Seniors Share Reflections

The 2021 School of Engineering graduating class is heading out into the world, but not before sharing some memories from their time at Rutgers and imparting a bit of advice for the incoming students.

SAMANTHA MOY
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Career Plans: Barclays, Cybersecurity Technology Analyst
Internships: Cybersecurity Technology Summer Analyst, Barclays; Software Engineering Intern, AT&T
Student Involvement: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Honors College Mentoring Pod Program, Table Tennis Club
 

What will you miss about Rutgers?

I will miss the spontaneity that comes with living in an exciting community where friends are almost always seconds away from you.

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?

Rutgers is a microcosm of the real world from the diversity of the student body to the different feel of each campus. Academically, professionally, and socially, Rutgers serves as a great training ground for life after graduation.

What advice do you have for new students?

It is remarkably easy to find your community or friend group. Many new students think they won't be able to find their niche at such a large school. However, it is because we are such a large, diverse school, we have numerous student organizations, communities, and new people to meet every day. There is a place for everyone.

 
ANTHONY RODRIGUES
Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Concentration)
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Career Plans: Moving to Durham, NC to work for Wolfspeed, a silicon carbide and gallium nitride semiconductor company, as a Power Device Test Engineer. 
Internships: Two co-ops with Bell labs. The first in Murray Hill, NJ as a AGV Robotics Intern and the second in Dublin, Ireland as a Hardware Innovation & Prototyping Intern.
Student Involvement: Rutgers Formula Racing, Engineers Without Borders

What will you miss about Rutgers?

The proximity of everything. I won't be able to text friends to have a late night study session or a few games of smash bros at any given time. It will be an 8 hour drive home to visit my parents and sisters instead of the 30 minute drive I'm used to.

Why did you choose your major and what do you like best about it? 

I chose mechanical engineering as it was the most versatile to all industries. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but having the ability to apply my skillset to virtually any facet is something I could not turn down.

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for this new chapter you are about to launch?

A lot of awesome, caring professors that are difficult, but push you just the right amount to challenge you while not pushing you over the edge.

What advice do you have for new students? 

Go to office hours as much as possible. I think I learned almost twice as much attending office hours over the years than I actually did in lecture.

 
CHRISTIANNA KUZNETSOVA
Mechanical Engineering 
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Career Plans: Associate Mechanical Engineer at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA - Field Engineer 
Internships: I accepted the 2020 summer internship offer to work as a Mechanical Engineering Intern at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, however, it was canceled because of COVID-19. 
Student Involvement: Rutgers Solar Car Team, Society of Women Engineers, Rutgers Ballroom Dancing, and Central Asian Student Organization
 
What will you miss about Rutgers?
 
I will miss the myriad of student organizations to cover all my interests: The Douglass Residential College and the Reilly Douglass Engineering Living and Learning Community which made me feel like a part of a family and provided so many professional and networking opportunities. The Rutgers Solar Car team where I could work in a team of passionate multi-disciplinary students in a start-up-like environment. The Society of Women Engineers where I could develop more social and professional connections. The cultural and dance student organizations. I miss the frequent diverse on-campus events, the study spaces filled with students working hard, and seeing my classmates and professors every day. I miss my on-campus research positions and on-campus jobs.
 
How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?
 
Through utilizing the Career Center resources, attending professional events organized by student clubs, and developing my skillset in and outside the classroom, the three and a half years I spent at Rutgers in-person pre-pandemic have prepared me well.
 
What advice do you have for new students?
 
Make the most out of your every single day at Rutgers because the semesters fly by. It might be dizzying looking at the numerous opportunities, clubs, and events, but try as much as possible to put yourself out there and explore in the first year and then settle for what you most enjoy.
 
MICHAEL CANTATORE
Biomedical Engineering and Psychology (double major)
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Career Plans: I will be staying at Rutgers for another year as a member of the Masters of Business and Science 4+1 program, with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering
Student Involvement: Society for Hispanic Engineers (SHE), The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), RU Drug Aware
 

What will you miss about Rutgers?

I will miss the sense of community I have at my on-campus job at the Werblin Recreation Center, the different quirks and charming features each campus offers, and the connections I have made with students and faculty alike.

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?

Going into college, I never thought I would be able to conduct independent research, network with companies during externship projects, or find my own niche organizations at such a big school. All of these opportunities were challenges at first, but they made me a well-rounded, experienced young professional eager to build my growing skillset and network throughout graduate school and into my future career.

What advice do you have for new students?

Ask questions and read your emails! There are more opportunities at Rutgers than I ever thought there were as a freshman and sophomore, which I only found out about from asking peers and professors and reading all of those random email blasts students get sent. I wouldn't have half of my resume or the idea to go to graduate school if I didn't learn about and join organizations through those emails!

 
DELANEY CAREY
Industrial Systems and Engineering
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Career Plans: ABB - LEAD Operations Early Career Program. First of three 8-month rotations will start in June in a Manufacturing Continuous Improvement role in Florence, South Carolina
Internships: Golden Touch Imports, Industrial Engineering Intern
Student Involvement: Varsity Women's Swimming & Diving Team
 

What will you miss about Rutgers?

I'll definitely miss the community that I've found within the ISE department and my teammates from my time on the swim team, through both of these groups I met some of my best friends. I'm realizing how much I've taken for granted the ability to spend time with some of my closest friends whenever I wanted these last four years, and it will definitely be an adjustment moving away from all of them.

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?

When I first came to Rutgers after growing up in Florida, it was the first time that I had ever lived far away from my family and everything that I had ever known. I was nervous back then, but I ended up finding incredible friends and an awesome support system in my time here. Knowing that, I'll definitely be pulling from that experience as I move forward in my rotational program for work as I'll be moving to a few different states in the next few years. Outside of that, the combination of my time as a part of SOE and as a member of the varsity swim team absolutely prepared me to be able to work with teams towards long-term projects and goals while facing all sorts of obstacles. Especially with the last few years of coursework in ISE being very project-based, I definitely think that those experiences will be great to pull from in my new job. I feel confident going into this new experience, knowing that Rutgers helped provide me the social and professional development to take on this new challenge.

What advice do you have for new students?

Put yourself out there! Get out of your comfort zone and go hunting for those new experiences while at Rutgers, you never know who you'll meet or what cool things might come your way.

 
MELISSA TU
Civil Engineering
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Internships: Bechtel - Field Engineering Intern and HRI, Inc. - Project Engineering
Student Involvement: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Engineers Without Borders, School of Engineering Ambassadors, Chi Epsilon, and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

 

What will you miss about Rutgers?

The supportive community and amazing individuals that I was able to surround myself with. Because of them, I was able to move outside of my comfort zone and involve myself with many different aspects within Rutgers.

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?

Because of the opportunities that Rutgers provides, I have been able to get involved in many different aspects, ranging from student organizations to research on campus. Because of my varied experiences, I have been able to grow as an individual and as a leader.

What advice do you have for new students?

Take advantage of all of the different resources and opportunities that Rutgers provides. Join organizations, get involved in research, etc. Whatever you think you may want to do, pursue it and don't let any opportunities slip by.

 
GABRIELLE NAGROWSKI
Mechanical Engineering
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Career Plans: Working full time as a Mechanical Engineer for Jaros Baum and Bolles in NYC!
Internships: Jaros Baum and Bolles - Mechanical Engineer intern, BuroHappold - Mechanical Engineer intern, and L'Oreal - LUXE packaging development intern. 
Student Involvement: Rutgers University Dance Team
 

What will you miss about Rutgers?

I will miss being surrounded by such an amazing community of people. It has been so great being surrounded by friends and supported by all my peers the past four years.

Why did you choose your major and what do you like best about it?

I chose it because it was the most broad to me and it allowed me to explore a few different career paths which has been awesome.

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?

Rutgers prepared me because it showed me how rewarding it has been to work hard for your success. I will carry my work ethic and grit into my professional career and always be a proud Rutgers alum.

What advice do you have for new students? 

Take advantage of every opportunity you have and be completely open-minded throughout your college career. It is important to stay focused, work hard and remember why you started-you will be rewarded! Remember to make as many memories as you can because your time will fly by here and the memories, I have made the past four years are truly irreplaceable. Rutgers will always hold such a special place in my heart!

DENISE MILLER 
Industrial Systems & Engineering
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Career Plans: Operations Leadership Development Program at Lockheed Martin's MFC Headquarters in Dallas, TX starting in July 2021. I will also be pursuing a Master's in Quantitative Management at NYU Stern part-time starting in August 2021.
Internships: Project Engineering Co-Op at L'Oreal and Process Engineering Intern at Procter & Gamble  
Student Involvement: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Resume Review Clinics, Transfer Integration Program, RU E-Week
 
What will you miss about Rutgers?
My amazing friends and professors who inspired me every day. They were all so supportive of all of my endeavors and constantly gave me great advice. Also, the support systems here are endless whether they are through clubs, our expansive alumni network or our knowledgeable professors.
 
How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?
Rutgers taught me the important lesson of having a large, trusted network. I have had several "a-ha" moments that were fueled by conversations with peers and professors, and I believe that the Rutgers community has shaped me to be the person I am today. The coursework that I've taken in ISE has also been extremely relevant to the internships I've held and the position I'm pursuing. Facilities Layout and Work Design have material that was related to my internship at L'Oreal, Manufacturing Processes was relevant to my P&G internship and Quality Engineering had material that will be pivotal to my first rotation in the OLDP at Lockheed Martin. The diversity of knowledge that Rutgers offers, whether it be interpersonal or academic, is unparalleled.
 
What advice do you have for new students?
Put yourself out there. Interact with as many people on campus as possible because you are the only person responsible for shaping your Rutgers experience. Also, don't get discouraged by failure, let it propel you forward. If you get rejected from one position, apply to 100 more. If you didn't fully understand the course matter the first time, study harder so you can get an A the next time around. Hard work, perseverance and a good network are pivotal to a Rutgers student's success.
 
LORRAINE MAHONEY
Mechanical Engineering
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Career Plans: Lockheed Martin
Internships: Lockheed Martin, College Student Technical Specialist
Student Involvement: Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
 

What will you miss about Rutgers?

I will miss spending quality time with my friends; from studying in the library late at night to eating at the Livingston dining hall, and playing games in the dorms!

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?

I learned a lot of professional skills and interpersonal skills that I never even knew I was capable of having.

What advice do you have for new students?

Know what to prioritize! College can be filled with fun and excitement, but it is easy to get caught up in the action.

 
 
BRACHA GETTER
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Career Plans: AT&T Technical Development Program and a Technical Business Manager
Internships: Procter and Gamble, Controls and Integrated Systems Manufacturing Intern
Student Involvement: Rutgers Hillel Chabad and Society of Women Engineers

 

What will you miss about Rutgers?

Doing work with friends.

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?

It helped me get involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) which introduced me to AT&T and then at the career fair through Handshake I followed up.

What advice do you have for new students?

Build your network, do homework with others, study together. Have an open mind and take in all different experiences.

LAUREN D'IMPERICO
Mechanical Engineering
 
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What will you miss about Rutgers?

The atmosphere of in class learning.  

How did Rutgers Engineering prepare you for your future?

RU gave me a great foundation for my future career as an engineer. 

What advice do you have for new students?

Dedicate time to learning the material outside the classroom.