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Engineering College Dinner To Honor iRobot Exec, Others at NJIT

Engineering College Dinner To Honor iRobot Exec, Others at NJIT

The NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) will hold its 13th annual Salute to Engineering Excellence on Thursday, March 24, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Atrium.  The event will celebrate the 92nd anniversary of NCE, the flagship institution of NJIT.

Three alumni with notable careers in technology and engineering will be honored. FM Global will receive the corporate award for being outstanding industrial partner.  For information about tickets, placing a journal advertisement or becoming a sponsor, please contact NCE Director of Development Archie Crawford, acraw@njit.edu at 973-596-3408. 

NJIT alumnus Jeffrey Beck is president of the home robot division of iRobot Corp. Beck joined iRobot in 2009 as president and general manager of its home robots division. In this role, Beck is responsible for all aspects of the division’s global strategy, product development and operations. Prior to joining iRobot, Beck served as senior vice president and general manager of the aerospace and defense division of AMETEK, Inc. Previously, Beck held senior management positions at Danaher Corporation and Emerson Electric Corporation. Beck holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NJIT and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University.  iRobot’s line of home robots includes the iRobot Roomba® vacuum cleaning robot and more.

Colleagues refer to Wei Wang, PhD, founder and head of the Manhattan-based Urban Tech, as a builder’s builder.  Much of the work at his structural engineering firm involves specifying the best means and methods for meeting key challenges posed by project that main contractors have booked.  His notable projects include the Coney Island Parachute Drop, the Verrazano Bridge, the MGM Mirage City Center in Las Vegas and much, much more. Wang graduated in 1995 from NJIT with a doctorate in civil engineering.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Tongji University in Shanghai.

NJIT alumnus Joseph J. Fleming, PE, executive vice president of the design engineering firm Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor (PS&S)  graduated in 1976 from Newark College of Engineering.  Founded in 1962, PS&S is a unique architectural and engineering firm, providing design and permitting services to a wide range of corporate, institutional and commercial clients.  The firm offers building design, land design and environmental services.  The company is ranked among the top national design firms by Engineering News Records.  

FM Global  provides comprehensive global commercial and industrial property insurance, engineering-driven underwriting and risk management solutions, groundbreaking property loss prevention research and prompt, professional claims handling. It is one of the world’s largest business property insurers whose clients include more than one out of every three Fortune 1000-size companies in more than 130 countries. For over 175 years, clients have worked with FM Global to develop robust property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk.

FM Global has more than 5,100 employees, including approximately 1,600 loss prevention engineers in 63 international offices.  Perhaps most importantly, over the years FM Global has hired a host of NCE graduates and is a good friend and generous donor to the college. NCE is pleased to name FM Global an outstanding partner. 

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.