Spring 2012 Colloquium Series

Spring 2012 Colloquium Series


All Colloquia are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some additional information on the Colloquia announced below may be added from time to time and some new Colloquia will certainly be as well, so do make sure you check this site regularly for any additions or changes. Thank you.


February 8, 2012
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A

Design as a Strategic Component of New Product Development

Anthony Di Benedetto
Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Fox School of Business, Temple University


Anthony Di Benedetto is Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and Senior Washburn Research Fellow at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He is also Professor of High-Tech Entrepreneurial Marketing, Technische Universitat Eindhoven, The Netherlands and has held visiting professorships at Bocconi University and Politecnico di Milano (Milan), European School of Economics (Rome), Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna), Kansai University (Osaka), WHU (Vollendar, Germany) and St. Petersburg State University (St. Petersburg. Russia).

In 2010, Prof. Di Benedetto was named the Fulbright-Kathryn and Craig Hall Chair in Entrepreneurship, and spent a semester teaching and doing research at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and St. Petersburg State University.

Prof. Di Benedetto holds a Ph.D. in Administration, an M.B.A., and a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry, all from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal (in French) and the University of Kentucky prior to arriving at Temple. Since arriving at Temple he has taught in Temple’s MBA, Executive MBA, Online MBA, and International MBA programs as well as at the Ph.D. and undergraduate levels.  He has taught International Marketing in Temple's International Business Summer Program at the Temple Rome campus in Italy since 1992. He is a recipient of Temple University's Great Teacher Award, the Lindback Award for teaching excellence, a Department of Marketing teaching award, and the Lynne A. Cronfeld Research Award/Grant.

Prof. Di Benedetto has been named one of the 50 leading research scholars worldwide in Innovation and Technology Management by the International Association of Management of Technology. He was previously named one of the leading scholars worldwide in innovation management in a 2007 article in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and also in a 2006 article in R&D Management.  He has nearly 100 refereed academic articles published in journals, including Journal of Product Innovation Management, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Research, Columbia Journal of World Business, Industrial Marketing Management, Interfaces, Journal of Advertising Research, and elsewhere.  A paper published in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management was named the Best Paper in that journal for 2008. His research has been primarily in the areas of new product development and industrial marketing management and strategy. He has been named multiple times to the Dean's Research Honor Roll of the School of Business and Management.

Prof. Di Benedetto is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Product Innovation Management.  He is co-author with Merle Crawford of New Products Management, published by Irwin/McGraw-Hill and currently in its tenth edition. He has also co-authored a book on industrial product innovation and a computer-supported casebook in new product development. As a freelance consultant, he has carried out marketing and economics studies for private companies and government agencies in the Montreal, Lexington (Kentucky) and Philadelphia areas.

Prof. Di Benedetto is a certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP). In the past, he has served as Vice-President of Publications for the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), as Editor of Visions, the national newsletter of the PDMA, as a member of the Board of Directors of the PDMA, as Abstracts Editor of the Journal of Product Innovation Management and as Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Prof. Di Benedetto is listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Marquis Who's Who in America, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, and Great Minds of the 21st Century.

In his Colloquium, Dr. Di Benedetto will emphasize the crucial role of design in the development of new products. Design has been described as a "bold new way of competing," and senior managers are increasingly aware of the role of design as a strategic resource in achieving new product objectives.  Excellent product design can contribute to new product goals in many ways: improving speed to market, simplifying manufacturing, achieving differentiation, satisfying customer needs in creative ways, supporting corporate identity, or improving the environment.  To accomplish this, the industrial designer now works closely with other members of the new product team from the earliest stages of new product development.  We discuss the important strategic role of design in new product development, considering how firms can achieve cost efficiencies by involving the designer early in the new products process.  Cases such as the Palm Pilot and the Dodge Nitro/Jeep Liberty will be presented as illustrative examples of the strategic role of design as well as of the need to integrate design considerations with marketing, production, and manufacturing processes.

Co-sponsors: the School of Management, the Albert Dorman Honors College

February 22, 2012
Campus Center Atrium
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m
Triumphant Return: The Klang String Quartet

Klang Quartet


“Klang” means “sound” or “tone” in German, and on February 22nd  the Klang String Quartet will be bringing their unique blend of musical interests and influences to NJIT as part of the Technology and Society Forum’s celebration of creativity in all its forms. Performing will be Matthew Goeke (cello), Rieko Kawabata (violin), Yi-Ping Yang (viola) and Gregor Kitzis (violin).

The individual members of this exciting new ensemble have performed with early music groups such as the Arcadia Baroque Ensemble, the New England Bach Festival and the Grand Tour Orchestra, with major symphony orchestras, and with rock, jazz and pop icons ranging from David Bowie, Enya, David Byrne, Iggy Pop and Mixx 22 to Don Byron, Anthony Braxton and the George Gee Swing Orchestra. They have also recorded on a number of labels, and their TV appearances include Saturday Night Live and the David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnell and Jay Leno shows.

Members of the quartet have had stellar careers as solo performers and with other ensembles for many years. Now, after numerous appearances that include national and international chamber music and jazz festivals, they have united to greet audiences together  with a resounding Klang!

The quartet last performed at NJIT a year ago and were an astounding success.

Co-sponsors: NJIT Technology and Society Forum Committee, Albert Dorman Honors College

February 24, 2012
Campus Center Atrium
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

Survival of the Beautiful: Visiting Scholars and Artists Reflect on Prof. Rothenberg’s new book on Art, Science, and Evolution

David B. Rothenberg
Ph.D, Professor,Department of Humanities NJIT


The following scholars and artists will be participating in this panel discussion:

Jaron Lanier is one of the pioneers in virtual reality. His book You Are Not a Gadget is an international bestseller and he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2010.  He currently works for Microsoft Research and his insights have influenced the creation of the Xbox Kinect.  He has an honorary doctorate from NJIT, the only college degree of any kind that he possesses.

Richard Prum is professor of evolutionary biology at Yale, and a specialist on the evolution of feathers and the role of beauty in sexual selection.  He received a MacArthur “Genius Award” in 2009.

Anna Lindemann is visiting assistant professor of art at Colgate University. She is a multimedia artist and composer whose works are based on evolutionary/developmental (Evo Devo) biology.  She has an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Media Arts, and a BA in biology from Yale University.

David Rothenberg is the author of Survival of the Beautiful, Thousand Mile Song, Why Birds Sing, and a recording artist with ECM Records.  He is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, who awarded him their President and Trustees Research Award in 2010.

The Panel Discussion is co-sponsored by the Technology and Society Forum, the Albert Dorman Honors College, the Department of Humanities and Sigma Xi.

February 29, 2012
GITC 1400
3:00-4:30 p.m.

"Citizens of Empire: Puerto Rican Status and the U.S. Order, 1898-1905"


Dr. Sam Erman


Dr. Sam Erman is is the Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Legal History Fellow at Harvard Law School.  He holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. His current book project, Puerto Rico and the United States Constitution: Struggles around Status and Governance in a New Empire, 1898-1922, studies interactions between six Puerto Ricans and a handful of U.S. officials following U.S. annexation of Puerto Rico in 1898.  In 2009-2010 he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Merrick Garland of the United States  Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2010-2011 he served as a law clerk to Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court.

Dr. Erman's talk will probe how Puerto Ricans negotiated their official and cultural identity in the United States during the era of American control of Puerto Rico in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.    He uncovers how the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico changed the meaning of what it meant to be a citizen under the U.S. Constitution.  Many once believed that the rights of citizenship attached to any person who was a subject of the United States government.  Yet the annexation of Puerto Rico inserted race and status into the picture. Thereafter, American judges and politicians would have to decide who 'counted' and who did not.




March 1, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Jim Wise Theatre, Kuprian Hall
Cabaret [Musical]
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Book: Joe Masteroff
Directed by Michael Kerley


Cabaret  is set in the tumultuous city of Berlin just before Hitler's rise to power. The main action of the musical revolves around a cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and the brief affair she has with an American writer who takes her in after she is kicked out of the Kit Kat Club where she performs. Although Sally and Clifford soon find themselves deeply in love, there is too much chaos in the world around them. Soon they find their relationship is being jeopardized by outside forces which threaten to tear them apart. Also figuring prominently is the tragic relationship between Fräulein Schneider, a German woman, and her Jewish suitor Herr Schultz.

When Cabaret opened on Broadway in 1966, it was an immediate success and ran for 3 years.  In 1972, it was made into a movie starring Lisa Minelli, which was chosen as the Critics Pick by the film reviewers of The New York Times.

Postponed until a later date.




Starting a new company as the Internet bubble burst. What were we thinking?
The CyberExtruder journey
Larry Gardner
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Larry Gardner joined with Jack Ives and Dr. Tim Parr Ph.D. in early February 2000, to found CyberExtruder. Gardner has directed the company through formative and challenging times from start-up through raising money, managing cash flow and evangelizing a new technology. CyberExtruder is known for its reconstruction technology transforming 2D images to 3D models. First used by the entertainment industry to personalize video games and apps for mobile devices, the Company has patented its unique software and algorithms and has become a leader in identity management with facial recognition solutions for the intelligence, security and law enforcement communities. Larry will take you through the ups and downs of the startup adventure. It’s been quite a ride so far.

Larry Gardner joined with Jack Ives and Dr. Tim Parr Ph.D. in early February 2000, to found CyberExtruder. Gardner has directed the company through formative and challenging times from start-up through raising money, managing cash flow and evangelizing a new technology. CyberExtruder is known for its reconstruction technology transforming 2D images to 3D models. First used by the entertainment industry to personalize video games and apps for mobile devices, the Company has patented its unique software and algorithms and has become a leader in identity management with facial recognition solutions for the intelligence, security and law enforcement communities.

As chief executive, Gardner works with the Department of Homeland Security and leads the research team that continues to develop image enhancement technology that is improving the performance of facial recognition software for vital identity management and security applications. Gardner raised seed and Series A funding and led CyberExtruder’s winning entries in three venture capital competitions: 1) Idea Alley for Best New Internet Software, 2) Get launched NYC, sponsored by AT&T, Cisco & EMC, and 3) NJTC Venture Fair for Best Emerging Technology Company winning a $250,000 Springboard Grant from the State of New Jersey.

Prior to founding CyberExtruder, Gardner spent 30 years with Mead Johnson Laboratories, Steelcase Inc. and Vitra USA in sales, marketing and senior management. As Managing Director of Vitra USA, he completely revamped the company’s distribution system in the U.S. and Canada. After the first year he maintained sales while cutting overhead and returned the company to profitability. The next year sales increased 46% with an equal increase in pretax profits.

Gardner received his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Administration with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven.

March 13, 2012
(during spring break)


From Drawing From Drawing Board to Finished Arena ─ An Inside Look at Prudential Center, Home of the NJ Devils 


Prudential Center is the cornerstone in the revitalization and renaissance of downtown Newark. In addition to the arena, Newark will soon add scores of condominiums, restaurants, themed bars, and mixed retail establishments. Prudential Center is recognized among the finest arenas in the country and is New Jersey’s home for hockey, college basketball, indoor soccer, concerts, family shows and special events. A public/private partnership between the City of Newark and Devils Arena Entertainment made the $375 million Prudential Center a reality that is changing the face of downtown Newark and making it a destination location for sports and live entertainment in the region. The Prudential Center hosts the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall Men’s Basketball, MISL’s New Jersey Ironmen indoor soccer team, concerts, family shows, and NJIT events as well as other professional, collegiate and amateur sporting events.

The Study Tour agenda includes:

• Tour of the facility with a focus on the architecture, construction, amenities, and technology.

• Discussion of the business plan – capital, facility and operational expenditures, and revenue.

• Why the Devils’ organization chose Newark and how they envision the Devils’ future and its impact on the greater Newark community.


March 16, 2012
(During Spring Break)


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
A Behind-the-Scenes Study Tour


The State of New Jersey decided to build a world-class performing arts center in 1986.  The committee charged with the planning chose Newark over other cities in the State because of the density of the population in the areas surrounding it, its proximity to New York City, the extensive highway and rail access to the site and the spurt of revitalization it would bring  the city.  The site chosen for the Center was also superb:  just across the street from the historic Military Park and only a block away from the Passaic River – and we might add here within easy walking distance of the NJIT campus.

$187 million and 11 years later, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center opened in 1997. It is the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States, as well as the home of the Grammy-Award winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  Dubbed “New Jersey’s Town Square”, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists – to name just a few: Yo-Yo Ma, Julian Lloyd Webber, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Vienna Boys Choir. At a more recent event, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, sang at NJPAC on the evening of the same day of her funeral in Newark, Saturday, February 18, 2012. Like the Prudential Center – where we also have an annual Study Tour – NJPAC has played a catalytic role in returning nightlife and economic activity to New Jersey’s largest urban community.

A major component of NJPAC’s multi-faceted mission is to develop into a world-class cultural complex not just showcasing the best artists or national and international acclaim, but also with a declared educational focus:  through its extensive Arts Education program, it is also shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.

Since opening its doors in 1997, NJPAC has attracted over six million visitors (more than one million of them children) and continues to work hard on nurturing meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. [For more information, visit www.njpac.com]

We will be privileged on our Study Tour not just to learn what NJPAC is all about, but also to view its acclaimed architecture while also getting an insider’s view of its facilities and its advanced behind-the-scenes technology.


March 21, 2012
Campus Center Ballroom A
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Story That's Under Your Nose: Performance, Poetry and the Dialogue Arts Project.


Adam Falkner


Adam Falkner is a poet, performer, high school English teacher and the Founder and Executive Director of the Dialogue Arts Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to incorporating creative writing, the performing arts, and intergroup dialogue into the teaching and training processes. His work has appeared in numerous publications including decomP Magazine, The Other Journal and The Literary Bohemian, among others, and has been featured in curricula for use at several prominent institutions of higher education including Columbia University, the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.  He regularly teaches and performs at colleges and universities across the country and has appeared on HBO, BET, Michigan and New York Public Radio and in Time Out New York.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mr. Falkner is a National Associate for the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), Ginsberg scholar and recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award in Higher Education. He currently teaches 10th grade Creative Writing at the Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn, New York.

As an introduction to the presenter's larger Dialogue Arts Project curriculum, this lecture and workshop will consist of electrifying performance poetry by an award-winning New York City-based poet and educator and will ask students to think "outside the box" about how their respective academic disciplines fit into the culturally diverse environments in which they live and work.  With good reason, many students and educators have grown weary of overused buzzwords like "diversity" and workshops or lectures that seem to merely “fill a quota” in addressing critical issues of race and identity in the classroom.  By combining performance, creative writing, interactive exercises and small group dialogue, this session reaches beyond those safe, cookie-cutter approaches to teach participants the kind of vibrant self-understanding and cultural awareness that is imperative in our increasingly multicultural society.  This lecture and workshop uses creative writing and the arts to promote the exploration of social identity among and between students, artists and educators for the purpose of better understanding how their voices contribute to the changing educational communities and academic fields around which their lives revolve.

Co-sponsors: Albert Dorman Honors College, Technology and Society Forum

March 28, 2012
Campus Center Atrium
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Gilbreth Lecture: Paving the Way to a Smarter Planet:  Role of Engineering Education


Santosh K. Kurinec


Santosh K. Kurinec is a Professor of Electrical & Microelectronic Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Visiting Scholar at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, New York.  She served as the Department Head of Microelectronic Engineering from 2001-2009.  She received her Ph.D degree in Physics from the University of Delhi, India and worked as Scientist at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi from 1980-85.  She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL from 1985-1986 where she researched on thin metal film composites. Prior to joining RIT in 1988, she was Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Florida State University/Florida, A & M University College of Engineering in Tallahassee, FL. Her current research activities include photovoltaics, non-volatile memory, advanced integrated circuit materials and processes. She has been actively engaged in outreach for promoting science & engineering education. She is recipient of the RIT Trustee Scholarship Award. She is a Fellow of IEEE, Member APS, NY State Academy of Sciences, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Education and an IEEE EDS Distinguished Lecturer. She has recently received the IEEE 2012 outstanding undergraduate teaching award.