(Photo by Scott Jones)
Tia Montalto (Old Bridge), who graduated in 2010 from Middlesex County College, was named the 2012 Outstanding Senior in the Department of Engineering Technology at the Newark College of Engineering, which is a division of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The two schools have a strong transfer agreement and she transferred to NJIT after graduating from Middlesex. She will graduate from NJIT in December of 2012.
“I loved Middlesex,” she said. “The professors were excellent and always willing to help – they’d work with you until you understood the material. I value my education at Middlesex and I was very well prepared for NJIT; if I had started at NJIT, I don’t think I would have done as well.”
This summer, Ms. Montalto has an internship at the AMETEK Materials Analysis Division in Mahwah as a Manufacturing Engineer. The company makes spectrometers for scientists. She’s hoping for a career in mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering in design or manufacturing.
“I really like thermodynamics and fluid mechanics,” she said.
Perhaps fueled by family – her father was a mechanic who owned an auto parts store – Ms. Montalto’s long-range goals include designing engines for cars.
“Electrical engines are going to be prevalent in the future,” she said. “I’d like to be developing the next wave of engines.”
She also plans to take more classes.
“I’m dedicated to learning,” she said. “I’d like to come back to Middlesex for more.”
Ms. Montalto is the third Middlesex graduate in four years to earn Senior of the Year honors from NJIT. Owen Fitzgerald ’06 received this award in 2008 and Walter Vittitoe ’09 won it in 2011.