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NJIT To Sponsor PBS/NOVA Documentary Airing Sept 7 Nationwide

NJIT will be a proud sponsor of an important PBS NOVA documentary, “Engineering Ground Zero,” airing initially on Sept. 7, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS, see local listings for details. Catch the show again Sept. 9, at 2 a.m. and  Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.

“On this 10th anniversary of 9/11, we all know Ground Zero is both a place of remembrance — a sacred site — and a place of boundless energy and enterprise. It is hallowed ground — and it is where the future of America is rising,” said NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch. To commemorate the occasion, NJIT has taken a sponsorship of “Engineering Ground Zero” because the subject is central to the university’s mission, its graduates’ work and its faculty’s research.  

“Our mission is technological education and research,” said Altenkirch. “Our grads are leaders in engineering, architecture and design. They are leaders in computing science, in applied science and math, and in tech management. They solve problems, design, build, and create. In short, they do the kind of work that will be dramatically showcased in “Engineering Ground Zero.” 

“This film brings the important work of engineers, architects and technologically empowered professionals to life. We encourage you to watch … and remember.”  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/engineering-ground-zero.html

Urs Gauchat, dean of the NJIT College of Architecture and Design, who has been involved throughout his career with a myriad of professionals who worked on both the old and new  World Trade buildings in Lower Manhattan will be available to discuss the new construction and architecture. 

“At this point,  the challenge is to design a building that can withstand the known  and unknown threats,” he said. “The architecture at the Ground Zero site is pivotal to all of downtown New York City.   It was and will again be the identifying mark for that area.  The next steps are to enable the complex to serve simultaneously as a memorial, business center, civic center and major subway hub.  The excitement is the interaction between these usages.” (ATTENTION EDITORS, REPORTERS: To interview Gauchat, call 973-596-3436.) 

Gauchat also noted that the long duration of the planning process, and the development of a successful public/private partnership has fostered public participation:  and the development of design concepts. 

The film showcases not only the innovation and perseverance of the human spirit, but also the extraordinary access to the site granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

NOVA captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers to make the buildings safe and highly secure under the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient “green” architecture, and the public’s expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance. The program features interviews with 1 WTC architect David Childs; Chris Ward, the Port Authority’s executive director; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation; and Michael Arad, the man behind the breakthrough concept for the 9/11 Memorial.

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.