Scholar of the Week

Nelson Caballero      

Nelson is a 2012 HENAAC-Verizon scholarship recipient.

Nelson Caballero is in his senior year at Rutgers University where he is majoring in electrical and computer engineering.

Nelson came to the United States in December of 2006 after graduating from high school in Bogota, Columbia. Since that time his top priorities have been his studies, getting involved in several extracurricular activities and gaining professional experience. As with many immigrants in this country,

Nelson began his studies at a community college where he had the need to effectively communicate in the English language. At Passaic County Community College (PCCC), he not only had the opportunity to learn a new language, but also to obtain an associate’s degree in engineering science. Nelson accomplished this while working multiple jobs and getting involved in several college activities. Such activities included the PCCC’s Computer Club and soccer team, serving as president for both the Robotics Club and the Math Club, tutoring students in mathematics and physics, and graduating with a grade point average of 3.7.

Now at Rutgers University, Nelson continues to work at PCCC as the technical assistant of the STEM Laboratory where he oversees the operation of the entire lab, provides technical assistance during their numerous workshops and was tasked with developing their website. Nelson also works as an intern at the Global Information Technology Center at Colgate-Palmolive. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to gain experience by working in the Physics Department at Rutgers University and participate in the university chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) where he holds an e-board position as webmaster.

All of these experiences have allowed Nelson to achieve, improve and enhance his professional career goals as an engineer while benefiting his community. He has had the opportunity to teach STEM and robotics workshops to high school students of the North New Jersey area utilizing “Mindstorm NXT” and “VEX Robotics” components. He has tutored students from PCCC and Passaic High School in the subjects of math and physics as part of a government funded “Gear Up” program, increasing overall class performance and decreasing the number of failing students by more than 70%. In the Rutgers University Physics Department he had the opportunity to contribute by providing physics shows and supplemental material with the goal of enhancing student understanding and enjoyment of physics. As SHPE webmaster, he has maintained the website with news and upcoming events while bringing new companies to meeting in order to encourage chapter development.

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