800 Students Participate in Annual Engineering Career Day at New Jersey Institute of Technology

NEWARK, Dec. 18--More than 600 students and 60 teachers from 42 different private and public high schools throughout New Jersey recently attended the fourth annual engineering career day sponsored by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

"The event is extremely popular because students and their teachers have the chance to meet with NJIT faculty and undergraduates, tour the campus and laboratories, see demonstrations, and participate in hands-on-activities. Last year's event drew 500 students. This year, more than 600 students attended," says S.T. Mau, Ph.D., Dean, Newark College of Engineering at NJIT.

High school science departments organize the day-long trip. There is no fee charged to participating high schools or students. This year, students arrived at NJIT from 8-9 a.m. on school buses and departed NJIT by 1:30 p.m. The day ended with a box lunch for students, followed by a question and answer session run by NJIT undergraduates.

Among the highlights of the department tours there were demonstrations in robotics and automation laboratories, airfoil experiments in a wind tunnel, and the chance to measure the earth's surface with computers and satellites. There was also a computerized analysis of how a person would shoot a basketball done by a biomedical engineering professor.

Teachers also benefited from the day's events. Before a special separate teacher luncheon, teachers heard talks from NJIT professors about what today's marketplace wants in an engineer, the latest in bridge building, multi-media workshops in computer graphics and a session on how women can better fit into engineering careers today.

NCE at NJIT, one of New Jersey's oldest and best-known engineering colleges, offers students degrees in biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial and manufacturing and mechanical engineering.

For the past four years, the following New Jersey school districts have participated in the day-long event: Abraham Clark High School, Roselle; Absegami High School, Galloway; Al-Ghazaly High School, Teaneck; Arts High School, Newark; Bayonne High School, Bayonne; Bergen County Technical School Teterboro, Teterboro; Burlington County Institute of Technology, Westhampton.

More participating high schools were; Cape May County Technical High School, Cape May Court House; Central High School, Newark; Central Regional High School, Bayville; Dickinson High School, Jersey City; Dwight Morrow High School, Englewood; East Side High School, Newark; Gov. Livingston High School, Berkeley Heights; Hanover Park High School, East Hanover; Henry P. Becton Regional High School.

Other schools were: East Rutherford; High Technology High School, Lincroft; Jonathan Dayton High School, Springfield; Lacey Township High School, Lanoka Harbor; Manalapan High School, Englishtown; Manchester Regional High School(Passaic county), Haledon; Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls; Monroe Woodbury High School, Central Valley.

More participants included: Montclair State Pre Collegiate Teaching Academy, Paterson; Morris Knolls High School, Rockaway; Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes; Netherlands Reformed Christian School, Pompton Plains; New Providence High School, New Providence; Old Bridge High School- East, Old Bridge; Palisades Park High School, Palisades Park; Perth Amboy High School.

Other schools were: Perth Amboy; Pinelands Regional High School, Tuckerton; Roxbury High School, Succasunna; Saddle Brook High School, Saddle; Science High School, Newark; St. Mary's Hall, Burlington; St. Vincent Academy, Newark; Trinity Christian School, Montville; Williamstown High School, Williamstown; Washington Township High School, Sewell.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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