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NJIT lecturer receives America's highest honour for public service

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) aims to accelerate the life sciences, innovation and entrepreneurship by offering students the opportunity to study one of 128 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across six specialised schools. The faculty at the institution play an important part in students’ education, providing relevant, industry-based examples and lessons, and more than 98 percent of them hold the highest degree in their field.
One faculty member who works tirelessly to increase students’ interest in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries is Senior University Lecturer Osama Eljabiri. In fact, Mr Eljabiri’s efforts to provide these opportunities to middle school and high school students saw him receive a 2017 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award.
These awards recognise local community members who have demonstrated public service above and beyond what is expected of them. Recipients of the award demonstrate innovation and commitment to a cause, along with being an inspiration to others.
“It is a great honour to receive such a recognition”, said Mr Eljabiri, who is the director of NJIT’s Ying Wu College of Computing’s capstone program. “Believing in our students and unleashing their full potential makes a difference. We need to bring in more people to experience our programs. The best way to understand what we do is to be a part of it”.
Students were able to experience firsthand Mr Eljabiri’s efforts, when they attended a cybersecurity boot camp run by the lecturer. This is a STEM education program he created more than 10 years ago that continues to receive praise by those who complete it.
Read more about Mr Eljabiri’s work and his award here.
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