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Albert Dorman Honors College Alumni Pass on the Torch of Knowledge

A group of alumni from the Albert Dorman Honors College at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) visited the university to speak to students about the skills needed to succeed professionally. 

The 16 alumni, all of whom graduated from the Albert Dorman Honors College, met with students in round table discussions focused on careers, education and academic majors. The graduates also spoke about internships and research opportunities available at their companies. 


The Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT offers students special classes, seminars and colloquia. It is part of the college’s mission to attract highly motivated scholars and to prepare them for professional careers, graduate studies and leadership positions in business, industry, medicine, law and government. These16 graduates perfectly exemplify the kind of students that the Albert Dorman Honors College produces. 

Editor’s Note: Here is a list of the 16 alumni, along with their hometowns and jobs titles, who partook in the colloquium:

Tomlee L. Abraham, of Clifton, is an administrative analyst for University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-University Hospital, responsible for analyzing insurance denials and preparing reports for management.  Abraham earned a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society in 1990 and a master’s degree in management in 2000.


Richard Nowak, of Butler, works as a business development manager for Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.  Nowak began his career at Siemens as a design engineer, but was later promoted to the above position. He earned two degrees from NJIT; his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 1999 and his MBA in 2003.  He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in pharmaceutical engineering at NJIT. 

Emily Gagiu Arturo, of Livingston, is a doctoral student in biochemistry and biophysics at Brandeis University.  Her area of research is in developing and implementing novel imaging techniques suitable for studies on enzyme kinetics at the single-molecule level.  She graduated from NJIT in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematical biology. 


Robert Kozlowski, of Cranford, is a vice president in the Enterprise Infrastructure Group at Morgan Stanley. He is responsible for application development, platform engineering and application distribution system design. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1988 from NJIT and holds Microsoft and Novell certifications.


Nicole Fusco, of Rockaway, is a compensation specialist in the Corporate Human Resources Department at Quest Diagnostics.  Her responsibilities include market pricing for client groups, participating in salary surveys and managing the firm’s program.  She joined Quest Diagnostics, Lyndhurst, as an intern in June 2003 and was later promoted to the above job. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from NJIT in 2003.


Lisa M. Kardos, of Cranford, is a process contact engineer at Infineum USA. While a student at NJIT, Kardos distinguished herself as a researcher, winning won a host of academic awards. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2004, and is now pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering at NJIT.


Kapil Rajwani, of Jersey City, is a fourth year medical student at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Rajwani participates in the NJIT/UMDNJ accelerated premedical program, in which a student spends three years at NJIT, then four years at UMDNJ.


Jason Kraft, of Waldwick, is a senior analyst at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, working on the Enterprise Resource Planning Implementation Team. His responsibilities include creating management-level web-based dashboards, maintaining the data warehouse system and integrating analytical reporting. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from NJIT in 2000.


Muhammad Hussain, of Irvington, is a native of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, who came to the United States to study architecture in 1997. After receiving his bachelor of architecture from the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT, he joined Jarmel Kizel Architects & Engineers as an intern architect and has worked there ever since.


Shibu Mathew, of New Hyde Park, N.Y., is a management consultant specializing in pharmaceutical data management.  Shibu consults for a Fortune 10 Pharmaceutical firm to help develop and maintain a drug safety and data-warehouse that alerts Food and Drug Administration regulators about adverse drug effects. He has had extensive experience developing solutions like clinical trial reporting systems and manufacturing systems for Fortune 50 Pharmaceutical firms. Shibu earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from NJIT in May 2000.


Michelle Rassekh, of Maywood, is an attorney at the law firm of Peckar and Abramson and holds a license to practice law in both New Jersey and New York.  Her primary area of practice is in construction law, where she represents general contractors, owners and designers in all matters related to building construction.  She works on both public contracting issues and private construction disputes. Michelle graduated from NJIT with a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society. Following law school and prior to joining Peckar and Abramson, she served as a judicial law clerk in New Jersey. 


Harendra Bhagat, of Plainsboro, works an assistant vice president for the Risk and Performance Unit at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Plainsboro. She is currently attending Drexel University as a part-time MBA student. She earned a bachelor’s in computer science from NJIT in May 2002.


Steven Arturo, of North Haledon, is a doctoral student in chemical engineering at NJIT. He graduated from NJIT in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. His doctoral research focuses on incorporating quantum chemistry into engineering fluidic models that predict thermodynamic behavior of pure and mixed fluids. 


Sean Duffy, of Parlin, is a reliability engineer for Stepan Company in Fieldsboro.  His main responsibilities include improving the preventive and predictive maintenance programs for the plant.  He has worked in various capacities in the chemical industry, including manufacturing/process engineering, process R&D, technical support, project management and supervision.  He graduated from NJIT in 1995 with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and is currently pursing both a master’s chemical engineering and an MBA at Rutgers University.


Peychi Wu, of Oakhill, Va., is a dental resident at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.  She received a dental degree from UMDNJ in 2004 and is a licensed dentist in New Jersey.  She earned her bachelor’s in engineering science from NJIT in 2000.


Benjamin Bakas, is a junior architect at Bol Architecture, Berkeley Heights.


After graduation from NJIT in May of 2003 with a bachelor of architecture, he acquired a position there and has worked on a variety of high-end custom residences and additions. He is also working to acquire his license to practice architecture.

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