In 1881, the world was on the verge of a scientific and technological revolution that would profoundly change daily life for millions of people in the United States and other countries. 1881 also saw the founding of Newark Technical School, NJIT's earliest predecessor institution. In 2006, 125 years later, we celebrate the vision of civic leaders who foresaw the need for education focused on science and technology. We also honor the dedication of the faculty and administrators who guided the evolution of Newark Technical School into Newark College of Engineering and then New Jersey Institute of Technology. Above all, we recognize the contributions made by every generation of graduates to technological, economic and social progress.
In the months ahead, we will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of NJIT with various events and through publicity. Be sure to visit this page often for anniversary news. There is much to be proud of in our school’s history, and I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the past with the entire NJIT community — alumni, students, faculty and staff. I also invite you to celebrate the past 125 years as a great start toward even more significant achievements for NJIT and our graduates in the future.
Robert A. Altenkirch