Message from President Joel S. Bloom

The month of March is upon us, and this is a time during which we celebrate women’s history. Women’s History Month has been a national tradition for more than 30 years and, at NJIT, we take time to recognize the impact of women on the betterment of our community and our world.

We mark this month with a number of programs designed to highlight the success of women at our university, in professional fields and throughout society at large. We do so to show our respect and appreciation for the contributions women have made to our world, but also because it is imperative that we cultivate future generations of women studying, researching, working and leading in the science and technology sectors. I have written on this topic for an article that will soon appear in NJ Biz, and you can preview that article now at I encourage you to read my commentary because we have accomplished much at NJIT but have a long way to go, throughout our society, to successfully address the issues of inequitable treatment, gender and diversity gaps. 

In addition to highlighting this important topic above, I want to take this opportunity to share several recent points of pride for NJIT:

  • Governor Philip Murphy visited campus in February to announce several appointments to his cabinet. During his remarks, the governor spoke glowingly of NJIT, saying among other positive comments, “This is an institution that has opened the doors to the middle class for countless graduates and their families. It is where our innovation economy takes root.” If you would like to see a short video of the governor talking about NJIT, please visit
  • The National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of security professionals that advocates for safe communities, now ranks NJIT among the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America.
  • The Princeton Review has named NJIT among the top national “Colleges That Pay You Back.”
  • The first piece of scientific instrumentation created in NJIT’s Makerspace has been developed with support from the National Science Foundation. It is a custom-designed tool for energy exploration.
  • The Newark College of Engineering (NCE) has announced the honorees for its 20th annual Salute to Engineering Excellence. A full list of award recipients can be found here, and the 2018 NCE Outstanding Alumnus Award will be presented to both Alvaro J. Piedrahita ’73 and Dieter Weissenrieder ’76.

I am continuously impressed by what NJIT accomplishes and am driven by how much more is within our grasp. I hope you feel similarly, and I thank you for all the ways in which you contribute to NJIT’s success and the successes of its community members. Thank you.             

Joel S. Bloom
President, NJIT