New Jersey Institute of Technology Graduates Educational Opportunity Program Students

NEWARK, Feb. 11--Thirty-four students from New Jersey Institute of Technology's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) graduated during a Jan. 23 commencement held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark.

The Educational Opportunity Program is a state-funded program for New Jersey students who are educationally and economically challenged and who are greatly underrepresented in science and technology fields.

Editor's Note: Here's a list of the students, along with their hometowns, who graduated from NJIT's Educational Opportunity Program:

Jaquetta Allen, Newark; Haydee Brito, Bayonne; Silasse Charles, Orange; Killol Darji, Parsippany; Ruth Donat, Union;Tanisha Falana, East Orange; Lin Q Fan, Farmingdale, N.Y.; Davindranauth Gangasarran, Union; Carlos Garcia, Oakhurst; Santiago Guzman, West New York; Ricardo Hernandez, Boonton; Nasy Joseph, Jersey City; Preeti Kapur, Jersey City; Mamta Kaur, North Bergen; Linda Lemarie, Belleville and Felipe Mendez, Rahway.

Other graduates include Alberto Miguez, Harrison; Prerak Parikh, Jersey City; Montal Pasteur, Newark; Dai Phoung, Camden; San Quach, Jersey City; Kalpesh Raval, Edison; Yu-Hau Shen, Hightstown; Chetan Sojitra, Clifton; Brian Theran, Newark; Quoc L. Tran, Hackensack; Jameica Tutler, Newark; Jorge Villanueva, North Arlington; Alejandra Zapata, Union City; Quoc B. Nguyen, Willingboro; Lewis Odige, Montclair; Niral Patel, Piscataway; Prital J. Patel, Piscataway and Boris Salazar, Paterson.

The mission of the Educational Opportunity Program is to provide educational opportunities and improve educational outcomes for populations traditionally underrepresented in mathematics, the natural sciences, engineering, computer and information science, business, architecture and engineering technology.

NJIT's Educational Opportunity Program, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in April, is one of the longest running and most successful programs of its kind.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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