Nic

Track:
Bioinstrumentation

 

Hometown:
Hainesport, NJ

 

Class Standing:
Junior

 

About me:
I am a student, a musician, a volunteer, and everything in between at NJIT.  I love the scientific method, I am bad at geography, and I can kind of ride a unicycle.  On campus, I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Honors BME Society, and the Science and Engineering Innovation Laboratory.  I'm conducting oculomotor research under Dr. Alvarez in the Neuroengineering lab and I also teach high school kids how to dance (not at the same time).  My dream vacation is a month in Iceland, and my dream job is to be the crazy professor everyone likes.

 

Why I chose to attend NJIT:
NJIT wasn't a part of my plans until later in my senior year of high school.  I was originally planning to be a music major at a private liberal arts school, but as my senior year progressed, I felt that a career in a STEM field was a better fit for my strengths. After learning about NJIT's engineering program, I chose BME as a major, mainly because I loved the concept of fusing biology and engineering into one field of study.

 

What I like best about NJIT:
I love the student community in the BME department.  The class sizes are small enough that you get to know each student.  Even if you aren't in classes with other students, you frequently pass them to or from class.  I always feel at home on the 6th floor of Fenster Hall.

 

My goals for after I graduate:
I hope to pursue a graduate degree either in the field of Neuroengineering or electrical engineering.  I am still unsure if I want to work in the industry or the laboratory, but as I continue my current research within the department, I lean more towards a career in research.

 

My advice to rprospective students interested in Biomedical Engineering at NJIT:
Don't just strive for good grades.  Make connections with the faculty and upperclassmen in the department from the first week. Try to get involved in a research position if possible - even if it is only a couple of hours a week, you will gain invaluable and practical knowledge you wouldn't learn in class.

 

Ask me about BME@NJIT!