JUAN F. ARRATIA
received a 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The recipients were announced by the White House only last November. They were cited for their outstanding work as mentors of pre-university, undergraduate, or graduate students, particularly those from minority groups that are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Arratia is director and principal investigator for the Model Institutions for Excellence project at Metropolitan University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The project, funded by the NSF and NASA, is designed to encourage minority students to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Arratia received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1973 from the State Technical University in Santiago, Chile. He earned a master's in electrical engineering in 1979 from Louisiana Tech University, in Ruston, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1985 from Washington University, in St. Louis.
was named 2007 New Jersey Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, both in Washington, D.C. The award is given annually to a college professor in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, for dedication in teaching undergraduate students.
Eljabiri is a senior university lecturer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark. He is the founder of and a teacher in the computer science capstone program at NJIT's College of Computing Sciences, a senior-year requirement in which teams of students design and implement software products and other computing services for clients in such fields as education, entertainment, and finance.
He received a master's degree in banking and financial systems in 1999 from the Arab Academy for Financial Sciences, in Amman, Jordan, and another master's, in information systems, in 2001 from NJIT.
received the World Energy Council's 2007 Global Energy Award, the council's highest honor, in November.
The award is presented every three years to a person who has contributed substantially to the understanding of the global energy sector, has supported the World Energy Council, and has made significant contributions to his or her company or organization, community, or country. The WEC is an alliance of energy companies, governments, and other parties from more than 90 countries that says it promotes "the sustainable supply and use of energy."
Khatib, chairman of Jordan's Electricity Regulatory Commission, is a member of the World Federation of Scientists, an association that promotes collaboration among scientists and researchers from around the globe.
He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cairo University and a master of science degree from the University of Birmingham, in England. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of London.