New at Middlesex: Mecomtronix

Web-based Health Studies

RVCC’s IT Program

Year 2K Seminar

Technology Money Hunt

U.S. 1 Computer Showcase

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These articles by Barbara Fox and Peter J. Mladineo were published in

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Princeton Master’s Degree

Companies can now entice new hires with the prospect

of a one-year master’s from Princeton University, either part-time

or full-time. The new master’s in engineering program at Princeton

University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is a


oriented graduate program preparing students for careers in


practice and management" for those who have a B.S. in engineering,

physical science, or a closely related area. (See related cover story

on page 18).

Until now part-time students paid full-time fees, but now part-time

fees are available. For this master’s program, nevertheless, financial

aid is generally not available. A candidate’s potential is considered,

along with previous grades and the Graduate Record Examination


Special attention is given to letters of recommendation from those

who can judge the applicant’s abilities, accomplishments, and academic


Each degree requires eight courses but can include a design project

as one of the courses. One of the degrees involves studying in a


(such areas as telecommunication and information networks, structural

engineering, financial engineering, and photonics) or in one of these

departments: chemical engineering, civil engineering and operations

research, computer science, electrical engineering, or mechanical

and aerospace engineering.

Another degree — suitable for those hoping to manage technical

enterprises or get involved in engineering economics — involves

combining technical courses with nontechnical ones such as corporate

finance, accounting, international economics, or public policy.

Those interested in entrepreneurship and management careers can take

four engineering courses plus four electives, including those taught

by corporate leaders in management and engineering jobs.

"The program on entrepreneurship is building some speed,"

says Joe Montemarano, an alumnus of Hopkins (Class of ’75 and

’83). As director of industrial liaison he aims to help companies

in the Princeton area feel welcome and be able to carry out their

business. He used the U.S. 1 Business Directory to generate a list

for mailing brochures on the new master’s program.

"It is a step out in the direction we have to go in


education. There are many more small technical companies then there

were 10 years ago," Montemarano says, "but even the large

companies look more, organizationally, like small companies."

For information, call 609-258-2890 or E-mail:

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New at Middlesex: Mecomtronix

Today’s engineers spend an awful amount of time writing

computer programs and not as much time crunching equations as they

did in the past. Check out how one school has responded to these new


With a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation,


County College and the New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological

Education have created a new associate’s degree in mecomtronics, a

new multidisciplinary science that creates a new


whiz hybrid.

The two-year, 64-credit program will be piloted at Middlesex County

College this fall and will be open to 24 students at each institution

that accepts it.

The program is developed by Jack L. Waintraub, chairman of the

physics and electrical engineering department at Middlesex County

Community College. Coordinated by Middlesex County College, NJCATE

is a partnership of community colleges, four-year colleges, and other

educational and professional organizations. Its partners include


County Community College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, the

College of New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College, Essex County

College, County College of Morris, and the Woodbridge Township Board

of Education.

The focus of the program is on engineering technology, says Edward

Allen, NJCATE’s center coordinator. "We’ve integrated four

different disciplines, mechanical technicians, electronic technicians,

computer hardware and software technicians, and telecommunications


Students will be trained "to be part of an engineering team


an engineering technician role and they would be able to fulfill any

aspect from the breadboard all the way to product roll out,"


Allen. "So they’re involved in the design, testing, development,

troubleshooting, and manufacturing of state-of-the-art products."

The curriculum will also be presented using a "just-in-time"

delivery method. This modular curriculum will involve students in

projects suggested by the corporate world. "They provide us with

realistic industrial projects for the course," says Allen.

Thus, Allen hopes, the students will leave school with fresh


skills immediately applicable in the workforce. "The educational

term is `concurrent educational delivery,’" he says. "The

industry people are telling us, `We need someone who is right out

of school, who is minimally in need of training, and can start


by day one.’"

Middlesex County College proposed NJCATE when it learned that


were in dire need for engineering technicians with multifunctional

talents, Allen reports. He points to a 1994 survey that asked 400

corporations what their needs were for engineer technicians. "They

indicated they needed somebody who is multifunctional but is also

a creative thinker," says Allen. "There is an abundance of

openings out there. What we are doing is fulfilling the need for more

of a generalist."

Unlike traditional competitive learning systems, this program would

use a "cooperative learning model." "Traditionally the

knowledge in courses would be transferred from faculty to


he says. "Under this new paradigm we’re going to have a joint

construct between students and faculty, thereby putting the students

much more in charge of their own learning."

Only 10 schools in the country were given NSF grants to create these

CATE centers and each of the 10 centers concentrates on a different

discipline. "In Washington (state) they’re doing something with

computer technicians, in California they’re doing something with


technicians," says Allen. "Here we’re working with


Mecomtronics is being developed only here in New Jersey."

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Web-based Health Studies

Web-based instruction has moved into the allied health

arena. Thomas Edison State College and the University of Medicine

and Dentistry New Jersey’s School of Health Related Professions have

partnered to offer three general courses this fall: Cultural Issues

and Health Care, Principles of Scientific Inquiry, Legal and Ethical

Dimensions of Practice. A fourth course, Nutrition Education for the

Community, is for dietitians, and four more courses will be offered

in the spring.

"We jumped into distance education four years ago and learned

in a baptism by fire some of the do’s and don’ts of distance


says David Gibson, dean of UMDNJ’s School of Health Related


He is a 1964 alumnus of St. Charles Seminary Borromeo in Philadelphia,

and his graduate degrees include an education doctorate from Seton


Until now "distance education" meant attending classes at

farflung sites using video conferencing or audio conferencing. This

works well in a state like New Jersey, says Gibson. "The students

find it more convenient than having to travel to one location.


we added programs using this methodology."

The school’s first forays into the distance education arena were in

dental hygiene, a bachelor’s program in psychiatric rehabilitation,

and a master’s of science in clinical nutrition. "What we are

adding will be the opportunity for students to pursue some of their

courses on the Web as opposed to at a particular site. We are joining

Thomas Edison State College so we can use our resources and their

expertise," says Gibson.

Though any course requiring clinical competency needs on-site classes,

that doesn’t rule out geographically distant students. If you are

in Nevada, the school can affiliate with a clinic there, and someone

at that clinic can teach you and certify you meet the standards.


would draw up a memorandum of understanding, as we do in a number

of states throughout the country," says Gibson. Often the


institutions — hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home

health care agencies — do the supervising for free, because it

helps them to recruit needed personnel.

Gibson refers to a Florida nurse who is taking a nurse midwifery


at home but doing much of her practical experience in New Jersey.

"Once we assess the site from which she was working as


sound, she could do part of her practicum there."

Gibson has had good fortune in recruiting more than 600 volunteer

faculty members for the various courses. These people teach and mentor

for free because, as he says, "in allied health programs, there

is a sense of giving back." But he has had some "negative

downsides" in these numbers, perhaps due to the constraints of

managed care. Says Gibson: "It could be that there will be


from above."

For information contact Ann Tucker, chair of interdisciplinary

studies and associate dean for southern New Jersey at E-mail:

or call Sheri L. Prupis at 973-972-5034; fax, 973-972-7412.

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RVCC’s IT Program

To prepare students for careers in information


Raritan Valley Community College starts a new certificate program

in PC Support this fall. The certificate requires 31 credits,


accumulated in one full-time year, and the courses include UNIX,


applications, operating systems, and fundamentals of computer


Also required are English and interpersonal communications courses.

"The college added this certificate program to meet the needs

of people who are currently working but need additional training to

move ahead in their careers, or who want to make a change but do not

need a degree. This is a complement to our World Wide Web certificate

program which was added recently," says Cary A. Israel,

RVCC president.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to troubleshoot

hardware, software, and network problems, set up a PC system, and

perform needed upgrades. For information call 908-218-8861.

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Year 2K Seminar

Failure to correct latent Year 2000 software problems

might result in such malfunctions, experts say, as incorrect customer

billings to the shutdown of a company’s entire operation. "Y2

Care about Y2K: the Millennium Problem, Your Computers, and You!"

a project of several groups from the Princeton Chamber, will be


July 29, from 8 to 11:40 a.m., at the Marriott. Cost: $50. Call


Seating is limited.

Christopher T. Mather, vice president of marketing for TransSys

on Emmons Drive, will open the program with a general introduction

to the Y2K problem at 8:35 a.m. With degrees from Stockport College

and the Cranfield Business School in the United Kingdom, he has 20

years of consulting experience and line management on four continents.

Two members of the WS&B Consulting Group will discuss technical


and potential solutions at 9:15 a.m. The group does financial


software application and system integration consulting. Located at

Princeton Overlook, it consults, implements, and supports multiple

financial applications, networks, and operating environments.


A. Hobart CPA, the president, is an alumna of Nazareth College

in Rochester and has a master’s degree from the State University at


Jon C. Henbest is a CPA with WS&B Consulting Group and was


a tax associate with Withum Smith & Brown. An accounting major at

New York University, he is a Microsoft Certified Professional as well

as a CPA. At Withum Smith & Brown he was the network administrator

doing network design consulting and installation, SQL database


and financial application support.

William J. McNichol Jr. will discuss the legal aspects,


vendor letters, at 11 a.m. Based at Forrestal Village, he is an


at Reed Smith Shaw McClay and focuses on such intellectual property

issues as the prosecution of patent applications, re-examination and

re-issues and trademark registration applications, oppositions and

cancellation proceedings. He went to Villanova for his law degree.

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Technology Money Hunt

Young technology-based companies should hastily


filing a proposal by Friday, September 4, to get some of the state’s

just-announced technology transfer money.

The legislature has allocated $5 million ($4.4 million more than


to the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology (NJCST) for

tech transfer, and at least two dozen companies could receive amounts

ranging from $50,000 to $250,000.

The program was announced last week by Jay J. Brandinger, the

executive director of NJCST, a semi-independent branch of the current

New Jersey Department of Commerce and Economic Development that


and oversees policies and programs (609-984-1671; fax, 609-292-5920.

E-mail: njcst@njcst.gov_).

"The governor recommended and procured a nine-fold increase,"

says David Eater, NJCST associate director. "We expect to

see about 100 applicants and theoretically about 30 could be


"It’s the first significant increase in at least six years,"

says Randy Harmon, director of the Technology Help Desk and

Incubator on Jersey Avenue in New Brunswick. "It is going to help

entrepreneurs who can’t get financing from even the seed funds to

move their technology ahead. If they eliminate the technology risk,

a year from now they may be able to attract the interest of a venture

capital firm."

Presumably, the very tight application deadline (eight weeks from

the time it was announced) will enable the NJCST to successfully give

out most of the $5 million in time for it to apply to the legislature

for more next year. "Our assumption is that this $5 million


represents this administration’s ongoing commitment to this kind of

a program," says Eater, an alumnus of Penn State, Class of 1983,

with a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson


Official requests for proposal forms are available from NJCST or the

Technology Help Desk (800-432-1832). Funds may be used for project

costs including salaries, supplies, travel, or purchase of services.

The money may not be used for general overhead or for equipment


but can pay for equipment lease. Matching funds are required, but

these might be "soft funds" such as salaries and existing

equipment and other gifts-in-kind.

"The whole intent is to help entrepreneurs commercialize,"

says Harmon. "In the past they required a collaboration with an

academic institution, but now the money goes directly to


Instead of issuing guidelines for what kinds of projects or priorities

will be funded, the entrepreneur can "drive the topic." The

main requirement is that the entrepreneur have a commercially viable

product. The state will not take a formal equity position, but the

successful entrepreneur is expected to repay the grant and replenish

the fund.

Firms must be for-profit New Jersey companies, or must be considering

relocation to New Jersey and be in the state at the time the grant

is made.

This money is not a grant because companies are not supposed to keep

it. It is not a loan because companies have to pay it back only if

they succeed. It is not an equity position, such as venture capitalist

would take, because even if the company is wildly successful, the

payback is capped. "Repayment is expected from company revenues

until our investment plus a reasonable rate of return is


says Eater. "We can’t make it free money." Call it the state’s


— Barbara Fox

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U.S. 1 Computer Showcase

Set your computer’s alarm clock to leave work early

on Thursday, July 23, so you can be on time for the first seminar

at the U.S. 1 Computer Showcase from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Novotel on

Route 1 North. These annual showcases are a great way to meet and

greet folks in Princeton’s scientific and technical community. At

4:15 p.m. Rachel Lilienthal Stark and John MacDonald of

Stark & Stark will discuss Internet law, and at 5:15 p.m. Michael

Wynblatt of Siemens Corporate Research and Mary Evslin of

ITXC Corp. (the Internet telephony firm) will talk about using the

Internet without a computer.

The just-announced moderator for that panel will be Mark Meara,

president of Princeton Internet Group (PiNG) on Roszel Road. Meara

teaches at Central Michigan University’s graduate program and at


College. It’s all free, but please register by faxing your name,


address, and phone to 609-452-0033 by Wednesday, July 22. U.S. 1 will

have your name tag ready on Thursday. Here’s what you will find at

the showcase exhibits:

Get a sneak peak at the very latest in electronic boardroom

equipment at the Haverford Systems table, which will have an

impressive array of equipment — Toshiba multimedia projector,

an Intel team station videoconferencing apparatus, and a Haverford

Systems multimedia control system. The president, Hugh Richards,

will be there, with Margaret Craft and Rashid Ochaya also

representing the firm located at 152 Robbins Road, Downingtown, PA

19335, 800-486-5276; fax, 610-518-2201. URL:


Those who deplore buying Windows 98 until the kinks are worked

out will find an ally at Renaissance Computer Associates. Larry

Adamo will have a demo of Windows 98, showing how users must access

Internet Explorer IV in order to view documents stored on their own

computers. "Your own documents look as if they are on the World

Wide Web, and you cannot delete Explorer," says Adamo, founder

of the firm based at 186 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Building 3-B,

Princeton Junction 08550. 609-799-8595; fax,609-799-8561.

Check out computer classes from Dow Jones Training

Services ,

which will have details on any of Microsoft’s programs plus certified

programs in Solaris and Adobe. Look for Cheryl Badger, assistant

manager, and Roy Evans, education coordinator for the training

center located on the Dow Jones campus on Route 1 North, Box 300,

Building 3, Box 300, Princeton 08543-0300. 609-520-5111;



If you are a current or future Adobe user and are curious about

— or are having problems with — Photoshop 4.0, get a


from Joe Brady at Digital Arts and Graphics, based at

Princeton Service center, 3490 Route 1, Princeton Service Center Suite

8B, Building 12, Box 8678, Princeton 08543. 609-452-6446;


URL: Brady will give tips on

scanning and retouching.

Just out last April is the 30-page-a-minute multifunctional

digital device from Xerox, the Document Company. See it print,

scan, fax, and copy. Fully networked, it can access the Internet.

So if you want to send good-looking copies across town or around the

world (when E-mail and faxes just won’t do) you can zap out copies

through a DC230 located in another office, across town or around the

world. It costs up to $700 a month, fully loaded. Princeton’s office

is at 100 Overlook Center, CN 5249, Princeton 08543. 609-987-5596;

fax, 609-987-5654. URL:

An unusual approach to the Year 2000 problem is to empower your

own employees to join the analysis effort. STG International LLC

offers PC-AID 2000 (at $50 per employee) so that corporations and

learning institutions can do education on, management of, and


of the problem. Thomas D’Innocenzi, president and CEO of the

firm at 4365 Route 1 South, Princeton 08540, also offers a distance

learning software tool that is in wide use. VLearn costs from $10

to $100 per copy, depending on volume, and it can actually measure

what person looked at what page, very useful if you want to certify

that each and every worker has had, for instance, sexual harassment

training. 609-514-5000; fax, 609-452-7009. URL:

Questions about the World Wide Web? Sergio Heker can tell

you anything you want to know about the Internet, from corporate

networking to interactive media. NextGen Internet, 311 E

Enterprise Drive, Enterprise Business Center, Plainsboro 08536.

609-419-0531; fax, 609-419-0530. URL:

Information technology staffing services are available from

Snelling Personnel Services for both companies and candidates.

Eric Krause and Tara Keever, information technology


and Benni Gerstenberg, account manager, will represent the


of the national firm at 350 Alexander Street, Princeton 08540.


fax,609-683-5621. URL:

For a networking consultation, check with Princeton Computer

Support. Jonathan M. Sneedse, vice president of sales, and


Goroschko , network engineer, will also have a "tools of the

trade" display of routers, hubs, patch cables, panels, a laptop,

and a video camera. The firm is located just off Route 518 at 5


Avenue, Building F-1, Box 787, Rocky Hill 08553-0787. 609-921-8889;

fax, 609-921-7691. URL:

Pick up information on the latest Canon digital copiers and

color printers from Paul Toto at the ABS Canon exhibit,

300 Commerce Square Boulevard, Burlington 08016, 888-ABS-4000; fax,

609-239-6489. This subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. has offices in


Horsham, and Wilmington.

Mark Meara and Bob Lane of Princeton Internet Group

(PInG) will bring examples of their firm’s latest work, which includes

strategic internet consulting, web site design, development, and


software application development, network consulting, and multimedia

design for such clients as AT&T, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Engelhard

Corporation, McGraw-Hill, and American Home Products. Meara is also

going to moderate the 5:15 p.m. panel, "Use the Internet without

a Computer." PInG is located at 13 Roszel Road, Suite C-222,


08540. 609-452-1667; fax, 609-452-0063. URL:

Investigate your future in the IT industry at the Cittone


booth, which offers courses for help desk analysts, programmers, and

PC & business administrators. Randi Lipkin, public relations

representative, and Leo Urso, director of admissions, will


the school, based at 100 Canal Pointe Boulevard, Princeton 08540,

609-520-8798; fax, 609-520-8830.

Paragon Computer Professionals has the distinction of being

an employee-based computer consulting firm that does not use


contractors. Michael Alicastro, vice president, will open a Forrestal

Village office of the Cranford-based firm on August 1 at 116 Village

Boulevard, Suite 200, 800-462-5-582. URL:

The 1,100-person firm has nine offices and does both staffing and

integrated solutions. Alicastro and sales and marketing director


Alvarez , plus marketing reps Debbie Polley and Neil


hope to meet and greet their Princeton friends and clients.

If you are an IT professional with particular experience in

banking, government, medical centers, or healthcare, visit the booth

of another employee-based firm, NovaSoft Information Technology.

It’s a national systems integration and application development firm

with more than 350 employees across the United States, but it is based

at 707 Alexander Road, Princeton 08540. 609-419-4200; fax,


URL: Look for Thomas

Stelma ,

director of business development, to ask about core competency


services, education, and training.

Glenn Paul, founder of Clancy Paul Computers, will


his unusual "virtual receptionist" invention, a wall unit,

a flat panel screen, with an attached phone and a touch screen that

will introduce visitors to people and places in the company and can

even go out to the Internet. Anyone offsite can E-mail to the kiosk,

and building managers can change the rosters easily. David Zboray,

Ryan Farley, and David Smith will also represent the computer

store at 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton Shopping Center,


08540. 609-683-0060; fax, 609-683-0071, URL:

A free copy of Win Straube’s fascinating biography


illustrated, with a sale price of $9) is yours when you visit the

Straube Centers International Corp booth. Located at 106 West

Franklin Avenue, Pennington 08534 (next to the Pennington Post Office)

the Straube Center offices are technology friendly because they are

so well connected to the information highway. 609-737-3322;



Find a little levity by watching the sleight of hand of Mitch

Geier , who in his past life was the house magician at Caesar’s

Palace in Las Vegas. His real business — networking administration

— requires no magic, he assures us, just knowledge and hard work,

for a fixed rate. Computer Help, Service of CECG Inc., 201


Lane, Old Bridge 08857. 800-367-2324, fax, 732-679-9344.

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