President's Annual Report 2003-2004: Academic Programs

                                                                   ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Engineering, launched in 2002 under the direction of Piero Armenante, distinguished professor of chemical engineering, now has 60 degree candidates enrolled and more than 230 students taking courses. The program is supported by a $250,000 grant from Schering-Plough Foundation. In the photo, Schering Plough Engineers, Marc Steinman (left), who is also a PhD student at NJIT, and NJIT Alumnus Colin Walters '94, '00, (right), are among the industry advisors who consult with Dr. Piero Armenante (center) on research as well as on the MS in Pharmaceutical Engineering program.

Joseph Manfredi ’74,  of GMP  System, Inc., who is vice president of the NJIT Alumni Association, has been actively involved in the program’s development and serves as an instructor. Manfredi and Armenante presented a paper, "The Pharmaceutical Engineering Program at NJIT: a Working Example of Industry-University Collaboration in a Novel and Fast-Growing Engineering Field” at the 2003 International Conference on Engineering Education, in Valencia, Spain.

New Jersey School of Architecture Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy are partnering to offer a dual degree program inMaster of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) and Master in Infrastructure Planning (MIP).

NJIT offers an intensive, 10-week BioMEMS Summer Bioengineering Institute to introduce students from outside of biomedical engineering to the emerging field of microscopic devices for medical applications. Directed by William C. Hunter, professor and chair of biomedical engineering, under a grant from the National Science Foundation, the program, launched in 2003, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in engineering disciplines, the life sciences, physical sciences, pre-medicine and other health science fields.

NJIT’s School of Management can now offer students access to leading-edge enterprise management programs with a gift of software valued at $4.8 million from PeopleSoft, a leading developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools. NJIT is among 23 U.S. universities selected to partner with PeopleSoft in using the company’s ERP tools for education and research. The software suite supports a comprehensive range of organizational functions, including finance and accounting, manufacturing, customer relationship management, supply chain management, strategic management and human resources management.

More than 300 students in Africa are studying for a master’s certificate in information technology offered by NJIT through African Virtual University. Students at 21 universities in 11 sub-Saharan African countries take six non-credit, distance-learning courses to earn the master’s certificate. The online classroom uses a variety of teaching methods, including on-line course material, video lectures on CD-ROM, real-time lectures, textbooks, email and on-line chat forums.