Howard Kimmel, professor emeritus in chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). He is one of 15 awardees nationwide and the only recipient in New Jersey this year. Bestowed by the National Science Foundation in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology, the achievement recognizes the strong contributions made by the recipients in expanding, enhancing and retaining science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent through mentorship. More specifically, the award acknowledges “the critical role mentors play outside the traditional classroom setting in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce” — supporting learners from kindergarten through college who “are often from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM.” PAESMEM has paid tribute to both individuals and organizations since 1995. Please read more here.