Sofia Hernandez Wins GCRI Student Prize

The German Center for Research and Innovation Foundation (GCRI) awarded its inaugural Outstanding Student Engineering Prize to industrial and systems engineering senior Sofia Hernandez. The $1,500 award was presented to Sofia at an ISE alumni event at Battellos restaurant in Jersey City on May 5.

Sofia, who was among the class of 2016 SOE graduates at the university's commencement ceremonies on May 15, graduated with highest honors and will be pursuing a doctoral degree in industrial and systems engineering at North Carolina State. During her Rutgers career, she was named an Alumni-Industry Scholar, a Recognized Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program,and was a member of Alpha Pi Mu, the national industrial engineering honor society. She held internships at Pioneer Industries in Hackensack and was an R&D intern at International Flavors and Fragrances.

The prize, which was presented by ISE industry advisory board member, Sinan Tumer, on behalf of GCRI, is an opportunity to celebrate student engineering achievement and enhance the visibility of German research and innovation on college campuses.

Award requirements include:

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in cutting-edge research
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial activity and aptitude for innovation
  • Engagement in student life activities

The German Center for Research and Innovation is part of the German Federal Foreign Office’s “Research and Academic Relations Initiative,” which was created to support the federal government’s “Strategy for the Internationalization of Science and Research.” Two German ministries, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, share the responsibility of implementing the project. They do so in coordination with the alliance of German science organizations and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce. While the start-up funding is provided by the Federal Foreign Office’s “Research and Academic Relations Initiative,” the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) have been entrusted with the leadership of the GCRI New York. Find out more at