NJIT Fetes Chemical Engineering Students

NEWARK, June 13- Sixteen undergraduate students in the chemical engineering department at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, recently received merit awards for their academic performance during the past school year.

Pawel Drzymala, of Garfield, a junior, received the Hess Foundation Scholarship Award. Drzymala belongs to Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. He has worked as a Pizza Hut manager and as a teller for First Union Bank and received awards from both companies.

Hyun Jung Jun, of Palisades Park, a junior, received a Hess scholarship. She is a member of the Korean Student Association.

Vincent K. Mensah, of Newark, a junior, received a Hess Scholarship. Mensah belongs to the African Student Association. He has been a member of the Ghanaian soccer team and enjoys table tennis and computer games. His past awards include the National Starch and Chemical Corporation Merit Award.

Daniel Perez, of Elizabeth, received the Marc L. Halprin Memorial Award. Halprin was a 1979 NJIT chemical engineering graduate who died in 1996 on a business trip in Russia. Perez, a sophomore, is in the NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College. His previous work experience includes tutoring youngsters in math and chemistry and working as a cashier at Modells Sporting Goods. His past awards include the National Starch and Chemical Corporation Merit Award.

Rocco P. Ciccolini, of Newark, received the Mark Zangrilli Memorial Award. Zangrilli, a 1987 graduate of NJIT, tragically lost his life in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Ciccolini, a junior, in NJIT's Albert Dorman Honors College, worked while at NJIT in the Schering-Plough Corporation. His interests include pharmaceutical research, motorcycles, reading and sports. Ciccolini is the recipient of the 1999-2000 chemical engineering department award, and the NJIT Equal Opportunity Program Award.

Scott Lomberk, of Vineland, a senior, received the Dr. Joseph Joffe Memorial Award. Lomberk is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, and while at NJIT worked at Bristol Myers and the ExxonMobil processing plants. Dr. Joffe was a distinguished professor emeritus and department chair in NJIT's chemical engineering, chemistry and environmental science department. Joffe was at NJIT for 43 years. During World War II, Joffe worked on the atomic bomb and was a part of the historic Manhattan project.

Fernando Rivas, of Newark, a sophomore in the Albert Dorman Honors College received the Parker Award, named after the late Richard C. Parker, Ph.D., a professor and associate dean at NJIT from 1966 until his death in 1996.

Niveen S. Ismail, of Wayne, a junior, in the Albert Dorman Honors College received the Sutcliffe Award. Ismail is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, an honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek and is a participant in the McNair Achievement Program.

Linda Kordikakavand, of Bayonne, a senior, received the Exxon Mobil Corporation Merit Award. Kordikakavand is an officer in the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, a national leadership honor society. Her past honors include the Omicron Delta Kappa Merit Award and the American Military Engineers Award. She is employed with BOC Gases Corporation.

Another recipient of the Exxon Mobil Corporation Merit Award is Neelam H. Naik, of Clifton, a junior. Naik completed a summer internship at Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc. She has been a volunteer at Beth Israel Hospital, Passaic, and is a member of the Hindu Temple. She has received the Civil Air Patrol scholarship, Passaic General Hospital Volunteer Award and the Kulite Semiconductor scholarship.

Tracy M. John, of Piscataway, a senior, received the Infineum, USA L.P. Merit Award. John is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and Omega Chi Epsilon Honor Society.

Pamela C. Millar, of Staten Island, a senior, received the Hess Foundation Merit Award. Millar is a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and vice president of Omega Chi Epsilon Honor Society. Employed as an environmental assistant for American Ref- fuel Company, Millar's past honors include the Hess Outstanding Junior Award, the Schering Plough Award, an Exxon Scholarship, a Mobil Scholarship and the National Starch And Chemical Corporation Merit Award.

Keith H. Forst, of North Brunswick, a junior in the Albert Dorman Honors College, received a Hess Foundation Merit Award. Forst previously received the National Starch & Chemical Co. Merit Award, the Honors College Academic Scholarship, Emmi Foundation Academic Scholarship, and the Michael Pappas Scholarship.

Anita N. Hurtado, of Jersey City, also received a Hess Foundation Merit Award. Previous awards given to Hurtado include the NACME Vanguard Scholarship, Bader Scholarship, American Chemical Society Scholarship and the Equal Opportunity Program Achievement Award.

Ankush Agarwal, of South Plainfield, a senior, received the National Starch and Chemical Corporation Merit Award. Agarwal also received an E.M. Schmidt Award and a chemical engineering merit award.

Richard E. Boyle, of Jackson, a sophomore, in the Albert Dorman Honors College, received a National Starch Award. Boyle has worked with Jay Vending, of Jackson, for three years and enjoys skiing and punk rock.

Christina M. Russo, of Brick, a freshman in the Albert Dorman Honors College, also received the National Starch Award. She is a member of Sigma Psi Kappa, a social sorority, and an inter-fraternity sorority club representative.


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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