President's Report 2003-2004: Professional Activities

                                                        PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

President Robert Altenkirch

NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch, PhD, was appointed to a seven-member, Blue Ribbon Transportation Commission charged with making recommendations to the State Legislature on funding and priorities in transportation.
Nirwan Ansari

Nirwan Ansari, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering, served as general chair for IEEE International Conference on Information and Technology: Research and Education (ITRE2003) held in August at NJIT. The three-day event featured more than 130 presentations by representatives of 31 countries.


Maurie Cohen

Maurie J. Cohen, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and environmental science, was elected chair of the Policy and Research Committee, Technology and Society Section, American Sociological Association. He was also appointed to the Topical Groups Committee of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He also published several professional papers evaluating the Bush Administration’s environmental record.


Atam Dhawan Atam P. Dhawan, PhD, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, chaired the Workshop on Medical Image Analysis: From Principles to Recent Advances at the 2003 IEEE International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Cancun, Mexico.


Nancy Jackson

Nancy Jackson, PhD, associate professor of geography and head of the Division of Environmental Policy Sciences, was appointed associate editor of Estuaries: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The peer-reviewed journal is published by the Estuarine Research Federation.


Lev Krasnoperov

Lev N. Krasnoperov, PhD, professor of chemistry, was included on the editorial board of the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics. He also served on the International Advisory Committee of the 4th International Symposium on Non Thermal Plasma Technologies for Pollution Control and Sustainable Energy Development, May 2004.
Michael Jaffe Michael Jaffe, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry, is the chair of the United States International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (UIPAC) Policy Committee for 2003 – 2005. The committee is responsible for representing  U.S. chemists and chemical industry within the international chemistry community. He has also been appointed as a member of the National Materials Advisory Board Committee evaluating the effect of globalization on the future of materials research. The committee is focused on the issues of outsourcing of manufacturing and R&D infrastructure by American Corporations and the decrease of the number of American students studying science and engineering.
Mill Jonakait

G. Miller Jonakait, PhD, distinguished professor of biology, co-chaired a prestigious Gordon Research Conference on Neuronal/Glial Interactions in 2003.


Boris Khusid Boris Khusid, PhD, associate professor of mechanical engineering gave the keynote lecture, “The translocation of a particle through a fluid-filled nanochannel,” at the 7th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics in Albuquerque, NM. He was also co-organizer/co-chair for the pre-nominated session "Complex and smart fluid” at the 21st International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Warsaw, Poland.
Sanjay Malhotra

Sanjay V. Malhotra, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and environmental medicine, organized a special symposium on Ionic Liquids in Organic Synthesis at the 228th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia, August 2004.


Zeyuan Qui

Zeyuan Qiu, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and environmental science, was organized and primary presenter of a workshop on “Making Smart Land Use Decisions” at the People’s University of China in July 2004. He also co-presented several presentations on riparian lands at the American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference in California.


N.M. Ravindra

N.M. Ravindra, PhD, professor of physics, was guest editor of the October 2003 issue of the Journal of Electronic Materials, published jointly by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and by the Institute of Electronic Electrical Engineers. The issue focused on materials and processes for sub micron technology.


Hindy Schachter Hindy Lauer Schachter, professor of management, is serving on the advisory board for the Citizen Driven Government Performance Project sponsored by the Sloan Foundation. She also chairs the Professional and Organizational Development section of the American Society for Public Administration