ASME Scholarship Recipients at NJIT
Continued from the January 2008 Newsletter.
When Eric was in high school, he and his classmates joined Team #223 based at Middlesex County Vocational Technical High School in Piscataway, NJ. One Eric's teachers, Randy Coern had been working with students in a variety of technology classes to design projects and thought FIRST would provide yet another challenge.
Team #75, one of the older and largest FIRST teams in New Jersey, is sponsored Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Inc.. The company also provides a technical mentoring team, led by Carmine Rizzo, an engineer at the company. "There is no better way to give high school students a real understanding of technology than FIRST," Rizzo explained when asked why he devoted so much time and energy to Team 75.
As for their decision to attend NJIT, all three of these future engineers mentioned having had the opportunity to visit the university as part of FIRST activities held on campus and the growing number of FIRST alumni who are now NJIT students.
When asked about what they think of FIRST, Seth summed it up best. "FIRST gave us a chance to REALLY do something during high school!" Well, obviously NJIT and ASME liked what they did in high school, and we are excited about what they will do during college and beyond. Who knows, maybe that high school interest in auto mechanics will lead to the discovery of better ways to make cars safer and more energy efficient.