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The New Jersey Institute of Technology is a public research university located in the University Heights neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, United States. NJIT is New Jersey's Science & Technology University.



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The New Jersey Institute of Technology has a history dating back to the industrial age. 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 feverish 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. 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 Cullimore left an unpublished history of the institution dated 1955.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 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. NJIT newarktech1-sm.jpg In 1975, with the addition of the New Jersey School of Architecture, the institution had evolved into a technological university, emphasizing a broad range of graduate and undergraduate degrees and dedication to significant research and public service. While Newark College of Engineering remains, a new university name�New Jersey Institute of Technology�was chosen to represent the institution's expanded mission. Eberhardt Hall 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 2005 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. As of Fall 2013 there are 5 residence halls on campus: Redwood Hall, Cypress Hall, Oak Hall, Laurel Hall, and the Dorman Honors Residence, in addition to several Greek houses. In 2003, the launch 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' prior location. The new hall which opened in 2007 is dubbed the University Centre. Robert A. Altenkirch was inaugurated as president on May 2, 2003 and retired in 2012. He succeeded Saul K. Fenster, who was named the university�s sixth president in 1978. On January 9, 2012, NJIT Trustees named Joel Bloom president. 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 has changed its accredited management school into AACSB-accredited business school. The business school focuses on utilizing technology to serve business needs. The school benefits from its close location to New York City; the financial capital of the world. It is located 25 minutes from Wall Street. The school has also strong academic collaboration with Rutgers business school. NJIT has a tie-up with Heritage Institute of Technology for summer internships. In 2009, the New Jersey School of Architecture was transformed into the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD). Within the college, the New Jersey School of Architecture continues, and it is 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 in between NJIT and Rutgers�Newark campus. With the completion of the purchase, Summit Street (from Warren Street to New Street) would be totally converted into a pedestrian walkway from a public street. The existing old 'Central High School' building is earmarked to be extensively renovated, preserved and used as classrooms as per the Campus Master Plan which includes tearing down of Kupfrian Hall to create more greenery. Travel and Leisure's October 2013 issue named the university among America's ugliest college campuses, citing the 2013 Princeton Review survey which rated it as the least beautiful college campus in the country, and noting that the university "suffers from a mishmash of architectural styles" ranging from the "Gothic" Eberhardt Hall, a former orphans' asylum, to the "crematorium Modernism" Redwood residence hall. As of the fall of 2013, the university has 7,286 undergraduate students, 2,844 graduate students , and 489 full-time and adjunct faculty. The male-to-female student ratio is about 3.2:1 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. Enrollment is currently 10,130 and is projected to reach 14,248 by 202

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Today, with its four-pronged mission of education, research, service and economic development, the university plays a critical role in shaping New Jersey�s future. As a major public technological university, NJIT is an important conduit through which technology flows into society. University researchers seek new knowledge to improve processes and products for industry. Through public and private partnerships and economic development efforts, the university helps to grow new business ventures that fuel the economy. NJIT�s research program is among the fastest-growing in the nation and ranks among the top ten technological universities in the nation for research expenditures. The university�s extensive community outreach and economic development programs include the Enterprise Development Center (EDC), New Jersey�s first and largest small-business incubator�one of the top 25 in the nation�focusing on high-technology companies and minority-owned businesses. NJIT has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency. As the state�s Homeland Security Technology Systems Center, NJIT serves as a consultant for technology evaluation and develops prototypes of integrated homeland security systems for testing, demonstration and training. The Center focuses on areas already identified by the federal government as vital to national security: intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, protecting critical infrastructure and key assets, emergency preparedness and response, and defending against catastrophic threats and domestic counter-terrorism. NJIT�s educational programs prepare students to be leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. Our educational programs grow out of a century-long tradition of academic excellence, and our student body is one of the most diverse in the United States. Ninety-eight percent of NJIT�s full-time faculty holds the terminal degree for their field. The university�s faculty:student ratio is 1:13. NJIT is ranked in the nation�s top tier of national research universities, according to the U.S. News and World Report�s 2011 Annual Guide to America�s Best Colleges. The Bloomberg Businessweek survey of U.S. colleges ranked NJIT in the top 10 percent nationally for return on investment and classified the university as one of four higher education �best buys� in New Jersey. ranked NJIT fourth among state universities for salary potential, both at the starting level and at mid-career. According to, NJIT ranks among the nation�s 25 �most connected� campuses. The Princeton Review named NJIT among its Best 373 Colleges for 2011, the nation�s top 25 campuses for technology and as one of the nation�s most environmentally responsible campuses. In a study by Academic Analytics, NJIT was tenth among research universities specializing in science, technology, engineering and math based on faculty scholarly productivity. Tech Transfer 2.0 ranked NJIT third in the U.S. in most inventions per Federal dollar. In addition, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks NJIT among the nation�s leading schools for graduating minority engineering and computer science students. NJIT�s goal for the next decade is to be recognized as a top-ranked public research university, as a national leader in the education of underrepresented groups for the technological professions, and as a catalyst for a healthy New Jersey economy.



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 Jim Stamatis (class of 1985), vice president at Louis Berger Group. Dick Sweeney (class of 1982), co-founder of Keurig. Robert S. Dow, Senior Partner, former Managing Partner of Lord Abbett, and Olympic Fencer. Politics and military Ellen M. Pawlikowski (class of 1978), Lt General the United States Air Force Paul Sarlo (class of 19??), Democratic New Jersey state senator Funsho Williams, (MSc 1974), Nigerian civil servant and politician. Science and engineering Gerard J. Foschini (class of 19??), Prominent telecommunications engineer at Bell Labs. Winner of the prestigious IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal. Beatrice Hicks (1919�1979), founder of the Society of Women Engineers Paul Charles Michaelis, researcher of magnetic bubble memory John J. Mooney (MSc 1960) � Inventor of the three-way catalytic converter T. J. O'Malley (class of 1936), aerospace engineer Wally Schirra 5th US astronaut and 9th in the world Wally Schirra (1923�2007), astronaut. Only person to fly in all of America's first three space programs (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo) Charles Speziale (class of 1970), scientist at NASA Langley Research Center and professor at Boston University. Sports and entertainment Raymond E. Blum (class of 1950), speed skater in the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland Hernan (Chico) Borja (class of 1980), professional soccer player Joseph DeLuca (racing driver), racing driver, cartoonist, passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 Rah Digga (class of 19??), American rapper who is a member of Flipmode Squad Yoshisada Yonezuka, judo coach at NJIT, and head of United States Olympics judo team



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