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NRI Daljit Ahluwalia mathematician, honoured at his 75th Birthday

New York, May 21, 2008
Yogesh Mehta

NRI Daljit Ahluwalia, the visionary, vibrant and longtime chair of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, was honored on May 19, 2008 for his pivotal role in dramatically raising the department’s status on campus and in the nation. Now, NJIT Mathematics Ranked in Top Ten Nationally.

Celebration Organizing Committee included Manish Bhattacharjee, Denis Blackmore, Amitabha Bose, Fadi P. Deek, Gregory A. Kriegsmann, Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou, Robert M. Miura, Farzan Nadim, Demetrius Papageorgiou, and Michael Siegel was formed to honor and award on the occasion of Ahluwahlia’s 75th birthday before more than 200 leading academics from around the world.

NJIT President Robert Altenkirch said, “We all thank Daljit for his many contributions in building one of the most accomplished teams in applied mathematics in the world today.”

Michael Siegel, PhD, professor of mathematical sciences and chair of the event said, “Daljit is very special to many people at NJIT and he has spent two decades creating a vibrant and collegial environment in which to pursue research and teaching. We are fortunate to be the recipients of his vision and legendary energy."

Mr. Ahluwalia arrived at NJIT in 1986 to lead the department, following more than a decade of work at the famed Courant Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Since then, the math department faculty has increased in numbers by 100 percent, the physical space has grown 300 percent and the computing power has increased by factor of one million.

On a daily basis, he can be found walking the halls of the department keeping a watchful and nurturing eye on the faculty and students, mentoring his younger faculty and solving administrative and academic problems in real time. Perhaps even more compelling, is the sight of Professor Ahluwalia practicing what he preaches.

New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 8,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nearly 100 degree programs offered by six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College, and College of Computing Sciences.

During his service to NJIT:

  • He helped to increase departmental research funding from nearly nothing to over $2 million per year in federal funding.
  • Transition from a primarily teaching and service department to a top ten research department
  • Started New degrees: BS in Applied Mathematics, MS in Applied Statistics, PhD in Mathematical Sciences, and (pending final approval) MS in Biostatistics and BS in Computational Sciences.
  • Recruited outstanding junior faculty
  • Principal Investigator on over a half dozen equipment grants from the National Science Foundation
  • Established a collegial and scholarly atmosphere for study and research that encourages excellence.

He spent 22 years of service to NJIT and his family is pleased to announce the establishment of the D. S. Ahluwalia Doctoral Fellowship Endowment in Mathematical Sciences.

Answering to media, Mr. Ahluwaliahe said:

  • NRIs (Indian Americans) are making a mark in the US in every field
  • Mathematics is finding valuable applications in all walks of life, including business and law
  • Unfortunately, India is lagging behind in applied mathematics
  • I have no planning to retire, as long as I am able to contribute to the department and health permits
  • He has not faced any discrimination in his professional life though he is aware that people of his religion are targeted in the country.

I have advice to my community:

  • Do not allow it to stop you from aspiring and succeeding in life.
  • Educate the community at large about your faith.
  • Fight it.

NJIT and The National Science Foundation, Society for Mathematical Biology and NJIT have provided support for the event.







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  • Daljit Singh Ahluwalia was born in Sialkot, now in Pakistan
  • He got his education in Amritsar and Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • He arrived at NJIT in 1986 to lead the Mathematical Sciences department.
  • He came to the NJIT in 1986 to lead the Mathematical Sciences Department