CIM Graduates

CIM Graduate

Michael Ciallella

School: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Graduation Date: May 2011

Employer: BASF

“The CIM program gives a unique opportunity to establish relationships in the industry before you graduate. These relationships are priceless because they are your future. ”

What school did you graduate from and in which year?

I graduated from NJIT in May of 2011.

What is your current position and responsibilities at BASF?

I work in the construction chemicals division for BASF as an admixture salesman. I work closely with concrete producers in the New York and New Jersey area. Being an admixture salesman, it is my responsibility to be knowledgeable about my product line and be able to offer solutions to my customers for their day-to-day problems.

Why did you choose this position and this company?

Though the CIM program, I was able to meet many people in the concrete industry and establish relationships before I graduated. With the CIM program promoting the industry and its opportunities, I was able to enter the industry doing what I felt I would enjoy – sales and marketing.

Why did you choose the CIM program?

I simply chose the CIM program because I had other friends that had entered the program and understood the opportunities it had to offer.

What classes did you enjoy the most?

I can honestly say that I enjoyed all the classes CIM had to offer. I enjoyed the classes because of the closeness the program offered between the teachers and the students. Having friendships with my professors made the classes fun and never dull. Through these friendships, I developed a great amount of respect for my professors and their knowledge.

What advice would you give to current CIM students?

My advice to the students in the program now is to develop relationships. The program gives a unique opportunity to establish relationships in the industry before you graduate. These relationships are priceless because they are your future. The people that you are sitting with in class and meet every day will be the people that you will work with in the field one day. If you don’t take advantage of the opportunities the program has to offer, someone else will.