President's Report 2003-2004: Faculty Awards

                                       FACULTY AWARDS AND HONORS

The National Science Foundation awarded prestigious CAREER grants to four NJIT faculty members during 2003. The Faculty Early Career Development Program at NSF supports the early career development of teacher-scholars who are likely to become academic leaders. Awardees are selected on the basis of career-development plans that integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution. NJIT recipients include:


Livingston Treena Livingston Arinzeh, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering, to develop a tissue engineering and biomaterials program at NJIT. The program will focus on her innovative use of stem cells, instead of drugs, to treat an array of diseases.


Carsten Denker, PhD, assistant professor of physics, to build new solar telescopic instrumentation, including an InfraRed Imaging Magnetograph (IRIM), which measures the magnetic fields on the surface of the sun, and a Real-Time Image Reconstruction (RTIR) system, which overcomes the image distortion caused by the turbulence of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Symeon Papavassiliou, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, to develop software tools and network architecture to better manage wireless and wired networks.


The Academic Computing Department won second prize for Quick Reference Guides for its 2003 Student Computing Guide in a competition sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services. The guide was prepared by a team from Academic Computing Services led by Ersal Aslam ’01, IT consultant.


Brian Callahan, who has guided the Highlanders to their most successful seasons in the NCAA Division II as head baseball coach at NJIT, was recently voted the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in balloting done by the league’s nine head coaches. Callahan and the Highlanders set the school record for victories in a season with 23 in 2004.


Zeynep Celik, professor of architecture, received a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, awarded on the basis of distinguished past achievements and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. The fellowship will allow her to complete her book in progress titled Public Space, Modernity, and Empire Building: Ottoman Syria and Lebanon, French Maghrib (1830-1914). She will study nineteenth century public spaces in former French colonies in North Africa and Ottoman provinces in the Middle East, arguing that they represented a new type of imperial order and iconography associated with modernity.
Atam Dhawan, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, was elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to optical imaging of skin-lesions and multi-modality medical image analysis.


Harold Deutschman, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named educator of the year by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


Glenn Goldman, professor of architecture and director of the Imaging Laboratory at New Jersey School of Architecture, won Honorable Mention in the 2004 American Institute of Architects Education Honors Program for development of the course "Color Theory/Electronic Color." The project was described as "a significant achievement in the formulation, implementation, and outcome of architectural education." A multiple-media interdisciplinary course, the program enrolls both architecture students and IT students who are concentrating in multimedia or graphics and design.


Deran Hanesian, PhD, professor of chemical engineering, received the Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). One of only 12 engineering educators honored in 2003, Hanesian was cited for developing a laboratory that teaches the scientific method for students of all ages and capabilities.


John Hartmann, adjunct in architecture, was recently awarded a Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. In September, he will join a community of 30 artists and scholars to begin work on a design project that will help to inform new building types in the outlying suburban areas of the city. He is pictured instructing high school students in the school's Summer Career Exploration Program.


Laurence Howell, executive director of the Equal Opportunity Program, was named minority-engineering program director of the year for 2004 by the National Society of Black Engineers. He was cited as a major contributor to NJIT’s consistently high rankings in graduating African-American and Hispanic engineers.


Louis Lanzerotti, PhD, distinguished research professor at NJIT’s Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, was awarded the William Nordberg Medal for Space Science by the Committee on Space Research. Awarded to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the application of space science, the accolade has been presented only eight times since its creation in 1988.

He was also appointed by the National Academies in Washington to chair of a blue-ribbon panel to study whether or not to prolong the mission of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).  Two Nobel Laureates and three former astronauts also serve on the distinguished committee.


Kenneth Lawrence, PhD, professor of management, has been appointed an Academic Research Fellow of the Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management. The center promotes and conducts supply chain research in seeking practical solutions for the local and national business community.


Neil Maher, PhD, assistant professor of history, was awarded the 2004-5 Verville Fellowship by the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  The in-residence fellowship is “intended for the analysis of major trends, developments, and accomplishments in the history of aviation or space studies.”  Only one is given each year. Neil was recognized  for his book project entitled “Ground Control: An Environmental History of NASA and the Space Race.”


Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou, PhD, associate professor of mathematical sciences and electrical engineering, was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. She was cited for her research in ocean acoustics and underwater communication.


Edip Niver, PhD, associate professor of electrical engineering, was named among the MMS 2003 Honored Pioneers in Microwave Engineering at the Mediterranean Microwave Symposium held in Cairo, Egypt.


Carlomagno Ontaneda, assistant director of EOP, was named educator of the year by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. He was honored for promoting Hispanic education in the engineering, science and math disciplines.


Kate Burns Ottavino (center), director of preservation technology at NJIT’s Center for Architecture and Building Science Research, received the Lucy G. Moses Organizational Award for 2003 from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for the Brooklyn High School of the Arts/Preservation Arts Program. The preservation arts curriculum, developed by Ottavino with support from the World Monuments Fund, trains high school students as skilled artisans in the crafts needed to preserve historic landmarks and monuments.


Ronald H. Rockland, PhD, associate professor of electrical engineering technology and associate dean of the Newark College of Engineering, received the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Frederick J. Berger Award. The award recognizes and encourages programmatic and individual excellence in engineering technology education.


Anthony Rosato, PhD, professor of mechanical engineering, received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to attend a short course at the NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics and Materials.


Marguerite Schneider, PhD, assistant professor of management, won the 2003 Best Paper Award in financial investments sponsored by the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University and the New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation for “The Antecedents of Institutional Investor Activism,” co-authored by Lori Verstegen Ryan of San Diego State University. She was also honored for the best papers at the Academy of Management 2003 Conference for “What Has Been Learned? Recommended Policy Regarding U.S. Public Pension Plans.”


Yun-Qing Shi, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering, served as an IEEE CAS Distinguished Lecturer for 2003. His lectures covered "Robustness issues in multimedia watermarking" and "A new approach to 2-D/3-D interleaving and its application in digital image/video watermarking."
Marino Xanthos, PhD, professor of chemical engineering, has been named a Society Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He is one of only 210 elected to the status from among the society’s 25,000 members. Xanthos was cited for his research in polymer modification, as well as for his role in advancing polymer engineering as an academic discipline.


Roy You, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a NASA Summer Fellowship for the summer of 2004. The program offers hands-on exposure to NASA's research challenges through 10-week research residencies at participating NASA research centers for full-time science and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. He will be working with the Digital Signal Processing Research Group in the Communications Systems Research Section at Jet Propulsion Lab, collaborating with Clayton Okino on developing and applying Hybrid-ARQ techniques to deep space communication systems.