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Hackensack Resident Mariya Tohfafarosh Honored as NJIT Outstanding Senior in Biomedical Engineering

Mariya Tohfafarosh, of Hackensack, received the Outstanding Senior Award in Biomedical Engineering at the 12th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence at NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE).  The event was held March 25, 2010 at NJIT.

Tohfafarosh has shown outstanding academic accomplishments during her time at NJIT. Of all the biomedical engineering students due to graduate in May, Tohfafarosh has earned the second-highest grade-point average -- a 3.953. She’s achieved that while also working on important research projects and assuming leadership roles at NJIT. In terms of research, Tohfafarosh excels in the biomaterials track of the biomedical major. She has done research on tissue engineering with professors George Collins and Treena Arinzeh. Collins reports that “Tohfafarosh may be the only undergraduate student to perform at such a high level at the interface between biomaterials and tissue engineering.”

She also worked in Collins’s lab on a novel electro-spinning technique and material. Her lab work was so successful that she will appear as an author on an upcoming peer-reviewed journal article.  Tohfafarosh has been an outstanding leader, too. She is a Scholar for Women in Leadership, as well as a member of the Biomedical Engineering Honors Society and the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. She is also a scholar in the NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College.

She has served on the NJIT Student Senate, was vice-president of the Biomedical Engineering Honors Society, and was public relations manager for both the Society of Women Engineers and the Biomedical Engineering Society. She also worked as a tutor in the learning center and as a peer mentor for the Honors College. After she graduates, she hopes to attend medical school and specialize in either cardiology or neurology.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.