Message from President Joel S. Bloom

Dear Highlanders,

We are rapidly approaching the culmination of yet another academic year that has been marked by many outstanding achievements. During the past few weeks, alone, our university community has received an abundance of good news.

We are witnessing the growing recognition of Newark, in no small part due to the contributions of NJIT, as a technology industry epicenter. That’s clear from the recent announcement of three major tech initiatives. NJIT will be hosting both the VOICE Summit, sponsored by Amazon Alexa, and the 2018 MetroLab conference. The third initiative is a partnership between NJIT’s New Jersey Innovation Institute, the City of Newark, and Intersection to place 45 LinkNWK kiosks throughout the city. I recently composed an article for NJ Biz on this topic, which can be found here. Additionally, NJIT had the privilege of serving as host for the site visit by Amazon's team as it considers 20 cities that are finalists under consideration to become the company's second North American headquarters.

A recent report from Forbes saw NJIT jump 99 spots on the Best Value Colleges list, but even better was that NJIT is ranked #1 nationally on a new list that Forbes also published. That list rates which of the Best Value Colleges have the highest percentage of low-income students who reach the top income quintiles post-graduation.

 

Forbes Best Value Colleges

 

More than 75 NJIT alumni employed at Prudential participated in the inaugural reception for the Prudential/NJIT Connection group, which was started by Steven B. Saperstein ’84, Chief Operating Officer of PGIM Fixed Income and a member of the NJIT Board of Overseers. The initiative provides Prudential employees who are NJIT alumni with a platform for internal networking and the opportunity to participate in developments across Prudential, NJIT, and the City of Newark through a focus on recruiting, professional development, mentorship and community engagement.

Several individual members of the NJIT community also received noteworthy recognition:

  • Brendan Dente ’18, a chemical engineering major, has won a Fulbright scholarship to spend the next two years pursuing a master’s degree at one of Europe’s major STEM hubs, the Technological University of Delft in the Netherlands.
     
  • Tara Alvarez, NJIT professor of biomedical engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering(AIMBE).
     
  • Record-setting NJIT women’s basketball alumna Ivana Seric ’17 was highlighted in a recent Philly.com article for her work as part of the Philadelphia 76ers’ basketball analytics team. Ivana was a math major at NJIT, earning both B.S. and Ph.D. degrees, which is why the 76ers trust her to be part of “the process.”

In the weeks ahead, we will be monitoring closely deliberations over the State of New Jersey’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget plan and its effects on higher education. We have been engaged in our own budget planning for several months and have identified efficiencies with the goal of holding tuition and fees as low as possible. We also will continue to advocate to Governor Murphy and the State Legislature for policies and investments that support our students and all members of the NJIT community.

For those of you preparing for finals, I wish you the best of luck and encourage you to work hard. I also encourage all students who are graduating this spring, as well as our esteemed faculty, to take part in NJIT’s Commencement exercises. In response to feedback received over the years and due to the availability of our new Wellness and Events Center (WEC), we have made some adjustments to this year’s program. Commencement exercises for doctoral and undergraduate candidates will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 8:40 a.m. at the Prudential Center, as they have in recent years prior. Commencement for master’s degree candidates will take place in the WEC, with the ceremony for CoAD, CSLA, MTSoM, and YWCC taking place at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 and the ceremony for NCE taking place at 8:40 a.m. on Friday, May 18. Additionally, please note that Alumni Weekend will take place May 18-20, 2018.

Thank you all for your contributions to the vibrant and inspiring university community that is NJIT. I look forward to seeing you soon, on campus or at one of our off-campus events. May the remainder of the semester be productive and rewarding.

Joel S. Bloom
President, NJIT