Academic encouragement, career advice, the traditional Rutgers cheer (RU, Rah, Rah), and an iPad giveaway, were all part of the School of Engineering’s class of 2016 first-year convocation event held on Thursday, September 13, 2012. However, the most meaningful part of the event was when the new students, who were gathered under a tent on the Engineering Quad along with faculty and administrators, recited the Rutgers Engineering Pledge vowing to take on challenges, solve problems, uphold the highest of ethical standards and to believe in themselves. “I will be an engineer,” they declared in unison.
This class is one of the strongest in the history of the School of Engineering with 763 students hailing from 16 states and 9 countries and comprising the highest SAT scores of any previous class, with more than 80% of students reporting Advanced Placement credits. Rutgers Engineering continues to attract more and more women each year, with this year’s class 160 women strong—the highest in the School’s history.
School of Engineering Dean Tom Farris, in his welcoming remarks, encouraged students to get involved and take advantage of all the opportunities Rutgers has to offer from engaging with faculty and participating in extra-curricular activities to seeking out internships and other career-advancement opportunities. The School of Engineering’s faculty are leaders in their fields, and with nine research centers making significant advances in the areas of pharmaceutical and bioengineering; infrastructure, transportation and civil engineering; wireless communication; materials engineering and energy storage, Farris said, “we are generating some of the most exciting technological research in the state.”
Convocation speaker, John J. Healey ENG ’70, shared insights from his vast and varied international career managing major infrastructure projects in transportation, water resources and facilities engineering. “Our country desperately needs engineers to compete in the world of globalization,” he told students. “Your contributions are critical to this country. You have the individual and collective potential and responsibility to be the movers and shakers and societal leaders of the future.”
View photos from the event on Flickr