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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Educational Opportunity Program Students at NJIT Graduate With Distinction

Six students from the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) graduated with distinction during a winter commencement held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark.

The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education will recognize some of the students this coming spring during an annual senior achievement awards ceremony sponsored by the commission and the Educational Opportunity Fund Board of Directors. The students’ names have also been submitted for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The Educational Opportunity Program, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2002, provides educational opportunities for students in mathematics, the natural sciences, engineering, computer and information science, business, architecture and engineering technology. It is one of the longest running and most successful programs of its kind in the nation.

(Attention Editors: Below is a list of students, their awards and hometowns. Robert Florida can arrange interviews at (973) 596-5203.)

Geoconda Idrovo, Newark, received a bachelor of science degree in computer science. She earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.69 and has been named to the dean’s list each semester from her initial enrollment at NJIT in 1999. She also received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, presented to a graduating senior whose cumulative grade point average ranges from 3.50 to 3.99. She is a Comtel Academic Scholar and an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. She is a member of the Society for Hispanic and Professional Engineers and works at Lucent Technologies, Whippany, as a research associate and would like to attend graduate school in the future.

Neezam Ali, Newark, received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He has a cumulative grade point average of 3.38. He has been named to the dean’s list since 1998. He also received the Academic Achievement Award, presented to a graduating senior whose grade point average ranges from 3.2 to 3.4. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Hispanic Organization for Students in Technology and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was treasurer of the Caribbean Student Organization, and is a participant in the Merck Fellows Program, where he reviews documents for testing, validating and compiling systems.

Dexter Angoy, Irvington, received a bachelor of science degree in computer science. He has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.12. He was named to the dean’s list from 1997 to 2000 and has also been named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He is a member of the African Student Association (AFSA), the Black Association of Student Engineers (BASE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). He helped organize a pan-African conference at NJIT and also worked to bring African groups from other Essex County schools together to form partnerships. He is considering attending graduate school in either management or computer science.

Daniel Calles, Union City, received a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering. He has earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.95. He has been involved in many organizations at NJIT including as treasurer of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Industrial Engineering Honor Society. He is president of the Society of Hispanic Engineers and has been named to the dean’s list for five semesters. He completed the Dale Carnegie Training Program and Latino Leaders Fellowship Institute. He works at State Farm Insurance Company, Hoboken, as a data system analyst and plans to obtain a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.

Nouha Elkenony, Edison, received a bachelor of science degree in management information systems. She has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.31. She is a member of the Hispanic Organization of Students in Technology, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Black Association of Student Engineers. She has been on the dean’s list for six consecutive semesters. She works at Unilever Bestfoods North America, Englewood Cliffs, as an intern and plans to attend graduate school.

Agnieszka Nowobilska, Garfield, received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. She has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.16. She is a member of the Polish Student Organization, the Student Activities Council, Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Internship Program and the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. She was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been named five times to the Dean’s list. She works for The Bank of New York, Manhattan, and plans to attend graduate school.

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