CIM Student Profiles

CIM Student Profile

Nikolaos Adel-Fahim Benyamin

School: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Class: Junior

Hometown: Garfield, New Jersey

Expected Date of Graduation: May, 2020

“If you are interested in construction, CIM is a great program because concrete has many applications in the construction industry. You will be exposed to the industry with hands on work and experience and will be able to find a great career. ”

What school are you currently attending and when is your intended graduation date?
I am attending New Jersey Institute of Technology and plan to graduate in May, 2020.

Where are you from originally?
I am from Garfield, New Jersey.

Why did you choose this university?
I knew I wanted to be an engineer at a very young age and NJIT had a variety of engineering majors. In addition, once my sister Narguis, a 2014 CIM graduate, told me about this program, I knew I wanted to major in CIM along with construction engineering technology. Since NJIT is the only university to
provide CIM in the Northeast region, I knew NJIT was the right school for me.

Have you taken part in any internship programs during your first two years at NJIT?
During the summer of 2017, I had a 10-week internship at Garden State Precast. During that time, I was able to work in specific departments such as sales and estimating, production, quality control, etc. At the end of my internship, I received an official job offer from Garden State for a quality control technician. I now work as a technician/scheduler for Peerless Concrete Products Co.

How has CIM prepared you for working in the concrete industry?
CIM is the reason why I am prepared to work in the concrete industry. Many CIM classes are hands-on which provides students with actual industry experience. Also, through the CIM program, I became the
president of NJIT ACI Student Chapter which provided networking opportunities and ACI competitions require us to use out-of-the-box thinking to compete against other college teams. Once I graduate from
the CIM program, I will also have a minor in business which will help with managing work efficiently and productively.

What meaningful or exciting experiences have you had in the program?
Through the program and the ACI Student Chapter, I have traveled many times to compete in competitions and to attend conventions, such as The Precast Show. These experiences not only provide a
better insight into the industry, but also provide networking opportunities. The reason why I work in the precast industry is because of my trip to The Precast Show.

What advice would you give to someone considering joining the CIM program?
Get involved early on. If you are interested in construction, CIM is a great program because concrete has many applications in the construction industry. You will be exposed to the industry with hands-on work
and experience and will be able to find a great career.