Serving the Greater Good
â€śThe professors I had at CCM were amazing. They created an environment that fostered creativity, success and passion, and I always felt like they were on my team.â€ť
Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology
While studying at County College of Morris (CCM), Vivian Rosenberg â€™19 led a student team thatÂ helped create prosthetic hands for children who had lost theirs to amputations.Â
Rosenbergâ€™s team used 3-D printers to create the prosthetics for about $50 dollars each. Regular prosthetics can cost as much as $50,000. The team donated the hands to a nonprofit group that distributed them to children in South America, India and Africa.Â Â
Rosenberg, who earned her associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) at CCM, is now studying at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). But her project continues at CCM, where students still work on the 3-D prosthetic hands.Â Â
â€śSince Vivian graduated, our students have continued to build and donate hands to various countries and refugee camps,â€ť says Eric Pedersen, an adjunct professor who coordinates the MET & Physics Lab, where the project is based. Pedersen characterizes Rosenberg as â€śa student and person who makes teaching a joyâ€ť and credits her dedication for helping to make the project a success.
Rosenbergâ€™s dedication is helping her to excel at NJIT, where she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a 4.0 GPA. Sheâ€™s also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Tau Sigma Honor Society.Â
She is also interning at New Jersey Precision Technologies, a manufacturing company based in Mountainside.
â€śThe internship is super interesting,â€ť she says. â€śIâ€™m learning so much on a daily basis, and itâ€™s cool to see how high-quality parts are manufactured.â€ť
Rosenberg is grateful for the strong foundation in engineering CCM provided. Her classes at CCM were small, so she was able to work closely with her professors.Â Â Â Â Â
â€śMy professors were amazing,â€ť says Rosenberg. â€śThey created an environment that fostered creativity, success and passion, and I always felt like they were on my team.â€ť
Another fantastic thing about CCM, Rosenberg says, is the financial aid. She received three named scholarships: the Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship, the Anne E. Clarke Scholarship, and the NDIA Rodney Frelinghuysen Scholarship â€“ awards that allowed her to graduate from CCM without any debt.Â Â
Rosenberg isnâ€™t sure what she will do after she graduates from NJIT. But sheâ€™s certain of one thing: Sheâ€™ll dedicate her life to humanitarian engineering. The prosthetic hands taught her the value of serving others, especially vulnerable children.Â Â
â€śIâ€™ve seen photos of children with amputations receiving our prosthetic hands,â€ť says Rosenberg, â€śand it was so rewarding to see the smiles on their faces. Iâ€™m not an emotional person, but tears began streaming down my face. So after I graduate, I want an engineering job that will not only help me, but also allow me to help the greater good.â€ť