Photo of Bob Medina courtesy of NJIT
AC JosepH Media
NEWARK — Bob Medina last week became the first Hispanic chosen as chair of the New Jersey Institute of Technology Board of Overseers.
Medina, who graduated from the institute in 1975, was the co-founded NJIT’s Hispanic and Latinx Leadership Council. He had been an active overseer since 2013and committed advocate for NJIT.
Medina, after working for large engineering companies for 14 years, founded Medina Consultants P.C. in 1989 and grew it to become the largest Hispanic-owned engineering firm in New Jersey and third-largest in the United States.
“I’m proud to chair the NJIT Board of Overseers and help advance the goals of NJIT through scholarships for our students, partnerships with industry and collaborations with government to grow research and academic success,” Medina said in a statement.
“As a graduate of NJIT and an engineer with over 45 years in the industry, I understand that a STEM education is the foundation of most future careers.”
Medina replaces Marjorie Perry, who had served two terms as chair. Perry is the president and CEO of MZM Construction Co. in Newark and became the first woman and African American to assume to serve as chair.
“He is an accomplished engineer, entrepreneur and business leader with an expansive network of friends and colleagues in the state,” NJIT President Teik C. Lim said.
“He is also an enthusiastic ambassador for NJIT, an unwavering advocate for the STEM+ education we deliver, and one of our most generous benefactors. I look forward to working with him and his fellow Overseers in the months and years ahead, as we strive to sustain NJIT’s remarkable upward trajectory.”
Media’s company merged his company with TY Lin International, a multinational engineering firm with 2,000 employees and 40 offices throughout the U.S. Medina joined TY Lin’s east district board after the merger, and retired in 2014.
He then founded Medina 43 Business Strategies, which works with companies in the engineering and construction industry to facilitate business development, growth plans, mergers and acquisitions.
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