Salman Naqvi, of Kearny, was awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship for 2008. Naqvi is an electrical engineering major, working with NJIT Physics Professor Andrew Gerrard on developing a compact molecular-aerosol light detection and ranging system to detect the gravity waves above the Newark and New York City metropolitan areas.
Goals of the scholarship program include increasing undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and fostering multidisciplinary training opportunities. It also aims to increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy.
The program recruits and prepares students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government. Through it, students are also recruited and prepared for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science.