Salman Naqvi, of Kearny, received the Outstanding Senior Award in addition to the Outstanding Senior Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the 12th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence sponsored by NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE). The dinner was held March 25, 2010 at NJIT.
In his four years at NJIT, Naqvi has won two prestigious national scholarships: a Goldwater Scholarship and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Scholarship. He won both for research he did for the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research at NJIT. He was also named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team -- Honorable Mention.
Working as a researcher with physics professor Andrew Gerrard, Naqvi designed a system that detects gravity waves in the lower atmosphere of the New York metro area. His research could help create a climate model that assesses how gravity waves in cities contribute to global warming. More recently, Naqvi, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, has focused his research on the control of intelligent systems as well as signal processing. He also studies electromagnetic fields and wave theory.
He’s a scholar in the Albert Dorman Honors College who has a perfect 4.0 grade- point average. He has presented academic papers at the American Geophysical Union and will soon publish a paper in the Journal for Geophysical Research. He did a summer research internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth Observation Group in Boulder, Colo. And he did a second internship at Lockheed Martin’s satellite division, where he worked as an electronics parts intern.
At NJIT, he founded the Rotaract Club, a community service group linked to the International Rotary Club. Members of the club tutor Newark school children; volunteer at a local food bank; and work for Habitat for Humanity. He is also the vice president of two honors societies: Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, and serves in the Student Senate. He has applied to joint master’s degree and doctoral programs in electrical engineering at top universities such as Stanford and MIT, and has already been accepted at the University of Cambridge, Churchill College, England.