Greetings from the School of Engineering Alumni-Industry Scholars!

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the very first 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's going on with the A-I Scholars?

Fall 2016 has been an action-packed semester! The Alumni Industry Scholars were invited to attend exciting events and learning opportunities, including the Medal of Excellence Dinner, as well as the Rutgers School of Engineering Alumni Football Tailgate! 

Rutgers Engineering Alumni Tailgate

Mo Alhayek, a junior in Electrical and Computer Engineering attended the event. He greatly appreciated the opportunity to network and spend time with alumni in a fun and informal setting. His favorite part of the event was seeing accomplished alumni be able to spend time away from the office or lab to come back to Rutgers, cookout with old friends, and enjoy the football game.

He said that this is something he hopes to do as well once he graduates and joins the workforce. Mo also greatly enjoyed how open and friendly the alumni were. He had an opportunity to grab a bite with fellow engineers and learn about the wonderful things School of Engineering graduates have accomplished. 




Taylor Au, ISE '17, on the Medal of Excellence Awards

"What a humbling and inspirational experience!  I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend an evening with some of Rutgers School of Engineering's most distinguished and accomplished Alumni."

Medal of Excellence Awards

Attending the Medal of Excellence Dinner provided great insight into how you can use your engineering degree to accomplish anything.  For young and ambitious undergraduate students including Alumni Industry Scholar, Taylor Au, it was a privilege to spend an evening with such driven and accomplished individuals. Ms. Au, who is currently a senior in Industrial & Systems engineering, thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to network, dine, and laugh with a myriad of Rutgers engineering alumni. Her favorite part was learning about what each award winner learned during their time on the Banks of the Raritan, and how they their alma mater helped them reach great heights.  If you are looking to mingle and connect with engineers who ignite, inspire, and impact, the Medal of Excellence Dinner is certainly the place to be.


A group of scholars planning the November AIS information session featuring a panel of scholars who would speak about their majors, internship experiences, and offer advice to the underclassmen.

Current Senior Spotlights
Sriram Gidugu, CE/CS '17

Sriram Gidugu is a senior studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Through the support that the Alumni-Industry Scholars Program offers, he is able to concentrate more of his time on his education, passion for serving through engineering, and preparing for life after graduation. This program not only allows him to focus on excelling in academics, but also devote time to Engineers Without Borders, a student-run, on-campus organization that aims to improve the quality of human life across the world by partnering with communities and creating sustainable engineering solutions. Through this organization, Sriram has been able to travel to Kenya and work with local community leaders to develop rainwater catchment systems and design boreholes to bring a long-term water supply solution to a remote village. After graduation, Sriram would like to continue his passion of helping and working with others through technology to make a positive impact in his community, which perfectly combines the core values of the Alumni-Industry Scholars Program of giving back with what you can.

Sarah Abdelaziz, ISE '17

Sarah Abdelaziz is a senior studying Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is a member of Phi Sigma Rho, the national engineering sorority, and plays for the Rutgers Club Field Hockey team. Being a part of the Alumni Industry Scholars program has greatly impacted Sarah's college experience and she is extremely appreciative for this amazing opportunity! Aside from the generous scholarship helping to relieve the financial burden of receiving a degree, Sarah has been able to meet incredibly influential alumni through this program. She has received overwhelming support and invaluable advice from alumni and is very thankful for the chance to learn from such successful individuals. Sarah has accepted a full time offer from Amazon and is eager to start her new career after graduation in May. She hopes to return to school after working for a few years to receive an MBA with a concentration in supply chain management. Sarah loves traveling and hopes to be able to continue this passion after graduating, she is excited that Amazon provides her with the opportunity to see new places across the country. Sarah has loved every moment she's spent at Rutgers and cannot wait to see what the future holds! 

A Quote From our Alumni Spotlight
Fall Alumni Spotlight: Hector Maldonado, BME '15

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