Noted engineer, NSF leader, Penn professor Joseph Bordogna speaks at NJIT


New horizons for engineering and technology will be the subject of the keynote address delivered at the first annual convocation ceremony at New Jersey Institute of Technology by Joseph Bordogna, PhD, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Bordogna recently stepped down as the former deputy director and chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation (NSF). NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch, PhD, will deliver the opening remarks.

The ceremony will honor 20 distinguished NJIT professors, students, staff and alumnus and attorney George Newcombe, of California, who graduated in the class of 1969. The ceremony will take place Sept. 28, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theatre, Kupfrian Hall, on the NJIT campus.

The title of Bordogna's talk will be ""Innovation through Integration: A Holistic Engagement." Bordogna's research interests have included early laser communications systems, electro-optic recording materials, and holographic television playback systems.

While at NSF, Bordogna chaired committees on manufacturing and environmental technologies which were within the President's National Science and Technology Council. He served as a member of the U.S. Technology Reinvestment Project team (TRP), and the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) Committee. He was also active on the U.S.-Japan Joint Optoelectronics Project.

Bordogna received his bachelor's degree and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and his master's degree in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His career has also included experience as a line officer in the U.S. Navy and a practicing engineer in industry.

Prior to appointment at NSF, Bordogna was the director of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at University of Pennsylvania as well as the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. While in Philadelphia, he was a founder of the Philadelphia Regional Introduction for Minorities to Engineering (PRIME) and served on the board of the Philadelphia Partnership for Education, community coalitions which provide supportive academic programs in kindergarten through twelfth grades.

Bordogna is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Engineering Consortium. He also has served his profession globally as president of the IEEE.

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