Faculty member since: 1999
Introduction to Engineering
Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
Mechanics of Materials
Materials, Properties and Processes
Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Associate of Science in Engineering, Brookdale Community College
What brought you to Brookdale?
I first came to Brookdale as a student. I was a high school dropout with no real skills and knew it was time for me to do something more. I came to Brookdale and found a home. At Brookdale I found counselors who cared and helped me pick the right program of study for me. I found professors who cared and helped me excel in my classes. Even after I transferred to a four-year program, my engineering professor followed up with me to make sure I was doing well.
When I decided to teach engineering, I never considered teaching anywhere else. Brookdale, and its wonderful people, had made a huge difference in my life and I wanted to teach where I might be able to do the same thing for someone else.
Describe one or more of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
I helped found the Engineering Students Association and have been its advisor since 1999. The club gives students a chance to put what they are learning in the classroom to use via design competitions and projects. It also gives the students a chance to socialize with other like-minded students.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
The year the Engineering Students Association hosted an Engineering Transfer Panel. I asked former Brookdale engineering students to come back to Lincroft and discuss their experiences transferring. I had more than a dozen former students come back to talk to the current students. It was so great to see how successful they have been and to hear how well their Brookdale education had prepared them. It was also amazing to hear all the great advice they had for the current students.
What do you think separates Brookdale from other colleges?
What makes Brookdale so special to me is that people here truly care about the students. Everyone has the same goal: to make sure each student is a success. It was true when I was a student and it is still true now.
I strongly suggest anyone that thinks they might want to be an engineer to come and take Introduction to Engineering and see if engineering is a fit for them.