Mary Zaklama Columbia Dental Student

Mary is a former student at The Center for Special Dentistry who is now attending Columbia University dental school.

Mary Zaklama


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY2009-2012

Bachelors of Science, GPA: 3.87 

Major: Civil Engineering Technology BS

Concentration: Psychology

Major: Applied Arts and Science/ premedical sciences BS


Masters of Science, GPA 4.0

Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS

Awards, Leadership, Certificates and Extracurricular Activities

  • Deans’ list Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Winter 2010 and Spring 2010.
  • Selected member in the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Graduated with Highest Honors award.
  • Merit-Based Graduate Scholarship ($25,000).
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE).
  • 40 Hr Hazwoper Certified- September 2011. 
  • Guest Speaker in the American Society of Safety Engineers ASSE on “Occupational Violence”  – November 2011. 
  • Member in Women and Technology Program at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Rochester General Hospital 

(PI: Nzola De Magalhaese PhD) February- June 2012

  • Handled and processed human tissue samples,maintained tissue cultures and chicken embryos.Performed DNA transfections,histology and immunohistochemistry.


Research Assistant, Rochester Institute of Technology

(PI: John Morelli PhD) December 2011- May 2012

Designed study to highlight the roles and responsibilities for different professions (Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Legal Affairs, Product & Process Designers/Engineers, Purchasing, Operations/Production, Facility Management, Marketing/Sales, Human Resources, Manufacturing) towards sustainability and social responsibility as defined in ISO 26000. 

Research Assistant,  Rochester Institute of Technology

(PI: John Morelli PhD) September 2011- November 2012

Developed a study on occupational and psychological stressors among health care workers.Conducted literature review, in-depth interviews and submitted results for publication

Work Experience

AutoCAD Application Engineer (Intern)          June-December 2006

El Bostan Contracting and Construction- Egypt 

  • Created original technical drawings and plans from hand sketches for civil engineering projects, such as bridges, highways and piping systems using AutoCAD 2D/3D.


Site Civil Engineer (Intern)                                                     June- December 2008

El Bostan Contracting and Construction- Egypt

Analyzed survey reports & maps, provided cost estimates, supervised the site during excavation,tested soils & building materials and submitted weekly report to

the contractor


Volunteer Experience

Volunteer at Nancy’s friends’ foundation, New-York Presbyterian Hospital November 2012- Present

  • Enjoyed providing companionship and support to oncology patients on the in-patient units.


Volunteer at Look Good, Feel Better, New-York Presbyterian Hospital November 2012- Present

  • Helped women undergoing cancer treatment to regain self-confidence and to cope with hair loss and other treatment side effects using make-up and hair replacement techniques


Volunteer at the Coptic Orthodox Church January 2000- Present

Teaching Experience

General and analytical Chemistry Tutor December 2011- April 2012

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Rochester Institute of Technology


Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry lab                                                          June- November 2011

  • Rochester Institute of Technology





STAAD Pro.V8i, AutoCAD Civil 3D,AutoCAD, Land Desktop, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and

Excel, MINITAB, Basic computer languages; C++. Fluent in Arabic. Basic American Sign Language (ASL)