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NJIT Doctoral Student Receives Louis Berger International Scholar Award

Shown (from left) at the recent ceremony were The Louis Berger Group Inc. Associate Vice President Sean McGonigal; NJIT graduate student and scholarship awardee Xiaolu Wang; NJIT Professor and Department Chair Leonid Tsybeskov; Louis Berger Group Senior Vice President Robert J. Nardi.

Xiaolu Wang, of Newark, a doctoral student at NJIT, was named the 2013 recipient of The Louis Berger International Scholar Award on Feb. 13, 2013.  Wang will receive a stipend of approximately $19,500 to cover tuition and living costs.  In 1997, The Louis Berger Group, Inc. established the Louis Berger International Scholar program at NJIT.  To date, the program has provided scholarships to nine NJIT students.  

“The Louis Berger Group has always done its best to give back, and these scholarships represent one way of doing so,” said Robert J. Nardi, Louis Berger Group senior vice president. “It’s only natural for us to support NJIT because the university provides our company with so many of the fine professionals that have helped make our organization the success it is today.”

Wang enrolled in the fall of 2012 in the department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering to study carrier transport in nano-electronic devices.  Prior to enrolling at NJIT, she had worked for several years in the semiconductor industry.  Wang received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from NJIT in 2011 and a bachelor’s degree in the same subject matter from Jianguan University, China, in 2008.  She maintains a 3.85 grade point average and expects to receive her doctorate from NJIT in four years.

“Xiaolu has been a wonderful addition to our department,” said her advisor and NJIT Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair Leonard Tsybeskov. “She is a top student. We can always depend on her research.”

The Louis Berger International Scholar Award at NJIT was established in January of 1997.  The purpose of the Dr. Louis Berger Endowed Fund is to provide an annual award to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate candidate.  The recipient must be enrolled in a field of relevance to The Louis Berger Group and must be willing to serve as an intern with the company. 

“Dr. Berger started the company 60 years ago and quickly expanded our work globally,” said Sean T. McGonigal, NJIT alum and associate vice president at The Louis Berger Group. “This scholarship program enables a deserving international student, such as Xiaolu, to continue her studies.  In return, we hope to continue our relationship with Xiaolu Wang, throughout her studies and on future projects in her native country, China.” 

About The Louis Berger Group, Inc.: The Louis Berger Group is an internationally recognized consulting firm that provides engineering, architecture, program and construction management, environmental planning and science and economic development services.  We are a trusted partner to federal, state, and local government agencies; multilateral institutions and commercial industry.  To this diverse client base, we bring strategic vision and an entrepreneurial spirit, developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems.  With a resource base of more than 6,000 professionals and affiliate employees in more than 50 countries, we are able to respond to local conditions while providing clients with the technical resources and rapid response capabilities of a leading global organization.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.