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NJIT's Concrete Industry Management Program Celebrates its Students' Achievements

Jamie Gentoso

NJIT’s Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program has awarded four scholarships of approximately $1,370 to outstanding students at various stages in their college careers.

The awards, which can be put toward tuition or to pursue academic and other interests, were given on the basis of the students’ GPA and activities within the program.

The winners were Alphares Florestal ’15, of Irvington, Gabriel Garcia ’16, a civil engineering and CIM major from Old Bridge, Makar Ibrahim ’17, a CIM major from Jersey City, and David Williams ’15, a CIM and architecture major from Vauxhall.

Williams lead the ACI (American Concrete Institute) student chapter team that won third place in the ACI’s international concrete bowling ball competition in Reno, Nev. this past semester and Florestal earned a 4.0 GPA, noted Mohamed Mahgoub, the CIM program director, in mentioning some student highlights.

“The spring semester was a wonderful one and the CIM students were great. They achieved so much,” Mahgoub said, calling the program’s third-place win in the international concrete bowling ball competition “a real success.”

The awards were announced earlier this month on campus at the CIM program’s bi-annual Northeast Patrons meeting, where industry supporters learned more about the program and networked with students.

“We had record attendance with over 20 companies represented. As a new feature to the meeting we also offered our patrons the opportunity to conduct interviews with students immediately following the meeting. Nine companies took advantage of this opportunity and we will likely see the benefit of their involvement and support of the CIM program at NJIT,” said Jamie Gentoso, chairperson of the NE Patrons Board of Directors and vice president of marketing and key accounts in the concrete and engineered waterproofing division of Sika.

Mahgoub said the attendance reflected the growth of the CIM program, which has quadrupled enrollment over the past three years.

Later in the month, the CIM National Steering Committee approved $50,000 in annual scholarships for incoming freshmen at each CIM school.