BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Officers of the Alumni Association

   
 

Dennis Ciemniecki, PE NCE '82 (Branchburg, NJ)
(2018-2020 elected term)
President

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 is an experienced alumni 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.

 


 

Ralph Jimenez '02 CCS (Newark, NJ)
(2018-2020 elected term)
First Vice President

 

 
 
 

Vatsal Shah PE, Ph.D. NCE '08 NCE '09 NCE '15 (Green Brook, NJ)                            ​
(2018-2020 elected term)
Second 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.  Vatsal is a proud graduate of both NJIT's Newark College of Engineering and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Vatsal serves as Vice President of the Alumni Association. 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 G. Stanley, PE, PP '78 NCE '85 (Morristown, NJ)
(2018-2020 elected term)
Vice President At Large

Joseph G. Stanley is a Senior Vice President at Mott MacDonald (MM). He is a recipient of the NCE Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Alumni Achievement Award.  He is the chair of the Industrial 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.  Joe's work primarily involves designing water supply facilities.

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 the Chairman of the Morristown Planning Board.  He is also the Vice Chair NJ Section of the American Water Works Association and serves on two national committees for the organization.

Additionally, Joe has been instrumental in starting and successfully building the Alumni Weekend program.

 
 
 

Siddhartha Bala CSLA '96 (Yorktown Heights, NY)
(2018-2021 elected term)

Vice President At Large

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.

 
 
 

Steven B. Saperstein '84 CSLA (Bridgewater, NJ)
(2018-2019 elected term)
Secretary

Mr. Saperstein is the Chief Operating Officer of PGIM Fixed Income, where he manages the divisions of Operations and Systems, Securities Lending, Finance, and Business Management. PGIM Fixed Income is a $637 Billion investment management business of Prudential Financial. Prior to assuming his current duties, he was controller of Prudential Individual Insurance and Prudential Real Estate Investors. He spent several years in corporate tax and other finance functions at Prudential Financial. He joined Prudential Financial in 1984 shortly after receiving a bachelor of science in industrial administration from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  He also holds a master of business administration from Rutgers University.

In addition to his corporate accomplishments, Steve has been an active Alumnus at NJIT since the 1990s.  He is a member of the NJIT Board of Overseers where he serves as the Chair of the Foundation’s investment committee.  He is a former President and Vice President of the Alumni Association of NJIT, and currently serves on the Association’s Board as Secretary.  In 2015, he received the Alumni Association’s Achievement Award and in 2012 he received the Weston Medal from NJIT for outstanding achievement and dedication to NJIT.  Steve is a member of NJIT’s College of Science and Liberal Arts Board of Visitors and previously served on the Board of Visitors for the School of Management and Editorial Board for the NJIT Magazine.  He has also dedicated time to serving on several search committees to help improve talent at NJIT.

While Steve spends much of his time at NJIT he also serves as a board member of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties.  He is active there in assisting in several projects serving his community.

 

 

  Alumni Association Board Members    
 
 

Chester M. Bracuto NCE '75 (Fairfax, VA)
(2018-2021 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.

 
 
 

Robert C. Cohen ’83 NCE, ’84 NCE, ’87 NCE (Basking Ridge, NJ)
(2018-2019 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 on the NJIT Board of Trustees.

 
 
 

Muhammad Elgammal, PE '12 NCE '15 NCE (Wayne, NJ)
(2017-2020 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.

 
 
 

Alfred Martinez '10 NCE (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. 

 
 
 

Ed Musa '14 NCE (North Brunswick, NJ)
(2018-2021 elected term)
EOP

 
 
 

Kevin J. O'Keeffe, E.I.T., NCE '15, NCE `17 (Shrewsbury, NJ)
(2017-2020 elected term)
Greek Alumni Council

Kevin is a strong proponent of engaging with the NJIT community. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and minored in Environmental Engineering, as well as an M.S. in Civil Engineering - Construction Engineering and Management. As a student, he was Vice President of three Civil Engineering Department clubs; American Water Works Association, Student Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, and Chi Epsilon Honors Society. He also was president of Kappa Xi Kappa Local Fraternity. 

Now Kevin works as a Municipal Engineer at Middletown-based T&M Associates in the Public Works Department and he is Engineeer in Training certified. His responsibilities primarily include design and specification preparation for municipal projects such as roadway reconstruction, sewer/drainage networks, and recreational park facilities, along with administration/inspection of land development projects undergoing construction. Kevin still has strong ties to the NJIT community with being a member of the Greek Advisory Board and acting President of the Kappa Xi Kappa Alumni Association. 

 
 
 

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. 

 
 
 

George Post, BS ME '61 (Clearwater, FL)
(2018-2021 elected term)
Florida Gulf Coast Alumni Club

George graduated from Newark College of Engineering in 1961. After graduation, he served as CEO of EGF Realty Services Inc., and secretary at Meridian on Sand Key Owner's Association, Inc. He eventually formed his own business, George Post & Company, a corporate real estate company. He sold the company in 2014 and currently serves as a consultant.

George has served on the faculty of New York University Real Estate Institute, as a member of the board of directors of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, the board of advisors to The Florida Orchestra, board of directors of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, board of directors of The Tampa Bay Chamber Orchestra, and president of The Tampa Club. He has been Published in New York University's Real Estate Review and The Production Handbook by The Ronald Press.

 
 
 

Robert Rossi '67 NCE (North Bergen, NJ)
(2016-2019 elected term)
Golden Highlanders

Bob has greatly depended upon his NCE Chemical Engineering degree to support 29 years of corporate managerial experience in the development, marketing, and sales of high capital cost chemical process and steam generation technologies, and 10 years in the development of very large power generation facilities for the un-regulated affiliates of PSE&G and PG&E. This professional experience was gained in over 30 countries with major customers and partners such as Petrobras (Brasil), General Electric, Air Products and Chemicals, Conoco Chemicals, Dead Sea Works (Israel), V/O Metallurgimport (Soviet Union), Georgia Pacific, Cochin Refineries (India), and Chorzow Energy (Poland).

He’s been, for the last 10 years, a senior consultant to Carbon Engineering, Squamish, BC, Canada for the development of a novel climate change remediation technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels from atmospheric carbon dioxide and water, using sustainable fuels and green power from solar and wind sources. He also has been granted four (4) USPTO and Canadian patents for the recovery of carbon dioxide from various calcium carbonate materials.

 
 
 

Anita M. Rubino '83 CSLA (St. Petersburg, FL)
(2018-2019 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.

 
 
 

Hala Taha '12 CSLA, '16 MTSOM (Watching, NJ)
(2018-2021 elected term)

Hala graduated from the College of Science and Liberal Arts in 2012 and the Executive MBA program of the Martin Tuchman School of Management in 2016. She is the GTM Activation and Marketing Operations Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and also maintains "Young and Profiting", a podcast devoted to helping millennials profit financially and professionally. 

Hala serves as chair of the Executive MBA Alumni Association.

 
 
 

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

   
 
 

Marie Zoghbi '15 CSLA (Jersey City, NJ)
(2017-2020 elected term)
Greek Alumni Council

Marie is a Senior Business Process Specialist at New York-based Medidata Solutions in the Professional Services Department. Medidata Solutions develops and markets SaaS for Clinical Trials. Customers include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic companies, academic and government institutions, contract research organizations (CROs) and other life sciences organizations around the world that develop and bring medical therapies and products to market.

She graduated with a B.S. in Communications and Media. Information Mapping Professional Certified. At Medidata, Marie is responsible for: designing new implementation solutions built around processes and technology, the optimization of existing processes to ensure the most efficient and effective methods are employed when working with the Medidata platform and Medidata's internal processes, and lastly, the integration of departmental and corporate level needs to ensure effective processes/solutions by working directly with departments across Medidata globally.

During her tenure at NJIT, she held several positions in The Vector Student Newspaper as a Staff Writer, Greek Editor, and Business Manager. She was also involved with the Pre-College Program as a Database Assistant, New Student Orientation Program as a Student Assistant, and the Advancement Department as a Student Development Representative. Marie was a former Editor and Treasurer of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority and serves on the Greek Alumni Council.

 

(updated 10/22/2018)