NJIT Student Named Outstanding Scholar

NEWARK, April 18--Gitanjali Puri, of Mount Olive, a senior at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently received one of the university's top academic honors. During a recent awards banquet, Puri was named outstanding senior in electrical and computer engineering by the Newark College of Engineering at NJIT.

Puri, 22, is en exemplary student. She has a 3.8 grade point average, is a member of NJIT's Albert Dorman Honors College and is a Van Houten scholar, one of NJIT's prestigious named scholarships.

"Gitanjali is active and enthusiastic and is always willing to help other students," says Atam Dhawan, Ph.D. Dhawan is professor of electrical and computing and biomedical engineering and chairperson of the electrical and computing engineering department.

Puri loves math, science and, most of all, engineering. "These subjects makes me think," she says, "creatively and logically - not just problem solving but real-life problems, too."

Puri mentors fellow students in her capacity as president of the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Dhawan says. She has been a role model for many women students in engineering and science as the vice president of the student branch of the Society of Women Engineers, and she is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi.

Puri's success has not been confined to the classroom. She worked one summer at Princeton University on an electron-beam lithography project and has worked as an intern at Lucent Technologies. She has also worked in NJIT's admissions department as well as in the university's learning center.

Upon graduation in May, Puri will pursue a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering at NJIT.


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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