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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SUPPORT STEVENS ENDOWMENT Beth Kissinger’s excellent article, “On the Rise,” in the Summer-Fall 2013 Indicator, portrayed a university that continually strives for excellence. The issue’s arrival coincided with PayScale’s release of its latest rankings of mid-career salaries (graduates with 15 years experience). When I served as spokesperson for my class and others during the “Safeguard Our Scholarships” initiative in 2007, I heard from many older alumni bemoaning the fact that, in their era, TIME magazine ranked Stevens right alongside Cal Tech and MIT. The perception among older alumni was that Stevens’ reputation had slipped badly. PayScale’s mid-career rankings have Stevens tied with Cal Tech for 3rd place and ahead of MIT in 11th place. PayScale’s recent 30-year net ROI results (Cal Tech 2nd, MIT 4th, Stevens 9th) as well as the mid-career salary rankings provide clear and compelling evidence that the Stevens faculty has consistently and continuously produced engineering graduates who hold their own in the highly competitive postindustrial global economy. Great news, but significant challenges remain. I visited the websites of PayScale’s top ten engineering schools for mid-career salaries, to determine the number of undergraduate students and the size, per undergraduate student, of their endowments as of 6/30/2012. Here’s what I found:

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1. Harvey Mudd College, $288,633; 3. California Institute of Technology, $1,875,627; 3. Stevens Institute of Technology, $55,501; 11. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $2,698,112; 14. Cooper Union, $728,750; 14. Polytechnic Institute of NYU, $59,102; 14. SUNY – Maritime College, no data available; 20. Lehigh University, $219,128; 20. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, $83,923; 32. Georgia Institute of Technology, $110,828.

Clearly, Stevens is an underendowed overachiever. Stevens needs to build its endowment to remain competitive. That’s why I accepted a leadership role in encouraging donations to scholarship funds. Our renewed support will ensure that no worthy applicant has to turn down Stevens because the financial aid package is not sufficient to cover need. That

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AN ENJOYABLE READ Every one of the top 10 schools for which information is available has higher endowments per undergraduate than does Stevens. Moreover, four other engineering schools in the PayScale rankings have higher endowments per undergraduate than Stevens (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, #33, $90,739; Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, #36, $108,217; Carnegie-Mellon, #39, $157,207; Illinois Institute of Technology, #52, $69,357). Maintaining our competitive advantage over engineering schools with much deeper pockets will be a continuing challenge.

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When The Indicator lands in my mailbox I can’t wait to read about what’s happening with Stevens, what students are accomplishing and, most of all, I thoroughly enjoy reading about the lives of my fellow alumni in the class logs. It’s always inspiring to read how alumni before me progressed through their personal and professional lives. When reading the logs you can truly see the phenomenal work ethic, and patience, that carried many Stevens graduates to great success. It also serves as an important reminder that we must invest significant amounts of time and effort not only in our career, but with everything we do. Thank you again for your efforts with The Indicator and allowing me to link back to the rest of my fellow alumni. Keith B. Cassidy ’09

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DEPARTMENTS 1 ............................................................ Letters 4-6 .........................................Presidents’ Corner 7 ............................................ Grist from the Mill 27 .................................................Graduate Log 34 ............................................................ Clubs 36 .............................. Alumni Business Directory 40 ............................................................ Vitals

The Perfect 12 Balance The stellar education that Stevens students receive is attractive to employers. Read how the Stevens education has contributed to the success of our graduates, as told by alumni. By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor

15 An Engineering Advantage

Steve Adik ’64 looks back on his career and how his Stevens education helped him along the way, as his class gears up for its 50th reunion.

By Beth Kissinger, Editor

16 Homecoming Highlights

A roundup of activities held during Homecoming 2013.

By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor, and Laura Bubeck, Stevens' Assistant Director of News & Media Relations

19 A Different Path

Marissa Brock ’99 reflects on her varied career, from engineering to college recruiting, and prepares to celebrate her 15th reunion.

By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor

20 Honors Class

Meet four professors who were honored this fall for outstanding teaching and research.

By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor

22 Work in the Amazon

A large group of students – including two from Stevens – helped advance scientific knowledge of the environmental conditions of coastal regions during a trip to the coast of Brazil led by Stevens.

By Laura Bubeck, Stevens’ Assistant Director of News & Media Relations


24 In STEP with Stevens

The Stevens Technical Enrichment Program (STEP) marks 45 years on campus with a huge celebration.

By Beth Kissinger, Editor

28 President’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The discussion of hydraulic fracture (“fracking’’) came to Stevens as Dr. John Deutch, an MIT professor who has held significant government posts, spoke about the subject during the third PDLS. Read the viewpoints of four alumni energy experts on this subject.

By Laura Bubeck, Stevens’ Assistant Director of News & Media Relations

Opposite, bottom left: Stevens led an international effort this summer to study coastal regions of Brazil. Above from left: SAA Executive Director Emeritus Anita Lang, left, welcomes Holly and Marty Valerio ’68 to her retirement event this fall; Dr. John Deutch headlines this fall’s President’s Distinguished Lecture Series; and STEP alumni marked the program’s 45th anniversary this fall.

On the Cover Stevens alumni have long talked about how the university provided them with a well-rounded education. Here, we show how a Stevens education appeals to the “left’’ brain, or logical side, and the “right’’

30 Calendar of Events

Plan to return to campus, or attend a Stevens-sponsored event in your area, after checking out the new calendar of events, debuting in this issue.

brain, or artistic side, with a strong combination of engineering, science and humanities. The illustration has the two sides coming together to create that Stevens “spark.’’ Illustration by Mark Smith

32 Top Marks in Solar Decathlon

Ecohabit, Stevens’ solar house entry in the international Solar Decathlon competition, took fourth place overall (and second among U.S. teams), at the contest this fall in California.

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PRESIDENTS’ CORNER BUILDING A STRONGER STEVENS, AT HOME AND IN THE WORLD You may have noticed an uptick in the level of activity at Stevens recently. The entire Stevens community is working hard and making progress on a number of fronts, with the goals of both strengthening Stevens as an institution and increasing the recognition of Stevens and our impact in New Jersey, the nation and the world.

SOME RECENT HIGHLIGHTS ON CAMPUS INCLUDE: Stevens took second place in the U.S. and fourth among all international entries in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, an international competition to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The 60-member team of faculty and students from Stevens worked diligently over two years to prepare for this rigorous and demanding competition, and accumulated 939 points out of a possible 1,000. I am enormously proud of our team, their work ethic, the innovations they designed for the project, and their overall accomplishment. I’m also pleased that this effort generated much positive publicity for Stevens, including in the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this fall, we welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Stevens to celebrate the award of $7.25 million in state bond funds for a major IT infrastructure enhancement. The event, “Enabling Innovation,” previewed two major IT projects that will revolutionize our teaching and learning environment through the use of technology. The funds will support two pioneering projects, the Unified Communications and Collaboration Environment (UCCE) and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will have a transformative impact on faculty and student capabilities to engage with course content, collaborators, and graphic- and computing-intensive technology applications for learning. These upgrades will position Stevens as a national leader in delivering STEM education using state-of-the-art technology tools. This event also received significant media coverage, including in The Star-Ledger. As many of you recall, about a year ago, Stevens, like many organizations and communities in New Jersey, was recovering from one of the most devastating storms to impact our region in history. On Oct. 29, Stevens commemorated the one-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken. With a technical session featuring our own experts and researchers Dr. Alan Blumberg, George Meade Bond


Professor and Director of the Davidson Laboratory, and Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science, Stevens explored the lessons learned about coastal urban infrastructure and resiliency since Sandy. With panelists from the Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, and other organizations, Stevens led a discussion on the technical, systems-level, and political perspectives related to mitigating the effects of such events in the future. In the evening, a program held in partnership with the Hoboken Historical Museum celebrated the innovation, resiliency, and sense of community that characterized Stevens and our Hoboken neighbors in the aftermath of Sandy. And, one day later, we welcomed the third speaker in the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series (PDLS), Dr. John Deutch, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in one of the most stimulating talks I have ever experienced. Dr. Deutch discussed the technical, economic, environmental and geopolitical aspects of unconventional oil and gas production, including hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Dr. Deutch provided an insightful, balanced, informative and extremely entertaining overview of the potential benefits and challenges associated with these technologies. If you weren’t able to participate in the event at Stevens, please visit the PDLS page on my web site,, and view it for yourself. In addition to these externally-focused efforts, Stevens is also making tremendous progress on critically important, but perhaps less visible, initiatives. For example, I am delighted to report that our freshman retention rate has reached 96 percent—an all-time high at Stevens. In addition, we are becoming a much more selective institution (38 percent of applicants are accepted), and the academic profile of our student body is increasing substantially. For the first time ever, the middle 50 percent range of SAT scores for our newest and largest class in history also reached an all-time high of 1220-1380. Our finances continue to improve across a variety of metrics, our instructional spaces are getting much-needed upgrades, and our externally-funded research increased to $31.2 million in the last fiscal year. I also see a very bright future ahead in research under the leadership of


Vice Provost for Research Dr. Mo. Dehghani, who joined us from the Johns Hopkins University in late summer. In FY13, our fundraising efforts yielded $26.3 million, nearly double the amount for the previous year, and we successfully completed a three-year, $30 million fundraising initiative a full year ahead of schedule. And finally, we have completed the first year of implementation in our 10-year Strategic Plan, The Future. Ours to Create., tracking progress across more than 40 priorities our community has identified in undergraduate and graduate education, research, culture and governance, and internal and external activities, to strengthen Stevens and achieve our goal of becoming a world-class, studentcentric, technological research university.

President and Mrs. Farvardin pose with the Solar Decathlon team in California.

Over the next months and years, we will continue to strengthen Stevens—both from the inside and externally—to increase the recognition of Stevens and its impact on the world. We count on your participation, your ideas, and your support to achieve these goals. Please write ( with your thoughts and suggestions. All my best for a wonderful holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Nariman Farvardin President, Stevens Institute of Technology 201-216-5213

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie greets students while on the Stevens campus in October 2013.

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HELP ACCELERATE STEVENS’ RISING PRESTIGE Stevens has been such an exciting—and inspiring—place to be this fall, as you’ll see from this look back at an extraordinary time at our alma mater. Several high-profile events reflect the successful efforts of the past two years to energize the students, faculty, administration and alumni. And now it’s our time, as alumni, to capitalize on this success and to help continue to move the college forward. What is happening now makes me prouder than ever to be a Stevens alumnus. Here are just a few of the recent events on campus that have further revealed that our university is rising in prestige and in its role in tackling some of the world’s pressing challenges. In August, I, along with dozens of alumni, attended an open house of Ecohabit, the solar-powered house that a team of 60 students and faculty built on the Hoboken waterfront. The team opened the house to the community before taking it to the Solar Decathlon international biennial competition in California. Seeing this engineering and design marvel up close – and meeting the students who spent two years on this project—was so inspiring and showed me how far Stevens has come since my undergraduate days. The team placed second among all U.S. teams, and fourth worldwide. We should all feel proud of our team’s performance. As this issue of The Indicator shows, October was a very busy month, as Stevens welcomed national leaders and lent its expertise to two vitally important issues to our nation: resiliency to natural disasters and energy. Experts from NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and Stevens faculty experts discussed lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy on Oct. 29, the anniversary of this historic event. The following day, Stevens welcomed Dr. John Deutch—Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-

nology, former undersecretary of the Department of Energy and former CIA director—to Stevens to discuss unconventional oil and gas production, or “fracking.” Dr. Deutch’s talk was informative, and his engaging question and answer session with the audience helped to elevate this important discussion. His lecture was part of the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series (PDLS). I urge you to stay tuned for the next PDLS occasion and attend. Stevens has enjoyed a number of top national rankings over the past two years, and a recent one is most impressive. This fall, PayScale ranked Stevens #3 in the nation in mid-career salaries for its graduates, with our undergraduate alumni earning an average of $124,000 a year. The Indicator has recently published a number of rankings stories and wanted to speak with some alumni behind the rankings, hence this magazine’s cover story. So many alumni I meet praise their well-rounded Stevens education, and this story focuses on alumni in a variety of fields whose success has been built on the foundation of their Stevens education. They recall not only a top quality technical education but also an education in the humanities. I can certainly attest to the value of this “Perfect Balance” that Stevens offers. It’s Stevens’ time … and it’s time to further the Stevens advantage. Alumni can and do make a difference. Supporting Stevens during the coming years is essential as we embark on new plans and programs to build on our past success not only for our students, but also for alumni, who benefit from a prestigious alma mater. I urge you to come back to Stevens— and meet fellow alumni in your area of the country— and learn about the many ways you can support your alma mater. See pages 30-31 for a new calendar of upcoming events and visit We would love to see you! Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy holiday season.

Per aspera ad astra,

Tom Moschello ’63 President, Stevens Alumni Association



GRIST FROM THE MILL DAVIS FAMILY COMING TO STEVENS FOR FOUR GENERATIONS  Jaymes and Alena Davis, seen with their parents Teanne Sawyer Davis ’86 and Gregg Davis ’84, are freshmen and the fourth generation of their family to attend Stevens. They are the grandchildren of Herbert W. Davis, Jr. ’50, and great-grandchildren of the late Herbert W. Davis, Class of 1920.

The Davis family has been coming to Stevens since World War I, when Herbert Wainwright Davis, Class of 1920, joined Stevens’ Naval Unit and yearned to drive his father’s big blue Stutz. His son, Herbert W. Davis, Jr. ’50, M.S. ’53, attended Stevens after serving his country in the European Theater during World War II. His sons, Gregg ’84 and Steven ’85, followed him to Castle Point, where Gregg met his wife, Teanne Sawyer Davis ’86—but that’s another story. And this past fall, the fourth generation of the Davis family, Herbert Wainwright’s greatgrandchildren, entered Stevens, continuing what may be one of the longest family legacies in the university’s history. Alena and Jaymes Davis—twin sister and brother—joined the Class of 2017 this fall, and smile patiently when asked about their family legacy. “There’s kind of a pressure,” Jaymes acknowledges, as the twins keep a low profile at this farewell barbecue for families in midAugust, on freshmen move-in day. But they’re surrounded by family history. As they picnic on Palmer Lawn, their father Gregg points toward Palmer Hall and the very window of the dorm room where their grandfather lived. They’re just a few minutes away


from the Beta Theta Pi house, where Gregg was a brother and remembers the exact day that he first met Teanne: Feb. 28, 1983. It wasn’t a late Valentine’s Day dance but a large gathering that evening to watch the final episode of “M*A*S*H*.” Alena, who is studying biomedical engineering, and Jaymes, who has chosen business and technology, did apply to other schools, but Stevens seemed to have a lot going for it. Alena calls it a good technical school that just felt right. “New York City is right here,” she says. “You have a little campus, and the city. It’s a close knit community; it’s more comfortable.” “It has a small town atmosphere, and we come from a small town,” Jaymes added, as the family hails from the rolling hills of Harvard, Mass., west of Boston. Their parents are delighted. “Stevens had a good ROI (Return on Investment) article come out. The timing was perfect,” Teanne says with a sly smile. “It’s something that we knew works,” Gregg said. “Everyone I knew who came from Stevens is very successful.” Gregg’s grandfather, the late Herbert W., Class of ’20, started the Davis Company, which

made cabinetry and, during World War II, ammunition boxes. His father, Herbert W., Jr., founded Herbert W. Davis & Company, an engineering and management consulting company that he ran for many years in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; he’s now retired and lives in Vermont. Gregg works as general manager of API Technologies, a micro-electronics company in Marlboro, Mass., while Teanne is a stay-at-home mom who worked as an engineer with Digital Equipment Corp. before having the twins. Growing up in Cliffside Park, N.J., Gregg recalls spending many Alumni Days on campus with his family. He knew his father’s Stevens roommates, his longtime friends who, actually, are named Tom, Dick and Harry. Busy with kids and life up in Massachusetts, the Davises hadn’t returned to Stevens in more than 20 years. When they brought their only children to Stevens as freshmen, they found a refreshing change. They never forgot that classic Stevens speech they heard as freshmen: “Look to your left, look to your right, one of you won’t graduate.” Stevens President Nariman Farvardin’s speech was the complete opposite, Gregg said, and assured parents that the school will do what it can to help their children. “That one statement made all the difference,” Gregg said. “As parents, we’re putting our kids in school and we want them to succeed.” While Jaymes is still contemplating a career path, Alena says that her passion lies in engineering artificial limbs, and maybe even the next artificial heart. ❖ —By Beth Kissinger

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SIX FROM STEVENS RECOGNIZED FOR INNOVATIONS IN N.J. Six members of the Stevens community were honored at the 2013 New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (NJIHoF) this fall, recognizing their contributions to innovation in the Garden State. The NJIHoF is an annual awards banquet, co-sponsored by Stevens, that honors New Jersey’s leading scientists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs and organizations. Honored at the banquet in October 2013 were Stevens Professors Antonio Valdevit, Ph.D. ’10, Jenny Zilberberg and Yu-Dong Yao; Stevens graduate student Wenting Zhang; and alumni Xuening Chen, Ph.D. ’13, and Joseph Giovannoli ’62. Dr. Valdevit, a professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. Zilberberg, a visiting professor from Hackensack University Medical Center, each accepted an Innovators Award, which recognizes significant scientific achievement. Dr. Yao, director of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the winner of an Advancement of Invention Award, which honors scientists and educators with sterling records of sustained encouragement of invention and innovation. Dr. Chen’s research is related to biomimetic bone tissue engineering and regenerative medicines. Zhang collaborates with Zilberberg on her research. Giovannoli accepted an Inventor of the Year Award, recognizing inventors who successfully patented and commercialized an invention. Giovannoli has created and marketed technologies which revolutionized automated reverse auction systems and markets. “These accomplished award winners from Stevens truly live up to the university’s mission to solve the most challenging problems of our time through cutting-edge, technologybased research and entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, Ph.D. ’91, vice provost of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stevens.❖ —Laura Bubeck


 Stevens commemorated the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on Oct. 29 with a panel discussion featuring national and local leaders from the scientific and public policy communities and a community program featuring local residents who spoke about life in Hoboken during and after Sandy. The panel discussion included storm-related research findings and updates on the effort to make the New York-New Jersey metro region more resilient to natural disasters. Holly Bamford, assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, speaks, above. Top photo: Panel members, from left, included Bamford; Joseph Seebode, deputy district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NY District; Capt. Gordon Loebl, U.S. Coast Guard; Northeastern Professor Stephen Flynn; and Stevens Professor Alan Blumberg.

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FARVARDIN HONORED BY NJTC AS CEO OF THE YEAR Stevens President Nariman Farvardin has been named CEO of the Year by the New Jersey Technology Council, the state’s premier trade association for technology companies. The award recognizes Farvardin’s exceptional contributions to the New Jersey technology community through his bold vision and steadfast direction in advancing Stevens to greater heights. Farvardin is an innovative leader who— since becoming Stevens’ seventh president in 2011—has steered the university on a steady upward path. He was the driving force for the development and implementation of the university’s ambitious 10-year strategic plan, which aims to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking, far-reaching institution with global impact.

Farvardin was formally recognized alongside four other CEOs of the Year at the NJTC Leadership Summit on Oct. 31 at the NJHA Conference and Event Center in Princeton, N.J. The 2013 CEO of the Year honorees, who represent public companies, private companies, not-for-profit institutions and educational institutions, were selected based on their vision and leadership, corporate performance, innovative business achievements and social responsibility. “This year was particularly difficult to select those being honored from the many nominations we received,” said NJTC CEO and President Maxine Ballen. “The judges were truly challenged and did a terrific job in identifying CEOs that represent outstanding leadership, innovation and promote corporate responsibility.”

The other 2013 NJTC CEOs of the Year are: Adnane Charchour, president and CEO of Scivantage; Ashraf Lotfi, founder and CEO of Enpirion; Marianna Rabinovitch, CEO of ECI Technology, Inc.; and Dr. Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University. “I am so proud of all that Stevens has accomplished under the leadership of President Farvardin,” said Virginia Ruesterholz ’83, chairman of the Stevens Board of Trustees. “The momentum, energy and discipline he has brought to the university has been inspiring to watch and is truly contagious. We are very fortunate to have attracted Nariman to Stevens and are sure that, under his leadership, the Stevens star will continue to rise.”❖ —Laura Bubeck

RECEIVE UPDATES FROM STEVENS WHEN YOU PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AT WWW.STEVENS.EDU/UPDATEMYEMAIL THREE-PEAT WITH CAANJ CUP FOR STEVENS Stevens earned the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Cup for a third-straight year this fall at the annual CAANJ Workshop and Luncheon. Stevens earned the distinction as the top-performing NCAA Division III athletic program in the state in 2010-11, 2011-12 and now 2012-13. Montclair State University finished second in this year’s competition, and The College of New Jersey was third. “To win the CAANJ Cup for the third year in a row is a true testament to the dedication and talent of our studentathletes and staff,” said Stevens’ Director of Athletics Russell Rogers. “We are very proud of this accomplishment.’’

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Alumni across seven decades, traveling from as far as California, Atlanta and Boston, came back to Stevens this fall to celebrate a woman who’s “simply extraordinary.” Anita Lang retired as executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association after 47 years of service to the university and SAA this summer, and a celebration in her honor saw alumni from the 1940s through the 2000s return for an afternoon of tributes and memories. Faculty and staff, as well as Lang’s family, also attended the event, which attracted more than 135 people and benefitted the Anita LangStevens Alumni Association Endowed Legacy Scholarship Fund. Alumni thanked Lang for everything from connecting them with job contacts to helping them renew friendships from their Stevens days. Vincent D’Agostino ’82 took the train down from Boston just for the day. “She’s always been very helpful and supportive,” he said. “You would think that I was a big man on campus when I walked into the Alumni Office. She makes you feel so welcome, like you never left.” Marty Valerio ’68, who chaired the event’s planning committee, offered one of many heartfelt tributes. “As a 20-year-old sophomore … to think that a friendship started so long ago would last a lifetime,” he said. “I’m not alone.”


“You have touched many lives. Each of us has been left with many joyous memories, and we thank you.” Stevens President Nariman Farvardin noted that the reason that alumni from 50 and 60 years ago – and five years ago – as well as faculty and staff turned out is because of the person Lang is. “Anita, you’ve been simply extraordinary,” he said. Farvardin said that he’s pleased that Lang will continue her work as a consultant with Stevens, as she works with his wife, Hoveida Farvardin, to document and promote the university’s rich history. No gift could possibly repay all of her years of dedicated service, Farvardin said. So he gave Lang the Stevens President’s Pin right off his lapel. Her voice breaking, Lang said she’s been overwhelmed with the generosity of so many Stevens friends. She thanked her staff (“with 150 years of combined service!”) and praised the event committee for doing a fabulous job. And she thanked the alumni. “For my 47 years, I am deeply honored,” she said. ❖ —Beth Kissinger

Photos: Jeffrey Vock


1 Rosemary and Michael Scott ’70 celebrate with Anita Lang at her retirement event. 2 Mary

Doddy ’80 and her mother, Helen Doddy, came to wish Anita all the best.

3 Anita Lang, third from left, executive director emeritus of the Stevens Alumni Association, enjoyed

her retirement celebration this fall with alumni from seven decades, including Mary and Enrique Blanco ’72, left, and Maryann and George Johnston ’72. 4 Anita Lang receives a gift during her retirement celebration. Congratulating her, from left, are Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, SAA President Tom Moschello ’63 and Marty Valerio ’68, who chaired the event.


CLASS OF ’64 GEARS UP FOR 50TH The Class of ’64 will begin marking its 50th Stevens reunion on Thursday, May 29, with activities throughout Alumni Weekend—May 30, May 31 and June 1, 2014. This past September, an organizing committee of 20 classmates assembled to start planning the reunion. By press time, the group (through its four committees: Activities, Communications, Giving and Publications) has been shaping events for the weekend and planning a gift to Stevens. Classmates can visit the Class of ’64 website to see a list of activities and to register, learn who will be attending the reunion and find out what their classmates are doing now. Visit

SCHEPISI HONORED BY NJ CHAMBER An alumnus and prominent attorney in the New York metropolitan area was honored this fall by a New Jersey business group. John A. Schepisi ’65, a member of the Stevens Board of Trustees, was recognized at the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Leadership Awards Dinner at the Waterside Restaurant & Catering in North Bergen, N.J., in October. Schepisi, founder and president of Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A., was honored by the chamber with its Leader in the Legal Community award. Schepisi & McLaughlin has offices in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and Union Square in New York City. Schepisi’s clients have included CNBC, Home Depot and J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, the largest utility contractor in New Jersey. Schepisi, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the inaugural Stevens Awards Gala in 2013 and has frequently volunteered his time and legal service for Stevens. The Gold Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce covers the area along the NewJersey waterfront, from Jersey City to the south to Englewood Cliffs to the north.❖ —Beth Kissinger

’s ATHLETICS JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION OF THIS PROGRAM’S DISTINGUISHED HISTORY. From a single women’s varsity fencing team has grown a powerhouse women’s athletics program featuring thirteen teams that have brought NCAA individual championships, an NCAA Woman of the Year award and more than 50 team conference championships to Stevens.

MARCH 15, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 PM Bissinger Room

Register at: Linda Vollkommer-Lynch Stevens women’s fencing coach Linda Vollkommer-Lynch also marks 40 years of success and service. Stevens appreciates all Linda has done for the success of our students.



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Illustration by Mark Smith




Stevens alumni have said that their careers have long benefitted from the well-rounded education they received here, elaborating that the combination of humanities, technology, engineering and science courses helps produce a true leader, an out-of-the-box thinker who is an asset to an employer. And it seems those employers are paying big bucks for these well-educated Stevens graduates. recently released its list of average salaries for college graduates at mid-career, and Stevens graduates earn, on average, $124,000 a year, third among universities nationwide and first in the state of New Jersey. Trailing only Harvey Mudd College and the U.S. Naval Academy and tied for third with California Institute of Technology, Stevens increased its spot from 2012, when it placed 12th. PayScale ranks schools based on the median salary of graduates who are full-time employees with at least 15 years of experience and hold only a bachelor’s degree. BY LISA TORBIC, ASSOCIATE EDITOR But the good news doesn’t end there. Stevens also ranked near the top of other lists based on the PayScale data released this past fall, including ranking first among Northeast schools and second among research universities for salary potential. Employers value a Stevens graduate because of the broad-based education taught here, said Lynn Insley, director of the university’s Office of Career Development. “The students learn how to get along with everyone in a real way. They learn to think about their career development early on and that helps set them up for success.’’ Dr. Lisa Dolling, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens, thinks the humanities can lead to ultimate success for any engineering major. “We believe it is essential that our students realize that in pursuing an education they should not have to choose either STEM or the humanities, but rather seize the opportunity to engage in both, allowing them to work in concert with each other, in a spirit of collaboration and mutual support. We all need to recognize that while science and engineering can tell us the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of the world, it is the humanities and social sciences that provide insights to answering the ‘why’—-along with the skills necessary to communicate it all to others,’’ Dolling said. “It is no surprise Stevens continues to be recognized for the value of the education it provides and our graduates succeed as leaders

in making a difference in the world,’’ she added. How can the humanities help with a technical career? Several alumni recently spoke about how their well-balanced Stevens courses contributed in their careers.

THE BENEFIT OF PERSPECTIVE Mike Kosusko ’77 is a senior project engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in North Carolina, a job he’s held for 29 years. While a chemical engineering major, he liked the different perspective the humanities taught him. The classes also provided an eye-opening departure from the highly technical curriculum. “It’s helpful in any job to be able to comprehend a different point of view, to look at a problem from the side of where that person comes from. That’s a great asset in life,’’ Kosusko said. “It’s definitely useful learning,’’ he said.

MATH & MUSIC CONNECTION SUCCESS AT THE INTERSECTION OF DISCIPLINES Kate (Freed) Matos ’08 earned a degree in biomedical engineering before earning a law degree at Seton Hall University Law School. She is now associate counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Matos is grateful for the varied courses offered at Stevens, mentioning that while a law student, she viewed the legal rules as equations, sorting out the constants and variables, and then solving for the variable. “I have been told that my approach to legal problems is unique; I ‘disassemble’ problems and rebuild them as logic proofs,’’ she said. “The well-rounded education I received at Stevens opened every door. I could speak about engineering design or quantify the social sciences. In the end, I chose a career at the intersection of law and the health sciences. The broad-based Stevens education gave me the skills to succeed in a career requiring technical research, written and oral analysis and argument, and logical decision-making,’’ she said.

Chuck Schaeffer ’94 is a professional musician by night while working as a sales & marketing manager for Thinlabs Inc. by day. Since 2007, he has fronted his own band, Chuck Schaeffer & Full Moon Howlin’, and has made U.S. Top 40 indie-country CDs.  His music career keeps him very busy both near his Pennsylvania home and nationally.  He sees a lot of similarities between music and math. “Music is very mathematical— it’s all numbers—whether the notes or the pace of the song,’’ he said.  To compose a great song, he said, a musician needs to conceptualize the words and music, structure the pieces, review, and edit; an engineer follows the same mindset. “Creating a memorable song uses a lot of the same skills that an engineer uses and Stevens helped teach me how to put it all together.’’

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX “The blending of humanities with technology helped me develop my communication skills,’’ said Phil Crowley, the valedictorian of the Class of 1971 who graduated with a physics degree, earned his M.S. in physics at Harvard University, received his J.D. at Columbia University, and is now assistant general counsel at Johnson & Johnson. “ I’ve found over the years that knowing how to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively is a valuable skill,’’ something he learned in the humanities curriculum at Stevens. “The broad-based Stevens education encourages students to see connections among disciplines and problem-solving approaches that ‘linear thinkers’ don’t perceive.  Thinking ‘outside the box’ for me means trying to identify and question or reject assumptions about how a problem ‘can’ or ‘must’ be addressed. I also ask the question ‘and what comes next?’  That helps stimulate strategic thinking and avoids becoming stuck in thinking only of tactics,’’ he said.

the corporate world is also very relevant to this niche,’’ said the former Merck engineer who also coordinated events for the pharmaceutical giant worldwide. “(When I worked at Merck), I began to realize that a lot of the skills that engineers use can be used anywhere. Engineers are good project managers and an events planner needs to establish a timeline, set a budget, and really follow through on the details,’’ she said.

THE BIGGER PICTURE Helen Coyle ’83 teaches physics at Tenafly High School in New Jersey. Recently, she recalled four humanities professors (Fitzgerald, Miller, Shapiro and Gould) who shaped her view on the world. “These professors cultivated in me an appreciation of history, philosophy and art,’’ and taught the interconnectedness of engineering and the humanities, she said. “Professor Miller taught art and its history while bringing in the connections between art and engineering; he brought our class to the Whitney Museum to see Alexan-

“The students learn how to get along with everyone in a real way. They learn to think about their career development early on and that helps set them up for success.” – Lynn Insley, Director of the university’s Office of Career Development

FROM ENGINEER TO ENTREPRENEUR Dorothy (Schultheiss) Stadelmann ’94 recently opened her own events planning company, Plan Ahead Events, which services trade shows, meetings, conventions and conferences in the Cincinnati-area. “My background and training at Stevens and in


der Calder’s ‘Circus’ exhibit.’’ Miller mentioned how Calder was a Stevens alumnus (Class of 1919) and “how his art was so much influenced by that,’’ Coyle said. In October, Coyle brought some members of her high school’s Physics Club to Stevens to hear a discussion on lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy. “As a teacher, I hope I can make a difference in my students’ lives. I hope I help them see the bigger picture around them,’’ she said.

From Stevens to MOMA Alexander Calder ’19 is possibly Stevens’ most famous alumnus. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering, he began working as a sculptor, producing numerous wire figures, notably for a vast miniature circus. But Calder is best known as the originator of the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture, the delicately balanced or suspended components of which move in response to motor power or air currents. Calder’s work is in many permanent collections around the world, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Art.

One alumnus points to his excellent education as a reason why he stays involved at Stevens more than 40 years since his graduation. “The value of the Stevens education goes far beyond technical knowledge … That’s what has made it so fulfilling to be able to come back as an alumnus and try to do the same for future generations of students,’’ said Crowley, a current Stevens Board of Trustees member and a past Alumni Association president.❖




as turbines failed one hot day many summers ago at the Northern Indiana Public Service Company, so CFO Steve Adik ’64 was called in. A worker started lecturing him on gas turbine design until he realized that Adik didn’t need lecturing – he spoke the language. This executive was a real engineer who had studied gas turbine design at Stevens.

During his successful 30-year career that has spanned the railroad and utilities industries, Adik also represented management in union negotiations. He immediately won the respect of workers when they learned he was an engineer who actually understood their work and the challenges they faced on the job, he said. “The critical thing was establishing credibility with people in the company,” Adik says. “They never looked at me as a bean-counting finance guy.” As Adik prepares to mark his 50th reunion at Stevens this spring, he reflected on the career that took him from his blue collar roots in Elizabeth, N.J., through Stevens and to senior positions with some of the country’s major transportation and utility businesses. Throughout his journey, his strong engineering background, nurtured at Stevens, has helped him find interesting, rewarding work, he says. He may have retired in 2003 as vice chairman, executive vice president and chief financial officer of NiSource, Inc., an electric, natural gas and pipeline company operating in 16 states. But these days, Adik is busy, serving on the boards of four utility and transportationrelated companies. His “retirement” lasted exactly two months. “My wife thought it was terrible – I was home all the time,” Adik says with a laugh, speaking by phone this fall from his home in Valparaiso, Ind. Adik counts his years with NiSource as among his most rewarding. During his tenure, NiSource grew from a utility company serving 30 counties in northern Indiana to a $6 billion

utility company serving 16 states with pipeline, oil and gas exploration. His resume is long and diverse. Before NiSource, he served as senior executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of that company’s predecessor, Northern Indiana Public Service Company. He has held leadership roles with the American Natural Resources Company, Lehigh Valley Railroad, Amtrak, the Chicago & North Western Railroad, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He started his career as an engineer and transitioned into operations and finance— something he enjoyed because he could be involved in all aspects of a company, he said. This change was made easier, thanks to his engineering background, he says. Indeed, as he earned his MBA at Northwestern University in 1970, he had an easier time than the marketing and business majors, he says. “The background you get, the discipline you get, the understanding of math is extremely helpful,” he says. “The engineering background that I had was invaluable.” As a young boy, Adik had romantic notions of becoming a locomotive engineer. His parents—his father was a machine operator and inspector, his mother, a homemaker—just wanted him to be the first in the family to go to college. As Adik recalls it, a young woman who lived across the street was being pursued by a young man who graduated from Stevens. “My parents said: ‘Go apply to Stevens,’” he says with a gentle laugh. So he did. Adik worked jobs all through college. Everyone in the family worked hard to help put

 Steve Adik ’64, a longtime executive in the utilities and railroad industries, will mark his 50th class reunion next spring.

him and his sister through school, even his grandmother, who operated a drill press at the Thomas and Betts Company in Elizabeth until she was 70 and, to her grandson, was an inspiration. Adik did find time to join Chi Phi fraternity. His favorite Stevens memory is the night he and five fraternity brothers piled into a ’57 Chevy and drove to Caldwell College for a weekend dance. He met his future wife, Viki, that night—Nov. 16, 1962. Forty-eight years after they married, he still remembers what she wore that November night—a “nubby blue dress.” Looking back, Adik, who has two children and two grandchildren, says that he didn’t enter aerospace and the other “hot” jobs of his generation. Instead he pursued less glamorous industries where he could make big contributions and have real staying power. “I found it all exciting,” he says. “I enjoyed being in a business that if you excelled, it could be noticed. I can’t emphasize enough looking beyond what is currently in vogue.” Adik has returned for recent class reunions and hopes to come back for his milestone 50th next spring. He looks back on Stevens with fondness. “A lot of good people, a lot of excellent professors,” he says. ❖

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omecoming 2013 welcomed hundreds of alumni, students, freshmen parents and visitors to the Stevens campus to watch athletic games, see performances and help the University celebrate several milestones. For the second time in five years, Stevens was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Jostens Institution of the Year, this time for the 2012-2013 academic year. The award is presented annually to the ECAC school that best exemplifies the highest standards of collegiate academics and athletic performances. A campus-wide ECAC celebration with food, drinks and good spirits kicked off the Homecoming festivities.

with the most cutting-edge of technology ensures New Jersey’s best and brightest students are prepared for jobs of the future and provides positive and lasting benefits for the state by allowing the New Jersey workforce to attract the best companies and the top talent, he said. “I’m pleased we are enhancing the technology capabilities of ‘The Institute of Technology,’” said Christie. “For New Jersey to continue to grow economically, we will need workers to fill more than 260,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018, and a large number of those workers will need to come from the Stevens campus.” The Athletics Hall of Fame dinner honored five outstanding athletes. The inductees were Waleed Farid ’08, basketball; Dawn

The next day, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to campus and announced that Stevens will receive $7.25 million as part of a state bond, which provides grants to N.J. colleges to construct, upgrade and enhance academic and research facilities. Stevens recently embarked on a series of leading-edge IT upgrades to transform teaching, learning and research. Christie’s visit was called “The Enabling Innovation” event, and the governor said investing in higher education—especially high-quality STEM education—is critical to building a strong state economy. He said he views the state funding not as an expense, but as an investment. Helping the state’s colleges and universities educate students

Herring ’09, volleyball; Brandon MacWhinnie ’08, wrestling; William Marsillo ’94, soccer; and Tom Sobe ’01, baseball. An Alumni Legacy Reception brought several alumni families together for a light breakfast to celebrate the history of Stevens. Current students and their alumni parents were among the guests. Homecoming events included something for everyone, such as several athletic games, a Community Barbecue, performances of “Smokey Joe’s Café,’’ a sing-along with the Stevens Choir and Chi Psi fraternity celebrating the successes of the past year with a banquet.❖ —By Laura Bubeck & Lisa Torbic


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited the Stevens campus during Homecoming 2013, when he announced that Stevens will receive $7.25 million as part of a state bond, which the university will use for IT upgrades to transform teaching, learning and research. Photos by Jeff Vock and Lisa Torbic

Opposite: Hundreds returned to campus for Homecoming 2013 this fall and enjoyed many activities, from sports to an all-campus barbecue and an alumni legacy gathering. Other highlights: 1Five alumni were inducted into the Stevens Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend. From left: Tom Sobe ’01, baseball; William Marsillo ’94, soccer; Dawn Herring ’09, volleyball; Brandon MacWhinnie ’08, wrestling; and Waleed Farid ’08, basketball. 2President Nariman Farvardin and students celebrate Stevens being named the ECAC Jostens Institution of the Year.

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2013 Some moments from Homecoming 2013: an outdoor barbecue, a women’s lacrosse alumnae game and a sing-along with the Stevens Choir.

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 30-31 & JUNE 1, 2014 Come home to Stevens and celebrate with friends and fellow alumni! Check out our exciting schedule: • “The Hoboken Sampler” Restaurant Tasting • Class reunion gatherings throughout campus this year highlighting class years ending in ’4s or ’9s • Faculty and alumni lectures

Graduates with a class year ending in 4 or 9,

• Campus tours • G.O.L.D. Alumni Reunion • President Farvardin’s Address to Alumni • Barbeque and Kids Carnival • Wine & Beer Tastings • Alumni Club Reunions • Greek Open Houses • Alumni Dinner Dance

the Stevens community is excited to commemorate your reunion this Spring. Get involved! Participate in your reunion class committee, submit updates to the Class Logs, and make your plans to return. For more information about how to get involved, contact: Melissa Fuest, Director of Annual Giving 201.216.3346

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hatever you do, don’t ask Marissa (Moses) Brock ’99 what an engineer “traditionally” does. As Associate Director of Recruitment/Diversity Recruitment Coordinator with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Stevens, she oversees seven admissions counselors who travel to high schools throughout the nation. Brock herself travels to high schools in Hudson County and Newark, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y., speaking to students and guidance counselors about what a Stevens degree can bring to the table.

And one question pops up in conversation time and time again. “How did you get from engineering to college admissions? I get that question all the time,’’ she said. “Most of the time, people think of engineers only in the tech or corporate sectors. I tell them that there is so much more.’’ She believes that an engineering degree is a great stepping stone to a variety of careers. “It’s a foundation for what’s coming. With an engineering background, you can go into any industry and get a job,’’ she said. Take her current position. “My engineering mindset makes me more efficient. I am able to think analytically, to be process oriented in any task,’’ she said. “Here at Stevens, we are trained as engineers first. The specific discipline— chemical, biomedical, mechanical—comes secondary.’’ Brock started her career as an Operations Associate with Johnson & Johnson, where she worked for 10 years. But while pursuing her MBA, she began to think about new opportunities.

“It just felt like a natural fit – me and higher education,’’ she said. Recently, Brock helped found the Stevens Technical Enrichment Program (STEP) alumni club and currently serves as president. She was also involved in the planning of the recent STEP 45th anniversary celebration event, drawing alumni from more than four decades and initiating a STEP scholarship fund. In August 2013, Brock was promoted to her current position. Busy season for the admissions team is September through November as they travel to their regions discussing Stevens with high school students, parents and guidance counselors. Brock quickly points out one of the best features of her job.  Marissa Brock ’99, associate director of recruitment with “I love when I can open someStevens’ Office of Undergraduate Admissions, will celebrate one’s eyes to the possibility of her 15th class reunion this spring. the future,’’ she said. “Engineers can do anything and my career “I did a lot of soul searching. I was finishing is only one example. “My best friend studied mechanical up my MBA at New York University. I knew I wanted to work in higher education, but engineering at Stevens and currently works at I wasn’t sure how to go about it. So I called Disney setting anti-piracy strategy. Another on Miss B (her affectionate nickname for fellow alumnus also studied mechanical engiDeborah Berkley, M.S. ’84, dean of student neering but works for a civil engineering firm. development and enrichment programs, with Another teaches at another university. Another whom she has kept in touch since gradua- leads the marketing division at a non-profit. tion). She gave me some great advice,’’ she said. Engineers have the skill set to do anything and Brock began researching the different facets do it well.’’ ❖ Marissa’s graduating class, the Class of 1999, of higher education, started attending alumni events and taught summer classes to gain will celebrate its 15th reunion during Alumni some experience. The extra work and the Weekend ’14, which runs May 30, May 31 and networking paid off—when a position in June 1 on the Stevens campus. For more information on Alumni Weekend undergraduate admissions opened up, Brock visit applied for it and got the job.

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The work of Stevens faculty members nurtures and inspires future engineers, scientists and technology professionals, bringing more women and men to these vitally important fields. Several of these professors were honored at Convocation this past fall for their excellence and accomplishments. And during Convocation 2013, history was made as the Stevens Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award was given to a female faculty member. Dr. Sophia Hassiotis, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, received the Stevens Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award, becoming the first woman to receive the honor in the program’s history.

I love to see how something I said in class may have helped them. —Dr. Roberta Cohen “Accomplishments of this small but impressive group of women are notable,’’ said Susan Metz, director of Diversity and Inclusion at Stevens. Several other faculty members were recognized for their accomplishments in academics and research during the ceremony.


Dr. Yingying “Jennifer’’ Chen, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Jess Davis Memorial Award for Research Excellence; Dr. Roberta Cohen, industry professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises, received the 2013 Provost’s Award for Excellence in OnLine Teaching; and Dr. Svetlana Sukhishvili, professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering, received the 2013 Provost’s Award for Academic Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development. A full list of awardees is available on the Stevens website. The SAA award, given for excellence in teaching, began in 1978. The recipient is voted upon by alumni from the five most recent undergraduate classes. Candidates are judged according to the degree of inspiration, the effectiveness of motivation and preparation for the future and professional ethics instilled in students.


Hassiotis welcomes a visitor into her office with a gregarious laugh. Her office, recently painted, is filled with photos of former students. Because of the recent paint job, she hasn’t hung up the Outstanding Teacher Award. “I’m looking for the right spot,’’ she confessed. She repeated the word “surprised’’ when asked how she felt about receiving the honor. “I kept thinking they made a mistake and that they would be taking it back,’’ she said just before erupting into a big smile. This year marks her 20th anniversary as a college professor and she said she likes to think she has learned a lot from her students over the decades. “I think I was a bit stricter in the beginning years, but the students taught me to bring it down a bit. I am a bit looser now than I was years ago,’’ she said. “With teaching, you’re always asking yourself, ‘Am I getting through to them? Am I as energetic about my subject as I could be?’ My job as a teacher is to make them fall in love with the subject. I love the subject and I want them to see the beauty in it.’’ Hassiotis mentions that she hopes to inspire future engineers to realize their potential. “I want them to be as ready as they can be for the future,’’ she said. PASSING IDEAS FROM INDUSTRY TO STUDENTS

Cohen, recognized for online teaching, started out in academia more than 30 years

ago as a sociology professor at Princeton University. She was recruited by Bell Labs, where she spent more than 20 years in various systems and architecture roles, the last 10 years in management positions supervising systems engineers and architects. After retiring from Bell, she returned to teaching and has been at Stevens for about five years, currently teaching graduate-level software engineering courses both online and on campus. It’s a job she loves. Cohen learned early in her career to keep a journal of problems she’s encountered and how she solved them. It’s an exercise she has passed on to her students as a course requirement. Writing down the problem and the eventual solution forces students to reflect on their day, she said, and helps them to recognize patterns. At the end of the semester, she reads the logs. “I find them fascinating to read,’’ she said. “I have many working people as students and this really helps them to take a moment and reflect on things that were discussed in class and also to think about how a problem was solved. I love to see how something I said in class may have helped them.’’ TOP ENTREPRENEUR

Sukhishvili’s entrepreneurship award was given for her work with ultrathin coatings on medical implants. This coating technology helps minimize the risk of infection on existing medical implants. She notes that about 1 to 4 percent of hip and knee implants, more than 15 percent of implants associated with orthopedic trauma and a much larger percentage of

vent infections. “We are an aging population and the challenge is to create smarter defenses against bacteria,’’ she said. “It gives me great joy to know that I may be making a difference in someone’s life. To be able to create less suffering in the world, well, that’s wonderful.’’

With teaching, you’re always asking yourself, ‘Am I getting through to them? Am I as energetic about my subject as I could be?’ My job as a teacher is to make them fall in love with the subject. I love the subject and I want them to see the beauty in it. —Dr. Sophia Hassiotis urinary devices fail due to infection, causing enormous consequences to patient well-being and cost to society. Her work involves multilayer polymer films that expand their potential, which may lead to the next step in prosthetic coatings: multilayer films with therapeutics in the films that are time-released. Picture a hip implant or a urinary catheter with a film coating that releases an antibiotic and a growth factor at timed intervals, when needed, to reduce pain and pre-


Chen’s research award was given in response to her work in designing an anti-distraction cell phone app that prevents a driver from taking calls in a moving car. The app uses software that sends an audio signal through the car’s stereo system. The signal is high frequency and cuts through car noise. The app is a collaboration of work between teams at Stevens and Rutgers University.

Stevens professors honored this fall include 1Dr. Svetlana Sukhishvili 2Dr. Sophia Hassiotis 3Dr. Yingying “Jennifer” Chen 4Dr. Roberta Cohen

“The app would promote better behavior while driving,’’ she said, adding that she envisions several uses by the public. “Not only parents of teenagers, but insurance companies may be interested in the technology, especially if an insured driver has already been ticketed for driving while texting. And, of course, there are people who just need to monitor themselves while driving.’’ The technology is an example of a real-life problem solver, Chen said. “This can make a difference. It can save lives because we are reducing driver-distraction, and possibly preventing crashes.’’ The Stevens administration is proud to call these inspiring teachers part of the faculty. “These faculty members bring honor and distinction to Stevens. Their accomplishments in teaching, research, and service are an inspiration for their colleagues—male and female— and for our students, as well as all those who aspire to excellence at Stevens,’’ said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. ❖

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Students on the Brazil project did ocean sampling aboard the Alpha Crucis, a fully-equipped research vessel from the University of Sao Paulo Oceanographic Institute.


group of 65 multinational and multidisciplinary graduate students in ocean engineering, oceanography, ocean modeling, geology, hydrodynamics and related fields— including two students from Stevens— advanced scientific knowledge of the environmental conditions of coastal regions during a two-week intensive research and field work program on the coast of Brazil. The master’s, doctoral and post-doc students, who represented 24 universities in 11 countries, were part of the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes (PASI) Program, a research initiative supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that ran July 28-Aug. 9, 2013. Stevens led the 2013 PASI program in collaboration with 11 partner


universities from the United States and Latin America. “The program marked the very first time that a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and students from across the Americas have come together to share ideas on Amazon River-related research and education,” said Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens and co-organizer of the 2013 PASI Program. “It represented an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the ocean conditions in the region, which is extremely unique given its location near the equator, and the dramatic influence of the Amazon River.” Titled “Toward a Sustained Operational River-to-Shelf Observation & Prediction System for the Amazon,” the program was

based out of Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), located near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the Atlantic Ocean coast. Students attended lectures and workshops about the complex physics and ecosystem of the Amazon fluvialcoast-shelf region, including hydrodynamics and sediment transport, geology and coastal geomorphology, ocean modeling and simulation, the Amazon coastal ecosystem, ocean engineering, and ocean and weather sensor development and operation. While on land and on board the Alpha Crucis, a research vessel from the University of Sao Paulo Oceanographic Institute, they collected data and conducted field work along the Brazilian continental shelf. “Through the PASI program, I had the fantastic opportunity to study and discuss


By Laura Bubeck, Stevens’ Assistant Director of News & Media Relations


a broad range of research on the Amazon River, guided by the very scientists who had conducted the research,” said Anna Wargula, a Ph.D. student in physical oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “I have been studying the Amazon for more than 40 years and still I have a lot to learn,” said Dr. Alberto Figueiredo, UFF professor and a coorganizer of the program. “It is a very complex area of enormous driving forces and it is necessary to have a cooperative net of scientists and students in order to better understand the Amazon system. The PASI course was a great opportunity to introduce a variety of questions and ideas to be addressed on future cooperation.” The program represented the first step in

the development of a comprehensive, real-time observation and forecast system in Brazil. Stevens led the development of one such system, NYHOPS, for the New York Harbor, which was instrumental in forecasting and shaping the response to Superstorm Sandy and other extreme weather events. While similar systems are in place in many U.S. coastal regions, in other parts of the world they are scarce. “Brazil and many other countries share U.S. concerns over coastal erosion and storm protection,” said Bruno. “Along with our partner universities, we ultimately hope to establish a sustained program which develops and utilizes an advanced system for Brazil which monitors the ocean and forecasts natural hazards.” ❖ The research team used this small vessel for coastal sampling in shallow water.

Graduate students from Stevens and 23 other universities traveled to Brazil this past summer for a twoweek research and field work program on that country’s coast. Stevens led the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes program in collaboration with 11 partner universities from the U.S. and Latin America.

A student prepares a Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) sensor.

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Stepping toward a bright future, STEP marks 45th anniversary with many success stories BY BETH KISSINGER, EDITOR, PHOTOS BY JEFFREY VOCK

She had endured a 14-hour flight from Dubai to New York, arriving just the morning before. But Judy Pitchford ’86 showed no signs

Judy Pitchford ’86 traveled from Dubai for the STEP 45TH anniversary.

of jet lag. She simply glowed—exchanging hugs, smiling for photos, reveling in memories and in this moment with old friends, together again at Stevens for one memorable night. The Stevens Technical Enrichment Program (STEP) marked its 45th anniversary in September, and Pitchford, a STEP alumna, couldn’t miss it. She came back for Dr. Snowden Taylor and for “Maz.” “They were amazing,” she says. “They took a lot of time with us. I was a kid trying to find my way in life.” Professor Snowden Taylor ’50, a retired Stevens physics professor, and Professor Varoujan “Maz” Mazmanian, M.S. ’71, a current math lecturer, were honored for their decades of service to STEP students during the reunion. (See box.) Since 1968, STEP has served more than 1,000 students who have been underrepresented in the science, engineering, tech-


nology and mathematics fields (STEM), offering everything from a pre-freshman program to tutoring, career guidance and strong social support. Pitchford was among more than 200 alumni and guests at this heartfelt reunion— filled with standing ovations, dancing and many hugs—who came back to say thanks. Pitchford, an IT professional with Emirates Airline, traveled the farthest for the STEP Reunion, which saw alumni and guests journey from as far as Georgia, Chicago and Buffalo, N.Y. The event also raised more than $15,000

in sponsorships and for a newly established STEP scholarship fund. Among the celebrants was Angie Hankins ’95, who smiled warmly as she recalled Dr. Mazmanian. “He was such a good math teacher—just clear and concise,” she says. Hankins served four years in the Air Force before enrolling at Stevens and needed to brush

I left Stevens, I felt I could do “When anything.” –Angie Hankins '95

Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, center, congratulates the evening’s honorees: Professor Snowden Taylor, left, and Professor Varoujan “Maz” Mazmanian. Above: STEP students joined the celebration. Below: Marcella ’95 and Anthony Guzman ’91, left, and Cristina ’94 and Alexis Martinez.

STEP Stalwarts Honored Stevens Professors Snowden Taylor ’50 and Varoujan “Maz” Mazmanian, M.S. ’71, have taught, advised, recruited and advocated for three generations of STEP students. For their decades of dedication, Dr. Taylor received the STEP Impact Award, and Professor Mazmanian received the STEP Distinguished Service Award—an emotional highlight of this fall’s STEP Reunion. Incredibly, Professor Mazmanian, a senior lecturer with Stevens’ Department of Mathematical Sciences, recently completed his 43rd summer of teaching with STEP’s Bridge program for incoming freshmen. He serves as a STEP adviser and has worn many hats, from interim director and in-college coordinator to instructor for pre-college students. Professor Mazmanian joined Stevens as a teaching assistant in 1969.

up on her math skills before freshman year, she recalls. STEP’s Bridge program—an intensive preparation program held the summer before freshman year—did the trick, along with Maz’s teaching. Hankins went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2007, she was named partner of the prestigious New York law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan— the first African-American in the firm’s history to make partner. “I don’t think that I would have been as successful at Stevens and after without (STEP),” Hankins says. “When I left Stevens, I felt I could do anything.” Anthony Guzman ’91 and his wife, Marcella Hernandez Guzman ’95, also a STEP alumna, traveled from Buffalo, N.Y., for the reunion. STEP, Guzman says, helped him see what’s possible. Dr. Taylor gave him much needed extra help in his electricity and magnetism courses. Guzman was so inspired by his dedication that he became a STEP tutor himself, to “pay it forward,” he says. Guzman went on to work in higher education and is currently director of online programs at the University of Buffalo, in its School of Social Work.

Dr. Taylor enjoyed a 32-year career at Stevens and is currently professor of physics emeritus. He joined the Stevens community in 1958 and ultimately worked his way to full professor, retiring in 1991. When STEP was founded in 1968, Dr. Taylor immediately became involved and for the next 23 years served the program in many capacities, from teaching physics in the Bridge program to recruiter for STEP’s pre-college program to STEP adviser. Rachel Jenkins ’80 remembered how Taylor went the extra mile to make STEP students feel welcome, inviting them not just to his home but into his family. And with his tall, commanding presence, this World War II veteran watched over his STEP students in a city that could be unwelcoming at times in the 1970s, she said. “We had our battles,” Jenkins said. “When we were in his presence, he had our backs.” The evening’s second standing ovation went to “Maz.” When he was an incoming freshman, Anthony Guzman ’91 recalled how Professor Mazmanian took the time to convince him that he should live on campus to fully experience college life. “He’s a man of very strong faith in God and a very caring heart,” Guzman said.❖ — Beth Kissinger

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Some STEP anniversary highlights, from left: alumni wrote thank you notes to Dr. Taylor and Professor Mazmanian; Leecroft Clarke ’87, right, reunites with Dr. Taylor; Carla Cabrera ’99, right, and a guest. Hieu Trinh ’07 and Jennifer Trinh ’13 are pictured at bottom left; Hermes Gonzalez ’89 greets a friend.

“A lot of that is a testimony to STEP,” he says of his career success. “I always wanted to be in education and teaching—(STEP) just reaffirmed it for me.” Many younger alumni are also making an impact on the world. Eileen Parra ’09, M.S. ’11, works as a project associate with Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, a solar power generation independent power provider in Summit, N.J. Parra has also been active since her days at Stevens with Engineers Without Borders. The STEP program helped give her the confidence to meet new people in her professional circle and tackle challenges on the job, she says. Visiting the STEP office—where she can always discuss professional and personal issues—still provides a source of strength. “It teaches you to be better and to help others to be better,” Parra says.


So many alumni mention lifelong friendships formed through STEP—from braving the challenging pre-college program together to keeping close bonds decades after their time at Stevens. When Ian Howe ’80 thinks of STEP, he thinks “family.” “We held onto one another,” Howe says, at times facing adversity, but always supporting one another and giving back to those who followed. Rachel Jenkins ’80 represented one of the earlier STEP alumni present—and a contingent out of Newark’s West Side High School. There, her guidance counselor urged her to study engineering, given her strong math and science skills. “I said—what do you do, drive a train?” she recalled with a laugh. Jenkins may not have had much knowledge of engineering but, even as a high school sophomore, she knew that STEP’s summer program for high school students was worth checking out. So she was crushed when she learned that she had missed the application deadline. Dr. Taylor heard the heartbreak in her voice, and let her in anyway. “He saw something in me, and he took a chance,” she said. Jenkins has used her mechanical engineering degree to work as a project manager and IT and computer science professional. Currently, she’s an independent IT consultant.

When Jenkins looks back, she sees the difference that STEP—and Stevens—have made in her life. “It helped us to see what we were made of,” Jenkins says. “It made us see that it was hard work—no one was going to give it to us. (Engineering) was one more thing that I could consider as a career choice.” ❖


GRADUATE LOG GRADUATE PROGRAMS SHOW GROWTH, NATIONAL IMPACT Stevens’ graduate programs are enjoying recent growth—both in enrollment and in terms of national impact on engineering education in this country. Stevens was ranked #7 in the U.S. in 2012— ahead of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie Mellon University—for the number of engineering master’s degrees awarded, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. Stevens has seen this ranking increase consecutively over the past four years, jumping from #18 in 2009 to the current #7, according to the ASEE. Increased graduate enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is an encouraging sign that the growth of Stevens’ graduate programs and their national impact will continue. For the Fall 2013 semester, overall graduate enrollment increased by 4 percent, with the number of full-time graduate students increasing by 21 percent. This fall, Stevens welcomed 976 new graduate students, with 626 of them full-time students, in keeping with Stevens’ Strategic Plan goals of increasing the number of full-time graduate students. Stevens also saw an increase in the number of new international graduate students, up 15 percent over last fall. In all, new graduate students from 22 different counties enrolled at Stevens this fall, with China, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan sending the highest number of students to Castle Point. The top five areas of study for incoming graduate students this fall are electrical engineering, computer science, financial engineering, mechanical engineering and information systems. The quality of students has also increased, as the average quantitative GRE score for incoming students rose from the 78th percentile to the 86th percentile, according to Stevens Provost and University Vice President George Korfiatis.

A new associate dean for graduate admissions, Shobi Sivadasan, contributed to this graduate school enrollment growth, as well as a communications and marketing staff restructuring that allowed increased outreach and recruiting of students, Korfiatis says. Further growth in graduate enrollment looks promising for the spring 2014 semester, Korfiatis says, as Stevens hopes to continue its climb in reputation and impact. “Stevens is playing an important role in shaping the work force preparation of engineering,” Korfiatis said. “We’re not just first in New Jersey (in the number of engineering master’s degrees awarded). We’re seventh in the country. We have a national impact that’s shaping the work force in the United States.” Total graduate enrollment for fall 2013 was 3,093, with an additional 800 students enrolled in graduate programs at corporate and other off-campus sites.❖ —Beth Kissinger Stevens recently welcomed a number of graduate alumni back to campus. 1Hormoz Nozari, M. Eng. ’75, E*EE ’77, right, attended the Anita Lang retirement celebration in September. Here, he chats with Stevens President Nariman Farvardin and Mary Doddy ’80; 2Simon Jose Emiliani, M.Eng. ’76, M.S. ’78, visited campus with his family; 3Michelle MacLeod, E.M.T.M. ’04, represented her company, CS Technology, at a recent career fair; 4Hayrettin Kilic, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’84, stopped by the Alumni Office to say hello.

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conomically and geopolitically, the recent surge in oil and gas production in the United States is a positive development for the nation. But the method used to tap into reserves and produce oil and gas resources—hydraulic fracture or “fracking”—has been sharply critiqued and even condemned for the dangers it poses to both people and the environment. Dr. John Deutch delivered an address at Stevens on Oct. 30 that framed the high-level issues surrounding the fracking industry. Deutch also called for technological advances, policy measures and regulations to minimize the environmental impacts of fracking, which he believes could potentially shape the nation's future. Deutch, institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has studied the energy agenda in the U.S. for more than 50 years, both during his four decades on the MIT faculty and through several federal posts, including director of the Central Intelligence Agency, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, and undersecretary in the Department of Energy. He has also served on several science- and technology-focused presidential commissions, including one which investigated ways to make fracking a cleaner process.


The chosen speaker for the fall 2013 President’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Stevens, Deutch explained the science behind fracking, a mining process which involves injecting a mixture of water and a small amount of chemical additives at high pressure into a drill hole to break rocks and extract natural resources trapped deep beneath the earth’s surface. Fracking – which made possible the current shale gas drilling boom in North America – is an economically viable energy strategy which stimulates well production of natural gas, an energy source often used for heating and cooking, electrical power and even fuel, he said. Deutch demonstrated how fracking has helped the U.S. extract previously inaccessible unconventional oil and gas resources and greatly boost energy production. As a result, the U.S. has reduced its dependency on imported oil, added jobs in the domestic oil and

gas industry, lowered energy prices for the consumer and gained more influence in the global oil and gas markets. However, Deutch said the fracking industry is threatened by concerns over its environmental and health impacts. Risks of air and water contamination from the chemicals used in fracking and quality of life issues for local communities where fracking occurs have sparked lawsuits, bans and protests across the country. Deutch said innovative technical solutions and policy measures to regulate the conduct of oil companies are essential to making fracking Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, right, presents Dr. John Deutch with a plaque.



a long-term energy strategy for the nation. “We need to manage the environmental impacts of fracking and the stewardship of these natural resources so we can enjoy the economic and geopolitical benefits unconventional oil and gas bring,” Deutch said. The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, launched by Stevens President Nariman Farvardin in October 2012, offers access to scientists, technologists and policymakers who are shaping 21st century society. ❖

Given the currently available evidence, do you feel that the benefits of hydraulic fracture (fracking) in the United States outweigh the risks and why? “The use of fracking in the United States has led to lower gas prices that have led to a significant substitution of natural gas for coal in power generation. This resulted in a drop in electricity prices in many areas of the U.S. Longer term, the lower cost of energy will result in the expansion of energy intensive businesses as well as businesses that are based upon the liquids that often accompany natural gas. This should result in faster economic growth, more jobs and an increase in the standard of living in the United States. The long term risk from fracking is of ground water contamination due to the escape of fluid during the fracking process. If the wells are properly drilled and completed, such contamination rarely, if ever, occurs. The best solution for the country would be to allow fracking, but put in place a monitoring system (paid for by the drilling companies) to make sure that all wells are properly drilled and completed.”

“Fracking enables access to vast energy reserves; it supports modest energy prices that spur economic recovery and growth. Concerns about environmental impacts are balanced with increased supply of cleaner fuels, like gas. A stronger economy will eventually lead to higher energy prices and cash in the hands of the investment community, which not only makes current clean technologies more competitive, but it also funds the development of new technologies that will improve access to sustainable sources of energy. Absent an energy/climate crisis, sustainability efforts have similar dynamics as charities and luxury items; they bloom in the good times.” Mauricio F. Quintana, M.Eng. ’94 President, Ecomerit Technologies

“The exploration for alternative sources of fuel, and energy independence, is very important to the U.S. economy. It is evident from Dr. Deutch’s presentation that as hydraulic fracturing continues, there is an immediate and urgent need for consistency in tighter oversight to minimize the environmental and economic impacts to local communities. There is a broader concern, however, that we can’t lose sight of, about the impact that the availability of cheaper energy will have on the future of energy conservation initiatives, and the progress that is being made in that area. It is crucial that we run our buildings, our industries, our homes, etc., in the most efficient way, the end result being we need less energy overall.”

“The benefits of hydraulic fracturing are overwhelmingly positive for our country. The vast increases in natural gas and oil supplies in America over the last several years have been made possible by advances in technology related to directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The additional oil and gas supplies have created an unprecedented opportunity for America to advance our manufacturing sector, gain energy security, capture an abundant clean-burning natural resource and reduce our trade deficit. Just last year, the energy industry supported 2.1 million jobs in the U.S. Some studies suggest that number may be more than 3.3 million over the next eight years. Because of hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is becoming more energy independent and is regaining its place as a leader in energy production and the export of energy-related products like chemicals and plastics made from the byproducts of oil and gas production.”

Jean M. Savitsky ’85 Director, Energy and Sustainability Services Jones Lang LaSalle

John Dearborn ’79, M.Eng. ’81 Senior Vice President - NGLs and Petchem Services Williams Companies

J. Scott Swensen ’74 Chairman, Conduit Capital Partners, LLC

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MONDAY Men’s Lacrosse Meet & Greet – Kick off to the 130 th Anniversary Season

SATURDAY Men’s & Women’s Basketball Alumni Day

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SUNDAY Women’s Fencing 40th Anniversary Alumnae Meet



SATURDAY Stevens STEP Alumni Club Networking Event (with alumni and current STEP students)




APR SATURDAY Stevens Awards Gala, Plaza Hotel


SATURDAY Celebrating 40 Years of Women's Athletics






SATURDAY Spring Sports Day

SATURDAY Stevens Central Jersey/Philadelphia Alumni Club will watch the Trenton Thunder take on the Reading Fighting Phillies.



FRIDAY – SUNDAY Alumni Weekend 2014 (May 30-June 1)

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By Laura Bubeck, Stevens’ Assistant Director of News & Media Relations


tevens’ zero-net energy smart house, Ecohabit, won fourth place in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a prestigious biannual competition in which a highly select group of university teams from around the globe compete to design, build and operate

the most energy-efficient solar home within budget and building limits. The fourth-place finish is a remarkable improvement upon Stevens’ 13th place finish in its first Solar Decathlon in 2011. “I am incredibly proud of our team,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “The competition was tremendously rigorous, and our students showed the world what we at Stevens know so well – that collaboration can yield outstanding innovation that makes posi-


tive societal impact.” Designing and constructing Ecohabit was an enormous, two-year collaborative effort that involved more than five dozen Stevens students with expertise in engineering, design, architecture and computer science.

The single-family home meets today’s highest energy standards by embedding numerous innovative systems and technologies, including solar shingles, phase-change materials, a rainwater harvesting system with green wall and green roof, a condensate misting system, a desiccant system and a recirculating heat pump. “Ecohabit is designed to change the relationship between a home and its user, guiding homeowners toward a practical, more sustainable lifestyle,” said Ashley Montufar ’14, a dual mechanical engineering and engineering management major. “We included many cutting-

In Worldwide Competition edge technologies to lower energy usage while maintaining the modern conveniences of 21st century living.” Ecohabit was completed on the Stevens campus and then shipped across the country and rebuilt on the site of the Solar Decathlon, which took place in October over a 10-day period at the XPO, a world’s fair of clean, renewable and efficient energy in Irvine, California. There, competing against teams from the Czech Republic, Canada, Austria and dozens of American universities, Ecohabit accumulated 939 points out of a possible 1,000—good enough for fourth place overall and top five

finishes in the individually judged categories of architecture (second), market appeal (tied for fourth), hot water (tied for first) and energy balance (tied for first). They outscored their own 2011 Solar Decathlon finish by more than 100 points. Stevens will now donate Ecohabit to California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) for use as a Veterans Center, serving nearly 900 students. ❖

Photos by Courtney Gnash ’16 and Keith Cassidy ’09

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NEW JERSEY ALUMNI CLUBS What means summer more than a baseball game? The Stevens Northern New Jersey Alumni Club watched the New Jersey Jackals play this past August at Yogi Berra Stadium in Upper Montclair, N.J.


he Stevens Boston Alumni Club recently visited the Boston Beer Works. The group learned about making beer (mostly ales) and how some local competitors fall short in making theirs. Many in the group stayed for a fantastic lunch.



he WCPR Alumni Association Club held a Scotch Tasting on Oct. 20 at the Barrow Mansion in Jersey City, N.J. More than 20 alumni and friends came out to learn more about different styles of Scotch through a tasting led by Manny Toledo ’05. The group had a chance to sample 4 (+1) Scotches from different distilleries in Scotland, which provided for a diverse tasting. Manny taught the group techniques to get the most of the tasting as well as provided background about all of the Scotches sampled.

 Three Stevens alumni clubs in New Jersey met this fall for a fun afternoon of apple picking. Members of the Northern New Jersey, Morris-Bergen and Hudson-Union-Essex clubs enjoyed sunny skies as they picked apples at Wightman’s Farms in Morristown, N.J.

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One of the newest alumni clubs, the Stevens Oklahoma City/Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Alumni Club, met for brunch one recent morning.

Taking in a baseball game and a tour of Minute Maid Park is the Stevens Houston Alumni Club.



The Stevens Atlanta Alumni Club held a planning meeting.

The Stevens Triangle Club (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.) held a cookout at the end of the summer.

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AROUND CAMPUS CLASS OF 2017 MOVE IN DAY Stevens welcomed its newest community members, the Class of 2017, to campus this August as hundreds of students moved into the dorms. A Welcome Barbecue was held on Palmer Lawn, as new students and their parents mingled with students and staff.

STEVENS CAREER DEVELOPMENT FALL CAREER DAY At the Stevens’ Office of Career Development’s fall Career Fair, held for the Class of 2014, several alumni returned to represent their employers. More than 120 companies attended the fair. The next Career Fair will be held on March 5, 2014. To participate, contact Lynn Insley, director, at or call 201-216-8927.

Linde employees Cianyl Mae Pogata ’13, left, Mike Zakkak ’13, and Maria D. Trujillo ’01 at the fall Career Fair. Pogata and Zakkak are associate engineers while Trujillo is project control manager.


Ryan Birkenstock ’08, center, holds a plaque given to his employer, Greenman-Pedersen, at the fall Career Fair.




We want to top another important list—the charitable gift list of our alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends! Before 2013 is over, make sure that Stevens tops your gift list. Make a gift to Stevens by December 31st to qualify for a 2013 tax deduction. Thank you to all of our alumni and friends who have already made a gift to Stevens since the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1, 2013). Your generous support ensures that Stevens is able to continue to rise to the top of many lists for years to come.

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Stevens Institute of Technology is pleased to recognize the generous alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and community members who supported the University during fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013) in the annual Record of Philanthropy.

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James T. Western ’05 to Dannie Lynn Diego on July 4, 2013. Will Epperson ’09 to Sara Stylinski on June 5, 2013. Erica Carpenter ’10 to Brian Smith ’10 on Oct. 5, 2013. Anna Centola ’10 to Michael Tolerico ’10 on May 18, 2013. Erika DeWan ’10 to John Golden ’09 on Sept. 15, 2012. Mary Kelly ’10 to Timothy Smith ’10 on June 22, 2013. Aaron Lembo ’10 to Mallory Carellas on Sept. 28, 2013. Jonathan Landis ’11 to Melissa Franzese ’10 on Oct. 28, 2012.


To Lisa Marie Peterson ’02 and Andrew Kubiak, a daughter, Charlotte Paige, on Oct. 3, 2013. To Lillian Chu Zawislak ’04 and Joshua T. Zawislak ’06, a son, Xavier Yeager, on June 13, 2013. To Abigail and Thomas A. Folcik ’04, a daughter, Alice Elizabeth, on May 24, 2013. To Lisa Ditto DeMarco ’05 and James F. De Marco ’05, a daughter, Alyssa Grace, on Sept. 13, 2013. To Audrey Criss Perez ’05 and Joel M. Perez ’06, a daughter, Jolie Amber, on Aug. 11, 2013. To Caroline and Brad J. Miller ’06, a son, Owen, on Aug. 8, 2013. To Anna and Kevin M. Kasper ’10, a daughter, Madeline Mary, on March 28, 2013.

OBITUARIES W.H. Molinari ’35 ........................ 1/3/12 + J. Ayton ’42............................... 8/27/13 J.J. Gleich ’43 ........................... 7/12/13 J.H. Povolny ’43.......................... 5/7/12 J.C. Dodd ’47.......................... 10/30/12 + K.R. Habermann ’48 ................... 4/7/13 + K.J. O’Neill ’48 ....................... Unknown A. Petaros ’48 ........................ Unknown L.R. Laikin ’49........................... 9/23/13 W.A. Sternad ’49 ....................... 12/6/12 L.R. Blackledge ’50................. 10/10/13 H.D. Conant ’50 ........................ 9/24/13 D.E. De Rocker ’50 ................... 8/16/13 W.J. Hildebrandt ’50 ................. 7/18/13 R. Knoeller ’50 .......................... 8/17/13 + R.A. Meyer ’50.......................... 4/14/13 + W.F. Mills ’50 ............................ 9/14/13 + B.V. Pfeiffer ’50......................... 4/24/13 + N.H. Rittenhouse ’50 .................. 8/4/13 R.V. Brady, Jr. ’51 ....................... 7/8/13 W.R. Danielson ’51...................... 8/9/13 + F.J. Hildebrand ’51.................... 3/31/13 A. Lingen ’51 .......................... 12/10/10 C.F. Donnelly ’52......................... 5/7/13 + H. Wanaselja ’52......................... 3/6/13

+ F.G. Haag ’53 ............................ 4/18/13 L.W. Hubert ’53......................... 7/22/13 H.R. Soederberg ’54 ................. 5/23/13 H.L. Libbin ’55 .......................... 4/21/13 R.E. Mach ’55 ........................... 9/21/13 K.H. Backhaus ’57 .................... 4/26/12 D.D. Caulfield ’57 ...................... 5/26/13 + L.K. Pia, Jr. ’58 ........................... 4/5/13 J.J. Bertini ’62 .......................... 5/16/13 M.A. Balik ’63 ........................... 9/20/13 S.A. Saglibene, Jr. ’69 ............... 5/11/13 + D.H. Markert ’72 ......................... 7/9/13 + W.F. Baade ’76.......................... 7/14/13 F.R. Bruchbacher ’77 .................. 9/6/13 M.J. Barno ’85 ........................ 10/26/13 + M. Gandhi Macnab ..................... 8/8/13 J.K. Barnes ’11 ...................... July 2013

GRADUATE SCHOOL F.W.E. Scott, M.S. ’40 ............. Unknown J.K. Jensen, M.S. ’60 ................ 1/23/13 O. Bloch, M.M.S. ’65................. 9/22/13 R.J. Jerril, M.M.S. ’65 ............... 8/20/13 J.F. Kober, M.M.S. ’69 ............... 6/21/13 E.V. McCann, M.S. ’74 .............. 9/19/12 M.D. Galit, M.S. ’87................... 2/13/12

+ Obituary appears in the Class Logs section of the undergraduate edition.



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