The Newark College of Engineering (NCE) is ranked #92 on the newest U.S. News & World Report list of best graduate schools, ascending 19 positions since last year. NCE shares the #92 ranking with George Washington University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Texas Tech University, University of Kentucky and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.“We’re pleased about the increased national recognition of the success of our programs,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “We’re on a path of continual growth and we plan to keep climbing in the rankings.”
One of the oldest and largest professional engineering schools in the country, NCE has more than 40,000 living alumni. It is estimated that one in four New Jersey professional engineers is an NCE graduate. NCE education is known for its strong emphasis on design; extensive hands-on experience; advanced research conducted in well-equipped laboratories; a commitment to public service; and a progressive curriculum that integrates research and education at all levels.
“Our progress reflects our commitment to provide NCE students with access and exposure to advisers, laboratories and educational programs that equip them to address and solve some of our society's most urgent challenges," said NCE Dean Moshe Kam. “This exciting development motivates us to intensify our efforts on behalf of our students, to ensure their place among the leaders of the engineering profession, to benefit the public and to help protect and preserve natural resources."
With enrollment of nearly 5,200 students, NCE's principal research areas are the modern public infrastructure, including transportation, the built environment and mobile communications; modern manufacturing and robotic automation; medical imaging and bio-informatics; and the intersection between engineering, computing and the life sciences. NCE has recently hired 18 new faculty members in these areas, has built and equipped eight (8) new state-of-the-art research laboratories to support them, and increased greatly joint projects and collaboration with industry in the Northeast, agencies of the State of New Jersey and the cities of Newark and New York, hospitals, medical schools and health care facilities.
One example of NCE’s focus areas is the study, characterization and prevention of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in adults and children. The collaborative group of Biomedical Engineering faculty including Namas Chandra, Bryan Pfister, Tara Alvarez, and Bharat Biswal has about $8 million in current funding from federal and private sources. The Center for Injury Biomechanics, Materials and Medicine, directed by Chandra, studies the short and long-term impact on the scalp, skull and brain of impacts and concussions. Among its most important objectives, the Center develops protective gear that would reduce traumatic brain injury in vulnerable populations ranging from children who play football to U.S. military personnel facing improvised explosive devices.
NCE’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Resource Center is directed by Lazar Spasovic and has about $6 million in Federal and State funding. The Center assists transportation leaders in using sensory data collected on the nation's roads to direct traffic more intelligently, and to guide future road construction. The Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection, with $4 million in funding under the direction of Michel Boufadel, works with government agencies in the U.S., Canada and South America and with the oil industry to minimize spills and environmental pollution during extraction, transportation and storage of oil.
Earlier this year, Richard Foulds, director of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center, received a $5 million grant with the Kessler Foundation to develop the next generation of robotic exoskeletons or “wearable robots.” These robots improve mobility and enable safer and more independent functioning of individuals who suffered strokes, spinal cord injuries or muscular dystrophy.
"Like many of our peer engineering colleges," said Kam, "NCE provides engineering graduate students with wide and deep exposure to the analytical foundations of engineering and to the most recent developments in the state of the art. Compared to our peers, however, we train our students much closer to the end users of our research in industry, and to the communities that our research would serve. The NCE student thus graduates as a well-prepared professional who is much more attuned to practical considerations, environmental and social constraints, needs of the target audience, and translation of lab research into effective technology for wide use by the public. This is our way to contribute to the welfare, safety, longevity and comfort of humans, as well as to protect the environment and promote responsible use of natural resources.”
For nearly a century, Newark College of Engineering (NCE) has been preparing engineering students to use science, mathematics, technology and problem-solving skills to design, construct, test and maintain products, services and information systems. NCE began offering undergraduate degrees in 1919 and it offers degrees and study programs in all major areas of engineering and engineering technology. NCE's years of growth and development parallel an unprecedented period of scientific discovery and technological innovation. From its earliest days, NCE has adapted its curriculum to emerging technologies to prepare its students for an ever-changing marketplace and to instill in its graduates a strong sense of commitment to society and public service. In recent decades, a strong focus on research and the construction of state-of-the-art research facilities have made NCE an active participant in technological advancement and the development of technology-based enterprise.