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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Co-sponsors a Conference on Resilient Design at the United Nations

Contact: Robert Florida
(201) 725-6435: robert.florida@njit.edu

The Center for Resilient Design at NJIT is co-sponsoring a major international conference at the United Nations. Three NJIT officials will speak at the conference, whose theme is “Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization.” During the conference experts from national and local governments, nonprofit groups and institutes as well as academia and industry will present case studies on how cities can use resilient design to prepare for natural disasters.  Resilient design is a field in which designers, architects and engineers create stronger buildings and infrastructures that can withstand natural and man-made disasters.  

WHO: President Joel Bloom will give an overview of resilient design initiatives at NJIT; Urs Gauchat, Dean of the College of Architecture and Design (COAD), will moderate a panel on “To Build or Not to Build”; and Thomas Dallessio, a member of the COAD faculty and director of NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design, will introduce a panel discussion on how leaders can apply resilient design principles to create more sustainable communities and enhance urban mobility (Editor’s Note: Dallessio can be reached at 609-647-1538).  Dignitaries such as Ban Ki-moon, Secretary of the U.N., and John Ashe, President-elect of the U.N. General Assembly, will also speak at the conference.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: The United Nations Economic and Social Council, at the U.N. Headquarters. The entrance is on First Avenue and 47th Street.

WHY: NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design was invited to the United Nations because of its success in promoting innovation in storm-resistant building.  Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the center serves as a clearinghouse for leading-edge information about stronger construction. The conference is part of World Habitat Day 2013.     

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.