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Laramie Potts, of Basking Ridge, Promoted to Associate Professor With Tenure at NJIT Convocation

Laramie Potts, of Basking Ridge, an assistant professor in the department of engineering technology in NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering, has been selected to be promoted to associate professor with tenure at NJIT’s University Convocation, an annual celebration held to be held Sept. 14, 2011. 

Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.

(ATTENTION EDITORS:  Hi-res photos of the researcher will be taken at the event.  To receive a copy and/or set up an interview, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)

Broadcaster, author and motivational speaker Steve Adubato will speak at the event.  A university lecturer, Emmy Award-winning television anchor, and Star-Ledger columnist, Adubato also served in the mid-1980s as New Jersey's youngest state legislator at age 26. Previously, Adubato anchored three PBS broadcasts including Caucus: New Jersey, an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series.

Potts is involved in an on-going investigation of the “total electron content” variations over the northern ionospheric trough from dual-frequency GPS observations. Installation of a dual-frequency GPS receiver at the Jenny Jump experimental station in western New Jersey and observations from other reference stations provide the data for this investigation. He also hosted a visiting scholar from Turkey, launched a new course in marine surveying and has been collaborating with faculty of Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) to develop a curriculum. In two courses he developed and taught there, students used handheld GPS devices and web-based mapping to develop a digital map of the campus.

He has published 19 peer-reviewed journal papers and 31 conference abstracts.  He has been PI or co-PI on five grants totaling over $600,000 and has been active in grant submission to the National Science Foundation. An outside reviewer notes that, “his focus on geodesy, geophysics, space weather, geographic information systems, student learning, and vocational trajectories in engineering technology is wide ranging and commendable.” 

Potts has been a program coordinator for the SET program, the only one of its kind in New Jersey, and has developed several new elective courses for his department.  He serves as the faculty advisor for Tau Alpha Pi, and also has served on several NJIT committees.  For more about Potts, visit http://engineeringtech.njit.edu/people/potts.php.

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.