Many seniors who will graduate at NJIT’s upcoming May 16, 2009, commencement ceremony (9 a.m.-noon) at the Prudential Center are looking forward to the big day but not just for the sheepskin. They are looking forward just as much to their start dates at plum jobs with starting salaries upwards of $60,000. Grads attribute their success to keeping their studies focused on science, technology, engineering and/or math.
“Despite the news we are hearing elsewhere, employers are not rescinding job offers to our students, asking them to start several months later or starting at lower salaries,” said Greg Mass, executive director of Career Development Services at NJIT. “We’ve seen from our career fairs that NJIT’s science and technology majors are in demand.” Graduating seniors make the case.
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When Dorman honors scholar Matthew De Zaio, of Edison, leaves the Rock, he’ll look forward to a job as an electrical engineer at the Clifton division of the ITT Corporation, the international engineering company. De Zaio will help design electronic warfare equipment for the US military. He’ll work to assure that the military’s e-communications and radar systems cannot be jammed or intercepted. It’s a great job that will pay him well while allowing him to work on leading-edge technologies.
Newly-minted electrical engineer and Dorman honors scholar Baker Assaf, of Paterson, a graduate of Passaic County Tech, looks forward to stepping into a job at ASCO Power Technologies, a player in the critical power industry in the NY/NJ Metro region. He’ll be working in the sales and marketing department, supplying automatic transfer switches and more for systems.
Nick Pelletier, of Bristol, Ct, an information technology major and Dorman honors scholar, will be a corporate information securities engineer at New England’s largest utility system, Northeast Utilities Service Co. “I am looking forward to gaining experience which will hopefully someday apply to a federal law enforcement position such as the FBI,” he said.
Another Dorman honors scholar and IT major Russell Moke, of Monroe Township, starts at Johnson and Johnson in the information technology leadership and development program. This graduate of Middlesex County Academy looks forward to a long and productive career with Johnson and Johnson. His dream is to visit England, Germany, and anywhere else that piques his interest.