Among the honorees is Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Science and also deliver the commencement address.
While a graduate student at MIT, Kleinrock developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet. In September 1969, the birth of the Internet occurred in his UCLA laboratory when his Host computer became the first node of the Internet.
NJIT President Joel S. Bloom will preside over the ceremony, which will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark at 9 a.m.
“The extraordinary individuals we recognize with honorary degrees, the university’s highest honor, were selected on the basis of their contributions to their profession and to society at large,” Bloom said. “Their accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration to our graduates.”
Kathleen Wielkopolski, the first female chairperson of the NJIT Board of Trustees, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Wielkopolski is chairman and CEO at W-Five, LLC, a real estate investment and services firm with assets nationwide. She served as a member of the NJIT Board of Trustees from 1998-2014, and as its chairperson from 2004-2013. Her longstanding leadership was demonstrated on many fronts including her work as co-vice chair and as a member of the NJIT Board of Trustees Audit and Finance Committee.
Ying Wu, chairman of China Capital Group, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science. After receiving his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1988 from NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering, he went on to work at the former AT&T Bell Labs (now Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies) and then founded his own telecommunications firm: Starcom Network Systems, a New Jersey-based developer of intelligent network systems.
In 1995, he merged this company with Unitech Telecom, a California-based developer of digital and wireless transmission systems, forming UTStarcom, specializing in high-level R&D and international marketing. He then founded the company’s China-based subsidiary, UTStarcom (China) Ltd., becoming its CEO. UTStarcom has become one of China’s major telecom equipment providers.
Wu currently focuses his energies on developing and installing advanced wired and wireless products based on American technology. One of his main goals is to bring the benefits of advanced telecommunications technology developed in the U.S. to the people of his native China.
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