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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: MENG@princeton.edu.
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
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
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."
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
"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
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
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
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
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:
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:
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.
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;
— 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: http://www.digitalag.com. Brady will give tips on
scanning and retouching.
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: http://www.xerox.com.
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:
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:
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.
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: http://www.pcsi-usa.com.
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.
(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:
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.
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.
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: http://www.novasoft.com. Look for Thomas
director of business development, to ask about core competency
services, education, and training.
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:
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;
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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