Salman Naqvi, of Kearny, a junior studying electrical engineering at NJIT, was named a prestigious Goldwater Scholar earlier this week by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
Naqvi received honorable mention in this same competition last year. He is one of three talented brothers of Pakistani origin, who are all enrolled at NJIT. Mohammad, the oldest brother, now a graduating senior also majoring in electrical engineering, was named a Goldwater scholar two years ago and a USA Today Scholar last year. Both brothers are enrolled in NJIT’s elite Dorman Honors College. For more about Salman and Mohammad, see http://www.njit.edu/features/sceneandheard/naqvi-brothers.php
A third brother, Faizan, is now a freshman in the department of mechanical engineering at NJIT and also enrolled in the Dorman Honors College.
“We are very proud of Salman and his work and certainly amazed by the family’s output,” said Joel Bloom, NJIT vice president of student services and dean of Albert Dorman Honors College. “Dorman Honors College has had a history of producing students with a zeal for learning and these students exemplify that tradition.”
Students who receive these scholarships often are involved in sophisticated research and so it’s been no different with this pair. In Salman’s case, he’s been on a research team with NJIT Physics Associate Professor Andrew Gerrard to develop a compact molecular-aerosol light detection and ranging system. The system would detect stationary gravity waves in the lower atmosphere above the Newark and New York City metropolitan areas. Eventually, such work would help develop a climate model that assesses how gravity waves generated by cities contribute to global warming and global climate circulation. Last fall, based on this research, Salman also received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship.
Mohammad has used images taken at Big Bear Solar Observatory in California to reveal data about changes in the Sun’s magnetic fields, a field of study that some relate to global warming. NJIT has operated and managed Big Bear since 1997. The observatory is one of two ground-based observatories in the US capable of high-resolution solar observation, supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation.
As a Goldwater Scholar, Salman will receive scholarship money for as much as $7500 worth of his tuition during his senior year at NJIT.
The Naqvi brothers were all schooled at a prestigious high school in Pakistan, with roots back to Cambridge University, England. Their mother is a physician and their father is an industrial engineer.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.