Message from President Joel S. Bloom

Dear NJIT Community Members,

I want to take this opportunity to draw your attention to some important and current happenings on our campus. I will begin with the recognition that February is Black History Month, and NJIT has several events scheduled to provide educational and cultural opportunities for all members of our campus community.

Our opening ceremony on February 1st included performances by Spektrums AfriKan Dance and Drum Company, Keiva Ditchfield-Abboh, and the NJIT African Students Association as well as artwork from the Cecily L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts. There will be a black history panel discussion on Tuesday, February 20 in the Campus Center in addition to other opportunities for learning and celebration prior to our Black History Month Closing Ceremony on February 28 in the Campus Center. Additionally, next Monday (February 12) begins Student Appreciation Week at NJIT. A comprehensive list of events has been sent to the campus community, but I want to highlight Pizza with the President on Monday, between 11:30 am and 1 pm, in 310 Fenster Hall. Please join me for a slice and some conversation, if you have the time.

I also have some very positive recent news to report:

  • NJIT’s civil engineering program was ranked 5th nationwide by College Factual, improving from its previous ranking of 8th in the United States.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) graduate computer information technology programs 17th among the “Best Online Programs” offered by universities throughout the country, improving from its ranking of 38th last year.
  • For the 14th-consecutive semester, NJIT’s student-athletes have attained a cumulative grade point average of above 3.0. This fall the men and women of our Highlander teams achieved a 3.2, an outstanding accomplishment.
  • Professor Treena Arinzeh, director of NJIT’s Tissue Engineering and Applied Biomaterials Laboratory and recipient of numerous awards, has won a grant from the University City Science Center in Philadelphia to commercialize technology that reduces the recovery time and cost associated with bone graft procedures. Treena and two other awardees were selected in this round from a pool of 54 applicants from 12 academic and research institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
  • At its meeting on Thursday, February 8th, the NJIT Board of Trustees will issue congratulatory proclamations to four of our excellent faculty members who have earned the following distinctions. Yun-Quing Shi was named a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors; Kamalesh Sirkar received the 2017 Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology; Lou Lanzerotti received the 2017 Arthur M. Bueche Award; and Som Mitra was recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Analytical Chemistry.
  • This also marks the first Board meeting for our three new Trustees. Please join me in welcoming Robert C. Cohen '83, '84, '87; Diane Montalto '82, and Dennis M. Toft, Esq. to the Board. In addition to Robert and Diane being alumni of NJIT, these new Trustees bring with them impressive science and technology backgrounds. Robert is vice president and general manager of research and development for Stryker Orthopaedics; Diane has held a number of senior positions at PAR Pharmaceutical; and Dennis is co-chair of the environmental group at Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.                             

We currently are working through the fiscal year 2019 budget development process with broad-based input from the NJIT community, and I would like to thank you all for your contributions to this effort. All divisions and departments were given the opportunity to submit budget requests that were vetted by the vice president or senior staff member overseeing those units, after which the institutional leadership team reviewed and discussed requests in the context of current and forecasted revenue and expense projections. That process will continue throughout the spring, and we will inform the NJIT community as final budgetary decisions and allocations are determined.  

In response to frequent student inquiries about increases in parking fees due to the construction of the new parking deck, there will be no increase in FY 2019. This semester we also will begin the initial phases of planning for “beyond2020 Vision” and are developing opportunities to solicit feedback from across the campus community as we advance our university’s next strategic plan.

Thank you for your many and on-going contributions to NJIT. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are the driving force behind this university’s significant success. May the work of this spring semester continue to inspire you and our university community.


Joel S. Bloom, President