New Jersey Institute of Technology Founded in 1882, NJIT is New Jersey's Technological Research University. NJIT offers 100 degree programs in 27 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate specialties through its six colleges and schools. NJIT has 423 full-time faculty; more than 98 percent hold doctorates or other terminal degrees in their field. Many are nationally respected researchers. A strong applied research program is the very core of the technological research university, generating the advances that fuel a knowledge-based economy. NJIT's research programs have grown to funding of more than $70 million today. The university conducts cutting-edge applied research through multidisciplinary centers of excellence and specialized high tech labs as well as partnerships with industry to develop commercially promising new technologies.
Department of Computer Science The Computer Science Department, part of the College of Computing Sciences, is the largest at NJIT, comprising more than one fifth of the student population. It is also the largest computer science department among all research universities in the New York metropolitan area. The department offers a full range of degree programs in computer science (BA/BS, MS and PhD), in addition to emerging interdisciplinary graduate programs (Telecommunication and Computational Biology). The BA/BS programs are accredited by ABET/CAC. The faculty members of the department have very diverse research interests, ranging from theory to practice. Many of them are nationally and internationally known in their fields.
Division of Biological Sciences NJIT's Division of Biological Sciences, part of NJIT's Department of Mathematical Sciences, is a Federated Department of NJIT and Rutgers-Newark. Departmental equipment, housed at Rutgers-Newark, includes a microscope facility second-to-none in the state of New Jersey. This facility comprises scanning and transmission-electron microscopes, a confocal microscope, and five image-processing stations. In addition, the department boasts an oligo synthesizer, automated DNA sequencer, ultracentrifuges, phosphor-imager, scintillation and gamma counters, FPLC, and AAALAC-approved animal facility, and a greenhouse. Individual research laboratories house tissue culture facilities, electrophysiological equipment, fluorescence microscopes, and thermal cyclers. Additional facilities are available at neighboring institutions. Affiliations are maintained with UMDNJ and industrial research laboratories.
Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science provides a unique focus for addressing some of today's most pressing environmental and chemical problems. The members of this department have been active in the development of NJIT as a nationally recognized leader in environmental research and hazardous waste treatment. The department's research is supported by grants and contracts from industry and government sources, with principal strengths in the areas of molecular modelling, environmental analysis, hazardous waste minimization, biochemical processing, and solid state and polymeric materials. In addition to refineries and materials processors, New Jersey has the highest concentration of pharmaceutical companies in the nation, providing researchers with many opportunities for working partnerships with industry. Each year New Jerseans derive more than $5 billion in income from the chemical process industries (CPI), ranking the state first in the nation in that category.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School UMDNJ is the nation's largest health sciences university, and is New Jersey's state wide system of health sciences education, biomedical research and HealthCare. Founded in 1970 to consolidate New Jersey's health professions education, UMDNJ has become the very core of the state's health sciences system. With five campuses and a network of more than 200 affiliated healthcare and educational partners spanning the state, UMDNJ touches the lives of almost every New Jerseyan every day. As the state's oldest academic medical institution, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) is a part of UMDNJ. Initially established as the Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry in 1954, the mission of NJMS was to train highly qualified clinicians to meet the healthcare needs of New Jersey and the nation - a mission that remains a top priority today. Since becoming part of UMDNJ, NJMS has continued to make great strides forward. With a rich tradition in education and research, NJMS is a young and vibrant school that continues to expand its horizons and grow its success.
The Public Health Research Institute PHRI is an independent, not-for-profit research organization founded in 1941 (by New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia) to study infectious diseases. In March 2002, the Institute moved to the International Center for Public Health in Newark, New Jersey. PHRI has been on the cutting edge of infectious disease research since its founding, including work with the smallpox vaccine, the identification of cancer-causing oncogenes, the discovery of the gene for toxic shock syndrome, and the identification of the multidrug-resistant TB strain "W." Approximately 125 scientists currently work at PHRI, with a major focus on infectious disease research, including studies of vaccine and drug candidates, molecular epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections, factors that promote drug resistance, and molecular-based rapid diagnostics. PHRI is at the forefront in addressing the nation's biodefense agenda, including development of rapid molecular beacons based diagnostics for anthrax and other pathogens likely to be used by a bioterrorist. PHRI has recently received a $2 million grant from NIH for biodefense research as part of a consortium of premier institutions and investigators, and, partnering with UMDNJ-NJMS, has just received a $21 million grant from NIH to construct a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory for biodefense research.
Rutgers-Newark With more than 50,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/Piscataway, Rutgers is one of the nation's major state universities. Chartered in 1766, it has a unique history as a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. Its 29 degree-granting units offer majors in over 100 fields and thousands of courses. Rutgers-Newark is one of five centers of higher education located in New Jersey's largest city. At R-N, over 10,000 students work on undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, business, nursing and law - and take advantage of everything the city has to offer in the way of arts, entertainment, recreation, and great cuisine.