Alumni Achievements

Ramon PenaRamon Pena,
School of Engineering, Class of 2013. Research: "Axial Dispersion Coefficient in Rotating Cylinder." Research under the direction of Professor Maria S. Tomassone.
The purpose of the research is to carry out experiments using catalyst particles designed to produce an empirical formula representative of the mixing capabilities of the system depending on blender size, fill level, and rotating speed. He is also a member of Inductee of Omega Chi Epsilon, Chemical Engineering Honor Society (OXE), Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Member of Minority Engineering Educational Task (MEET), Member of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Ramon was recently awarded the Alumni Scholarship is Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. You can find more information regarding Ramon's scholarship here. Congratulations, Ramon!


Amber Henry,
Recently Accepted into the Ph.D Cultural Anthropology Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Since graduating, Amber has participated in a summer-long Humanity in Action Fellowship which sent her to Amsterdam to learn about human rights and diversity in the Netherlands. Immediately after finishing this fellowship, she accepted a Fulbright English Teaching Grant and taught English at the University of Cartegena on the Atlantic coast of Colombia. During her 10-month grant, she spoke in high schools with Afro-Colombian students about U.S. culture and helped to inspire them to attend college and even apply to U.S. grants.  She presented in academic conferences in Spanish and published a magazine article about her research. Amber applied to Ph.D programs this past fall and was elated to get into her first choice, the Ph.D program in Cultural Anthropology at The University of Pennsylvania. Her proposed project will study how a Colombian Afro-indigenous group constructs and preforms cultural identity for tourism. The offer includes guaranteed tuition for 5 years, summer funding, health insurance plus a living stipend of $24,400 each year. Congratulations, Amber!


Humberto Jaramillo,
Civil and Enrionmental Engineering, Class of 2013.
Recently Accepted into the Environmental Engineering Ph.D program at Yale University.  Humberto Jaramillo is a graduating senior in the School of Engineering, specifically Civil and Environmental Engineering. Humberto has been accepted to the Environmental Engineering programs at Georgia Tech, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, University of Notre Dame, and Yale University. All programs offered Humberto five-year funding to pursue his Ph.D. Humberto has decided to attend Yale. He has also been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which offers three years of funding. Congratulations, Humberto!


Danielle Perry,
Rutgers University, Class of 2012.  Recently Accepted into the Social Work Ph.D program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Danielle Perry is a recent Rutgers graduate and an accomplished McNair scholar. She has recently been accepted into a school of her choice, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her own words, Danielle describes the role that the Ronald E. McNair program has had in helping her reach her goals: "The discipline and dedication to my studies that I learned through the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program led me to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on a graduate fellowship that allows me to fully devote my time to research and scholarship. Completing the requirements for my master’s degree in just one year, I was admitted fully funded into the doctoral program. Without the continued support from the Rutgers McNair program, achieving these accomplishments would not have been possible. As a McNair Scholar, I was granted opportunities in conducting research led by renowned faculty, travel to prestigious conferences across the country and participation in University events specifically designed for students of color. These experiences, combined with the emotional support, motivation and directional advice given by the McNair staff that remained completed invested in my educational attainment, even after my enrollment in graduate studies, has ensured my success." Danielle has been offered four years of full funding from UIUC, including a research assistance for her first year and teaching assistance for the remaining years. Congratulations, Danielle!