Leean “Coco” Orama, a senior majoring in engineering technology and president of the NJIT Student Senate, was one of only four students nationwide selected to receive an all-expense-paid scholarship to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix today through tomorrow. Former US Vice President Al Gore is the conference keynote speaker.
Orama, who was born and raised in Newark, was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by colleagues and friends he has known through the ACE Mentor Program. For five years, he has been networking and meeting industry professionals through this mentoring program, which interests young people in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering.
A colleague forwarded him the scholarship application and encouraged him to apply. “I can't wait to hit that Arizona sun in November!” he said.
Engineering technology is a major available through NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE). One of the oldest and largest professional engineering schools in the United States, NCE offers 13 undergraduate degree programs, 16 master’s and 10 doctoral degree programs. Undergraduate enrollment is more than 2,500, and more than 1,100 are enrolled in graduate study. The 150-member faculty includes engineers and scholars who are widely recognized in their fields.
The college has been providing quality engineering education since 1919. An estimated one in four professional engineers in the State of New Jersey are NCE alumni. Furthermore, the more than 40,000 living NCE alumni work in virtually every region of the whole world, often as CEOs or presidents of large engineering companies. NCE alumni have been pioneers and leaders in such fields as aerospace, television, telecommunications, plastics, electronics and environmental engineering.
NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,558 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Office of Continuing Professional Education.