Commencement '07: Bright Futures for NJIT Graduates

NJIT graduates celebrate receiving their degrees.

A festive mood is settling over the campus.

Some 2,000 students will soon stride through the Continental Arena, a venue commonly filled with the shouts of sports fans. But on May 17, its halls will fill with the proud cheers of parents, who will watch their sons and daughters graduate from NJIT.

 The students are an accomplished group with much to celebrate.

Jared Kruzek, the university’s top electrical-engineering student, is on his way to Stanford University. He is a scholar of the Albert Dorman Honors College.

Diya Abdeljabbar, a chemical engineering major, won a scholarship to Princeton University.

And Hamid Bagce, a biomedical engineering major, won a scholarship to attend the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is a scholar of the Albert Dorman Honors College.

These are just three examples of students who, thanks to NJIT, are poised for brilliant careers. It’s also been a great hiring season for engineering, science and management students. Many students have already gotten top jobs working for IBM, Citigroup, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Colgate-Palmolive, AT&T and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Anthony Coscia, the chairman of the Port Authority, will be the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Many NJIT graduates work as engineers and analysts for the Port Authority. During his speech, Coscia will discuss how students trained in science and technology can help America solve some of its most vexing political problems.

Elizabeth Avery Gomez, an NJIT doctoral student, will also speak during the ceremony on behalf of the graduate students. Gomez, an AGEP fellow, is doing a summer internship at the Port Authority’s Office of Emergency Management. At NJIT, Gomez studied how to train emergency responders to better communicate during a crisis by using effective text messaging. She’ll continue that work during her internship.

Bernadette Moke, the senior class president, will speak on behalf of the undergraduates. Moke majored in information technology with a minor in multi-media studies. She will soon start working as a graphic artist for a major advertising firm in Manhattan.

 Two successful university graduates with interesting stories will also speak during the ceremony and be given honorary degrees. William Guttenberg, a 1944 graduate who founded Wilco Electric, a manufacturer of electro-mechanical parts for motors, will receive an honorary degree. Guttenberg, whose two late children had cerebral palsy, has long crusaded for the rights of the handicapped. He led a campaign to make NJIT campus buildings more accessible to the handicapped, and NJIT’s Guttenberg Information Technologies Center is named in his honor. John Mooney, the co-inventor of the catalytic converter, one of most important automotive and environmental inventions of the 20th century, will discuss his inventive technology. Over the years, as some 17 patents attest, Mooney has continued to expand the potential of catalytic technology for reducing emissions. He graduated in 1960 from the Newark College of Engineering.

NJIT will also give honorary degrees to Peter Lax, one of the nation’s leading mathematicians, and to Randal Pinkett, chairman of BCT Partners, a consulting firm located in NJIT's Enterprise Development Center. Pinkett is a past winner on NBC's television show “The Apprentice.” He has five academic degrees and is the first African-American from Rutgers University to receive a Rhodes scholarship.

For those who would like complete details about the ceremony, please visit the commencement website.

(By Robert Florida, University Web Services)