From left: NJIT Provost Fadi Deek '85, '86, '97; Senator Paul Sarlo '92; Stephen P. DePalma '92; NJIT President Joel S. Bloom; Robert C. Cohen '83, '84, '87; Amelia Sapirman '18; and Newark College of Engineering Dean Moshe Kam..
The new school is designed to meet the growing demand for applied engineering technologies in the production, manufacturing, process control and instrumentation industries. The school will have 10 bachelor’s degree programs in engineering technology and will emphasize internships and apprenticeships in the private and public sectors. Degree programs include Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Construction Management Technology and Concrete Industry Management.
Once fully up and running, the school is expected to serve nearly 2,000 students and will house 30 full-time faculty and instructors, as well as 100 adjunct professors and auxiliary faculty who work in industry.
At the celebration in November, NJIT President Joel Bloom said the school would be a boom to both job-seeking students and employers looking for a specialized workforce.
“In recent years, I’ve spent a great deal of time in conversation with industry leaders who have made it clear that they need more NJIT graduates for their enterprises, but not just engineers,” President Bloom said. “There is an abundant demand for professionals who possess hands-on experience as well as a solid technical background in manufacturing, fabrication, maintenance and service that enables them to focus on practical applications of engineered products and processes.”
State Senator Paul Sarlo, a construction industry executive and graduate of NJIT, praised the new school at the event.
“As a state, we do well to invest in higher education. We do particularly well when our educational investments help link industry and higher education,” he said. "This school is a step in the right direction."
Robert C. Cohen, vice president of Global R&D and chief technology officer at Stryker Orthopaedics and a member of the NJIT Board of Trustees, said there is a growing need for technology in the state of New Jersey. Cohen is among more than 100 NJIT alumni working at Stryker Orthopaedics.
"Now we have a school that adds to the innovation element," he said at the event. "Today is a significant milestone."