Presidential Award for STEM Mentorship Goes to Graduate Center Alumnus

Howard Kimmel (Ph.D. ’67, Chemistry) received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. (Credit: Andrés Harris Photography)

Howard Kimmel (Ph.D. ’67, Chemistry) received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), recognizing his dedication to supporting students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, in their pursuit of STEM careers.
 
Kimmel is professor emeritus in chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). After joining NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering in 1966 as an assistant professor of chemistry, he shifted his focus to STEM education from kindergarten through high school. In 1979, he co-founded NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs to increase access to scientific and technological education and careers, an effort that has reached thousands of students from underrepresented groups.
 
“I am honored to have received the award in recognition of my efforts and achievements,” Kimmel told NJIT, which reported on the award. “However, as a retiree, it means much more to me that it also recognizes the contributions of the many colleagues and staff that have collaborated with me on many initiatives, as well as the support of the NJIT administration. Without them, much of what has been accomplished might not have been achieved.”
 
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring is one of the highest honors awarded to mentors of STEM students. Fifteen recipients received the award this year.
 
“A hard-driving visionary, Dr. Kimmel maintained an unabashed belief that the center could help many students from the greater Newark area complete high school and enter post-secondary education institutions by providing them with exposure to and proficiency in areas of learning that they might not otherwise be able to access,” Joel S. Bloom, president of NJIT, wrote in the introduction to a 2018 publication about the Center for Pre-College Programs.
 
The Center for Pre-College Programs works with about 3,000 students a year from the greater Newark area and northern New Jersey. Each year, more than 200 of those students enroll at NJIT to pursue STEM careers, according to NJIT.

Submitted on: NOV 26, 2019

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