Greetings from the School of Engineering Alumni-Industry Scholars!

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Fall Edition of Rutgers School of Engineering Alumni Industry Scholarship e-newletter!

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The Alumni Industry Scholarship- Capturing the Spirit of Rutgers helping Rutgers

Launched in 2012, the Alumni Scholarship Program is more than just a scholarship. The AIS program is a unique award opportunity, envisioned and funded with the support of alumni, that gives Rutgers engineering students the opportunity of an enhanced education combining academics, real-world internships, lifelong mentoring, and financial support.  The program is explicitly designed to set the stage for professional and personal success and to instill a commitment by scholars to continue the cycle by giving back to currently enrolled SoE students.

The Alumni-Industry Scholar award is available to School of Engineering rising juniors and seniors. The AIS program recognizes students who have demonstrated academic proficiency by maintaining a greater than B average through the first two years, a passion for their profession, important character qualities including: leadership, honesty, and integrity; and a desire to give back by helping other students. 

What were the AI-Scholars up to this summer?

The scholars are back from a summer filled of internships, research and learning! Students interned in many industries including logistics, finance, CPG, defense, automation, technology, manufacturing and more. Many scholars preformed research and independent projects, some attended conferences and worked on their professional and career development skills. Our scholars have had amazing experiences across industries throughout the nation and are excited to be back at school for the Fall semester. 

AI-Scholars across the nation

Alice Tchoudov, a senior scholar studying Aerospace engineering had a very exciting summer. She interned as a Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman in San Diego, California. Besides working full time, she had a lot of fun around California. In her free times, she learned to surf, went on many hikes, and did a lot of sight-seeing. She made new friends and memories and learned a lot at her internship experience.

AIS Guest Speakers
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Michele Anderson graduated in 1984 Rutgers with a degree in industrial engineering, and began her career with a defense job that she obtained through Rutgers University. Later, she went to work for the UPS where she did time studies and special projects. During this time, she had the opportunity to travel to Madrid and although it was a considerable adjustment in language and environment, she stressed that it was a once in a lifetime experience that she truly valued having earlier in her career. She met and spoke to many people at her company and she built trust among her co-workers by making them aware that she had their best interest in mind. She offered the scholars a lot of insightful advice on managing coworkers and being a flexible and quick learner.

AIS Guest Speakers Intro- Jaslin Singh

In April, two Rutgers alumni industry professionals and school of engineering alumni, Michele Anderson and Tim Rowe, met with the Alumni-Industry Scholars to speak about their work experiences in large and small companies, traveling abroad for work, and relocation adjustments. They both provided the scholars with great advice from their industry experiences.


AIS Presentation

Tim Rowe also worked at UPS, where he started by first driving a UPS truck. Although he was an engineer, he stated that this was how he learned the business and that over the years as he grew to an office position, people respected him more because he once was in their shoes even though he climbed the ladder over time.  Tim also spoke about “working the ladder”, and the benefits of building a career from the ground up. He advised the scholars that building these experiences help you grow as a person, and make you a better leader. He also advised that during hard times at work it’s important to sometimes “ride the wave” and learn to adapt to the leaders of your company. 


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Current Scholar Spotlights
Senior Spotight: James Forder, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering '18

James is a senior majoring in chemical and biochemical engineering. In addition to the Alumni-Industry scholarship, James is involved in Omega Chi Epsilon, a chemical engineering honors society, and Engineering Governing Council, a student-run governing body for the School of Engineering. The Alumni-Industry scholarship has enabled James to dedicate more of his time and energy to focus on his education and professional development, and has connected him with influential and insightful alumni from the School of Engineering. He has previously interned with Aloft AeroArchitects, an aerospace company, as well as Mondelez International, one of the world's largest snack companies. Most recently James interned at POET biorefining, a pioneer in the US biofuels industry. After graduation, James plans to attend graduate school and then conduct research in the alternative energy sector.

Junior Spotlight: Brenda Reyes, Industrial & Systems Engineering '19

Brenda Reyes is a junior majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering. She has been actively involved in the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers chapter at Rutgers since her freshman year. Through the organization, she's been able to travel to Anaheim, California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to attend the IISE Annual Conference. Aside from her professional engineering organization involvement, she is also involved with the Catholic Student Association.

When Brenda is not studying, you can usually find her baking. Being a part of the Alumni Industry Scholars program has greatly impacted Brenda's Rutgers experience. She is extremely grateful for the AIS program because she says that she can focus more on her education without worrying about the financial stress. She hopes to use her free time to be more involved in activities around the school, like volunteering. This past summer, she worked for Remodel & Design Consultants, LLC as a marketing coordinator. In the future, Brenda would like to use her continuous improvement skills to work in manufacturing or logistics. After a few years, she hopes to return to school to earn an MBA with a concentration in supply chain management. Brenda is really excited for her junior year, and hopes to meet new people and make more memories.

A Quote From our Alumni Spotlight
Fall Alumni Spotlight: WHO IS IT???

Hector is currently a doctoral student at Harvard University. He is part of the inaugural interdisciplinary PhD cohort in Population Health Sciences following the Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences program. He is currently focused on understanding the mechanistic effects that are induced by environmental chemicals in a host's epigenome that may result in lung carcinogenesis. At the same time, he serves as the PhD representative for the T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Student Association. Ever since his move to Cambridge, he has become an avid biker, the city promotes a healthy lifestyle!

"At Rutgers, I learned how to be resilient and how to be confident in my abilities. As a graduate student at a school of public health, I have the ability to bring my background and experiences in biomedical engineering to address social disparities from an explanatory epigenetic approach. Rutgers taught me how having a diverse background allows a person to reach and answer interesting questions across disciplines that impact serval populations. It was during my time in the AIS program that I had the opportunity to gain a first hand perspective of the potential for translation between academia and industry. I hope to be able to participate in these type of collaborations in the near future providing insight to the work I am truly passionate about. "- Hector Maldonado, Rutgers BME '15

A Quote From our Donor Spotlight
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Some Quotes from Our Scholars

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent." - Norm Augustine shared by Kristene Aguinaldo

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" - Steve Prefontaine shared by Brianna Mantz