NJIT Faculty, Staff and Students
Robert A. Altenkirch
Sunday, September 3, 2006
At the beginning of another new academic year, let me extend a warm welcome to those returning and to those starting new at NJIT. I wish everyone--faculty, staff, and students--success in meeting their personal goals associated with their involvement with NJIT.
Exciting work is underway at NJIT, inspired by the vision of our Strategic Plan. Our aim is to be recognized as a preeminent technological research university known for innovation, entrepreneurship, and engagement at “The Edge in Knowledge.” Indicators of our success include two inspiring research projects. Under the leadership of Professor Raj Dave, NJIT will be a partner in the newly-awarded NSF Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Composites. Co-partners are Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the lead institution, Purdue University, and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. We anticipate completing construction this year under Prof. Phil Goode’s leadership of the world’s largest, land-based, solar telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory in California. Follow these and other examples of NJIT’s pioneering work in the NJIT Newsroom (http://www.njit.edu/publicinfo/newsroom/).
The quality of our academic programs and relatively low cost, when taking into account financial aid provided, resulted in NJIT’s recognition by Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges, a designation given to only 150 of the nation’s public and private colleges. Additionally, US News & World Report ranked NJIT as a top-tier, national research university, of which all of us at NJIT can be proud.
The quality of life on campus continues to improve, including the rededication of Eberhardt Hall as the NJIT Alumni Center. Since opening last October, including the first floor University Club, more than 100 events have taken place. Completed this month will be the renovation of Fleisher Gym in the Fleisher Center, including a new floor, new lighting, a new public address system, and new and expanded seating.
The ongoing transformation of the NJIT campus parallels development that will not only serve NJIT but also contribute to the renaissance of our host city. The Village at Newark, a private student housing development featuring retail outlets, is slated to open next fall at the corner of Lock Street and Central Avenue. Downtown redevelopment is proceeding with the opening of the Newark Arena scheduled for October 2007, and NJIT has been involved in discussions with the City of Newark and neighborhood stakeholders about implementing redevelopment around the NJIT campus. View more about the NJIT Campus Gateway Plan, which encompasses a Greek Village, at (http://www.njit.edu/v2/activities/Greek%20VillageNJIT.pdf).
There is much to anticipate this academic year. While we are never without our challenges, our accomplishments continue to overshadow them. We can all be proud of being part of this great university.