Madeline Nivar

AIS Alumni
Class of 2017, Mechanical Engineering

Madeline Nivar graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in energy. Prior to her schoolwork at Rutgers University, she attended Perth Amboy High School in New Jersey.


Madeline has been a hard worker all her life, maintaining several forms of employment since her junior year of high school. She has gone from being a barista to her most recent employment at NAVAIR as a mechanical engineer. In the past, she has interned at Raytheon as a during her summer of 2016 and at Henkel as a technical customer service intern during her summer of 2015.  Madeline is also an EOF alumna and NACME scholar - two accomplishments she holds near and dear to her heart. She is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society, and was treasurer during her senior year. Currently, her post-graduate plans include thriving in NAVAIR’s Leadership Development Program and traveling as much as she can before she starts to work full-time. She also hopes to obtain a masters degree in the near future.


One of the most memorable moments at Rutgers for Madeline was when she had found out she was chosen to be an Alumni Industry Scholar.  She recounts that she had been working a shift at the Alexander library soon after feeling bummed about an exam she had right before. The news made her so happy that she cried. “It happened at a moment I needed it most,” she said. Being an AIS scholar has helped Madeline develop both professionally and personally. She is endlessly thankful for the many opportunities the program has offered her.


Another memorable moment Madeline recalls was seeing her senior design project work. Her project was a wind-walker, a moving mechanism powered solely by wind, and it took some of its first steps on Rutgers Day. This was a great accomplishment for her and her team. The senior design project taught Madeline many valuable lessons on teamwork and engineering design, lessons which she will apply in her engineering career. Now that Madeline is a Rutgers alumna, she has hopes of being able to give back to the Rutgers community and the Alumni Industry Scholars program as well as her community back in Perth Amboy.