Worcester native Justin Amevor ’20 had an inside connection when it came to WPI (besides the school’s reputation and his goal of tackling a computer science major): his brother, Denzel Amevor ’15.
“My brother had good things to say about WPI, and since it was recognized as a great engineering school—and I love this city—it seemed like a perfect fit.”
The enthusiastic junior has thrown himself into the WPI community with vigor, serving as Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Community Service chair as well as a Connections program assistant, helping multicultural first-year students transition into the fast-paced WPI lifestyle.
Most recently Amevor took on the role of president of the National Society of Black Engineers chapter on campus. With NSBE’s overall goal of providing professional development and cultural education to campuses across the nation, Amevor says he hopes to achieve this at WPI through workshops, discussions, events, and community involvement to focus on improving the professional skills of its members, in the hopes of better preparing students for the working world.
“The goal of the NSBE organization is to graduate 10,000 black engineers by 2025 and I will help support that mission,” says Amevor. “As president, I hope to send members to the annual conference for job opportunities, to host discussions on campus about the state of our country and how it affects minorities, to engage in community service tutoring opportunities, and to run general body meetings to educate students on professional growth.”
You’d think that Amevor would feel overwhelmed with a rigorous academic program and involvement in several organizations, but he says it’s actually the opposite.
“I have always liked being involved and I feel it helps me stay focused throughout the school year,” he admits. “If I am not involved extracurricularly, then I am wasting time where I could be helping something or somebody.”
When asked what his favorite class has been to date, he eagerly offers up a course taught by Professor Wilson Wong. “In Software Engineering the professor personally made the class great with his enthusiasm and all-around great teaching. He taught Softeng, which is what I want to do as a career so it was a great taste of what my hopeful future has in store.”
The talented young man seems almost surprised at his success at WPI as he shares, “When I came to WPI I never thought I would be where I’m at now, but college is about taking opportunities,” says Amevor.
As for advice for incoming freshmen, he says, “Every day you wake up in control of where you will take your day, so make the best of it—not according to anyone else but yourself.”
National Society of Black Engineers • Black Student Union • Connections Program • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Community Service • Library Student Supervisors • Engineering Ambassadors • Appeals Board