Cynthia Camacho, of Belleville, a senior in the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), was recently named outstanding senior in the NCE department of biomedical engineering.
Each year, NCE recognizes the top seniors in its engineering departments during an awards banquet at the Newark Airport Marriott. The award is presented to students who excel academically while also illustrating deep commitments to the university.
Upon presenting her with the award, William Hunter, Ph.D., chairman of the biomedical-engineering department at NJIT, said, “Camacho has distinguished herself in many ways as a student in our undergraduate program.”
In her studies, Hunter added, Camacho has achieved a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.45 (4.0 being the highest). But her GPA alone does not paint a full picture of her accomplishments. She has amassed quite a publication record during her undergraduate years at NJIT. With a professor she co-authored a research paper, “Text Summarization Contribution to Universal Access,” which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Technology and Disability. She also presented a research paper at the 28th Northeast Bioengineering Conference, held at Drexel University in April 2002, and she was a judge of a robotics competition at the 2003 Northeast Bioengineering Conference held at NJIT.
She wrote a $2,000 grant proposal for NJIT that was accepted; the money was used to support undergraduate research education. Her undergraduate research focused on developing a software program to help people with poor vision summarize large amounts of computer text.
Camacho worked as a teacher’s assistant in a biomedical-engineering class for freshmen. The studio-style class had teams of students design and build surgical robots.
“Having her as the instructor in the class gave her valuable teaching experience, which will serve her well in the future,” Hunter said. “She has been quite active in a number of areas in addition to her formal studies and is richly deserving of this award.”