The Albert Dorman Colloquium Series

Honors Colloquium Series

Professor Martina Decker speaking at TEDxNJIT

Staying informed about all aspects of the world around you beyond your professional interests is an essential component of leadership.

The Albert Dorman Colloquium Series focuses on the interface between Science, Technology and Society. Colloquia normally meet during university common hours 8-12 times each semester. They feature talks by - and conversations with - industry, academic, and government leaders on a wide range of topics. Field trips to corporate, scientific, cultural, and community organizations are also included. In addition, some important campus political and cultural events are co-sponsored by the Honors College and regarded as part of the Colloquium Series.

Honors students must attend at least 2 colloquia each semester and are strongly encouraged to attend more than the required amount. Please click on the colloquia titles below for more details.  

You are welcome to review past colloquia topics and speakers here.

Fall 2017 Colloquia

The following events have been scheduled for the Spring 2017 semester. More events are being scheduled; please check back regularly to see the full list.

Wednesday, September 13
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Albert Dorman Honors College, IDS 1

Innovations in Computing are Changing our World

Co-sponsored with the Ying Wu College of Computing

Friday, September 29
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Campus Center Ballroom A

Introduction to Goal-Oriented Distributed Leadership

This colloquium presents an introduction to goal-oriented task-based leadership and the foundational understanding of shared and distributed leadership in today's careers. Students will delve into key aspects of followership and optimizing personal knowledge, skills and expertise in a path towards leadership development and attainment of short and long term goals in a collaborative, innovative, digital work environment.

Co-sponsored with the Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research

Friday, October 6
11:30A.M. - 1:00 P.M.  
Campus Center Atrium

Percussion Concert

Edward Shea, a star of percussion for more than 40 years, will again share his talent and knowledge at NJIT in a lecture and recital highlighting his virtuosity with snare drum, timpani and mallet percussion.

Co-sponsored with NJIT Music Initiative, NJIT Technology and Society Forum, Theatre Arts and Technology Program,
Rauch Family Foundation Charitable Trust Concert Series at NJIT, Sigma Xi NJIT Chapter

Wednesday, October 11
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
CKB 116

Personal Action Plan for Leadership and Success: a Hands-on Minds-on Workshop

A roundtable discussion and hands-on workshop on leadership.

Co-sponsored with the Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research

Wednesday, October 18 
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Campus Center Ballroom A


Various NJIT professors and outside professionals in design and theatre arts will present short "TED Talks" of their research.

Wednesday, November 1 
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. 
Weston Lecture Hall

The Nexus of Design & Engineering: Preparing Your Career Strategy

This wide-ranging panel discussion will explore both theoretical and practical topics, including:

  • The nature of design: How & why it’s relevant to engineering
  • The “Essential Pillars” of successful design
  • An examination of brand strategy and visual brand language for 2 iconic brands: Apple and Porsche
  • A detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the design evolution of a product that revolutionized a market category: The Keurig single-serve coffee brewer
  • How market forces influence engineering and design thinking
  • Employment outlook and practicalities for engineering / design graduates – a corporate or entrepreneurial path?

Richard Sweeney: NJIT graduate (’81) with decades of experience in product development who became co-founder, investor and one of the first employees of Keurig, the company that changed the way people drink coffee.

Paul Metaxatos: Co-founder and principal of Boston-based Motiv Design, one of the nation’s most respected and successful product development and design firms in the consumer products vertical.

Moderator: Urs Gauchat: Dean Emeritus and Professor of Architecture and Design at NJIT.

Friday, November 10 
8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. 
Campus Center Ballroom A

Board of Visitors Roundtable

Monday, November 13th
Campus Center Ballroom A
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Scholar at Risk

Dr. Teng Biao is a human rights lawyer, formerly a lecturer at the China
University of Politics and Law, a visiting scholar at Harvard, Yale Law School,
and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, currently a visiting scholar at
New York University. His academic research includes criminal justice, human
rights, social movement and political transition in China. Dr. Teng will speak to
NJIT students about free speech in China and self-censorship.

Thursday, November 16
10:00-11:30 A.M.

Campus Center Ballroom A

President's Forum and 2017 NJIT Research Centers and Laboratories Showcase

The President's Forum and 2017 NJIT Research Centers and Laboratories Showcase will feature ongoing exciting research at NJIT. The showcase event also helps in knowing about other research projects towards potential future collaborations.
Dr. Steven Scachter, MD, Chief Academic Officer and Program Leader of NeuroTechnology at the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation & Technology (CIMIT) and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). will be our Keynote Speaker. 

Thursday, November 16
7:00 P.M. 
Bradley Hall Theatre, Rutgers University - Newark

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

Addiction to online horror video games.

Friday, November 17
11:30A.M. - 1:00 P.M.  
Campus Center Atrium

Invest in Yourself: Fellowships, Service, and Mentoring

Co-sponsored with Career Development Services, The Murray Center, and the Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research

Friday, December 1
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.  
Campus Center Atrium

Shooting for the Stars: From NJIT to NASA

An alumnus, John Decker, reflects on his career in engineering, design, and theatre​.Wedn

Wednesday, December 6
1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.  
NJII Agile Strategy Lab, CKB 70

German-American Chamber of Commerce
Innovation Seminars 2017: Smart Cities

By 2050, the proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas is expected
to increase from 54 to 66 percent by 2050 – the US is already at 80
percent. Emerging technologies could dramatically change the way cities served
their growing populations. Sensors, automation and cloud-based analytics will
come together to radically change the urban landscape, to create the “smart city.”
Learn from technology leaders what is already happening across the globe and
where there are opportunities for your own career growth. Presentations will be
followed by open Q&A.

Wednesday, December 13
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Campus Center Atrium

Wind and String Concert