Student Scholar: Paula McCarter '15

Paula McCarterAlbert Dorman Honors College
BS Mechanical Engineering 2015

Sigma Psi Kappa
Order of Omega
Girl Scouts of the USA
Nucleus Yearbook
Material Advantage
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Women Engineers

I’ve been interested in the STEM disciplines since  I was in elementary school. In middle and high school, I found that I wanted to work in engineering, specifically mechanical engineering. I knew that I wanted to attend NJIT because it is an affordable technology school, one of the top science and technology universities in the nation for return on investment. In my time here, I have been involved with Yearbook and the Society of Women Engineers committees, joined Sigma Psi Kappa sorority, been a Resident Assistant in Laurel Hall, participated in the invaluable Interdisciplinary Design Studio Program, worked in the Office of the President, and have taken a few classes…

NJIT, and more specifically the Albert Dorman Honors College, has enabled me to be a part of peer study groups and mentor other students. The fact that this is a STEM-driven school is immensely important to the environment and the success of the students. As a university, we are investing in the latest innovations and technologies to give our students the best STEM education possible.

NJIT has taken me farther than I ever would have expected. A clear example of this is the fact that I participated in a 10-week internship at NASAGoddard Space Flight Center last summer. I was working on methods for determining the thermal conductivity of materials. Previously, the Materials Engineering Branch at Goddard had no way to determine the thermal conductivity of a material, and now they are able to find this value with only 2% error. My NJIT education was crucial for the success of this internship, and your contributions toward our endowed scholarship fund made this a reality.

I have been fortunate enough to receive scholarships and financial aid, which are assisting with funding my education. However, my experience at NJIT has been so much more than educational. Because of these gifts, I have been able to take full advantage of my time at NJIT. I have, of course, been able to focus on my education, to be involved in service projects, participate in leadership initiatives, and enjoy the overall college experience. With all of the opportunities that I have had thus far, I am looking to continue my success in the future. My goal is to hold a leadership position in a company, while still working in the engineering field. I plan to stay on the cutting edge of technology, and anticipate inventing something that will have an impact on the world.