Tamer Khattab, a native of Lynbrook, N.Y., and a dual major in civil engineering and science, technology, and society, has been awarded the Frederick M. Nussbaum ’30 Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. The award is granted to an outstanding senior in recognition of his or her volunteer activities on the Rensselaer campus or their civic involvement in bettering the local community and its people.
The award was created by Jim Ferguson ’53 and his family in recognition of their father’s volunteer activities on not only the Rensselaer campus but also in the broader community of Troy. For over 50 years Nussbaum gave thousands of hours of time to others, says the family.
Khattab was presented with a check for $1,000 by Jim Ferguson ’53 on Oct. 20 during the men’s ice hockey game against Sacred Heart University. Rick Hartt ’70, director of the Rensselaer Union, was also present.
“I was privileged to work with Jim Ferguson and understand how much this award reflects the values of his family,” said Hartt. “The award further reinforces the values that Tamer’s family has instilled in him, and illustrated the role that volunteerism and civic engagement plays in Rensselaer’s education.”
Khattab has been involved with Rensselaer’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity for the last three years, and is now serving as president. He also serves as vice president of the Red and White student organization that works with Rensselaer alumni. Recently, Khattab was honored for his efforts in serving as a leadership role model, and was elected to the position of president of Phalanx, Rensselaer’s student leadership honor society. He also exhibits his school spirit as a regular supporter of Rensselaer hockey and other athletic sports.
In spring 2007, he volunteered more than 80 hours at the Arts Center of the Capital Region and was involved in fundraising and marketing projects. Khattab is a regular blood donor for the Red Cross and also participates in Rensselaer’s Community Service Day projects.
Following graduation, Khattab plans to pursue a career in civil engineering, in either land development or heavy construction. He also aspires to obtain his professional engineer’s license.
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