Fall 2008 Colloquium Series

All Colloquia are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. More Colloquia and Study Tours may be added, so please check regularly for any additions or changes.


September 17, 2008
Student Center Ballroom
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


No place to Hide: Problem of Privacy in a Hi-Tech World

Robert O'Harrow Jr. is an investigative reporter on the Financial desk at The Washington Post, who has recently focused on government contracting, fraud, waste and abuse. He is now exploring the interaction of the Intelligence Community and the Commercial World.

O'Harrow had previously carved out a beat for himself about the data revolution, uncovering stories about the use of personal information that spurred changes in state and federal law. In 1999, he was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb award for business reporting. In 2000, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a series about privacy and technology, and in 2003, he was the recipient of the Carnegie Mellon Cybersecurity Award.

In 2006, O’Harrow and his reporting partner, Scott Higham, won the top award for investigative reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors for a series of stories about contracting fraud, waste and abuse called, “The High Price of Homeland Security.”


O’Harrow is the author of the book No Place to Hide, which focuses on surveillance and national security in the post-9/11 world. He was the co-producer of a radio documentary by the same name.


Co-sponsored by the Technology and Society Forum



October 1, 2008
Student Center Ballroom
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


Environmental Justice Solutions – What is Technology’s role?

Miquela Craytor, Executive Director, Sustainable South Bronx


In a time of climate crisis, the challenges facing our society are overwhelming and multifaceted. Certain neglected communities such as the South Bronx, New Orleans and Newark, have long been overburdened by environmental and economic disparity.  These vulnerable communities stand to suffer the most from the oncoming climate change impacts.  High levels of poverty, unemployment, heath disparities and environmental burdens will be exacerbated if answers to our climate crisis are not identified or implemented. 


Miquela Craytor, Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx, will discuss how Environmental Justice solutions are necessary to eradicate this climate change impact, and how this must start within communities with the highest need.  She will share insights into projects where green fabrication, green roofs, and green collar job training are providing alternatives to the current polluting economy.  These green technologies offer hope, not only for addressing our climate crisis, but also for eradicating poverty. 


Sustainable South Bronx offers Environmental Justice Solutions through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community need. Initially joining SSBx in November 2006 as Deputy Director, Ms. Craytor has overseen initiatives that have helped improve the organization’s effectiveness and reputation within the community. 


Ms. Craytor has spearheaded several community-based planning, policy and design initiatives.  These include a community visioning project (where over 500 surveys were collected from the Hunts Point community), the MIT sponsored SSBx FabLab and New York State’s first green roof tax incentive.  She analyzes development opportunities and puts in place best practices for sustainable development projects for the South Bronx Community.   Ms. Craytor has shared SSBx’s story with audiences throughout the nation.  She recently spoke at national conferences for the National Parks and Recreation, Rails to Trails and the U.S. Green Building Council.  


Previously, Ms. Craytor was Senior Planner of Economic Development at Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, the economic development consultants to the Office of the Bronx Borough President, Adolfo Carrion, Jr.  Ms. Craytor worked on a variety of sustainable and economic development initiatives.  Ms. Craytor was the first to hold this position, created in response to the growing importance of long-term sustainability concerns in the borough’s economic development projects.  Prior to Ms. Craytor's work in government, she spent over 4 years in corporate legal and financial institutions, all of which has helped prepare her to effectively manage SSBx’s vision, and navigate the agency through matters ranging from controversial government subsidized mega-projects to SSBx's own proposed Eco-Industrial center for the South Bronx.


Miquela received her Masters with Honors in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, in Planning and Public Policy and Management with a minor in History from the Honors College of the University of Oregon.


Co-sponsored by the Technology & Society Forum



October 6, 2008
Student Center Ballroom
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.



Why Engineers, Architects and Scientists Make Great CEOs.


Mark W. Sickles, an advisor to corporate directors and officers, is founding principal of Mark W. Sickles, LLC.  He is the author of Shareholder Value Assurance - The Cure for Enronitis, The Mark W. Sickles Handbook for Well-Intended Boards & Directors, plus numerous articles published by Directors Monthly, Directors & Boards Magazine, and Investor Relations Update.  Mark has served as adjunct professor and faculty member at The Singapore Institute of Management, American Management Association, and Rutgers University.  He currently serves on the advisory boards of Inside The Boardroom at Drexel University's Lebow College of Business and The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies. 


A former Fortune 500 corporate officer, Mark is the founding President and CEO of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), dedicated to developing directors and officers into strategic assets and sources of competitive advantage.  He is a former board member of Abington Healthcare Corporation, and currently serves on the advisory board of Trestle Group. 


Over the years, Mark has created billions of dollars of long-term shareholder value for several firms in various industry sectors, both as a corporate officer and external consultant, and is currently a driving force in creating a superior corporate governance regime.  Mark is a frequent keynote speaker and presenter on the topics of governance, strategy, and long-term shareholder value.  He has presented around the country to boards and directors, CEOs, CFOs, investor relations officers, CIOs, human resource executives, and financial securities analysts.  Recently, Mark was selected to deliver a keynote speech on Strategic Governance at the Middle Eastern Governance Congress in Dubai. 

A graduate of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, Mark holds a B.A. degree from Georgetown University and an M.S. from Rutgers University.




October 15, 2008
Student Center Atrium
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.



Career Opportunities  in Public Service

Theresa Clark, Engineer, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)


The Annenberg Speakers Bureau selects dynamic federal employees to speak to young audiences around the country to share their experiences in government service. Many of the speakers chosen are young federal employees who can relate well to students and their concerns.  They provide not only an inspiring message about federal service but also practical information about federal internships and jobs.


Our Colloquium speaker, Ms. Theresa Clark, has hands-on experience (see below for details) and will be showing her audience just how many opportunities are available in federal government, which has offices 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 operations” as well – in other words, as positions that must be filled if the government is to fulfill its mission.


In the next ten years, the federal government will need to hire almost 20,000 people with engineering, scientific and technical backgrounds. For students in these areas, this means that agencies are much more likely to offer benefits such as hiring or relocation bonuses, loan repayment and accelerated promotions. Learn more about federal opportunities at http://gogovernment.org and by attending this colloquium.


Theresa Valentine Clark is a reliability and risk engineer in the Office of New Reactors at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  Her responsibilities include review of risk assessments for new nuclear reactor applications.  She also develops training and communications on risk-informed regulation.  Ms. Clark joined the NRC in 2004 as a participant in the Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program (NSPDP).  Prior to working at the NRC, Ms. Clark attended the University of Maryland, where she earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering.  While earning her degrees, she worked as an engineering researcher at the University of Maryland (2000-2004), as a summer hire at the NRC (2002), and as a web developer (contractor) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (1998-2000).



To  learn  more  about  the Annenberg Speakers Bureau go to:



Co-sponsored by Career Development Services.




October 23, 2008
The Bradley Hall Theatre
3rd Floor Bradley Hall
Rutgers-Newark Campus
7:00 p.m.


Honors Night at the Theater [I]

Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Arts Program presents the comedy



by Lanford Wilson

Directed by Dan Drew


Hot L Baltimore  takes  place in the lobby of the Hotel Baltimore.  Because it is a rundown property, the "E" has burned out of the hotel's exterior sign.  This human comedy explores the relationships, hopes, and dreams of the residents.  It won the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1973, and The John Gassner Playwriting Award. 






October 29, 2008
GITC 3740
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.



Technology Venturing

David Anthony is an experienced entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and educator. Professor Anthony sits on the board of portfolio companies: Agent Video Intelligence, Orion Solar, BioPetroClean, Cell2Bet, Juice Wireless, Visioneered Image Systems, and VOIP Logic.

David is an Adjunct Professor at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The Academy, based in Manhattan, brings together scientists of different disciplines from around the world to advance the understanding of science, technology, and medicine, and to stimulate new ways to think about how their research is applied in society and the world. The Academy is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost organizers of scientific conferences and symposia. David's students at the Academy hail from such prestigious institutions as Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Yale, Rockefeller University, Sloan Kettering, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

David also serves as entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Business, where he teaches 3 courses including "From Idea to IPO – The Technology Venture," "Technology Ventures Business Planning," and "Negotiating Technology Agreements."

In 1995, David launched Notorious Entertainment, a developer of multimedia brands, which published the internationally distributed magazine Notorious, and developed an early streaming website. In 1998, he sold the company to entertainment mogul Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, and ran the company for two subsequent years. Before Notorious, Professor Anthony, with Dartmouth College Professor John K. Shank, consulted Fortune 500 clients on capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, and entrepreneurship.

David received his MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1989 and a BA in economics from George Washington University in 1982. He is an entrepreneurship mentor at the Land Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia University Graduate School of Business. In 2002, David was awarded the Distinguished Mentor of the Year Award from Columbia University. He is also a member of the New Leadership Network of AIPAC, American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

In support of Global Entrepreneurship Week



November 12, 2008
Student Center Ballroom
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.



Some Like It Hot - Lots More Don’t

Climate Change and U.S Politics

David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. He is the recipient of four Honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy.” He has been a scholar in residence at Ball State University, the University of Washington, and other universities. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. He serves as a Trustee for several organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org) and the Aldo Leopold Foundation (www.aldoleopold.org). He has been a Trustee and/or advisor to ten foundations.


His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. He is the author of five books and co-editor of three others. Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992), described as a “true classic” by Garrett Hardin, is widely read and used in hundreds of colleges and universities. A second book, Earth in Mind (1994/2004) is praised by people as diverse as biologist E. O. Wilson and writer, poet, and farmer, Wendell Berry.


In 1987 he organized studies of energy, water, and materials use on several college campuses that helped to launch the green campus movement. In 1989 Orr organized the first ever conference on the effects of impending climate change on the banking industry. Co-sponsored by then Governor Bill Clinton, the conference featured prominent bankers throughout the mid-South and leading climate experts including Stephen Schneider and George Woodwell.


In 1996 he organized the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus. The Adam Joseph Lewis Center was later named by the U.S. Department of Energy as “One of Thirty Milestone Buildings in the 20th Century,” and by The New York Times as the most interesting of a new generation of college and university buildings. The Lewis Center purifies all of its wastewater and is the first college building in the U.S. powered entirely by sunlight. But most important it became a laboratory in sustainability that is training some of the nation’s brightest and most dedicated students for careers in solving environmental problems. The story of that building is told in two books, The Nature of Design (Oxford, 2002) that Fritjof Capra called “brilliant,” and a second, Design on the Edge (MIT, 2006), that architect Sim van der Ryn describes as “powerful and inspiring.”


Orr’s political writings appear in, The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror (Island Press, 2004), and articles such as “The Imminent Demise of the Republican Party” (www.commondreams.org  1/2005). 


In an influential article in the Chronicle of Higher Education 2000 Orr proposed the goal of carbon neutrality for colleges and universities and subsequently organized and funded an effort to define a carbon neutral plan for his own campus at Oberlin. Seven years later hundreds of colleges and universities, including Oberlin, have made that pledge.


Current projects include work on a project to define a 100 days plan for climate action for the incoming administration in 2009 and a project with prominent legal scholars across the U.S. to define the legal rights of posterity in cases where the actions of the present generation might deprive posterity of “life, liberty, and property.” He is also active in efforts to stop mountaintop removal in Appalachia and develop a new economy based on ecological restoration and wind energy.

Co-sponsored by the Technology and Society Forum




November 14, 2008
GITC 3740
Albert Dorman Honors College BOARD OF VISITORS
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.



Albert Dorman Honors College Board of visitors Roundtable


This is a special event just for Honors students, so you should make sure you save a time slot on your calendars and well ahead of the actual date for this very special event. 

There are a number of reasons that make this Roundtable special :

Firstly, it offers a remarkable opportunity for you as honors students – especially for the juniors and seniors among you, who are now focusing more concretely on their future careers and prospective employers.  Members of the Board of Visitors come earlier than their actual meeting on this day so as to place themselves completely at your disposal.  You will be able to interact with and question them face to face in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. 


Secondly, the event is very special because of the wide professional experience and the thoroughgoing knowledge of the world of business that the Members of the Board of Visitors bring with them. They were invited to join the Board precisely because of this knowledge and experience.  They are corporate executives at the height of their careers.  The organizations they work for operate in a wide variety of business fields at the local, national and international levels. As Members of the Board they play an important role here at NJIT and the Honors College by making sure that the education and training you are receiving is what industry today is looking for and actually needs.


Finally, they represent and promote the best interests of the Albert Dorman Honors College and actively raise funds to advance its best interests and to ensure as many educational opportunities as possible are open to you.


At the Roundtable itself, the Members of the Board will each be seated at their own table, with their names and areas of expertise clearly posted. [By the way, In the photo at top left, the Member of the Board discussing with the students is Albert Dorman himself, for whom the Honors College is named). You will be able to join the Member – or, in the course of the session, various Members – that you feel will know more about your particular area of interest.  You will then have the opportunity to ask them questions and to discuss your ideas and plans with them.



November 17,2008
Student Center Atrium
11.30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.




The Lloyd M. Felmly Colloquium

Self Invention -- Shaping Your Future

Daniel Henderson is a highly successful inventor, a sculptor and the founder of several thriving companies. How did he achieve all this? Did success come without failure? Or is failure a part of success? What must students do to start shaping their own future?

In this colloquium, Mr. Henderson would like to share his own experience and help us avoid the professional rut that is sadly characteristic of many careers. He believes that it is never too early to start thinking about your future. The world of work is anything but monochromatic. Successful professionals are not just narrow specialists; as they develop, they acquire multidisciplinary skills and competencies and have wide-ranging interests: they invent themselves and shape their own destinies.

Daniel Henderson is currently founder of intellect Wireless, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas. Having been granted 26 U.S. Patents, Mr. Henderson developed several innovative products, most notably covering the wireless picturephone. His prototype picturephone was received in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in October 2007. He has been a subject of numerous Wall Street Journal articles and was recently interviewed by NPR for the launch of the new Apple iPhone. The Honorable Senator Gordon H. Smith, (OR), declared that Mr. Henderson has “truly blazed new trails in the fields of wireless technology and digital convergence” and called him a “true visionary.”


He was the Assistant to Dr. Kazuo Hashimoto, the inventor of Caller ID and the modern answering machine, who is often referred to as the “Edison of Japan.” Mr. Henderson also worked with Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit and recipient of the Nobel Prize.

Mr. Henderson founded a number of technology companies and assembled and managed ventures that generated over $120 million in revenue and resulted in patent licenses with many of the world’s major manufacturing, telecommunications and computer companies. He was formerly with IBM and helped to introduce some of the earliest personal computers at that time.

Exposed to art early on by his father, an artist and award-winning creative director, Mr. Henderson spent his youth painting signs, sketching, wood-working and restoring cars with his dad. This early interest in form and design, and his background as a technologist, led to his focus on sculpture.

In addition to increasing his awareness of the environmental impact of technology, Mr. Henderson is involved in numerous philanthropic efforts, including the Tech Museum of Innovation, and The Cliburn Foundation.

After receiving an honorable discharge with the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Henderson earned an A.A. degree and a B.S. degree in business from Southern Oregon University, where he was awarded the 1999 Distinguished Alumni award.

He currently serves on the SOU Foundation Board in Ashland, Oregon and the Advisory Board for the Honors College at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J. where he also confers the Hashimoto Prize.  He serves as a Board member of the Digital Stone Project in Mercerville, N.J.

When not at home in Fort Worth, Texas with his two children, Danny and Benjamin, Mr. Henderson enjoys winter sports, fly fishing and family outings at his beach home in Oregon.



December 4, 2008
Jim Wise Theatre
Kuprian Hall, NJIT Campus
7:00 p.m.



Honors Night at the Theater [II]



(Student Directed Short Plays)


The Directors' Project 2008 is an evening of one-act plays directed by the students in conjunction with their directing class.  These plays will vary from comedy to drama. This theatre evening is always a very popular annual event.