Fall 2010 Colloquium Series

All Colloquia are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Some additional information on the Colloquia announced below will certainly be added and one or two new Colloquia may be as well, so do make sure you check this site regularly for any additions or changes. Thank you



September 20, 2010
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Campus Center Atrium






"Music Improvisation Software: An Interface for People with Severe Disabilities"

 Pauline Oliveros, Leaf Miller and Jaclyn Heyen, Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.  

PAULINE OLIVEROS is a senior figure in contemporary American music.  Her career spans fifty years of boundary dissolving music making.  In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco.  Today she is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. 

Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones – her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi. 

Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds.  Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. 

Pauline Oliveros is the founder of "Deep Listening,"  which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics.  Pauline Oliveros describes Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing.  Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds.  “Deep Listening is my life practice," she explains, simply.  Oliveros is founder of Deep Listening Institute (www.deeplistening.org/site/) , formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation.

This event sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Engineering; the Albert Dorman Honors College is co-sponsoring it.

September 29, 2010
2:30 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
EDC at 211 Warren Street,
Newark, NJ  07103

Technology Development and the Entrepreneur in the Enterprise Development Center at NJIT

Jerry Creighton, Sr., MBA
Small Business Advocate & Executive Director of the Enterprise Development Center NJIT

Jerry is a champion for advancing entrepreneurship and an advocate of promoting small business initiatives as a major driver for economic success.  He encourages others to have an entrepreneurial mindset and to develop ideas and ways to participate in an entrepreneurial world.

Jerry has an extensive background with early stage and top-tier companies in management and consulting spanning multiple facets of strategy development, operational management, finance, and venture transaction planning and implementation.  His background includes business planning, mergers & acquisitions, joint venture integration, financial services, marketing, operations and sales support.

Jerry’s career includes business ownership, angel investments and key management assignments with major international companies such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems, as well as consulting engagements for start-up/early stage companies and for a merchant bank involved in buyouts and roll-ups.  Jerry has Board of Directors and Advisory Team experience.  He earned his Bachelors Degree and his MBA from Widener University.

                                     The EDC at NJIT is now the largest high-tech new business incubator in the USA with 95 portfolio companies.  Jerry will discuss the entrepreneurial mindset and the dynamics that make ventures of this type successful.





October  4, 2010
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A




Federal Careers for Young Professionals

Gina Erickson
Senior Analyst

Gina Erickson has been with the U.S. Department of Energy for eight years. She currently serves as a senior analyst on oil markets and Middle East energy policy, where she provides analysis on bilateral and multilateral energy, oil market and cross-cutting issues that affect the Middle East and North Africa. Previously Gina served as State Program Director with a non-profit agency focused on domestic energy tax policy. She also worked as Program Manager contracted by the Directorate of Central Intelligence’s Environmental Center to study national security issues related to global warming. Gina’s teaching experience includes classes in computer science, international relations and political science at a community college in Washington, D.C. She also served four years as an Arabic translator in the U.S. Army. Gina has a Masters of Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minnesota. She is fluent in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Swedish.

Gina is one of the many young federal employees who form part of the Annenberg Speakers Bureau, a dynamic and diverse group of federal employees who volunteer their services to educate audiences about the federal workforce and to inspire a new generation to serve.

The Annenberg Speakers Bureau matches dynamic federal employees with college audiences around the country to share their experiences in government service.  Many of the speakers are young federal employees who can relate to students and their concerns, having completed college recently themselves.  They provide not only an inspiring message about federal service and ways to make a difference, but also practical information about federal internships and jobs.

Gina has hands-on experience and will be sharing with the audience the opportunities that are available in federal government, which most people do not realize has offices not just USA but also all over the country and around the world for people with engineering, scientific and technical backgrounds.  Many of these positions are regarded as “mission critical occupations” in other words, positions that must be filled if the government is to fulfill its mission.

Federal professionals can make a positive difference in the lives of Americans and play a vital role in addressing challenging and pressing national issues.  The federal government has thousands of “mission critical” professional positions to fill over the next five years, especially in engineering, science, technology, and business.  Cutting-edge training and professional development, from information technology to foreign language immersion, are among the benefits of a federal career.  She will also share her personal background and give insight into what it is like to serve  the US while engaged in a rewarding job choice.  Learn more about federal opportunities at www.makingthedifference.org and by attending this colloquium. 

The Colloquium is co-sponsored by Career Development Services and also forms part of the CDS Career Awareness Month [September 13 to October 13, 2010].

October 6, 2010
2:30 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A

“Where Public Policy and Public Works Intersect:  How PSEG Solar Programs are Helping New Jersey Meet Its Clean Energy Mandate”

Alfredo Z. Matos
Vice President – Renewables and Energy Solutions
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG)

Alfredo Z Matos was named vice president  renewables and energy solutions of Public
Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG), in January 2008. In this position he helps the utility  explore new opportunities in the renewable energy and energy efficiency markets.  His responsibilities include finding solar energy efficiency and other renewable projects to help meet the New Jersey Energy Master Plan objectives.

Previously, Mr. Matos had been vice president for distribution operations and EHS of PSEG Global (Global), since 2004.  He had also been vice president for distribution performance, since 2002, and general manager of strategic operations for PSEG Americas, a subsidiary of Global that focuses on Latin America, since 1997.

Mr. Matos joined PSEG in 1981 and has acquired vast experience in domestic and international electric distribution, including regional and field management responsibility in the gas and electric distribution business in New Jersey.  His experience in the electric distribution business includes managing field operational resources, network planning, project management, engineering and construction.  He also worked as part of the Hope Creek nuclear plant engineering team, where he gained valuable experience in nuclear plant generation start-up and control systems, between 1981 and 1985.

Mr. Matos had been with Global since 1997, after an 18 month international assignment.  His experience focused on the operational due diligence processes of potential target investments, managing the takeover processes of newly acquired operating companies, and maximizing existing distribution operating performance.  In 2004 he acquired asset management and P&L responsibility for the Latin American distribution businesses, and was the chief environmental, health and safety officer.

Mr. Matos is a recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Volunteerism Award and continues to serve the community on athletic and civic boards, including serving as an elected member to the Randolph Township Board of Education, and is also a Eucharistic minister at his church.  He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where he also earned Master's and Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering.  He also successfully completed Finance for Senior Executives at Harvard University.  Mr. Matos is bilingual in English and Spanish.

About the Colloquium:

In his Colloquium, Mr. Matos will be sharing with us the insights and experience he has gained during his career with PSEG so far:  he will give us first an overview of what he learned from  his early years with the company,  then from the time he spent in working on a start-up company in South America,  and finally from his current work on Renewables at PSEG.   He is particularly proud of – and thoroughly enjoying, too – the areas he is now engaged in: the Solar 4 All and the Solar Loan programs, as well as the PSEG  Energy Efficiency programs.  In sharing his knowledge and experiences with us his aim is to show students of engineering and technology the skills and knowledge that they should work hard on  acquiring during their studies  if they want both an enjoyable and successful career in the real world of the business he knows so well.  What he has to say will certainly remind students of crucial dimensions of their subjects of study that are often neglected and yet highly important for their later careers.

October 6, 2010
5:00 p.m.
Jim Wise Theatre

Harmonic Connections in Nature, Science, and Music

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

On this evening Dr. David Rothenberg will receive the Excellence in Research Prize and Medal, an award presented by the NJIT Board of Overseers  for a researcher’s sustained record of achievement that has enhanced the reputation of NJIT. 

After the award ceremony, there will be multi-media presentations, jazz performances and other tributes to Dr. Rothenberg’s exploration of the complex, complementary relationship between music and the scientific investigation of nature. Appearing in this part of the program will be Professor Ofer Tchernichovski, Head of the Laboratory of Animal Behavior at CCNY, Scott McVay, the former head of the Dodge Foundation, and distinguished pianist Marilyn Crispell.

If you would like to attend this event, please email Colleen Vandervort (colleen.m.vandervort@njit.edu) informing her of your intention. 

October 11, 2010
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
EDC at 407 Warren Street,
Newark, NJ  07103

Startup the Bootstrapper Way: the story of a mid-twenties NJIT alum's million dollar idea started on a thousand dollar budget

George Burke

BookSwim.com  America’s “Netflix for books” headquartered at NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center is the brainchild of 2004 NJIT alum, George Burke.  A bootstrapper at heart, he touts the ability to bring to market challenging web projects on a shoestring budget. Launched with only $6,000 out-of-pocket, the company now earns a $1M+ revenue from thousands of active readers.

While a college senior at New Jersey Institute of Technology, George and a fellow NJIT alum started an interactive media design company, Circular Orb, becoming a leader in the growing market of Artisan e-commerce.  Under Circular Orb, he personally managed projects for over 40 clients before successfully selling the company in 2006.

As lead web designer for the Aviation Department of the Port Authority of NY & NJ, George was charged with the maintenance of websites for John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

He later utilized his web experience as the Director of Internet Marketing for www.sessions.edu School for Professional Design. There, George developed his passion for marketing, managing advertising accounts and developing new low-cost market initiatives.  He even developed a search engine optimization tool, which George later sold.

George holds a BS in Information Technology, and a Minor in Management from NJIT.  His favorite book is the Aldous Huxley classic, Brave New World, in which, ironically enough, good books are banned.  He is longing for the day he can pick up his guitar and microphone again.   

About the Colloquium:       

If you think a multi-million dollar growth-stage corporation requires cash-intensive resources and a hundred employees… you're probably right. But think again! Growth-stage is a company's second phase, first comes the Startup. 

Most don't realize the little money needed by today's technology startups, given smart planning, sweat equity, and the humility to learn from mistakes.  An entrepreneur only needs a functional proof of concept, positive customer growth, and a tiny bit of revenue to prove the model works all made possible using resources already within reach  to get through that tough launch phase.

October 13, 2010
2:30 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Jim Wise Theater, NJIT

The Art of Choice

Sheena Iyengar
Lee Professor of Business at Columbia Business School

Sheena Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology, and the Research Director at the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business.

Sheena's primary research interest is how people perceive and respond to choice, and for her research on this topic she has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Best Dissertation Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology in 1998 and the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002.  She is currently recognized as one of the world's leading experts on choice.  Her work is regularly cited in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Time magazines, the BBC and National Public Radio, as well as in bestselling books such as Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.  She has recently written her first book, The Art of Choosing, which explores the mysteries of choice in everyday life. Sheena currently resides in New York City with her husband Garud and their son Ishaan.

About the Colloquium:

 A Mac store customer asks for the latest iPhone in black, but he sees everyone else buying black and suddenly changes his preference to white.  When a resident of a former Communist country is offered a fizzy drink from a wide selection, he picks at random; soda is soda, he says.  Though the child knows she shouldn't press the big red button (absolutely not!), she finds her hand inching forward.  A young man and woman decide to marry knowing that the first time they meet will be on their wedding day.  How did these people make their choices? How do any of us make ours? We use choice as a powerful tool to define ourselves and mold our lives, but what do we know about the wants, motivations, biases, and influences that aid or hinder our endeavors?

In The Art of Choosing, Columbia Business School professor Sheena Iyengar addresses such questions and provides answers drawn from her award-winning, discipline-spanning research.  Here, you will learn about the complex relationship between choice and freedom, and why one doesn't always go with the other. You will see that too much choice can overwhelm us, leading to unpleasant experiences, and discover how our choices both mundane and momentous are shaped by many different forces, visible and invisible.  Perhaps most important, you will learn how we build our lives: one choice at a time.?

The Colloquium is an event in the Seminar Series organized by the College of Science & Liberal Arts.  It is also co-sponsored by Sigma Xi and  the NJIT Technology and Society Forum.

October 18, 2010
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

GITC 3720/30/40

Jewish Contributions to Science

Dr. David Kristol
Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Kristol was born in Brooklyn, earned a B.S. in chemistry from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from New York University.

He worked for five years as a research assistant in the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn, where he was the chemist on the first hemodialysis team in the city of New York.  He was also the chemist on two clinical trials of drugs, Diabinese and Fibrinolysin.

He joined the faculty of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1966, where he became a Professor of Chemistry, teaching organic chemistry and biochemistry, the Director of the Engineering Science Program, the NJIT Premed Adviser and the Faculty Adviser to the Jewish Students at NJIT.  He created, and was Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program for 18 years, and became the Chairman of the newly formed Biomedical Engineering Department in 2000.  He is currently Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering at NJIT.

Dr. Kristol has published over twenty papers in such journals as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the International Journal of Biochemistry and the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.

He will speak on “Jews in Science,” in which he discusses various contributions to science and medicine by Jews.  There have been many Jewish pioneers involved in the creation and development of all the branches of science throughout the world.

Dr. Kristol will talk about the many Jewish scientists, particularly in the fields of biology, chemistry and medicine, from the middle of the 19th century to the present time.  He will present many anecdotes about the lives of the Jewish scientists, and he will focus on many of the 175 Nobel Prizes awarded to Jews.

October 20, 2010
2:30 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A

Translating Technospeak into Everyday English

Brenda Buttner

Brenda Buttner is a Senior Business Correspondent at FOX News Channel.  She contributes to "Your World with Neil Cavuto," "Cavuto on Business" and serves as a substitute business anchor.

Buttner also hosts the FNC weekend show "Bulls & Bears," which highlights what investors need to know before Monday's opening bell.  She was formerly the host of "The.Street.com," a fast-paced FOX News business show featuring action-oriented advice on how to get an edge on Wall Street.

Before joining FNC, Buttner was at CNBC, where she hosted "The Money Club" and served as a general and Washington correspondent.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Cable Ace Award in 1996 for Best Business Programming and a National Clarion award in 1990 for Best News Story.

Buttner's personal finance articles have been published in many popular magazines and newspapers including The New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal.

Buttner began her career as an anchor/reporter for KCRL-TV (NBC) in Reno, Nevada.

She graduated from Harvard University with honors with a bachelor's degree in social studies.  Buttner went on to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she graduated with high honors with a bachelor's degree in politics and economics.

About the Colloquium:

Smart specialists accustomed to speaking and writing to their peers (whether they are other inventors, tech types, businesspeople, or math whizzes) sometimes have trouble putting complex ideas into easy-to-understand English.  This can limit the potential of their products and their ability to communicate. 

In her colloquium, Brenda Buttner, Senior Business Correspondent and Host at Fox News Channel, helps NJIT students to break down so-called Technospeak and other forms of jargon into language that non-specialists can "get".  She will illustrate with examples from her own work in economics and business writing but urges Honors College members in the audience to bring their own projects.  In this way, students will learn basic advice and also participate in "translating" the spoken and written words they use in the University and in their chosen professions.

October 21, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Bradley Hall Theater, 3rd floor
Rutgers Campus

Theater [1]

"Magic Times" 

Author James Sherman
Directed by Dan Drew

Off Broadway audiences and critics enjoyed this encouraging backstage comedy about a troupe of actors preparing to give their last summer performance of Hamlet.  Cleverly the backstage actors relationships mirror the onstage ones.  Larry Laertes resents David Hamlet since he feels he should have the role.  Also, he is secretly in love with Laurie Ophelia, who is living with David and trying to get him to be honest with her about his feelings.  There's a Horatio who has a career in TV commercials, a Polonius who gave up acting to have a family and teach but has second thoughts, and a Gertrude and Claudius who are married.


"There is an artful innocence in MAGIC TIME.  It is also delightful."  (N.Y. Times)

"A Captivating backstage comedy.  It is entirely winning."   (N.Y. Daily News)

October 25, 2010
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
GITC 1100

Rotary International and the United Nation

H. Bradley Jenkins
Rotary International Representative to the UN

Brad Jenkins is the former owner of Short Hills Travel, a progressive travel company specializing in group travel, and also of Fred W. Jenkins, Real Estate Investment and Management. He has been a Rotarian since 1968 and has served in many roles since then, some of which have taken him abroad to countries like Trinidad and Hungary. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Bernardsville. 

Brad was an Alternate Representative to the United Nations [2002-2006] and is now the primary Rotary International Representative to the UN [2006-11]. 
Rotary International, in trying to answer the question: “What can we do to change the world?”, became the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.  The clubs are nonpolitical and nonreligious; they are open to all cultures, races and creeds.  Its motto is Service Above Self, so Rotarians volunteer to work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training.

About the Colloquium:

The tragic impact of two World Wars within the fifty-year life-span of Rotary has directed the thoughts of many leaders toward the age-old problem of discovering some method by which international questions might be settled without resort to bloodshed. Symptomatic of this interest was the Rotary conference called in London early in 1942, which succeeded in assembling ministers of education and observers of twenty-one governments – many of whom were then in exile in London – for the purpose of considering the organization of a vast educational and cultural exchange a