Dr. Datta V. Naik, Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education, joined the University faculty in 1977. He was chairman of the Chemistry and Physics Department from 1982-1991 and received the University's Distinguished Teacher Award in 1989 and Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence in 2003.
Dr. Naik has been the Director of the Monmouth Junior Science Symposium since 1994. Dr. Naik served on the Regional Directors Executive Committee (RDEC) from Aug. 2001 until Aug. 2004 for the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), The Academy of Applied Science. In 1999, he was chosen as the leader of the U.S. Delegation to participate in the prestigious London International Youth Sciences Forum (LIYSF). The LIYSF is a scientific and cultural exchange program attracting over four hundred students from more than sixty nations.
Dr. Naik earned a Ph.D. in Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and B.Sc. in Chemistry/Physics from St. Xavier's College in Goa, India. Two summer NASA fellowships at Kennedy Space Center in 1986-87 led to Dr. Naik's design of a system to detect hazardous gas leaks in and around a space shuttle on the launch pad.
He has also received National Science Foundation and State of New Jersey grants to conduct summer workshops in chemistry for high school science teachers. Dr. Naik’s recent research interest and publications have been in the field of indoor air quality.