Another academic year has just passed, and another group of SEAS graduates has processed along the stage at the Hofstra Mack Sports Complex to shake hands with President Rabinowitz and myself as their names are called out, broadcasting to beaming family and friends that they are now the recipients of degrees in Engineering or Computer Science. It was the largest group of May/August graduates yet for our new school, with 62 Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering graduates and 6 Bachelor of Arts graduates included in the commencement exercises.
I am deeply satisfied to see these young men and women moving on to take their places in the worlds of industry, commerce, entrepreneurship and other creative fields. So where are some of them heading now, after perhaps a brief summer vacation to recover their energy from a last round of grueling final examinations?
The list is as varied as the opportunities in the technical fields we prepare them for. Some of our Civil Engineering students are starting work at major consulting and construction management firms like Skanska, Greenman-Pedersen, and the LiRo Group, Vachris Engineering (geotechnical and foundations), and Contech Engineering Solutions (bridges and structures). Mechanical graduates are working at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, for EMCOR Services (mechanical and commercial HVAC design) and Posillico Inc. (environmental remediation). Our Computer Science graduates are sought after in the financial services industry, taking positions such as software developer for Bank of America, software engineer for S & P Capital IQ, development associate for Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago, and associate software engineer for Scholastic. One of our Industrial Engineers has been hired by a well-known bakery, Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, headquartered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with a nationally expanding clientele for their trademark potato rolls.
The list goes on, and of course some of our new graduates are still mulling over offers and considering postgraduate educational options as well. It is interesting that the list of companies hiring our graduates is so diverse: unlike some universities that historically serve as feeders to some major company located in their home state, our proximity to New York City guarantees that there will be as many opportunities to seek employment as there are unique qualities and interests in a given graduate.
And now that we are building up relationships through our Co-op program, which already counts some forty or fifty companies interested in hiring students to work for them before graduation, the options for future graduates should be even greater. Some of these companies have not had a prior record as employers of our graduates, so we will be breaking new ground in contacts and channels for interviews.
Work continues through the months of June, July and August, as we gear up for our new large first year class, await the arrival of our three new faculty in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science, continue to add to our laboratory equipment, and in general strengthen our already impressive programs that help form the next wave of engineers and computer scientists.
I look forward to letting you know what is going on here when I resume this blog in September. In the meantime have a safe and enjoyable summer.