NJIT homepage of Evan Koblentz

Hello world. I am a staff writer and adjunct instructor at New Jersey Institute of Technology.


I am a staff writer in the Office of Strategic Communications since August 2019.

I enjoy documenting the history of computing. Here are some articles I wrote related to computer history at NJIT and its predecessor Newark College of Engineering:

Teaching (CS-485)

I'm also an adjunct instructor at NJIT Ying Wu College of Computing as of January 2022. My first course is CS-485, Special Topics, Introduction to Computing History. It meets Wednesdays from 6-9pm. (There is no class on Wednesday, February 16 due to instructor's travel.)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will possess a comprehensive knowledge about the development of computing from ancient times to the Industrial Revolution to the modern era. Topics include ancient systems of calculation, mechanical systems, the invention of binary math, human "computors", analog systems, early electronic mainframes, the evolution of commercial computing, invention of transistors, invention of integrated circuits, so-called "mini"computers, timesharing, the microcomputer revolution, networks, and mobile computing. Students will learn about the people, companies, and organizations behind all of these developments, including their motivations and obstacles. Components, I/O, programming languages, and business/cultural impacts will also be discussed. The roles of women are included, along with industry developments here in New Jersey.

Coding and advanced math are NOT required -- there are no prerequisites! Any student at NJIT may take this course, which involves reading, writing, lectures, and critical thinking. Non-CS majors are encouraged to register. ("STEM teaches you to clone a T-rex. Humanities teaches you why that's not a wise idea.") Of course, a basic familiarity with computing systems is helpful.

Some students may need a permit.

Students will be graded based on homework, midterm exam, and final exam. The homework will be short open-ended questions and/or multiple choice questions, possibly based on reading assignments. The midterm and final may be essays, presentations, or a test -- this is not yet determined.

Here is my personal website (external to NJIT which does not endorse ... yada, yada, yada).

Last updated by Evan Koblentz, Nov. 22, 2021 *** Contact: evank{at}njit.edu