)
Steve Saperstein is the Chief Operating Officer of Prudential Fixed Income. Mr. Saperstein manages the Operations and Systems, Securities Lending, Finance, and Business Management functions of Prudential Fixed Income. Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Saperstein was controller of Prudential Individual Insurance and Prudential Real Estate Investors. He also spent several years in Corporate Tax and other Finance functions at Prudential Financial. Mr. Saperstein joined Prudential Financial in 1984 after receiving a B.S. in industrial administration from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He holds an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.
Mr. Saperstein is a former president and VP of the Alumni Association of NJIT and currently serves on the Board. He was the 2012 Weston Medal recipient from NJIT for outstanding achievement and dedication to NJIT. Mr. Saperstein is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Science and Liberal Arts. He is also a board member of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties.
James E. Tomaszek '82 CSLA (Brick, NJ)
(2013-2016 elected term)
Central New Jersey Regional Alumni Club
James received his BS in Computer Science from NJIT in 1982. He started working for a start-up company (Medical Data Systems) in the 1970's in a store front in Elmwood Park, NJ and later moved to larger quarters in Ramsey. He moved to Phelps Dodge working in several divisions (manufacturing, refining, and mining) later going to CBS Records. There he was part of the team to design, build and start production of the largest recorded-music manufacturing plant in the world in Carrollton, Georgia. Following that success, he joined Bell Laboratories where his prior experience was recognized and assigned to several plant manufacturing projects before switching to do software projects including work on the UNIX operating system and finally the multi-year TEP-6 (Saudi Arabia Telecom Expansion Project) to expand both facilities and services to make the MOPTT one of the world's most modern and efficient networks.
He survived multiple divestitures at AT&T starting with the original Bell System breakup until voluntary retirement with ~25 years of service from Lucent Technologies – Bell Labs as a Technical Manager. Rather sit home, he started his own consulting business and used his knowledge and experience supporting his family ahead of joining McGraw-Hill Companies. His final project at McGraw-Hill was to support the divestiture and off-shoring of McGraw-Hill Companies businesses and departments, putting himself out of a job and retirement once again. The result being a slimmed down company concentrated in the financial industry. Now Jim volunteers time and resources to various civic, cultural and religious organizations while traveling and enjoying his family.