Christian Hoover, a senior at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently won two of the university’s top awards: the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Outstanding Senior Award and the Newark College of Engineering Overall Outstanding Senior Award.
Upon giving Hoover the awards, John Schuring, chairman of the civil and environmental engineering, described him as uncommonly enterprising student, able to couple superior academic performance - his grade point average is 3.93 - with extensive extracurricular activities and community service.
“Christian is one of the most exceptional students I have seen in my 20 years of college teaching,” Schuring said, “and I believe he has unlimited future potential.”
Hoover’s future will remain tied to NJIT, at least for another five years. Earlier this month, he was also awarded an NJIT Presidential Fellowship - a full scholarship plus a stipend - to pursue a doctorate degree in civil engineering at NJIT.
Hoover, 22, graduated from Middletown North High School in 2000. He sings and plays guitar for the folk choir at Saint James Church in Red Bank. His father works as an electrical engineer for ATT/Bell Labs, in Middletown.
Hoover’s stellar academic performance and membership in the Albert Dorman Honors College shows his sound work ethic, Schuring continued. When Hoover was a junior, he was hired to work as a teaching assistant in the civil engineering department, teaching a statics and dynamics course. “Christian is one of few undergraduate students at NJIT to be hired to teach over the last 20 years,” Schuring said, “which testifies to his keen engineering and communication abilities.”
Upon winning the two NJIT awards, Hoover gave a brief speech, thanking his parents for imbuing him a strong work ethic. “Whether it was getting paid five cents a week to keep my room clean,” Hoover said, “or moving the lawn to get that pack of baseball cards I really wanted, my parents made me realize the value of working hard; that if you want something bad enough, you must earn it.”