Officers of the Alumni Association

Jack W. Wagner '74 NCE (Madison, CT)
(2016-2018 elected term)

Jack grew up in Maplewood, NJ and graduated from NJIT in 1974 with a BS in Computer Science.  He then spent the next 34 years as an executive in the IBM Corporation. He directed the transition of IBM from product sales to a solutions based model which was built on alliances and strategic partnerships.  He led the effort to drive the marketing and development between IBM and its partners to expand the integration of advanced technologies into industry-based solutions.  He managed the worldwide team for IBM in the solutions marketplace, including business development, communications, marketing strategy, sales support/tools, and solutions vitality.  Jack successfully managed numerous projects and directed staff and line organizations focused in the areas of sales, marketing, and market support.  Jack was also an early pioneer in the deployment of social networking tools to be used to gain a competitive in the marketplace.

Prior to his retirement Jack was on the Board of Visitors for the NJIT School of Management and was the IBM Academic Advisor for the SOM. Since his retirement Jack is now an Adjunct Professor in the School of Management for International Business, Marketing, Sales, and Management.  He also has his own consulting organization that is focused on the deployment of advanced IT solutions in the business world.

Jack’s real passion is photography and his work can be viewed at He resides in Madison, CT and Bay Head, NJ with his wife Sandi. Their son, Jeff and his wife, Catie also reside in Madison, CT.

Steven B. Saperstein '84 CSLA (Bridgewater, NJ)
(2016-2018 elected term)

Steve Saperstein is the Chief Operating Officer of Prudential Fixed Income. Steve manages the Operations and Systems, Securities Lending, Finance, and Business Management functions of Prudential Fixed Income. Prior to assuming his current duties, Steve was controller of Prudential Individual Insurance and Prudential Real Estate Investors. He also spent several years in Corporate Tax and other Finance functions at Prudential Financial. Steve joined Prudential Financial in 1984 after receiving a B.S. in industrial administration from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He holds an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

Steve is a former president and VP of the Alumni Association of NJIT and currently serves as Secretary of the Board.  He was the 2012 Weston Medal recipient from NJIT for outstanding achievement and dedication to NJIT.  Steve is a member of the Board of  Visitors for the College of Science and Liberal Arts.  He is also a board member of the Jewish Community Center (JCC)  of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties. Steve has past chair and current member of the AA-NJIT Communications Committee, NJIT Magazine Editorial Board, and past Co-Chair of the Young Alumni Club (YAC)

Paul W. Klein '64 NCE, '68 NCE (University Park, FL)
(2014-2017 elected term)
Vice President

Paul W. Klein was born and raised in Newark, N.J., He holds a BS ChE from NCE '64, MS MgtSc. from NCE '68, and Tuck Executive Program '83 from Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business of Dartmouth College.

Paul worked as a production chemist in the specialty chemical industry and as a technical writer while attending NCE evening classes '58-'64.  He joined Sun Chemical Corporation in 1968 as the Plant Manager of Sun's Newark N.J. Pigmaents Plant.  From 1970 to 1976 was the Plant Manager of Sun's Staten Island plant.  He relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1976 to manage that facility and became Vice President of Manufacturing for Sun's worldwide colorants business in 1982.  Paul became General Manager of Sun's Colors Group in 1983, a Corporate Vice President in 1984, Senior V.P. in 1990, and Executive V.P. in 1997.  

Paul retired in 2001 but consulted for Sun in 2001-2002. During his tenure with Sun he served on the Boards of Sun affiliates in Denmark, Great Britain, Turkey, and Spain.  Paul was a member of the Staten Island and Cincinnati Chambers of Commerce and an 18 year member of the Board of Governors of the Color Pigments Manufacturing Association having served as the  Association's  President for years 1989-1993. He remains a Member Emeritus of AIChE. 

In retirement, Klein is the co-chair of the Florida Gulf Coast Alumni Club.

Heidi D. Young '02 CSLA (Manalapan, NJ)
(2015-2018 elected term)
Vice President

Heidi D. Young ’02 is the Assistant to the Chair, Administration in the John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NJIT.  Prior to working in the CEE Department, she was the Recruitment Coordinator for Career Development Services.  She is also a member of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority and works very closely with Greek Life on campus and in her capacity on the Alumni Board and the Greek Housing Council and Greek Advisory Board.  Heidi is a Professional Staff Representative on the PSA-AAUP Governing Board and a Council Member of the NJIT Staff Council. 

Vatsal Shah PE, Ph.D. NCE '08 NCE '09 NCE '15 (Green Brook, NJ)                            ‚Äč
(2016-2019 elected term)
Vice President

Vatsal is a lifelong Highlander, having graduated with honors from NJIT in 2008 with his BS,  2009 with his MS, and in 2014 with his Ph.D in Civil Engineering.  Currently, Vatsal served as Vice President of the Alumni Association and co-chair of the Young Alumni Club. He is also an adjunct professor in NJIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.  Vatsal works full-time at Mott MacDonald (MM), a full-service consulting engineering firm headquartered in Iselin, NJ. Vatsal currently manages the geotechnical department at MM’s Iselin headquarters office and is a technical lead for a multitude of civil, geotechnical, and environmental projects. He was voted nationally as the “Face of Civil Engineering” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2012 and was one of the youngest Professional Engineers licensed in the State of New Jersey.  Vatsal is licensed as a Professional Engineer in multiple states in the United States and is also the current Vice President of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers. 

In July 2014, Vatsal was the first recipient of the NJITGeNext Award which is presented by NJIT’s Alumni Association for their professional accomplishments, community engagement, and service to their alma mater as well as exceptional accomplishment in any field of endeavor which brings honor to NJIT. Vatsal remains active at NJIT and with the future STEM community with his over 8 years of involvement in the Raytheon and National Society of Professional Engineers’-sponsored MATHCOUNTS Competition Program as well as co-founding NJIT’s Engineers Without Borders chapter in 2007.  Vatsal  maintains personal work-life balance with very effective time management and by spending free time enjoying outdoor activities (hiking, camping, and kayaking), ice hockey, fitness (some call him a health addict) and spending time with close friends and family to whom he attributes much of his drive and success.

Joseph T. Roman '99 SOM (Morris Plains, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)
Vice President

Joe Roman '99 is president of Accelerant Sales Group, an adjunct professor in NJIT's Martin Tuchman School of Management, and a member of the Martin Tuchman School of Management Board of Visitors. He serves as chair of the Alumni Association's Communications Committee, and is a recipient of a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award.


Alumni Association Board Members


Siddhartha Bala CSLA '96 (Yorktown Heights, NY)
(2016-2017 appointed term)
Honors College Alumni Cohort

Siddhartha (Sid) Bala graduated from the Albert Dorman Honors College and the College of Science and Liberal Arts in 1996 with a degree in Computer Science. After graduating, Sid worked as a programmer on the ATLAS and OPAL experiments at CERN, supporting the science that resulted in the discovery of the Higgs boson. His next role involved a nine-year stint at Jersey City-based consulting startup Ishi Systems where he was a partner. His recent experience has included a series of technology leadership roles at financial firms such as Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and TIAA. Sid dedicates his time to his interests in education, empowerment and the environment and to being a dad to his two sons. Sid continues to be involved with the NJIT community by partnering with student organizations, supporting recruitment of NJIT students and sitting on the Board of Visitors of the College of Science and Liberal Arts.

Chester M. Bracuto NCE '75 (Fairfax, VA)
(2015-2018 elected term)
Washington, DC Metro Regional Club

Chet grew up in Westfield and Clark, NJ and graduated from NJIT in 1975 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Chet also holds Masters in Public Administration (George Mason University -1998) and National Resource Strategy (National Defense University/ Industrial College of the Armed Force -2003).

Upon graduation from NJIT, Chet worked for 9 years as a project engineer for the Naval Air Warfare Center in Lakehurst, NJ and St. Louis, MO. Chet then spent 26 years as a Senior Systems Engineer and Program Manager for the Naval Air Systems Command and Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) in Arlington, VA. Chet retired from the Department of Defense in 2010 and currently works part time for a Defense contractor in Arlington, VA supporting OSD and as a teacher in the Fairfax County Public School (VA) system.

Outside of work, Chet enjoys spending his free time with his wife Dorenda traveling. Chet has coached soccer and basketball for 25 years in the Northern Virginia Youth Leagues, and since 2011, at public high schools in Virginia. Chet has been a volunteer for the DC United Soccer Club in Major League Soccer since 1999 and a volunteer for the NJIT Washington, DC Metro Regional Club since 2006.

Dennis Ciemniecki, PE NCE '82 (Branchburg, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)
PSEG Corporate Alumni Club

Dennis is Manager, Business Performance Improvement at Public Service Electric & Gas, New Jersey’s largest investor owned utility. He focuses on strategically important Operational Excellence projects particularly in the areas of utility operations, regulation and financial performance.  His career in the utility space nationally includes senior management and executive positions.  He founded and successfully grew his management consulting firm which focused on helping companies shape operational strategies and obtain real, measurable performance improvements.

Dennis joins the Alumni Association Board as an experienced advisor having served on not-for-profit Boards including the Association for Corporate Growth, National Association of Water Companies, NJ Utilities Association as well as multiple investor owned utilities.

Robert C. Cohen ’83 NCE, ’84 NCE, ’87 NCE (Basking Ridge, NJ)
(2016-2017 appointed term) 

Robert C. Cohen received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1983, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 and an M.S. in Engineering Management in 1987, all from NJIT.  Robert is the Vice-President and General Manager of the Research and Development Business Unit at Stryker Orthopaedics, located in Mahwah, NJ.

With over 30 years in the medical device field, Robert has focused on orthopedic implant and robotic assisted surgery product development from the early stage concept to market commercialization. The advanced implants and biomaterials he developed include those for hip and knee joint replacement, spinal fusion, trauma and sports medicine applications. His experience includes basic research, design, manufacturing, FDA and international regulatory, and marketing.  Robert has over 25 patents and speaks globally at orthopedic surgeon medical education conferences. Robert also serves as Chairman of the Newark College of Engineering Board of Visitors.

Muhammad Elgammal, PE '12 NCE '15 NCE (Wayne, NJ)
(2014-2017 elected term)
Young Alumni Club

Muhammad received his B.S. in Civil Engineering, with honors, in 2012 and recently completed his M.S. in Critical Infrastructure. During his undergraduate tenure at NJIT, Muhammad held several positions with the Student Senate, Residence Life, and the Educational Opportunity Program. He is currently Co-Chair of the Young Alumni Club and a member of the Alumni Achievement Awards Committee.

Muhammad works for the Port Authority of NY & NJ within the Civil Design Division, providing engineering and site design support for our region’s Critical Infrastructure, specifically Newark Liberty International Airport. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of NJ. In his time off, Muhammad enjoys cooking, mentoring students regarding professional development, and above all, spending quality time with his family.

H. David Gnau '85 CSLA (West Orange, NJ)
(2016-2017 elected term)
College of Science and Liberal Arts Alumni Cohort

David Gnau has been in the IT field for 30 plus years. Gnau holds 2 degrees from NJIT. His current role is a Cloud and Technology Specialist. He has one daughter and enjoys traveling with his wife.


Robert Gogal '58 NCE (Haymarket, VA)
(2016-2019 elected term)
Golden Highlanders

Bob Gogal has a BS in Civil Engineering from NCE in 1958, an MS in Engineering Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1972 and has graduated from The Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington DC in 1978.  Prior to his retirement in 2001, he was a Senior Vice President at the Parsons Corporation, Pasadena CA directing the Corporation's Aviation Division.  Previously, he served in the US Air Force for 26 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1985.  He is a life long supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, and has served as an Adult Volunteer with several Troops nationally and internationally. 

Ralph Jimenez '02 CCS (Newark, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)
Highlander Alumni Recruitment Team


Mikel Lawandy '09 COAD (Bayonne, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)



Alfred Martinez NCE '10 (Clifton, NJ)
(2015-2018 elected term)
New York Metro Regional Club

Alfred S. Martinez received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from NCE in 2010 and is expected to receive his MS in Mechanical Engineering from NJIT in 2018. Currently, Alfred is a Senior Mechanical Estimator for cost consultant, Ellana, Inc, holding previous project management and estimating positions with Durr Mechanical Construction, Inc. Alfred is also Chair of the New York Metro Regional Alumni Club. 

Lisa Moving '01 COAD (Kearny, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)
Alumnae Cohort


Lisa Moving is a senior Business Development Engineer with Turner Construction Company.  She joined Turner in 2001 as a Field Engineer and has attained over 15 years of significant industry experience in sales, business development, contracts, project engineering, risk and construction management. In her current role for the corporation's New Jersey Business Unit, her responsibilities include sales and marketing oversight, coordination and management of over $400 million of major proposals, bids and contract management, annually.   Additionally, shecollaborates with managing the company’s sales targets, goals and maintaining positive client relations.  Throughout her career at Turner, Lisa has served in various roles including Cost Control Manager, Project Engineer and Project Superintendent in addition to her current role.

Lisa grew up in the Federation of St-Kitts and Nevis, a two island nation in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, with a combined population of over 54,000 people.   In 1997 she migrated to Newark, New Jersey where she completed her undergraduate studies earning a Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2001.  She continued her studies at NJIT and earned a Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Management in 2003.  Most recently in 2013, Lisa obtained a 2nd Master’s Degree in Real Estate, Finance & Investment from the New York University. 

Lisa’s industry and community activities are numerous. In addition to serving on the Alumni board Lisa is member of the Advisory Board of Directors at the Murray Center for Women in Technology at NJIT and NJIT’s Women Alumni Group.  She supports and promotes women in architecture, construction and real estate and has been a member of CREW NJ since 2014 and more recently and CoreNet.  Lisa is LEED Accredited Professional and resides in Kearny NJ. 

Amit Panchal '09 MBA SOM (Holmdel, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)
Microsoft Corporate Alumni Club

Amit Panchal is a Director for Competitive Strategy supporting the adoption and deployment of Microsoft technology and solutions.   His work helps the organization understand the competitions business strategies and technologies so that Microsoft can effectively compete, defend and win share for device platforms and offerings.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Amit  worked at McGraw Hill in a variety of roles including technology operations, product support, and corporate strategy. Amit is a former US Navy Veteran and spends his free time as Associate Professor of Management at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Will Paul '95 CSLA (West Orange, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)
UPS Corporate Alumni Club


Will Paul is an Applications Architect focusing on designing applications and software services that enable UPS to deliver innovative products & services to market.  Will is also a board member of Math Engineering Technology and Science Exchange, a non-profit organization focusing on STEM readiness, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment. 

Anita M. Rubino '83 CSLA (St. Petersburg, FL)
(2016-2017 appointed term)

Anita graduated from NJIT in 1983 with a BS in Industrial Administration and went on to earn an MBA from Seton Hall University in 1986. After a 15+ year career in Human Resources Management, including Chief Human Resources Officer for Nielsen Media Research, she moved into a variety of executive leadership positions within the Nielsen Company. She then founded AMR Solutions Network, LLC, a network of businesses dedicated to providing personalized business solutions to senior leaders and their organizations. 

A generalist who specializes in strategic counseling and coaching for C level executives, she combines  expertise in organizational development and structure along with her experience in Client Relationship Management (CRM), Client Training and Support, Internet Marketing Services, Knowledge Management and eLearning as well as Business Process Management. Anita is currently the owner of EVOS Carrollwood, a fast casual restaurant in Tampa, Florida which specializes in healthy alternatives to your favorite American food.

She has a passion for providing nutritious food to children of all ages and has been working with local schools to educate them on healthy eating habits. Anita is an avid Baseball fan and supporter of NJIT's Athletic programs along with her other alumni activities. She is currently serving on the Board of Visitors for the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) and is also the Chair of AANJIT Awards Committee.

Joseph G. Stanley, PE, PP '78 NCE '85 (Morristown, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)
Mott MacDonald Corporate Alumni Club

Joseph G. Stanley is a Vice President at Mott MacDonald (MM). He is a recipient of the NCE Outstanding Alumnus Award, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has been an adjunct professor in the Civil Department and has served on various university committees.  Some of Joe's most notable projects include designing a water supply facility that is cited by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for its strategic importance to the water supply of the northeast portion of the state. Helping improve society like that makes him feel proud to be a civil engineer.

Joe likes to help young people, and at MM he manages the Young Professionals Organization Steering Committee, which gives talented young employees (aged 35 and younger) the chance to do research and provide input into the operations of the company. He is also in charge of HMM’s Quality Management program.  He is the Chairman of the Morristown Planning Board.  He is also a member of the American Water Works Association, having chaired several committees for the NJ Section and serves on a national committee for the organization.

Additionally, Joe has been instrumental in successfully building the Alumni Weekend program for several years, and is now focused on building a comprehensive program of New Jersey volunteers and activities.

Jie (Jane) Zhang '99 SOM (Beijing, China)
(2016-2019 elected term)
China Alumni Club


(updated 07/14/2016)