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Theme: Sustainability

This event occurred on
March 23, 2012
5:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Newark, NJ
United States

New Jersey Institute of Technology had its second TEDxNJIT event themed "Sustainability", on March 23, 2012 when leaders in sustainability came to share ideas on how technologies and businesses from the surrounding area are helping to create a world where human society and the environment can live together. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in this field shared their ideas on sustainability.

Jim Wise Theatre
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights
Newark, NJ, 07102
United States
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Richard Garber

Richard Garber, AIA, an associate professor at NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design, teaches design studios and directs a unique design and manufacturing laboratory, the FABLAB. His work uses computer simulation and computer numerically-controlled hardware to generate innovative design, construction, and assembly solutions. He is also principal of the New York City architectural firm GRO Architects. Garber was the Emerging Architect Visiting Assistant Professor at Barnard College in 2007 with Robertson. He holds architecture degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University.

Forence Hudson

Florence Hudson is an Executive in IBM Corporate Strategy responsible for developing strategies and execution plans for IBM's growth businesses including smarter planet or “green” solutions to benefit clients in their goals to improve their impact on energy & the environment worldwide. She also develops strategies for cloud computing, growth markets, and analytics and optimization solutions including Watson technologies. In her prior role, she was IBM Vice President of Marketing & Strategy for IBM System z mainframes globally, driving over $2B a year in marketing led revenue, and developing new business partner programs and solutions worldwide. Ms. Hudson was also executive-on-loan and IBM Vice President of Strategic Planning to the Society of Women Engineers. In that role she developed and executed new programs to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics worldwide. She also served as Vice President of Strategy and Marketing and acting Chief Technology Officer for the IBM Global Industrial Sector, responsible for strategic business growth with IBM’s clients in aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, petroleum, electronics and industrial products businesses globally. Ms. Hudson’s prior roles included IBM Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy responsible for Strategic Growth for IBM, where she worked with IBM Senior Executives and their teams to identify and develop Emerging Business Opportunities. She has held a variety of leadership positions in sales, marketing, development, channels, strategy and management. Prior to IBM, Ms. Hudson worked for Hewlett-Packard, Grumman Corporation and NASA.

Donald Sebastian

Sebastian is responsible for the academic research enterprise as well as for developing partnerships with industry, for managing governmental affairs, intellectual property management, commercialization and contract projects across the technology spectrum. Under his leadership, the university sponsored research has grown to over $100M. He has created a number of statewide entities including the NJ Healthcare Information Technology Extension Center, NJ Homeland Security Technology Systems Center, NJ Nanotechnology Consortium and the NJ Manufacturing Extension Program. Prior to joining NJIT in 1995, Professor Sebastian was a member of the Chemical Engineering faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology where he also graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1974, followed by Masters of Engineering in 1975, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1977.

Peter Spitz

Peter Spitz has spent his entire career in the chemical and energy industries. Graduated from MIT with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, he has worked for a large oil company, for a research and engineering company in petrochemicals and as a consultant to the global chemical industry. Peter has a broad background in areas ranging from R&D and process development to corporate strategy and financial analysis. He was the founder and president of a respected international consulting firm, Chem Systems Inc., which was acquired by IBM in 1998. Peter is the author of two books, “Petrochemicals. The Rise of an Industry”, and “The Chemical Industry at the Millennium”. He has written numerous articles on industry trends and has spoken at industry functions. He is one of the founders of the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.

Anthony Sorgi

Anthony is an undergraduate Biomedical Engineer at NJIT, with a minor in Biology and another in the newly introduced Environmental Studies and Sustainability. He’s a member of the Albert Dorman Honors College and on NJIT’s Division 1 Fencing Team, conducted research off-campus in the Buzsaki Neuroscience Lab, and has been involved in student groups including the SAAC and the Honors Social Committee. Anthony, like other students, strongly believes that to effectively combat global issues like climate change and crises in society and the economy, greater awareness and mobilization in college students for these issues is a crucial requirement. To address the vital need for student activism, and tackle some of the issues of education and ecological intelligence, Anthony and other NJIT students and faculty created the New Earth Archive. The Archive is both a student organization at NJIT and an online network of powerful books, films, and social media that provides a vital understanding for the problems our society faces, and inspires students to become leaders and innovators able to solve them.

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