By Mehek Ahmed
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Mohammad Ibraheem, a former student and graduate of Centereach High School, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Awards, which required at least eighty three credit hours of study and a cumulative grade point average of 3.85, from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ibraheem is not only a student in this reputable and cooperative university, but also, he remarkably has future aspirations to pursue a career in the field of electrical utilities. A professor of Ibraheem said, “Muhammad’s keen intellect was evident to me with his success in problem solving, He met every challenge I put in front of him, obtaining a place with the best students I’ve had. I was particularly impressed with his ability to grasp subtle philosophical issues related to the issue.”
Ibraheem is proceeding with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, while obtaining a substantial amount of opportunities by technical internships in protection engineering and transmission planning at Public Electrical and Gas Long Island (PEGL) and completed a test for the medical manufacturing engineering co-op located at Syracuse known as JADAK.
Upon earning this award, Ibraheem gained commendation from others and demonstrated his appreciation by inviting Mr. Nielsen, the supervisor and head of CHS Crosscurrents, on behalf of Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, to the reception, dinner, and awards ceremony. Ibraheem was truly inspired by Mr. Nielsen’s dedication for the memorable experiences he had in his time at Centereach. “Throughout my high school career, I’ve had the pleasure of having Mr. Nielsen as a teacher for English class, Journalism class, and as an advisor for the Newspaper club. As a teacher, Mr. Nielsen always strives to make him classes exciting and interesting. He is a teacher that goes against the status quo, choosing to present with a bamboo stick rather than a laser pointer unlike his peers. As an advisor for the newspaper club, he always motivated us to publish a high quality newspaper, and always instilled in us the belief that we can write to induce change. I am honored to call Mr. Nielsen a teacher, a mentor, and a friend,” Ibraheem expresses. Patently, Mr. Nielsen galvanizes his students to follow their passion in a delightful matter, contributing to the fulfillment of their accomplishments.