Corey Norton, a graduate student in assistant professor Umer Hassan’s laboratory has won the Excellence in Outreach and Service Award from the School of Graduate studies (SGS).The Excellence in Outreach and Service Award recognizes SGS graduate students who have made significant contributions to organizations outside Rutgers University. Two awards were made in this category across all of Rutgers, with Corey being the only recipient in the School of Engineering.
Advancing the mission of Hassan’s lab (LIMPH: Laboratory of Immuno-engineering and Micro-nano Technologies for Personalized Healthcare) for broader community outreach and developing global health engineering solutions, Corey has been involved in many outreach and service activities. This includes serving on the advisory board for Rutgers chapter of ‘Engineers Without Borders’ and providing technical and logistical advice for ongoing international engineering projects in Kenya, Tanzania, and Guatemala and one domestic engineering project in Camden, NJ. Additionally, Corey works closely with the head of the engineering program at Bergen County Technical High School where he serves both as an advisory board member and a capstone project mentor. As an advisory board member, he aids in designing the engineering program’s curriculum and providing the students with experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom.
As a capstone project mentor, he works directly with the program’s senior students to guide them through their capstone design projects by providing technical expertise and teaching them good project management practices. Finally, he also serves as an instructor and program architect for USTEM (a registered non-profit) that provides interactive STEM programs for students in under-privileged communities. For this organization, he designs and leads a variety of interactive STEM curricula for students in grades 1-12 and trains other volunteers to lead these programs as well. Corey received his undergraduate degree in ECE from Rutgers.
Congratulations to Corey!