Message from President Bloom

NJIT community members,

Welcome back to campus for the start of our Spring 2019 semester. I hope you have enjoyed the holiday break and that you are returning well rested and enthusiastic about the months ahead.

There have been several positive developments since late in the Fall semester that I would like to share:

  • NJIT’s College of Science and Liberal Arts has announced it will offer students a unique baccalaureate degree option in the emerging field of cyberpsychology. The new program — exploring the dynamics between modern technology and human psychology — is the first of its kind in New Jersey, and is the first academic program in the behavioral sciences to be offered at NJIT.
  • College Factual has ranked NJIT’s mechanical engineering program in the Top 15 percent of all mechanical engineering programs in the United States. Mechanical engineering at NJIT moved up 14 slots over last year, from No. 53 to No. 39, out of 272 schools nationwide.
  • Craig Gotsman, dean of Ying Wu College of Computing, has been named a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2018. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed upon academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.
  • Atam Dhawan, senior vice provost for research at NJIT, has recently been selected to chair the Independent Expert Board (IEB) of the Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN). POCTRN was created in 2007 to drive the development of appropriate point-of-care diagnostic technologies though collaborative efforts that simultaneously merge scientific and technological capabilities with clinical need.
  • The NJIT men's basketball team is off to its best start ever and has garnered a great deal of positive and wide-spread attention for our university. The team has earned its first votes ever in the Associated Press’ top 25 poll and was featured on NBC Channel 4 New York. Bruce Beck — lead sports anchor for NBC 4 NY — visited the campus of NJIT and interviewed head coach Brian Kennedyas well as several players.
  • I am very pleased that Governor Philip Murphy has named me as a member of the New Jersey Commission on Science, Technology and Innovation. I will join the secretary of higher education, the commissioner of education, and the CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority as well as other leaders of academia and industry in helping the governor’s efforts to strengthen New Jersey’s innovation economy.  Through this commission as well as the New Jersey President’s Council, of which I am the chair for the next two years, NJIT’s leadership will have continuing input regarding the future funding of higher education in New Jersey, which currently is under discussion.

As we move into the second half of the academic calendar, we begin the planning and budgeting process for the next fiscal year. As always, we appreciate feedback from members of the NJIT community and use that feedback to help shape priorities for the coming year and the years ahead. In fact, 2020+ Vision committee work already has begun for the development of our future strategic plan. In order to assure that all have an opportunity to become fully informed regarding the state of our university, I have asked several vice presidents to make presentations to the Faculty Senate regarding NJIT’s academics, finances, facilities and capital planning, fundraising, as well as the growth and success of our New Jersey Innovation Institute.

In addition, I have asked Vice President Christ to convene “town hall” meetings in our 10 instructionally-focused buildings to receive additional input about needed capital and technology improvements for teaching and learning. I strongly encourage all who are available to attend those presentations and look forward to your input. In addition, Provost Deek and I will host a campus-wide town hall meeting on Wednesday, February 20, at 2:30 p.m. in Campus Center Ballroom A. The input we have received has been essential for a concerted effort by several of us in Trenton that has resulted in NJIT receiving, to date, over $150 million in supplemental funding from the State of New Jersey for capital projects and programming in recent years. Similarly, with the involvement of many from the campus community and our alumni, we have achieved the goal of the NEXT fundraising campaign of $200 million. This campaign has produced over 250 additional student scholarships.

NJIT is very well positioned to continue the positive trajectory it has been on for several years, and that is the result of our collective efforts on behalf of our students, with the support of faculty, staff, Trustees, Overseers, College and Industrial Advisory Boards as well as alumni. I thank you for your work, dedication, and passion, and welcome you to Spring 2019.

Joel S. Bloom
New Jersey Institute of Technology