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Contact the School of Applied Science and Technology

School of Applied Science and Technology
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 984-1130
appliedsciandtech@tesu.edu

John O. AjeJohn O. Aje

Dean

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 2013

Phone: (609) 984-1130, ext. 3250

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Degrees:
DSc, George Washington University
MS, George Washington University
MS, North Carolina State University
BS, Clemson University

Dr. John O. Aje joined Thomas Edison State University as dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology in August 2013.

He plays a critical role in helping the University achieve its strategic goals and serving adult learners at the undergraduate and graduate level with innovative educational opportunities in applied science and technology that are aligned with the needs of the global economy.

Prior to joining the University, Dr. Aje served as associate dean for Academic Affairs of the University of Maryland University College's Graduate School. Additionally, he served as chair and collegiate professor for the school's Technology and Engineering Systems Department as well as acting chair of the Technology and Engineering Systems Department.

Dr. Aje earned a BS in textile science/technology from Clemson University, an MS in engineering management from The George Washington University, an MS in textile science/engineering from the North Carolina State University, and a doctorate in engineering management from The George Washington University.

Amjad AliAmjad Ali

Associate Dean

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 2017

Phone: (609) 984-1130, ext. 3197

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Degrees:
DSc, George Washington University
MS, George Washington University

Dr. Amjad Ali is associate dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology. Before joining TESU, he was a professor and associate vice president and cybersecurity advisor to the president of University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He made significant contributions to the development and launch of major cybersecurity programs and strategic initiatives, and has served as director of UMUC's Center for Security Studies. He also served as the UMUC staff to the Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence and Maryland Cybersecurity Council, where he provided subject matter and administrative support to assist the state of Maryland in its mission to become the epicenter of cybersecurity.

Previously, Dr. Ali served as the dean of Keller Graduate School of Management-New York Region, manager of Continuing Education at the American Council of Engineering Companies, director of Technology and System Engineering Programs at UMUC and as a technology consultant to both public and private sector organizations. He has presented at major conferences and seminars on cutting-edge topics in cybersecurity, and he has a strong portfolio of scholarly publications. He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science. Dr. Ali holds a doctorate in Engineering Management from the George Washington University.

Richard CoeRichard Coe

Assistant Dean

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 2012

Phone: (609) 984-1130

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Degrees:
PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MA, College of New Jersey
BA, College of New Jersey

Dr. Coe has been Assistant Dean, School of Applied Science and Technology at Thomas Edison State University since 2012. A career educator, he has taught at Stockton University, Excelsior College, South Carolina State University, Fairfield University and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Spain, Japan, Austria and Korea. He continues to serve as a distinguished visiting professor and docent at the Obninsk State University for Nuclear Power Engineering in the Russian Federation.

For 20 years, Dr. Coe worked in the nuclear energy industry as the director of Training and Education at GPU Nuclear, now 1st Energy, and director of Training and Education at the US Department of Energy Nuclear Weapons Facility in Hanford, Washington. During that time, he also served as a nuclear training consultant with the International Atomic Energy Agency on technical training missions in Austria, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hungary, Russia, Japan and Spain.

Dr. Coe is a recipient of the 2018 Robert L. Long Nuclear Training and Education Excellence Award in recognition of his professional contribution to training and education in the nuclear energy field. He has also been recognized for his commitment to the industry by the American Nuclear Society with the Nuclear Training and Education Pioneer Award. He continues supporting the accreditation of engineering and applied science education as an ABET Domestic and International program evaluator and a commissioner in the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.

He earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from The College of New Jersey and a doctorate in Educational/Vocational Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Donald S. CucuzzellaDonald S. Cucuzzella

Assistant Dean

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 2003

Phone: (609) 984-1130, ext. 3195

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Degrees:
MA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
BA, The College of New Jersey

Donald Cucuzzella is an assistant dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology. He is responsible for managing the Aviation and Allied Health related programs and helped design the University's Aviation Management degree.

Cucuzzella works closely with the Office of Strategic Partnerships to help create partnerships with a variety of flight schools as well as JetBlue and other aviation organizations. He has represented the university at the Women in Aviation, International Conference the past two years. Between helping students figure out how professional certifications can apply as college credit and what it's like taking online courses, Cucuzzella helps students feel comfortable coming back to college. He has worked at Thomas Edison State University for 14 years in a variety of roles in the Admissions, Registrar and Academic Advising offices. This experience gives Cucuzzella him a wealth of knowledge that enables him to help students navigate their way through TESU. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Arts in American History from Rutgers University. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, spending time with his wife and two children and rooting for the New York Mets and Giants.

Leslie MooneyLeslie Mooney

Administrative Assistant

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 2010

Phone: (609) 984-1130, ext. 3194

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Degree:
BS, Clarion University

Leslie Mooney is the assistant to the Dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology. She has a diverse professional background and prior her current position worked in the University's Learner Support Center working with current students and applicants. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University.

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