New Jersey Institute of Technology
|Newark College of Engineering (1930–1975)|
Newark Technical School (1881–1930)
|Endowment||$114 million (2018)|
|Campus||Urban, 48 acres (19.4 ha)|
|Colors||NJIT red and white with blue accent|
|NCAA Division I :|
CCSA, EIVA, NEC
The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a public research university in Newark, New Jersey. Founded in 1881 with the support of local industrialists and inventors especially Edward Weston, NJIT opened as Newark Technical School in 1885 with 88 students.[a][b] The school grew into a classic engineering college – Newark College of Engineering – and then, with the addition of a School of Architecture in 1973, into a polytechnic university that now hosts five colleges and one school. As of fall 2018, the university enrolls about 11,400 students, 2,000 of whom live on campus.
NJIT offers 53 undergraduate (Bachelor of Science/Arts) majors and 66 graduate (Masters and PhD) programs. Via its Honors College it also offers professional programs in Healthcare and Law in collaboration with nearby institutions including Rutgers Medical School and Seton Hall Law School. NJIT also offers cross-registration with Rutgers University-Newark which borders its campus.
As of May 2018 the school's faculty and alumni include a Turing Award winner (2011), a Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics winner (2015), 2 members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 8 members of the National Academy of Engineering,[c] 1 member of the National Academy of Sciences, an astronaut, a National Medal of Technology winner, a Congressional Gold Medal winner,[d] multiple IEEE medalists, and 6 members of the National Academy of Inventors. To date NJIT graduates have won eight Goldwaters, two Fulbrights, a Boren Scholarship, a Truman, two Whitakers, and five Gilmans.
NJIT is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, a Sea Grant College, and a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. It has participated in the McNair Scholars Program since 1999. With 19 varsity teams, the NCAA Division I "Highlanders" mainly compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Colleges and schools
- 4 Research
- 5 Residence life
- 6 Athletics
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Notable faculty
- 9 Noteworthy events on or near campus
- 10 See also
- 11 Footnotes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Founding and early years
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has a history dating back to the 19th century. Originally introduced from Essex County on March 24, 1880 and revised with input from the Newark Board of Trade in 1881, an act of the New Jersey State Legislature essentially drew up a contest to determine which municipality would become home to the state's urgently needed technical school. The challenge was straightforward: the state would stake "at least $3,000 and not more than $5,000" and the municipality that matched the state's investment would earn the right to establish the new school.
The Newark Board of Trade, working jointly with the Newark City Council, launched a campaign to win the new school. Dozens of the city's industrialists, along with other private citizens, eager for a work force resource in their home town, threw their support behind the fund-raiser. By 1884, the collaboration of the public and private sectors produced success. Newark Technical School was ready to open its doors.
The first 88 students, mostly evening students, attended classes in a rented building at 21 West Park Street. Soon the facility became inadequate to house an expanding student body. To meet the needs of the growing school, a second fund-raiser—the institution's first capital campaign—was launched to support the construction of a dedicated building for Newark Technical School. In 1886, under the leadership of the school's dynamic first director, Dr. Charles A. Colton, the cornerstone was laid at the intersection of High Street and Summit Place for the three-story building later to be named Weston Hall, in honor of the institution's early benefactor. A laboratory building, later to be called Colton Hall, was added to the campus in 1911.
Becoming Newark College of Engineering
Dr. Allan R. Cullimore led the institution from 1920 to 1949, transforming Newark Technical School into Newark College of Engineering (name adopted in 1930). Campbell Hall was erected in 1925, but due to the Depression and World War II, only the former Newark Orphan Asylum, now Eberhardt Hall, was purchased and renovated by the college in the succeeding decades. Cullimore left an unpublished history of the institution dated 1955.
As of 1946, about 75% of the freshman class had served in the U. S. Armed Forces. Cullimore Hall was built in 1958 and two years later the old Weston Hall was razed and replaced with the current seven-story structure. Doctoral level programs were introduced and six years later, in 1966, an 18-acre (7.3 ha), four building expansion was completed.
Becoming New Jersey Institute of Technology
With the addition of the New Jersey School of Architecture in 1973, the institution had evolved into a technological university, emphasizing a broad range of graduate and undergraduate degrees and dedicated to significant research and public service. President William Hazell, Jr., felt that the name of the school should clearly communicate this dynamic evolution. Alumni were solicited for suggestions to rename the institution, with the winning suggestion coming from Joseph M. Anderson '25.
Anderson's suggestion – New Jersey Institute of Technology – cogently emphasized the increasing scope of educational and research initiatives at a preeminent New Jersey university. The Board of Trustees approved the transition to the new name in September 1974, and Newark College of Engineering officially became New Jersey Institute of Technology on January 1, 1975. Anderson received the personal congratulations of President Hazell. At that time, the Newark College of Engineering name was retained for NJIT's engineering school.
The establishment of a residential campus and the opening of NJIT's first dormitory (Redwood Hall) in 1979 began a period of steady growth that continues today under the Landscape Master Plan. Two new schools were established at the university during the 1980s, the College of Science and Liberal Arts in 1982 and the School of Industrial Management in 1988. The Albert Dorman Honors College was established in 1994, and the newest school, the College of Computing Sciences, was created in 2001.
On May 2, 2003 Robert A. Altenkirch was inaugurated as president. He succeeded Saul K. Fenster, who was named the university’s sixth president in 1978. Altenkirch retired in 2011 and on January 9, 2012, NJIT Trustees named Joel Bloom president.
In 2003 the opening of the new Campus Center on the site of the former Hazell Hall centralized campus social events. Construction of a new Atrium, Bookstore, Information Desk, Dining Hall, computer lab, and new student organization offices continued into 2004. In 2005 a row of automobile chop shops adjacent to campus were demolished. In 2006 construction of a new off-campus residence hall by American Campus Communities commenced in the chop shops' location. The new hall, which opened in 2007, is dubbed the University Centre.
Also in 2005, Eberhardt Hall was fully renovated and re-inaugurated as the Alumni Center and the symbolic front door to the university. Its restored tower was the logo of the former Newark College of Engineering and was designed by Kevin Boyajian and Scott Nelson. A rebranding campaign with the current slogan, "NJIT – New Jersey's Science and Technology University – The Edge in Knowledge", was launched to emphasize NJIT’s unique position as New Jersey's preeminent science-and-technology-focused research university.
Recently, the school changed its accredited management school into an AACSB-accredited business school. The business school focuses on utilizing technology to serve business needs. The school benefits from its proximity to New York City; in particular, Wall Street is just twenty-five minutes away. The school also has a strong academic collaboration with the nearby Rutgers business school. In 2008 NJIT began a program with the Heritage Institute of Technology (HIT) in West Bengal, India under which 20 HIT students come to NJIT for summer internships.
In 2009 the New Jersey School of Architecture was reorganized as the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD). Within the college, the New Jersey School of Architecture continues, and it was joined by the newly established School of Art + Design.
In June 2010, NJIT officially completed its purchase of the old Central High School building which sits between the NJIT and Rutgers–Newark campuses. With the completion of the purchase, Summit Street, from Warren Street to New Street, was converted into a pedestrian walkway. Subsequently, the Central High School building was extensively renovated, preserved, and updated per the Campus Master Plan, which included tearing down Kupfrian Hall to create more greenery.
Facilities added in 2016-18 include: a 209,000 sq.ft., multi-purpose Wellness and Events Center (WEC) which features a retractable-seating arena that can accommodate 3,500 spectators or 4,000 event participants; a 24,000 sq. ft. Life Sciences and Engineering Center; a 10,000 sq. ft. Makerspace, and a parking garage with spaces for 933 cars.
The admission criteria consists of:
- High school academic record
- Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT scores)
- Class rank
- Portfolio: Applicants to the Architecture, Digital Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design majors are required to submit a portfolio of their creative work.
The average SAT score (math + verbal only) for enrolling freshmen in fall 2018 is 1288 (662 Math, 626 Verbal).
The average SAT score (math + verbal only) for enrolling freshmen in the Honors College in fall 2018 is 1470.
The minimum SAT score (math + verbal only) for enrolling freshmen in the accelerated BS/MD program – run in combination with New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers) – is 1450.
The male-to-female student ratio is about 3.2 to 1, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 20 to 1.
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- In April 2019 NJIT's undergraduate Biomedical engineering program was ranked 6th in the country by BestValueSchools.com.
- In January 2019 NJIT's Computer Information Systems program was ranked #1 in the country by College Factual.
- In April 2018 Forbes ranked NJIT #1 in the country in upward mobility defined in terms of moving students from the bottom fifth of the income distribution to the top fifth.
- In U.S. News' 2018 online rankings, four of NJIT's suite of on-line graduate programs were ranked among the best 100 in the country, including its information technology programs, which were ranked 17th.
- In Payscale's 2017 College ROI Report, which covers 1833 institutions, NJIT ranked 27th and 42nd for return on investment, based on in-state and out-of-state tuition respectively.
- NJIT was ranked 133rd out of 662 universities in the US in R&D expenditures in 2016 by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
- In 2015, NJIT was ranked #1 on Business Insider's list of "most underrated colleges" in America (high employment upon graduation and high average salary)
- In 2015, NJIT was ranked in the top 25 colleges for earning six figures before attaining a graduate degree in Time's Money's list.
- In 2013, NJIT was ranked the #1 college "value" in the country (based on cost vs. starting salary of recent graduates), by BuzzFeed.
- NJIT was ranked 434th out of around 20,000 colleges and universities in the world by Webometrics in January 2011.
- NJIT was ranked among the top 100 world universities in Computer Science in 2009 and in 2010 by Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Colleges and schools
Comprising five colleges and one school, the university is organized into 21 departments, three of which, Biological Sciences, History, and Theater Arts, are federated with Rutgers-Newark, whose campus borders NJIT's.
With a student population that is 15% international, NJIT is among the most ethnically diverse national universities in the country.
Newark College of Engineering (NCE)
Newark College of Engineering, which was established in 1919, is one of the oldest and largest professional engineering schools in the United States. It offers 13 undergraduate degree programs, 16 master's and 10 doctoral degree programs. Undergraduate enrollment is more than 2,500, and more than 1,100 are enrolled in graduate study. The 150-member faculty includes engineers and scholars who are widely recognized in their fields. An estimated one in four professional engineers in the State of New Jersey are NCE alumni. The NCE has more 40,000 living alumni.
College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA)
The College of Science and Liberal Arts was formed in 1982. It was originally known as the Third College having been preceded by Newark College of Engineering and the New Jersey School of Architecture. In 1986 its name was changed to the College of Science and Liberal Arts as a result of a more sharply defined mission and direction. Growing steadily ever since, CSLA has spawned two of NJIT's colleges: the Albert Dorman Honors College, which evolved out of the Honors Program that was founded in CSLA in 1985, and the College of Computing Sciences, which developed out of CSLA's Computer and Information Science Department.
Today the college consists of six academic departments:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemistry and Environmental Science
- Federated History
- Mathematical Sciences
CSLA also houses:
- Department of Aerospace Studies
- Rutgers/NJIT Theatre Arts Program
- Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science
- Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics
- Center for Solar Research
- Big Bear Solar Observatory
- Owens Valley Solar Array
College of Architecture and Design (CoAD)
The College of Architecture and Design houses the School of Architecture (SoA) and the School of Art and Design. The college offers undergraduate degrees in architecture, digital design, industrial design, and interior design as well as graduate degrees in architecture, infrastructure planning, and urban systems. The CoAD is the only college at NJIT to have its own designated library. The library contains materials related to the majors offered in CoAD in the form of periodicals, reference materials, rare books, visual materials (i.e. architectural drawings, prints, postcards, maps, etc.), digital databases, and a materials library.
The college offers a pre-college summer program for high school students.
Ying Wu College of Computing Sciences (YWCC)
The Computer Science department, part of the Ying Wu College of Computing Sciences, is the largest at NJIT, comprising more than one fifth of the student population. It is also the largest computer science department among all research universities in the New York metropolitan area.
The department offers a full range of degree programs in computer science (BA/BS, MS and PhD), in addition to emerging interdisciplinary programs: Telecommunication (MS), Bioinformatics (BS/MS), and Computing and Business (BS/MS). The Bioinformatics degree is also available in a pre-med option.
Martin Tuchman School of Management (MTSM)
The Martin Tuchman School of Management was established in 1988 and was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 1997. It offers programs in finance, accounting, marketing, management information systems, international business, technological entrepreneurship, and corporate communications in conjunction with Rutgers University.
Degrees available include a Bachelor of Science program (four years, 124 credits), a Master of Science in management program (30 credits), and two Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs: One regular (48 credits; two years for full-time students, three or four years for part-time students) and the other an accelerated 18-month Executive MBA program for managers and professionals. MTSM also offers a Ph.D. degree in Business Data Science. Research areas include fintech, innovation management, and the advancement of technologies in the business domain including deep learning and distributed ledgers.
MTSM hosts entrepreneurship programs for the regional community, including the NSF I-Corps, the New Venture Assistance Program, and the Greater Newark–Jersey City Regional Business Model Competition.
NJIT's R&D expenditures were $142 million in 2017 and $162 million in 2018. Areas of focus include applied mathematics, materials science, biomedical engineering, cybersecurity, and solar-terrestrial physics – of which the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research is a world leader. A key agent in regional economic development, NJIT hosts VentureLink, formally the Enterprise Development Center (EDC), an on-campus business incubator that houses over 90 start-ups, and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) which offers R&D services to business.
The university has performed research in nanotechnology, solar-terrestrial physics, polymer science, and the development of a smart gun technology. The university research centers include the National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity and SmartCampus. The university hosts the Metro New York FIRST Robotics office. The university also hosts the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research which owns and operates the Big Bear Solar Observatory, the world's largest solar observatory, located in Big Bear Lake, California, and operates the Owens Valley Solar Array, near Bishop, California.
In the past, NJIT was home to the Computerized Conferencing and Communications Center (CCCC), a research center that specialized in computer-mediated communication. The systems that resulted from this research are the Electronic Information Exchange System, as well as the continuations: The Electronic Information Exchange System 2 (EIES2), and the Tailorable Electronic Information Exchange System (TEIES)[who?]. One of the foremost developments of EIES was that of the "Virtual Classroom", a term coined by Dr. Starr Roxanne Hiltz. This was the first e-learning platform in the world, and was unique in that it evolved onto an existing communications system, rather than having a system created specifically for it. Their missions completed, the CCCC and EIES were terminated in the mid-90s.
The university also maintains an advanced 67-node supercomputer cluster in its Mathematics Department for research purposes.
NJIT conducts cybersecurity research in a number of areas including cross-domain information sharing, data security and privacy, data mining for malware detection, geospatial information security, secure social networks, and secure cloud computing. The university is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education through the 2020 academic year by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Libraries and archives supporting research
NJIT’s Main Library, The Robert W. Van Houten Library, is located in the Central Avenue Building, a facility for quiet and group study, researching, and browsing print and online sources. Since 1997 the Van Houten Information Commons has housed 120 computer workstations.
The Barbara and Leonard Littman Library for Architecture and Design is located in Weston Hall. It houses a core collection that includes print and electronic books, journals, maps, drawings, models, e-images, materials samples, and over 70,000 slides.
Included among NJIT's information resources are the university's historical archive including items developed and manufactured by Edward Weston, a scientist, prolific inventor, and a founding member of the board of trustees of the university. Dr. Weston's collection of artifacts and rare books is housed in the Van Houten Library and is available to scholars interested in the history of science and technology.
About 80% of NJIT students commute to campus. The Residence Life (on-campus) community currently includes a little over 2,200 students.
There are five residence halls on the NJIT campus. Redwood Hall, constructed in 1978, was the first, followed by Cypress, Oak, and Laurel (constructed in 1997 and extended in 1999). Cypress and Redwood are primarily used for freshman students, while Laurel and Oak house upperclassmen. The fifth, Warren Street Village, which opened in the fall of 2013, provides housing for Dorman Honors College students and several Greek houses which together provide space for about 600 students. The Warren Street Village also houses the Albert Dorman Honors College itself.
A new almost-on-campus resident hall known as University Center (run by American Campus Communities) was completed in 2007. Located near NJIT's Guttenberg Information Technologies Center (GITC) building, it houses students from NJIT, Rutgers–Newark, New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers), and Seton Hall University. Many students from local institutions also find housing in nearby neighborhoods and towns including Harrison, Kearny, Fairmount and East Orange.
Food services on campus are provided by Gourmet Dining Services. Other on-campus facilities include: Taco Bell, Spice Cafe, Leafs & Grains (a salad shop), Starbucks at Tech Cafe, The C-Store (a convenience store), and a newly-opened Smash Burger's in the Warren Street Building. Gourmet Dining also operates the Highlander Club (aka 'The Pub') on the third floor of the Campus Center which offers a variety of burgers, wings, personal pizzas, etc. The Pub includes a 21 and over section that offers alcohol beverages. Several "grease" trucks are regularly stationed on and near the campus, and a variety of cafe style restaurants are within a short walk of campus.
NJIT sponsors 19 varsity sports teams, including 2 club-level teams. NJIT's teams are called the Highlanders. The school colors are red and white with blue accent. NJIT teams compete at the NCAA-Division I level, mostly as members of the Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun). Before joining A-Sun NJIT was the only NCAA Division I basketball independent – having been left without a home when the 2010–13 NCAA conference realignment ended in the demise of the Great West Conference. All the other schools in the A-Sun conference are located in the Southeast.
Several teams have affiliations outside of A-Sun as follows: Men's volleyball and men's swimming and diving compete in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) and the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), respectively. The men's fencing team is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA). As of 2016, the women's fencing team is independent. The lacrosse team (NCAA Division I) competes in the Northeast Conference.
The Division I sports available at NJIT are:
- (M) Baseball
- (M) (W) Basketball
- (M) (W) Cross country
- (M) (W) Fencing, men compete in MACFA, woman compete as an independent
- (M) Lacrosse, compete in the Northeast Conference
- (M) (W) Soccer
- (M) Swimming & diving, compete in the CCSA
- (M) (W) Tennis
- (M) (W) Track & field (indoor & outdoor)
- (M) (W) Volleyball, men compete in EIVA
Club Level sports include:
- (M) Ice hockey; Div.II, Colonial States College Hockey Conference
- (M) Bowling
Since its founding in 1881, NJIT has issued degrees to more than 77,000 graduates. NJIT alumni have gone on to pursue distinguished careers in many sectors.
Academics and administrators (at other universities)
- A. Michael Noll (class of 1961), dean at University of Southern California
- Judea Pearl (class of 1961), professor at University of California, Los Angeles; winner of Turing Award (Noble Prize of Computing) in 2011 (co-listed under Science and Engineering)
- John Pelesko, (class of 1997) earned his PhD at NJIT;a professor and an associate dean at the University of Delaware
- Pierre Ramond (class of 1965), distinguished professor of physics at University of Florida
- Victor J. Stenger (class of 1956), professor of physics at University of Hawaii who authored nine books
- Yuriy Tarnawsky (class of 1956), professor of Ukrainian literature and culture at Columbia University
- Gary Thomas, (deceased), provost (1980–98) and vice-president at NJIT, and Chancellor of the University of Missouri–Rolla (2000–05; currently known as Missouri University of Science and Technology)
- Charles Speziale (class of 1970), scientist at NASA Langley Research Center and professor at Boston University
Business and industry
- Albert Dorman (class of 1945, Hon ScD 1999) founder and chairman (ret) of AECOM Technology Corp., a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Martin Tuchman (class of 1962) founding partner of Interpool (container leasing) and founder of Trac Lease (chassis leasing), both of which were eventually sold, ($1billion and $2.7 billion, respectively). Currently, Tuchman heads Keystone Capital V and The Tuchman Group.
- Ying Wu (MSEE 1988) Telecommunications engineer and entrepreneur, Chairman of the China Capital group and founder and CEO of UTStarcom (China) Ltd.
- Ehsan Bayat (born 1963, class of 1986), chairman and founder of Afghan Wireless Communication Company, Ariana Television and Radio, Bayat Foundation, Bayat Energy
- Robert S. Dow (born 1945, class of 1969), senior partner, former managing partner of Lord Abbett, and Olympic fencer (He is also listed under Sports.)
- Frederick Eberhardt (class of 1884), president of Gould & Eberhardt, a Newark-based machine tool manufacturer, and one of 88 in NJIT's inaugural class
- Vince Naimoli (class of 1962), owner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
- Aki Oyawusi (class of 2011), Supply Chain Analyst credited with creating algorithm for logistic efficiency
- Victor Pelson (deceased, class of 1959), American executive at AT&T Corporation.
- Jim Stamatis (class of 1985), vice president at Louis Berger Group
- Dick Sweeney (class of 1981), co-founder of Keurig
Military, politics and government
- Harry L. Ettlinger (born 1926, class of 1950), one of the Monuments Men; awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2015,
- Joel Bloom, President of NJIT, 2012 to present, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May of 2019
- Ellen M. Pawlikowski (class of 1978), 4-Star General of the United States Air Force (retired 8/2018), elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014,
- Paul Sarlo (born 1968, BS 92, MS 95), politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2003, where he represents the 36th Legislative District,
- Funsho Williams (MSc 1974), Nigerian civil servant and politician.
Science and engineering
- Judea Pearl, (class of 1961) prominent worker on superconducting electronic components and artificial intelligence. Winner of the ACM Turing Award
- Pierre Ramond (class of 1965) Theoretical physicist who made significant contributions to string theory, winner of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics (2015).
- Gerard J. Foschini, (class of 1961) prominent telecommunications engineer at Bell Labs, winner of the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
- Kazuo Hashimoto (Honorary Doctorate, class of 1994), inventor of Caller-ID system and telephone answering machine. He received the Yellow Ribbon, one of Japan's Medals of Honor, and was designated a Living National Treasure.
- Beatrice Hicks (1919–1979, class of 1939), founder of the Society of Women Engineers and member of the National Academy of Engineering.
- Paul Charles Michaelis, (BSEE and MS Physics) researcher of magnetic bubble memory, received the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award in 1975.
- John J. Mooney (MSc 1960), co-inventor of the three-way catalytic converter, winner of National Medal of Technology in 1974.
- T. J. O'Malley (class of 1936), aerospace engineer, winner of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, 1969, 1974.
- John Sawruk (1946-2008), mechanical engineer, Boss Kettering Award winner for his work on the GM 2.4L 4 cylinder engine 
- Wally Schirra (1923–2007), astronaut, only person to fly in all of America's first three space programs (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo)
- Victor J. Stenger (1935-2014) BSEE, class of 1956. Noted particle physicist, philosopher, and religious skeptic. Author of 13 books for the general reader, and numerous essays, many of which relate to the existence of God.
- Rashia Fisher, rapper who is known as Rah Digga and a member of Flipmode Squad (attended, but did not graduate)
- Raymond E. Blum (class of 1950), speed skater who competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland
- Robert Dow (fencer) (class of 1969) He competed in the team sabre event in the 1972 Summer Olmypics.
- Hernan (Chico) Borja (class of 1980), professional soccer player.
- Yoshisada Yonezuka, (deceased) judo coach at NJIT, and head of the 1984 and 88 United States Olympics judo teams.
- Isaiah Wilkerson (class of 2012), professional basketball player.
- Chris Flores (class of 2013), professional basketball player
- Mark Leiter Jr., (class of 2016) professional baseball player
- Damon Lynn (class of 2017), professional basketball player (NBA G League)
- Charles A. Colton, 1st president, 1881–1918
- Daniel Hodgdon, 2nd president, 1918–1920
- Allan Cullimore, 3rd president, 1920–1947
- Robert Van Houten (class of 1930), 4th president, 1947–1970
- William Hazell, 5th president, 1970–1975
- Paul H. Newell Jr, 6th president, 1975–1976
- Charles R. Bergman, 7th president, 1977
- Saul Fenster, 8th president, 1978–2002
- Robert Altenkirch, 9th president, 2003–2011
- Joel Bloom, 10th president, 2012–present
Professors and administrators at NJIT
- Edward Weston, (deceased) prominent member of the founding board of trustees; co-founder of the Weston Electric Light Company; holder of 334 US patients. Awards include: the Elliott Cresson Medal (1910), the Franklin Medal (1924), and the IEEE Lamme Medal.
- Lillian Gilbreth,(deceased) professor at NJIT, 1941–43, and first female member of the National Academy of Engineering
- Louis J. Lanzerotti, researcher and engineer involved in numerous satellite programs including Voyager, Cassini, and Galileo among others. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an IEEE fellow.
- David Bader, Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science in the Ying Wu College of Computing. He is an IEEE, AAAS, and SIAM Fellow.
- Donald Pederson,(deceased) prominent electrical engineer who led the development of SPICE, a very widely used program for computer-aided circuit design. A lecturer of engineering at NJIT, Pederson was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded several IEEE medals including the medal of Honor.
- Erol Gelenbe, professor of computer science at NJIT, dean at the University of Central Florida and professor at Imperial College London
- Michael Hinchey, professor of computer science at NJIT, and professor at the University of Limerick, Hinchey is a Member of Academia Europaea.
- Paul Magriel, mathematics professor at NJIT, and leading backgammon player
- Ali Akansu, professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is an IEEE fellow.
- Yeheskel Bar-Ness, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering. He is an IEEE Fellow.
- Kevin Belfield, Dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts. He is the holder of 15 U.S. patents and a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
- Denis Blackmore, professor of mathematics
- Craig Gotsman, Dean of the Ying Yu College of Computing, He is a member of Academia Europaea, and a member of the National Academy of Inventors.
- Jeannette Brown (deceased), chemist, historian, writer, Elected a fellow of the Association for Women in Science in 2007.
- Ian Gatley, professor of physics
- Philip R. Goode, professor of physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society,and the American Geophysical Union.
- Starr Roxanne Hiltz, professor emerita of information systems, recipient of Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award (1994), co-author of 'The Network Nation' with her husband Murry Turoff.
- Moshe Kam, Dean of the Newark College of Engineering, and professor of electrical and computer engineering. 49th President and CEO of IEEE
- Burt Kimmelman, poet and professor of English. He has published nine books of poetry and two book-length literary criticisms.
- David Kristol, professor emeritus of biomedical engineering.
- Gregory Kriegsmann, professor of mathematics, elected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 1994.
- Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson professor of humanities.
- Sunil Saigal, distinguished professor of civil engineering; a Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Kamalesh Sirkar, professor of chemical engineering. Sirkar holds 25 US patents.
- Murray Turoff, professor emeritus of computer and information systems, recipient of Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award (1994), co-author of 'The Network Nation' with his wife Starr Roxanne Hiltz.
- Leslie Kanes Weisman, professor of architecture.
- Rajesh Dave, Researcher and inventor in the area of tiny particle physics including nano-materials. He has advised 30 Ph.D. candidates. Dave' is a fellow of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
Noteworthy events on or near campus
- Parts of Emmy Award-winning television drama series The Sopranos were shot on the NJIT campus in 2005 after the completion of a $83.5-million campus makeover.
- On January 30, 2014, NJIT hosted a national-level cybersecurity conference organized in partnership with US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation, the Israel Economic Mission in NYC, and Rutgers University. Approximately 100 participants including representatives of industry, government, and research gathered to discuss the issue of cyber/physical convergence; to hear solutions presented by Israeli/US companies; and to learn about BIRD’s funding for up to $1 million towards innovative R&D collaborations between U.S. and Israeli companies. Edward Dickson, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness gave opening remarks. Other organizations involved included the Army National Guard, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and various corporations with cyber security interests such as ADP, Prudential and Standard & Poor's.
- On May 2, 2016, a 23-year-old student was shot and killed during an off-campus home-invasion robbery at a Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house. Two suspects were arrested.
- The inaugural VOICE summit took place at NJIT's Wellness and Events Center (WEC) on July 24, 25 and 26 of 2018. Organized by Pete Erickson, CEO of MoDev, in co-operation with the Newark Community Economic Development Council and the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau, the summit drew more than 2400 attendees and hosted roughly 100 speakers. Primary sponsors of the event included Amazon Alexa, Panasonic, and Audible among others.
- The Vector – student newspaper
- NJIT Capstone Program
- 2007–08 NJIT Highlanders men's basketball team
- Arnold Air Society
- A precursor institution, the Newark Industrial Institute, opened in 1850 but closed during the Civil War as most of its students were called to arms.
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