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MEDIA ADVISORY: New Jersey Institute of Technology to Confer More Than 2,600 Degrees at 98th Commencement Exercises on May 20

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will award more than 2,600 baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the 98th Commencement exercises. The university also will confer honorary degrees on three individuals.

WHAT: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will award more than 2,600 baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the 98th Commencement exercises. The university also will confer honorary degrees on three individuals.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 9 a.m. A live broadcast can be viewed at www.njit.edu

WHERE: Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

WHO: NJIT President Joel S. Bloom will preside over the ceremony.

Commencement Address and Honorary Degrees: Clement Alexander Price, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History, Rutgers University-Newark Campus, and Director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, will deliver the 2014 Commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. John M. Dionisio, Executive Chairman of AECOM, and Robert S. Dow ‘69, who was Managing Partner at Lord Abbett & Co. before retiring in 2012, each will receive an honorary Doctor of Science.

Student Speaker: Johnathan Weiss, of Wantage, will give remarks on behalf of the student body.


To learn about more about the outstanding graduates of the NJIT Class of 2014, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7vQLtz9vuN4

Jay Vargas ’14, an electrical and computer engineering major from Maywood, didn’t enroll in college after high school; instead, he enlisted in the Marines, knowing that after five years of service, the GI Bill would pay his college tuition. In wartime, he was stationed twice in Iraq. When he finished his military service and enrolled at NJIT, Jay’s motivation pushed him to the top of his class. Most recently, the Newark College of Engineering named him the Outstanding Senior in electrical and computer engineering.  He also spent six months interning at the Picatinny Arsenal, where he did so well that the Army recently offered him a full-time job as a Radar Antenna and Radio Frequency Systems engineer. The Army, moreover, will pay for him to attend graduate school. He plans to get his master’s degree in electrical engineering.  Read more about Jay at: http://www.njit.edu/features/student/vargas.php

Luis Mendez ’14 graduated from the Albert Dorman Honors College in three and a half years, a semester early, and has already begun working as an engineer at ExxonMobil in Baton Rouge. His family immigrated to America from Guatemala when Luis was nine years old. He participated in Project SEED, a program that helps economically disadvantaged high school students learn about scientific careers. The program allowed him to do research at NJIT for two summers. At NJIT, he also married Elaine Gomez ’14, a chemical engineering major who also attended Union City schools and the Albert Dorman Honors College.  In the fall, Elaine will enter the doctoral program in chemical engineering at Columbia University with an impressive level of funding, having recently won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a generous three-year grant that will allow her to focus intensively on research as she pursues her degree. Read more about Luis at: http://www.njit.edu/features/student/mendez.php.  Read more about Elaine at: http://www.njit.edu/features/student/gomez-princeton.php

Isaac Daudelin ‘14, a biology major from Hackettstown, is graduating from NJIT in three years with a 4.0 grade-point average and a full ride to the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where he will pursue a M.D./Ph.D.  joint program, offered to only the top students in the nation. He’s accomplished all this never having attended a formal elementary or high school: Isaac was homeschooled, like all nine of his siblings, four of whom attend or have attended the Albert Dorman Honors College. Read more about Isaac at: http://www.njit.edu/features/student/isaac-daudelin.php

Margaret Christian ’14, a biomedical engineering major from Lake Hopatcong, was accepted into the nation’s top medical schools and, after much deliberation, will attend Columbia University Medical School in the fall. At NJIT, she designed a surgical device that reduces the time it takes surgeons to repair heart valves. She’s now developing a prototype for the device, which she spoke about during a recent TEDx talk. NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering recently named her the Outstanding Senior in her major. Read more about Margaret at: http://www.njit.edu/features/student/margaret-christian.php?utm_source=njit&utm_medium=tile&utm_content=homepage-tile&utm_campaign=topwomen-engineers-margaret

Martina Jackson ’14, a biology major from South Brunswick, combined an abiding love of animals with a passion for science to earn herself a spot next fall at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine—one of seven schools that accepted her. Jackson, an Albert Dorman Honors College Scholar who minored in philosophy and applied ethics, said her interest in becoming a veterinarian transcends the clinical. “Some people think of themselves as dominant to animals, but I believe there is life beyond ours and I am really interested in our relationship with them. We depend on them,” she says. Read more at: http://www.njit.edu/news/2014/2014-162.php

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.