NJTC honors Rowan for excellence in technology education

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The statewide New Jersey Technology Council has named Rowan University winner of its 2006 Excellence in Technology Education Award.

The Mt. Laurel-based organization recognized Rowan for its plans for the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University and for its achievements in technology education in its Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Business.

“Rowan is honored to be recognized by the New Jersey Technology Council. The council works diligently to maintain our state’s technology leadership role, and Rowan pursues the same goal,” said Dr. Donald Farish, president of Rowan.

Rowan University broke ground in April for the Technology Park’s first building, a 45,000-square-foot structure that will include a mix of laboratories, a technology business incubator and laboratory/office space for private technology-based firms and for Rowan sponsored research.
Located on Rt. 322 near the junction of Rt. 55 in Mantua Township, the Technology Park will provide competitively priced, first-class facilities for start-up and established companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace and serve as a home for researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, professors and students.

Rowan’s Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Business are recognized locally, regionally and nationally for outstanding programs and achievements in engineering, science and entrepreneurship. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the College of Engineering as tied for 20th in its list of the nation’s best undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree. (The college’s chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering programs ranked third, 10th and 11th in the nation, respectively, in the same category.)

NJTC will present the award to Rowan and awards to technology business leaders in the state at the Tenth NJTC Awards Gala on November 16 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in Newark.

Moorestown resident James Tarangelo, of Sorgenti Investment Partners, Philadelphia, and a member of the Technology Park Board of Directors, nominated Rowan for the honor.

According to its website, NJTC provides business support, networking opportunities, information, advocacy and recognition of technology companies and their leaders. Founded in 1996, NJTC has more than 1,200 member companies that work together to support their own enterprises while advancing New Jersey’s status as a leading technology center in the United States. By collectively representing New Jersey’s various technology sectors and the institutions and service companies that support them, NJTC is an effective advocate of public policy that promotes economic growth in the state of New Jersey.