Lisa Kardos, a senior majoring in chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), will graduate on May 26, with a myriad of awards and accolades.
Kardos, of Cranford, an Albert Dorman Honor’s College student with a grade point average of 3.7 in chemical engineering, was recently named the Newark College of Engineering’s outstanding female engineer. She is president of the Dorman Honor’s College student council, and treasurer of Omega Chi Epsilon - the chemical engineering honor society. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Society of Women Engineers and Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society. She was the student speaker at the 2002 NJIT Celebration Scholarship fundraising event and assisted in recruiting women students to NJIT. She served on a strategic-planning taskforce at NJIT.
And despite all her above work, Kardos found time for two major research projects. One project, under the guidance of Robert Barat, Ph.D., associate professor of the Otto York department of chemical engineering, focused on experimentation in optics to measure properties of reactions in tubular flow reactors. The second research project was guided by Joseph Bozzelli, Ada C. Fritts chair, distinguished professor and chairman of the chemistry and Environmental Science department. Her manuscript, which will be submitted to The International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, reports elementary reaction kinetic and thermo-chemical parameters for oxygen reactions with hydrocarbon and applications to modeling octane rating, soot formation and ignition in internal combustion engines, Bozzelli said.
Kardo’s activities at NJIT were legion. She was a writer for the Dorman Honors College Magazine, The Technology Observer; editor of Tiernan Express, AIChE’s newsletter; editor of the Honors College Newsletter; managing editor of the Vector, NJIT’s student newspaper; secretary of NJIT’s Ambassadors Club; and tour guide for NJIT open houses. Her community service included volunteer work at the Cranford Public Library.
Kardo’s myriad awards include having received a full academic scholarship to NJIT; the Dorman Honors College Leadership Service Award; Honorable Mention Award in the Ronald E. McNair Undergraduate Student Research Symposium; Chemical Engineering Merit Awards: the Marc L. Halprin Memorial Award; the Outstanding Female Student Award; NJIT Chemical Engineering Cooperative-Education Student of the Year; AIChE-NJIT Chapter Award for serving as president; the Cohen/Ogden S.- Knight Award; and the Hess Scholarship.
She won third place for a research presentation in the national AIChE conference in catalysis and reaction engineering. She made the dean’s list each semester of her four years at NJIT. She won the Dorman Honors College Leadership Service Award; the Otto York Award; the Dean of Student Services Leadership Award; the 2002 Outstanding Female Engineering Student; a best writer award from The Vector; and she is included in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Kardos worked as a summer intern for Firmenich Chemical Manufacturing Center, Newark, concentrating on health, safety and environmental affairs. She also worked as a research assistant for the chemistry and environmental science department at NJIT.
After she graduates from NJIT, Kardos will work as a process contact engineer at Infineum, Linden, an oil-additive manufacturing company. She will also pursue a master’s degree in chemical engineering at NJIT.