As a child Ashley Chou, of Wayne, enjoyed playing with Legos. Taking things apart to see how they worked was her passion. She never lost this inquisitive quality, which she hopes to serve future employers well.
Chou, now 20, will graduate from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on May 17, 2007 at 9 a.m. in Continental Airlines Arena, Secaucus, with a degree in industrial engineering. The Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at NJIT recently named Chou its outstanding industrial engineering student. Not only will she graduate as a student in Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT, but she has made the dean’s list most semesters, plus accumulated six scholarships.
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Chou entered NJIT wanting to be an engineer. As a young girl, she loved studying math and science. At NJIT, she researched different engineering majors and decided upon industrial engineering. “I wanted to do more than just crunch numbers,” said Chou. “Industrial engineering is interactive in terms of dealing with people and the improvement of industry.”
This tack has paid off. Chou twice interned at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and this past semester interned for Estee Lauder, in Oakland where she hopes to land a job following graduation. Her current job insures the efficiency of the plant’s industrial process filling perfume bottles.
NJIT has a long tradition of educating first-generation students, and Chou exemplifies that tradition. Her mother was born in Hong Kong and her father in Singapore. Both parents encouraged her to study what she liked and encouraged her to study engineering. “They were supportive of me because, after all, what they wished most for me was to have a better life,” she said. That dream will come true next Thursday as she marches down the aisle to receive her hard-earned degree.