Six NJIT alumni, including an engineer who led an emergency response team in Haiti following the earthquake of 2010 and a pioneer in the green building movement, received achievement awards from the university’s Alumni Association this past weekend for their professional accomplishments, community engagement, and service to their alma mater.
The awards ceremony took place on campus amid the festivities of Alumni Weekend, which this year drew more than 300 NJIT graduates spanning seven decades, from the Class of 1944 to the Class of 2014, and from as far away as Texas and California.
“We look to honor people not just for their outstanding
careers, but for their service to their communities and to the university as
well,” said Anita Rubino ’83, chair of the alumni awards committee. “These
graduates are a source of inspiration to our young alumni and students, who
learn from them that an NJIT degree can lead to so many different experiences
and achievements in life.”
One awardee was Vatsal A. Shah, PE BSCE ’08, MSCE ’09, PhD ’14, of Green Brook, a geotechnical project engineer for Hatch Mott MacDonald, who led a team that developed a low-technology, emergency-response wastewater and sewage containment and treatment system for the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as a ‘New Face of Civil Engineering’ for 2013.