Hats off to engineering excellence was the theme of the 2008 annual awards celebrating NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering. Three New Jersey engineering executives were honored along with top students. The event held March 27, 2008, at Stony Hill Inn, Hackensack, drew more than 250 supporters.
Joseph M. Sanzari, chief executive officer, Joseph M. Sanzari Inc., Hackensack, received the Engineering Impact Award. Sanzari is a self-made man whose enterprises in the construction industry now employ more than 200 people. Those companies include North Bergen Recycling Inc. and North Bergen Asphalt Products, LLC, of which he is president of both. Joint ventures with Gardner M. Bishop, Inc., White Plains, and J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., Hackensack, have also highlighted his career. The latter partnership resulted in national recognition of award-winning work on the Rt. 4 and Rt. 17 overpasses.
In 1999, Engineering News-Record recognized Sanzari as a top 25 newsmaker. Sanzari is a member of both the board of trustees and board of governors of Hackensack University Medical Center: the Center’s children hospital is named for him. Sanzari is chair of the Bergen County Economic Development Corporation, vice chair of the board of the Foundation for Free Enterprise, and a director of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.
Haila A. Hudson, president and founder, Milestones Engineering, PC received the outstanding alumna award. Milestones Engineering, Morris Plains, is an electrical consulting engineering firm certified as a minority/women/small business enterprise. One of the first women to be a licensed electrician in the state, Hudson founded the company in 1998 and today is a licensed professional engineer in this NJ, NY and PA. She also serves on the electrical sub-code committee for New Jersey.
Kevin Russell, PhD, a senior engineer in the weapons technology branch in an infantry systems division of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, Rockaway Township, received the outstanding young alumnus award. At ARDEC, Russell develops explicit finite element models for the design, fabrication and analysis of weapon systems and weapon system phenomena. He has co-authored two conference papers and 17 journal publications on mechanism kinematics and synthesis in scholarly journals that include Computer-Aided Design, Mechanism and Machine Theory and ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. Russell works as an adjunct professor in NJIT’s department of engineering.
Top graduating seniors in the engineering college honored included Daniel Lepek, of Bayonne, who was named outstanding graduate student and Shruthi Shankar, of Edison, who received the Madame Mau honor. Owen Fitzgerald, of Monroe, received the top honor as overall outstanding senior. He was also named outstanding senior in engineering technology. The civil engineering award for outstanding work went to Indira Hernandez, of Elizabeth. The honor for the industrial and manufacturing engineering department went to Andrea Kimbrough, of Rockaway. Nishant Vyas, of Oak Ridge, was honored for outstanding work in biomedical engineering. Jiyou Ni, of West New York, was named for outstanding work in mechanical engineering. Stephanie Monteiro, of Clark, was honored for outstanding work in chemical engineering; Chris Sakowski, of Morganville, was named for notable work in electrical and computer engineering.
Event sponsors included The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack; Hatch Mott MacDonald Group, Millburn. Reception sponsors were EE Cruz & Company, Inc., Holmdel; Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack; J. Fletcher Creamer & Sons, Inc., Hackensack; Joel Tanis & Sons, Inc., Fairlawn; Laborers International Union of North America, Pleasantville; Neglia Engineering Associates, Lyndhurst; Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor, Warren; PSE&G, Newark; Raia Properties, Ramsey; and Sanzari-Shinn, LLC, Linden. Student sponsors included Birdsall Engineering, Eatontown; CIAP of NJ, Edison; Downes Tree Service, Hawthorne; French & Parrello Associates, P.A., Wall; R.S. Knapp Co. Inc., Lyndhurst; Napco Copy Graphics, Edison; and Railroad Construction Co., Paulsboro.
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