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NJIT Salutes Students Who Gave So Much to University with Highlander Awards

The Outstanding Student Leader Award on a graduate level went to Ishita Biswas, enrolled in CCS and studying computer science.

The 2012 Highlander Student Achievement Award winners were announced.  NJIT has celebrated student leaders at this annual ceremony since 2004.  The event recognizes student leaders and organizations for their talent and work to enhance the NJIT student experience.

“These students, many with very high academic accomplishments and participation in numerous fraternities, sororities, clubs and student governments are the backbone of campus life at NJIT,” said Donna Minnich Spuhler, director of NJIT Campus Center and Student Activities. “We’re honored to recognize these wonderful and dedicated students for participation and leadership.  We couldn’t do it without them.”

Winners include Presidential Leadership Award (undergraduate)  William Barry, South Brunswick, enrolled in the College of Computing Sciences (CCS) and studying  business and information systems.  The Presidential Leadership Award (graduate) went to   Ankur Agrawal, Kathmandu, Nepal, also in CCS, studying computer science.  The Outstanding Student Leader Award  for an undergraduate was given to Nick Caravella, East Windsor, enrolled in the College of Architecture and Design (COAD), School of Architecture.  The Outstanding Student Leader Award on a graduate level went to Ishita Biswas, Mumbai, India, enrolled in CCS and studying computer science.

The Outstanding Student Staff Award was given to Peng Zhao, Newark, a student in Newark College of Engineering (NCE), department of biomedical engineering.  The Outstanding Class Award for a graduate student was given to Priya Radhi Santhanam, Merrick, NY, enrolled in the NCE, department of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering. The Outstanding Class Award for a senior went to Rocco Cerami, Belleville, NCE, department of civil and environmental engineering.  The Outstanding Class Award for a junior was given to Theophilus Blount, Bergenfield, CCS, department of information systems.

Gretchen Von Koenig, Akron, OH, COAD, School of Art + Design received the Outstanding Class Award for a sophomore.  The freshman Outstanding Class Award was given to Nicole Federico, Maplewood, NCE, department of civil and environmental engineering.

Founded in 1881, NJIT is New Jersey’s science and technology university.  The 45-acre campus is located in one of the nation’s technology nerve centers—Newark, the second-largest city in the New York metropolitan region.  The university offers 47 bachelor’s, 59 master’s and 19 doctoral degrees.  Special opportunities include participating in divisions that include continuing professional education, study abroad, cooperative education and internships.  Also available are learning communities, one of the state’s oldest Educational Opportunity Programs and the Enterprise Development Center, one of the first and largest hi-tech incubators in the US.

There are 399 full-time faculty of whom 98 percent hold a doctorate or the terminal degree in their field.  There are 82 adjunct professors.  The student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1.  NJIT is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS) Commission on Higher Education; many individual programs may carry additional accreditation.  Research is conducted in 18 state-of-the-art multidisciplinary centers.  Research expenditures in 2010 – 2011 topped $100 million and as of June 30, 2011, the university had been awarded 134 patents of which 60 of them are licensed to third parties.

The student body undergraduate enrollment is 6,604 and graduate enrollment is 2,954.  On campus are more than 70 student organizations including academic, professional, honors, cultural, spiritual/religious, recreational, service, and student leadership.  There is a Student Senate and Student Activities Council.  Greek life supports 15 fraternities and 9 sororities.  Half the freshmen live on campus and 27 percent of all undergrads. Residence halls include four fully modernized dorms with single, double, and triple rooms, and suites. 

NJIT participates in the NCAA Division I for 10 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams.  Students participate in basketball, football, volleyball and soccer as Intramural sports.  Technology resources include on campus a multi-gigabit network connecting more than 6,500 nodes in classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, faculty and staff offices, the library, student organization offices and others and more.  Seven computing labs with extensive software libraries, most open seven days a week, are available to students.

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.