The NSO Team


he NSO Team welcomes you to NJIT. We're here to make sure you have a successful start to your college experience. Our team looks forward to helping you make a smooth transition to NJIT!

Associate Director

Leo D. Pedraza, Associate Director
Leo Pedraza has 16 years of experience working in Higher Education, and has worked 5 of those years at NJIT facilitating student transition into college. He is currently working on his PhD in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy, specializing in STEM student persistence. 

Phone: 973-596-5364

NSO Lead Team

NSO is organized with the help and efforts of the Lead Team. The team is composed of experienced student leaders who are dedicated to helping new students get prepared for NJIT.

Shurah Chowdhury, Senior Lead Coordinator, Mathematical Sciences '19
Richard Wan, Lead Coordinator, Industrial Design '20
Raydeena Fisher, Administrative Coordinator, Civil Engineering '20, Honors College
Mehek Parikh, Social Media Coordinator, Industrial Design '20

NSO Peer Leader Team

New Student Orientation is designed to help you connect with the NJIT community, and it is led by its most important resource: our students. We proudly call our orientation leaders NSO Peer Leaders. Peer Leaders are selected from our top student leaders. As role models, they excel academically and are involved within the NJIT community. Your NSO Peer Leaders are here to support you!

Ahmad Altunji, Mathematical Sciences '19
Elvis Alicea, Chemistry '21
Andres Baez, Computer Science '21
Arden Balcos, Electrical Engineering '21
Jeremy Bedient, Industrial Engineering '21
Noah Benipayo, Biology, '20
Paola Bodano, Architecture '20
Abhishek Bose, Law, Technology, & Culture '20
Sophia Chan, Digital Design '19
Kamela Chandrika, Biomedical Engineering '21
Maria Chernyakhovskaya, Industrial Design, '20
Victoria Cingolani, Business & Information Systems '21
Serita Das, Business '21
Amber Eiserle, Architecture '22
Nicholas Grasso, Construction Management Technology '19

Brent Hartwell, Industrial Design '20
Suzanne Hlinka, Web & Information Systems '20
Lauren Hutnik, Biology '19
Zachary Kennedy, Mechanical Engineering '21
Katrina Macaro, Civil Engineering '20
Joe Massaro, Applied Physics '21
Liam O'Driscoll, Civil Engineering '20
Vasu Patel, Computing & Business '20
Gia Pizzano, Chemical Engineering, '20 
Daniel Rodriguez, Engineering Science/Computational Math '21
Peter Stobinski, Mechanical Engineering '20
Agata Zarczynska, Biomedical Engineering '21
Olivia Zurek, Computer Science '19


Contact Information

New Student Orientation • 260 Fenster Hall • 973-596-5364 •