NJIT was founded in 1881 as the Newark Technical School. Sponsored by the Newark Board of Trade with a matching grant from the New Jersey state legislature, it offered non-degree training in science, mathematics, and drawing. Eighty-eight Newark residents made up its first class.
Under the leadership of former president Saul K. Fenster, NJIT’s focus on education expanded to include research, the economic development of Newark and New Jersey, and public service. Since the mid-1970s NJIT has become home to nearly 50 laboratories, centers, and business incubators, resulting in hundreds of breakthroughs, such as new methods for producing carbon nanotubes, techniques for monitoring the earth’s climate using measurements of earthshine, approaches to use membrane separation technology to desalinate water, and algorithms for wireless telecommunications and signal processing. Research funding has surged to more than $75 million and promises to keep rising.
In the words of President Joel S. Bloom, “As a school focused on science and technology, NJIT has always had a connection with the private and public sectors. Newark Technical School was founded to forge this connection in its home city. Significant change now under way at NJIT will add a new dimension to our economic engagement and the manner in which students are prepared for productive careers. While research is of paramount importance at NJIT, we are equally dedicated to providing talented young women and men with the knowledge and skills needed for personal achievement and for the prosperity of our nation. We are bringing more talented people and greater resources together at NJIT to ensure that success will continue for the graduating classes to follow.”
About the Newark College of Engineering at NJIT
NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering offers 13 undergraduate majors, 16 master’s degrees and 10 doctoral degree programs. Maintained and taught by a team of 150 professionally licensed, experienced, and award-winning instructors, these degree programs prepare engineers to become specialized experts who are capable of managing complex engineering endeavors.
Providing quality engineering education since 1919, the school’s graduates make up one of every four licensed engineers in New Jersey. Thanks to the introduction of the online learning environment option, this acclaimed program is now available to engineers throughout the world.
With more than 40,000 alumni, the Newark College of Engineering has produced a global network of esteemed professional engineers – many of whom are pioneers in their fields and leaders in top engineering organizations.