2018 Spring Colloquium Series

Spring 2018 Colloquia

The following events have been scheduled for the Spring 2018 semester. More events are being scheduled; please check back regularly to see the full list.

Wednesday, January 24
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M

Campus Center Ballroom A

TSF-Resolving Complex Fluid Flows

Dr. Joe Katz has spent nearly 28 years at Hopkins studying fluid mechanics, testing flows within turbines, propellers, and parts of jet engines for government agencies and industry, becoming one of the world’s top authorities on pumps in the process.

Wednesday, February 7
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M
Campus Center Ballroom A


Archaeological Work at the Roman "Villa of Horace" at Vacone, Italy 

By Dr. Gary Farney

The Rutgers Archaeological Field School in Italy has completed six years of work at the "Villa of Horace" in Vacone, Italy. Their work has uncovered a Roman villa dating from ca. 100 BC to AD 200. The excavation has revealed a large agricultural processing area involved primarily in the pressing of olives for oil and grapes for wine. The living spaces of the villa were luxurious, with archaeological work uncovering floor mosaics and painted wall plaster. After the villa was destroyed, it become a Lombard-era cemetery with ca. 10 burials uncovered so far (AD 700s and 800s). As well as the above, scientific techniques used in the project will be presented and discussed: geophysical survey (magnetometry, georadar); bioarchaeology (botanical and microfaunal studies); osteology; and a variety of digital recording techniques (GIS, photogrammetry, 3D modeling). NJIT students are invited to apply for the Field School: see http://fieldschool.rutgers.edu for more information.

Thursday, March 1

7:00 P.M.

Jim Wise Theatre

In The Heights

Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Pulitzer Prize author of Hamilton) and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
(Pulitzer Prize author of Water by the Spoonful), directed by Michael Kerley.

This Tony Award winning musical involves a
Hispanic-American community in Washington Heights. It is about a community on the brink of change where the younger
generation needs to decide which path to take, leaving tradition behind, or somehow taking it with them.

Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-heights-tickets-36383029621
General Admission: $1


Friday, March 2

11:30 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.

Location: Ballroom A

Current Topics in Bioethics: Transplant, Physician Assisted Dying, Treating Aging

by Prof. Arthur Caplan

Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine

Topics include:

  • The ethics of novel forms of transplantation—face, limbs and the uterus
  • Physician assisted death — where have we been and where are we going?
  • Shouldn’t we treat Aging as a Disease?

Co-sponsored by the College of Science and Liberal Arts

Saturday, March 3
9:30 A.M.- 6:30 P.M.
Campus Center Ballroom

Civic Con

NJIT’s very own Leadership, Professional Development, & Civic Engagement Conference! This is a great resume building opportunity, with food included! Students must attend entire colloquium to be given credit. 

Workshops include:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Ethics in Leadership
  • Initiative & Motivation
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion of Women
  • Connecting Commuters
  • What the 5 Elements of Hip Hop Can Teach You About Your Leadership Style
  • Commission on Cultural Competence

A special thanks to all of our co-sponsors and collaborators: AFSA, BSU, CDS-Civic Engagement, Center for Counseling & Psychological Services, Dean of Students and Campus Life, Murray Center, NSBE, Residence Life, SWE, Student Senate, SAC


Wednesday, March 7

2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M

Campus Center Atrium

Special Topic by NJIT Alum Ken Colao, BS CE ‘77

Co-Founder, President, and CEO, CNY Group

Ken Colao is a recognized leader and entrepreneur in the construction industry, with more than 33 years of experience as a principal and founder of several major construction firms. During his career, he has completed more than $4.7 billion worth of building construction, both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Colao is an engineer and holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark College of Engineering), where he serves on the Board of Advisors for the College of Architecture and Design. He also currently serves as a member of the World Presidents’ Organization YPO-WPO Big Apple and Metro chapter, and has previously served on the Governor’s Business Council and the Board of Directors of the Newark Regional Business Partnership. He recently won the EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2017 Award for the New York Region, in the Real Estate, Construction and Hospitality category. EY’s global program recognizes individuals who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Mr. Colao and his team at CNY Group manage an innovative, forward-thinking building company that has led the way for “open shop” construction of large-scale projects, and specializes in repurposing/reconstruction of existing properties. CNY is currently managing over $1.2 billion in projects in New York City.

Clients include Durst Organization, BlackRock, Property Group Partners, Berkely, Witkoff, Reading International, William Macklowe, Goldman Sachs, and Rose Associates. Of note is the new Central Park Marriott, which is the tallest stand-alone hotel in the Western Hemisphere. Other current notable projects in construction include 20 Times Square; conversion of the Woolworth Tower; 21 East 12; Tammany Hall in Union Square; and Crossing at Jamaica Station.

Engineering News-Record (ENR) named CNY Group as Contractor of the Year for 2017. CNY also earned an Award of Merit under the office category in ENR-NY’s 2017 Best Projects Competition for its recently completed LEED Silver office and retail project, 860 Washington Street, in New York’s historic Meatpacking District.

Mr. Colao’s role at CNY is that of a thought leader, and he brings discipline and an approach to problem solving that fulfill the objectives of clients and designers. His mission is to create value, challenge the norm and lead the delivery of CNY’s proven best practices and expertise in the business of construction and development.

Prior to the formation of CNY, Ken was a founding partner of York Hunter Companies, a New York City-based construction management firm that completed more than $2.4 billion of construction throughout the United States during its 18-year history. York Hunter provided services to many Fortune 500 companies, cultural institutions, government agencies, and prominent real estate developers throughout the country. Ken’s early career included posts as a resident engineer on civil and infrastructure projects. Later joining Morse Diesel (Amec) as a project superintendent/project manager and subsequently Lehrer McGovern (Lend Lease), he advanced from being Lehrer McGovern’s first employee to eventually becoming a principal-in-charge in London.


Friday, March 23

9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

Campus Center Ballroom A


Women Designing the Future Conference

The Environment: Doing More with Less

The 2018 WDF Conference aims to generate a better understanding of the challenges we confront in achieving both socio-economic resilience and environmental justice in the face of accelerating climate change. WDF conference presentations will explore innovative approaches to food and water security, including various forms of urban agriculture; sustainable design; and the power of data science for social good.


  • ADHC students earn Colloquium Credit for attending either the morning (9:00-11am); or afternoon (11am-3:30pm) conference sessions—or both.
  • You get a free breakfast and a ticket to the conference lunch by attending the 9:00-10:45am session.
  • For each session you attend, you get a raffle ticket for a chance to win cool prizes.

Co-sponsored by the Murray Center

Monday, March 26
10:00-11:30 A.M.
Campus Center Ballrooms A and B

2018 NJIT President’s Forum and Faculty Research Showcase and Lecture

The showcase will feature new faculty presentations along with electronic poster session. They will give a short talk with highlights of their research work. After the oral session, the electronic poster and networking session will include electronic poster presentations by new faculty, and faculty seed grant recipients. 

Keynote Speaker:

Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is a Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health Program in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology and health.  This includes a wide range of methods for data collection, advanced analytics and the creation of effective cyber-human systems. Her interests span the areas of sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, big data and robotics.  More specifically, her efforts include: serving as cochair of the Health Information Technology Research and Development working group of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program; the lead for the NSF/NIH Smart and Connected Health announcement; convening workshops to address methodology in technology in health research; serving on numerous federal technology initiatives; and, leading training institutes. Previously, Wendy was at the National Institutes of Health.

11.30 AM - 12.30 PM: Lunch and Networking

12.30 PM - 2.00 PM: New Faculty Presentations

2.00 PM - 3.00 PM: Poster Presentations and Networking Session

Wednesday, April 4

2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M

Campus Center Atrium

Homicide at Guanyin Temple Street: Contesting Forensic Evidence in 1920s China

By Dr. Dan Asen

On January 15th, 1924, a domestic servant named Liu was murdered at the Beijing home of her employer, a bank accountant named Shen Ruihong and his wife, Zhang Jiayi. The case became a protracted legal battle as judicial authorities pursued Zhang for the murder, suggesting that she had been having an affair with an unnamed man who was the killer. After rounds of appeal the case was retried by the Supreme Court, ultimately leading to her exoneration. At the center of the case was disputed forensic evidence: blood stains, fingerprints and other physical traces at the crime scene suggested divergent narratives of the murder when interpreted in different ways by police, the prosecution, and the defense. Despite the involvement of fingerprint examiners and university medico-legal experts, the meaning of the forensics of the case remained contested and ambiguous. This talk untangles these negotiations over the meaning of forensic evidence in this case while exploring parallels with discussions that are taking place today about the scientific validity of forensic disciplines and the roles that legal and scientific professionals play in the interpretation of physical evidence in the 21st century.

Daniel Asen is an assistant professor in the Federated Department of History at Rutgers University-Newark. His research examines the intersection of law, science, and medicine in modern China. His recent book Death in Beijing: Murder and Forensic Science in Republican China (Cambridge University Press, 2016) examines the history of homicide investigation and forensic science in early 20th-century Beijing. His current research on the history of fingerprinting is part of a project, “Fingerprinting in Twentieth Century China from Racial, Political and Scientific Perspectives,” funded by the National Science Foundation.

Wednesday, April 18

2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Campus Center Atrium

Passing the Torch of Knowledge/Women with STEAM

Honors alumni and student networking roundtable event features the following alumni:

Anuoluwapo Matthew Akeredolu, 2017

Siddhartha Bala, 1996

Louis N. Calabrese, 2005

John Vito V. D'Antonio-Bertagnolli, 2016

Sean G. Duffy, 1995

Karen M. Ekshian, 2012

Matthew J. Hill, 1999

Lisa M. Kardos, PhD, 2004

Rashmi B. Ketha, 2017

Richard J. Kulesa, 1997

Anmol Mittal, 2016

James M. Murphy, 1991

Amy E. Ng, 2017

*Aine O' Dwyer

Dennis R. O'Rourke, 2015

Maximiliano O. Rodriguez, 1992

Samir Saini, 1997

Sarabjit Singh, 2004

Paul Sullivan, 2016

Dr. Chang Yaramothu, 2013

Thursday, April 19

7 P.M.

 Bradley Hall Theatre, Rutgers, Newark campus, 3rd floor


Lysistrata by Aristophanes, adapted and directed by guest artist, Maria Aladren.  Lysistrata, in the age of the MeToo movement, tells the story of how women use the little power they have to fight a political standoff.  This coalition of women in Greece take away male “toys”, stage a government shut down and save the men of Athens from sinking the first, bumbling democracy.

$15 General Admission

Purchase tickets online: https://lysistrata-run.eventbrite.com

Monday, April 30
10:00-11:45 A.M.
Ballroom A

President's Forum and Inauguration of the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Research Institute at NJIT

Panel on Cognitive Techniques and Innovative Management Strategies to Enhance Corporate Sustainability, Resiliency, and Agility

11:45 A.M.-12:30 P.M. lunch and networking

Tuesday, May 1
7-10 P.M.

Jim Wise Theater

Screening of Ai Weiwei's Human Flow

Ai Weiwei's Human Flow about the refugee crisis in April. 

Co-sponsored by Amnesty International and Girl Up

Wednesday, May 2

2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M

Campus Center Atrium

String and Wind Ensemble

Student Musicians through Instrumental Ensemble Performance Class

Wednesday, May 9
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M
Campus Center Atrium

Journey to the center of the Earth: Geothermal energy and earthquakes (natural and human-made)

By Dr. Michael Fehler, Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director Earth Resources Laboratory at MIT

Dr. Fehler’s research is concerned with seismic and electromagnetic Imaging and microearthquake monitoring and interpretation around the production of hydrocarbons, in geothermal energy production and reservoir characterization.

Wednesday, May 16
6:45 A.M. - 4:00 P.M

NASA Goddard Study Tour