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NJIT Computing Dean Elected a WISE Fellow

Marek Rusinkiewicz, PhD, of Califon, was elected a Fellow of Web Information System Engineering (WISE) Society during the 2013 WISE Conference in Nanjing China.  Rusinkiewicz, who is dean of the College of Computing Sciences, was recognized for his contributions to science and technology.  The WISE conference series was founded in 1998 to provide an international forum for researchers, professionals, and industrial practitioners to share their knowledge in the rapidly growing area of Web technologies, methodologies and applications.

He was also an invited speaker at the WISE Conference, presenting a talk on “Security of Cyber-Physical Systems (A Case Study).”  His talk was a discussion of protecting cyber-physical systems from attacks, illustrating the issues with a case study of a worm that successfully attacked and sabotaged a supposedly impenetrable industrial control system.

“The increasing reliance on Cyberspace has been paralleled by a corresponding increase in the variety, frequency and impact of attacks from a range of assailants,” he explained.”  Both commercial companies and government agencies face continuous and increasingly more sophisticated cyber-attacks ranging from data exfiltration and spear phishing to sophisticated worms and logic bombs.  The targets include not only computer information systems, but also the network communication infrastructure and power grids.”

Rusinkiewicz, who joined NJIT in September, is a former senior group vice president and  general manager of applied research laboratories at Telcordia Technologies, where he led research efforts in wireless communications, network management and protocols, mathematical sciences, software engineering, information processing, and information security.  Before joining Telcordia, Rusinkiewicz was vice president for information technology research of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), Austin, a leading industrial R&D consortium.  He led initiatives there to develop the next generation information management technologies, including web search, semantic agents, and collaboration management.

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.