MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Six graduate students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy presented highlights and key insights from their experiences as summer fellows, interning at Louis Berger offices or project sites. Separate events were held in New Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey in mid-November. 

“The 2016-2017 fellows represent an outstanding group of planners and engineers and are among the strongest group Louis Berger has welcomed so far — a fact due in no small part to the strong relationships we have cultivated with NJIT and Rutgers University’s Bloustein School,” said Bob Nardi, Louis Berger senior vice president.

(Left to right) Bob Nardi, senior vice president at Louis Berger; Louis Berger Fellows Amir Goharpey and Prashanth Muralidhar; NJIT Professor Sotirios Ziavras and Gregory Mass, executive director of career services, in Newark on November 17, 2016.
(Left to right) Bob Nardi, senior vice president at Louis Berger; Louis Berger Fellows Amir Goharpey and Prashanth Muralidhar; NJIT Professor Sotirios Ziavras and Gregory Mass, executive director of career services, in Newark on November 17, 2016.

The six fellows represent multiple disciplines, including urban planning, architecture, law and a range of engineering fields. This year’s Louis Berger Fellows from NJIT are Amir Goharpey and Prashanth Muralidhar. The Louis Berger Fellows from the Bloustein School are Andrew Balmer, Luke Hansen, Leonardo Cavalcanti and Chloe Strasser. Balmer and Muralidhar worked on metro projects in Doha, Qatar. Calvalcanti supported an urban renewal project in Colon, Panama. Strasser worked on transportation projects throughout Africa. Hansen and Goharpey worked together in Washington, D.C. on a municipal asset management project.

 Bloustein Professor Robert Boland; Louis Berger Fellows Luke Hansen, Leonardo Cavalcanti, Chloe Strasser and Andrew Balmer; and Bob Nardi, senior vice president at Louis Berger, in New Brunswick on November 14, 2016.
(Left to right) Bloustein Professor Robert Boland; Louis Berger Fellows Luke Hansen, Leonardo Cavalcanti, Chloe Strasser and Andrew Balmer; and Bob Nardi, senior vice president at Louis Berger, in New Brunswick on November 14, 2016.

Since 1996, Louis Berger has provided financial support to 45 Bloustein School students. Of those students, 28 fellows have received practical experience on company projects underway around the world. In 2014, NJIT and Louis Berger established a six-year special graduate internship and fellowship program for students pursuing a Master’s degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, architecture, engineering management, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering.

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