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NJIT Senior David Anderson Wins Fulbright

David Anderson, a mathematical sciences major at NJIT, has been awarded a Fulbright grant that will pay for him to travel to Germany and pursue a master’s degree at a university in Munich. Anderson is the first NJIT student to receive the prestigious Fulbright Finalist award.

Anderson, a senior in the Albert Dorman Honors College, will do a master’s degree in mathematical finance at the Technische Universität München. While there, he’ll study how borrowing propensities in different cultures affect the severity of financial recessions as well as the recovery of the financial markets in the wake of recessions.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen as a representative of the United States as a Fulbright scholar to Germany,” said Anderson. “The Fulbright provides me an unequivocal opportunity to perform research while also completing a master’s program in Germany. Naturally, I am very grateful to all of those who have supported me along the way throughout my NJIT academic career.”

The Honors College attracts some of brightest young scholars in the nation and “David is a definitive example of that,” said Katia Passerini, dean of the college.

“He has a keen intellect,” she added, “and will one day be a leader in his field.” 

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It supports opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to do graduate study and advanced research in schools around the world. The program operates in more than 160 countries and provides over 1,900 American students the opportunity to study, teach and do research abroad for one year.

This will not be the first time that Anderson, a senior with a concentration in math of finance and actuarial science, will study abroad. He is currently studying at the Technische Universität in Dortmund, Germany.

David Horntrop, a math professor at NJIT who has taught Anderson, characterized him as a bright and hardworking student who deserved to win the Fulbright.

“David has grown a great deal in confidence, poise and direction during his time at NJIT,” said Horntrop. “I’m certain he’ll make excellent use of this opportunity and will be a terrific ambassador for the U.S. during his time in Germany.”

Anderson comes from a brilliant family: His three older brothers graduated from the Honors College and all three are becoming leaders in their respective fields.

Matthew Anderson ’12 works as a technical adviser for Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, where he advises attorneys on patent claims and other technical matters. 

Michael Anderson ’13 is a design engineer at Scaled Composites, a California company that designs some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world.  http://www.njit.edu/features/student/greatgrads-michael.php?utm_source=njit&utm_medium=tile&utm_content=homepage-tile&utm_campaign=greatgrads-michael

And Thomas Anderson ’14 is a doctoral student in applied mathematics at CalTech, where he continues to hold the Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship in Computational Science, an award he won in a national competition while a student at NJIT.

“It’s becoming widely known that the Honors College attracts the top students in the nation such as the Andersons,” said Passerini, who earlier this year herself won a Fulbright International Administrators grant. The award allowed her to travel to France for two-weeks where she met with leaders in education, government, culture, economics and science.

“There’s no greater experience than studying in a foreign country and I encourage more NJIT students to apply for prestigious awards,” she said, adding that a list of such awards appears on the college’s website: http://honors.njit.edu/currentstudents/scholarships/external-scholarships.php.

By Robert Florida (robert.florida@njit.edu)