Faisal Usman received the fall 2015 Middlesex County College Alumni Association Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The scholarship, for $750, will allow him to complete his Engineering Technology Degree at Middlesex. He plans to graduate and transfer to either Stanford University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is shown with Dorothy Bitetto, Alumni Association president.
MCC Grad Named Senior of the Year
Middlesex County College Grad Named Senior of the Year at NJIT Engineering College
Walter Vittitoe, a 2009 graduate of Middlesex County College, was named Senior of the Year by the Newark College of Engineering, which is a division of NJIT. He was also named Outstanding Senior in his major, Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Mr. Vittitoe, 28, worked as a machinist before starting NJIT.
“Walter was a hard working student, committed to completing all his assignments in an exceptional manner,” said Middlesex Professor Craig Stickler. “He had been out in the work world for several years and decided that he wanted to go further than his high school diploma was going to take him. He believes strongly in the traditional values of honesty and hard work.”
While working, he took classes at Middlesex, majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He earned an associate’s degree from Middlesex and then transferred to NJIT. After graduation, he hopes to work in the field of robotics.
Thom Sabol, chair of the Department of Engineering Technologies at Middlesex, said he wasn’t surprised by Mr. Vittitoe’s success.
“Walter is an outstanding student and we are very proud of his accomplishments,” Professor Sabol said.
Mr. Vittitoe’s left his machinist job to focus on schoolwork, so his parents are helping him financially.
“I’m looking forward to getting my degree and working, so I can pay my parents back and replenish their savings,” he said. “They are approaching retirement, which is a driving factor for my success. I owe them my education because they paid for it. If they hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be at NJIT.”
Mr. Vittitoe is the second Middlesex graduate in three years to earn Senior of the Year honors from NJIT. Owen Fitzgerald won this award in 2008.
Middlesex County College Grad Honored by NJIT
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
Keith Davis, who graduated in 2011 from Middlesex County College, was named the 2013 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 he transferred to NJIT after graduating with high honors from Middlesex.
Davis came to Middlesex as an adult student following work as a machine operator for a concrete preparation service and an asbestos abatement company. His work with the former got him interested in engineering and construction.
“I had a very good experience at MCC,” he said. “The professors were knowledgeable and
approachable, and it prepared me very well for NJIT. I made lots of friends, some of whom
transferred with me to NJIT.”
Davis now works as an estimator for a company that does site work and paving. He anticipates taking the certification exam to become Professional Engineer.
Thomas Sabol, chair of the Department of Engineering Technologies, said the relationship
between Middlesex and NJIT makes transferring easy.
“We’re very proud of Keith,” Professor Sabol said. “He was an outstanding student at MCC and
it is great to see he has continued his excellent work at NJIT.”
Davis is the fourth Middlesex graduate in six years to earn Senior of the Year honors from NJIT.
Owen Fitzgerald ’06 received this award in 2008; Walter Vittitoe ’09 won it in 2011; and Tia Montalto ’10 in 2012.
“I came to MCC is because it is affordable, and I’m so happy I did. The professors are wonderful; they care about your success and they are so knowledge and always willing to help. After graduation, I’m transferring to NJIT. I know I’m prepared.”
Precious Japheth, Engineering Science