Greetings from the School of Engineering Alumni-Industry Scholars!

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Fall 2017 Edition of the

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 Industry 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, professional networking, career coaching, and financial support.  The program is specifically designed to set the stage for professional and personal success and to instill commitment from scholars to continue the cycle by giving back to current SoE students.

The Alumni-Industry Scholar (AIS) 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 A-I 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, consumer packaged goods, defense, automation, technology, and manufacturing. 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 Test Engineer for Northrop Grumman, specifically working under Aerospace Systems, doing work for a navy drone. She tested software by checking for signals, responses, and inserting faults. This was heavy on the computer side of engineering, because her project focused on autonomous flight. 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.

Welcome to our Class of 2019 Scholars!

Class of 2019 Scholars (from left to right) : Brianna Mantz, Vigneshwar Perumal, Margaret Kirollos, Areeb Zaidi, Kristene Aguinaldo, Mykola Gryshko, Brenda Reyes, Alexandra Spitzer, and Morgan Taylor

AIS Guest Speakers

by Jaslin Singh

Introduction of Two Alumni Speakers

In April, two Rutgers School of Engineering alumni and industry professionals, Michele Anderson and Tim Rowe spoke 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. 

It is always a pleasure to hear from alumni who were once in our shoes as Rutgers SoE students. We learned a lot from the many guest speaker sessions we had throughout the spring semester, and look forward to learning more this fall!



Michele Anderson

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 UPS, where she did time studies and special projects. During this period, 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.

Tim Rowe

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 professionally, people respected him more because he once was in their shoes. 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. 


Don't Miss Our Upcoming Events
Alumni Tailgate

The Rutgers SoE alumni tailgate is a great opportunity for scholars to hear from successful alumni, and to have fun together! We are greatly looking forward to some casual conversation and getting to know SOE alumni at our tailgate on October 21st.


Medal of Excellence

The Medal of Excellence celebrates the accomplishments of Rutgers Engineering graduates in numerous disciplines in industry and research. Approximately 300 guests are anticipated to attend, including SoE alumni, industry speakers and representatives from event sponsors. Read about this year’s honorees here.

The scholars are honored to have been invited to the Medal of Excellence dinner this semester. It will be a fantastic opportunity to hear about the accomplishments of our SOE alumni. 

Spring Events
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 program, James is involved in Omega Chi Epsilon, a chemical engineering honors society, and Engineering Governing Council. 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 at school. 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.

Summer Summary

"I wrote lesson plans for an accredited First-Year Seminar that I am teaching this year called Exploring Engineering. Writing lessons for the class was such an awesome experience!"

-Alex Spitzer, MSE'19 

"Completed my first internship experience at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. It was a blessing to finally gain real-world experience outside of the classroom."

-Travis Cote, CBE'19

"I interned at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. I also began investigating my ancestry, and followed my family tree back for 7 generations."

-Morgan Taylor, MAE'19

"I spent my time working at the Colgate-Palmolive Company as a research and development intern. In my extra time, I prepared for the MCAT with the intention of applying to medical school in the fall."

-Christopher Leonardi, BME'19