Five Engineering Alumni receive the 2011 School of Engineering Medal of Excellence Awards

Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, ENG ’95, along with fellow Engineering alumni - Robert Alan Glassman, ENG ’64, Dr. Gary Neuwerth, GS-NB ’74, Dr. Nozer Singpurwalla, GS-NB ’64, and Dr. Cecilia Paredes, GS-NB ’00 – will be honored at the 2011 School of Engineering Awards Dinner to be held on Friday, April 15, 2011, at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick. The School of Engineering Medal of Excellence was established in 2006 as a means to honor the exceptional achievements of members of the Rutgers Engineering Alumni community.


Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar consulting firm based in Newark, New Jersey that specializes in program management, information technology and public policy. BCT Partners is a minority-owned and operated company and one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in the following industries: housing and community development, economic development, healthcare, human services and education. Dr. Pinkett was also named the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Trump. Prior to founding BCT Partners, Dr. Pinkett gained corporate experience as a Member of Technical Staff at General Electric, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies. Dr. Pinkett holds five university degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers; a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards and has been recognized by USA Today as one of the top twenty scholars in the country. He has served as a brand ambassador for Verizon Communications and Outback Steakhouse, and as a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks, the National Black MBA Association, the Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series, New Jersey Reads, Junior Achievement of New York, and the Minority Information Technology Consortium. A highly sought-after speaker for corporations, colleges and universities, government agencies and community organizations, Dr. Pinkett is also the author of several books, including: Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business; No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash; and, Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness.


Alumni Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Gary Neuwerth is an engineer who has directed many civil infrastructure and building projects and leads one of the nation’s largest teams of engineers and environmental specialists at Dewberry. Over the course of a forty-one year career, Dr. Neuwerth has reached the height of the engineering profession, having been responsible for the design and/or supervision of numerous bridge and environmental structures throughout the United States and particularly in New Jersey. He is now President of Dewberry, the engineering firm that acquired Goodkind and O’Dea for which he served as president as well. He began as a computer programmer in 1969 and rose steadily through the ranks at Dewberry, assuming the management of the company’s New York City office in 1989, and serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the entire northeast operations beginning in 1999. By the year 2000, he had been named president of the northeast operations, where he continues today to oversee the work of diverse professional teams in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Dr. Neuwerth holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology; and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Rutgers.


Robert Alan Glassman is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Wainwright Bank & Trust, a Boston-based commercial bank that was recently acquired by Eastern Bank Corporation. Wainwright Bank has served its customers and community with distinction due to its commitment to social justice. Considered at the vanguard of socially responsible investing, Wainwright has been committed to affordable housing, community development, women’s rights, and the gay and lesbian community. In addition to the activities of being a “social activist banker”, Mr. Glassman has been personally engaged in a number of efforts as both a social entrepreneur and civic leader. In 1984, he established the Glassman Fellowship Fund at the Harvard Business School, which provides inner city public school students with scholarship assistance. He also helped to launch the William Joiner Foundation for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts Boston, which promotes scholarship and teaching on war, and provides support to Vietnamese citizens on health-related issues, and engages in cultural exchanges for artists and writers from Vietnam and the United States. As a civic leader, Mr. Glassman has served as a board member and advisor to numerous Boston institutions. He has also been a Director of the Trillium Asset Management Corporation and, in 2000, he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Veterans Business Development Corporation whose purpose is to assist disabled veterans in becoming successful business entrepreneurs. As Chairman of The Boston Foundation’s Investment Committee from 1995 to 2000, Mr. Glassman presided over the growth of the Foundation’s endowment assets, facilitated the Foundation’s movement to full discretion and authority in investment decision making. He also helped the Foundation adopt a policy of socially responsible investing that put the Foundation at the forefront of community foundations nationally. Mr. Glassman holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Alumni Achievement in Academia

Dr. Nozer Singpurwalla is a professor at the George Washington University and is recognized worldwide as a leader in reliability engineering, enhancing our safety and wellbeing in countless ways. He has extended and unified reliability in areas beyond classical engineering sciences to biology, the environment, medicine, economics, national security and public policy. Along with over thirty honors in his field, Dr. Singpurwalla’s work has been recognized by the United States Department of Defense which awarded him its Wilks Award for signal contributions to life testing which resulted in substantial savings in the number of nuclear missiles and warheads tested in the European theater; by the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he chaired two Division Review Committees; and, by the United States Food and Drug Administration where he was asked to serve on the Committee for Pharmaceutical Science. Dr. Singpurwalla has consulted to leading organizations such as the United States Post Office, Lockheed Aircraft, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Health and Human Service, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ford Motor Company, and Communs Engine Company. He has also been an expert witness in a number of important cases. Professor Singpurwalla has authored and co-authored over 200 publications in reliability that define and expand the statistical and mathematical science base of the subject. He has received numerous awards, including the Fellowship in The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Statistical Association, The Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and numerous Visiting Professorships including Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Oxford University, VPI and State University, and the Santa Fe Institute – to name just a few. Professor Singpurwalla holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers and a Doctor of Philosophy from New York University.


Distinguished Young Alumnus

Dr. Cecilia A. Paredes V is a member of the Council for Superior Education, Ecuador; a member of the Research Council, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL); Director of the Ecuadorian Center of Nanotechnology-CIDNA, ESPOL; and, Director of the Service Laboratory of Testing Materials and Metrology-LEMAT (Laboratorio de Ensayos Metrológicos de Materiales), FIMCP-ESPOL. Dr. Paredes is also a professor – the only female principal professor within the ESPOL Mechanical Engineering program. She has built an impressive portfolio that spans research, professorship, education and business. The Dean and President of ESPOL has asked Dr. Paredes to lead various initiatives, including the revitalization of once defunct laboratories, the establishment of research centers, and to co-author the university-wide research agenda. Dr. Paredes has also represented ESPOL on the Ecuador nation-wide Education Council which is charged with reforming Ecuador’s educational laws and regulations. Since leading the initiative in 2008 to establish a sustainable laboratory for service in materials, Dr. Paredes has guided the evolution of the laboratory, garnering its recognition by the Ecuadorian government as a designated laboratory to perform quality control for materials. Dr. Paredes is leading the effort to gain national accreditation with the Ecuadorian Accreditation Organism (OAE). Dr. Paredes holds a Diplomat on Innovation of Technology and Business, ESPOL; and, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers.




Some Pictures of the Medal of Excellence Awards

Event on April, 15, 2011