CIM Student Profiles

CIM Student Profile

Donia Abdelmotaal

School: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Class: Senior

Hometown:

Expected Date of Graduation: May 2017

“The program is a mixture of hands-on and book knowledge. Engineering programs do not always offer that, which I personally think is important. Students must know how to apply the knowledge they learn from books to tackle real-world problems. ”

What school are you currently attending and when is your intended graduation date?

I am currently attending New Jersey Institute of Technology. I will be graduating in May of 2017.

Where are you from originally?

I am proud to say I am originally from Egypt.

Why did you choose this university and the CIM program?

I chose NJIT because it is known to have one of the best engineering and architecture programs in the tri-state area. I began as a civil engineering major, but within a semester, I decided it was not for me. I transferred to the architecture program, with an environmental and sustainability studies minor. Halfway into the architecture program, I heard about the CIM program and found it to be different and interesting. I reached out to Dr. Mahgoub and immediately became part of the NJIT CIM family, while continuing my five-year architecture program. And, I have to say, it was one of the best decisions I made in my life.

How has the CIM program prepared you for your upcoming graduation and entrance into the business world?

The CIM program helped me from the beginning. All of the courses are taught by individuals that are heavily involved in the concrete industry. The program is a mixture of hands-on and book knowledge. Engineering programs do not always offer that, which I personally think is important. Students must know how to apply the knowledge they learn from books to tackle real-world problems. Additionally, I have been able to network and meet individuals that I probably would not have met outside the program.

The CIM program works with businesses in providing summer internships. Have you been able to take advantage of that program or any other special program to develop your industry knowledge?

Last summer, I was fortunate to intern at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in the materials department. I shadowed numerous engineers and technicians in the concrete department inside the lab and out in the field. The experience taught me so much and I was easily able to apply the knowledge I learned at school. I am still interning with PANYNJ and also working in the World Trade Center construction department.