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A NEW ERA BEGINS Virginia Ruesterholz is first female board chair in Stevens history






Society seems to be pervaded these days with fraud and abuse. Likewise, engineering and construction can also be prone to this type of behavior. Throughout a project life cycle, there is much opportunity for unethical behavior. There are many reasons why people commit unethical acts, but attainment of more money, and sometimes power and prestige, seem to be the primary reasons for doing so. While there is nothing wrong in our capitalist society with trying to make money, doing it ethically takes care and attention.

Having just finished reading the Winter 2012 2013 edition of The Indicator (cover to cover), I was taken by the story of Stevens’ grads volunteering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

A simple test to determine if you are engaging in fraudulent behavior is to ask this question: Would it be acceptable to discuss what I am about to do in a court of law? If the answer is yes, then you are most likely performing an ethical deed. If the answer is no, then you are most likely performing an unethical deed. A good habit to get into is reviewing what you are planning to do. By doing so, a person can better visualize what they are about to engage in and ask the aforementioned question before committing an act, to gauge their ethical behavior. This should not be too difficult to do for design or construction professionals, as they are trained to plan tasks well in advance. There are many factors that affect whether a person will perform their duties ethically or not. Items such as education, exposure to fraud at an early age, etc., can channel a person’s mindset one way or another. These factors can and do affect a person’s conditioned mind. Although it is possible to change one’s behavior once it is instilled in them, it takes a strong support system and a focused determination to do so. I believe that it is well worth the effort to be a person who performs a job ethically. However, if a person has committed an unethical act, it is not the end of the world. They should immediately attempt to “right the wrong.” The first step is to recognize that you have done something unethical and the second step is to rectify the situation. This takes courage and inner strength and although this may prove to be somewhat awkward and embarrassing, it is the right thing to do and will be beneficial in the long run. Transparency in your daily activities is an important component in ethical behavior. Finally, it is helpful to associate with known ethical people – talk with them, read their writings, view their videos/lectures. In doing so, one can be exposed to how to perform their job ethically. Doug Schneider, M.S. ’07 In the Winter 2012-13 issue, an alumnus was misidentified in a Northern California Alumni Club caption on Page 35. In photo 2, Ryan Stellar ’06 attended the event, not Ryan Donovan ’06, as stated. Also, in that issue’s “Grist from the Mill,” on Page 9, Dr. Leslie Brunell’s name was misspelled.

SPRING 2013, VOL. 132, NO. 2 Executive Director Anita Lang


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Now I suppose you know the answer as to why, but in truth you gave me the name of the darkhaired man on the cover, something I had lost in the final days at Breezy Point. What a terrific magazine you have written and published cover to cover. Beth, you should feel good about your effort including the new appearance, the sprightly use of color and a good guess that more people are happier reading it now than before. Lisa, your piece on the volunteers’ efforts was just excellent. I know it is not that simple a topic to write about, so one would have to say you have a knack for asking the right questions and are quick-witted in putting the varied responses together intelligibly. With enormous thanks for all the good work that comes out of Stevens Institute of Technology, I remain, the husband of Grace; an alumnus who was “pinned” by President Nariman Farvardin at a San Diego gathering of Stevens alumni; the brother of two Stevens graduates; a man, along with Ed Eichhorn ’69, fellow members of the Delts; a long-term admirer of Anita Lang, Ron Besser, George Korfiatis; and, as important as the rest I’m sure, a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology - Class of 1953. Best regards to all and a myriad of thanks to each and with a special vote of thanks to Anita Lang for her service to so many. Dick McCormack ’53

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12 Making History


DEPARTMENTS 1 ......................................... Letters to the Editor 4 ............................................Presidents’ Corner 6 ............................................ Grist from the Mill

Virginia Ruesterholz ’83 was appointed Stevens Board of Trustees Chairman in May—the first woman in Stevens’ 143-year history to hold this position. By Stevens Office of News & Media Relations

14 Honoring the Best

The university recognized 13 people for their amazing accomplishments at the inaugural Stevens Awards Gala this past spring.

By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor

38 ............................................................ Clubs 42 .................................................Graduate Log 44 .............................. Alumni Business Directory 48 ............................................................ Vitals

22 Stevens Top in ROI

A new study on the value of a higher education ranked Stevens 9th among all national colleges and universities for 30-year net ROI.

By Stevens Office of News & Media Relations

23 New Tradition

Commencement 2013 brought an exciting new venue and events, but with that same Stevens pride.

By Stevens Office of News & Media Relations


28 Healthcare Aid

Stevens launches the Center for Healthcare Innovation, offering breakthrough ideas in research and supporting the next generation of healthcare providers.

By Paul Karr, Special to The Indicator

32 Good-bye to a Dear Friend

Anita Lang, the longtime executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association, steps down after a 47-year career at Castle Point.

Opposite: The Stevens Awards Gala honored 13 outstanding individuals this April, including Mark Biamonte ’01, left, with President Nariman Farvardin. Above left: Stevens’ Center for Healthcare Innovation opened this spring. Above right: SAA Executive Director Anita Lang, seen with SAA President Mark LaRosa ’93, will retire this June after 47 years with Stevens.

On the Cover

By Beth Kissinger, Editor

Stevens Board of Trustees

34 Quantum Leap

’83 stands inside the university’s

Vern Brownell ’80 leads his ground-breaking company in an effort to develop a faster quantum computer.

By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor

37 Water Works

Chairman Virginia Ruesterholz board room. Behind her are portraits of past board chairmen Robert C. Stanley, Class of 1899, left, and Willis H. Taylor, Class of 1916. Photo: JFoster Imagery

Read about Stevens’ sports prowess on the court and in the pool.

By Rob Kulish, Director of Stevens’ Sports Information & Events

40 A Century of Living

Recalling the life of Ralph Golzio ’32, a lifelong lover of learning who died in January at age 103.

By Beth Kissinger, Editor


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PRESIDENTS’ CORNER AN INCREDIBLE TIME OF CHANGE AT STEVENS It is hard to believe that this is my last column as president of the Stevens Alumni Association. It has been a very quick two years. I am extremely proud of all of the accomplishments of the Association and the school over the past two years, as I do not think there has been a two-year period of this school that has seen this much progress. As you read this issue, you will see so much of the evident change that has happened: Our President: First and foremost, I have to acknowledge the man on the opposite page. I have had the privilege of installing and serving alongside the catalyst of most of this change, our president, Nariman Farvardin. Stevens is truly lucky to have secured him as our president, and under his leadership, we are well on our way to greater heights. We recently had the second in the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, with speaker John Holdren—a series that President Farvardin created. And I have to mention the President’s Initiative for Excellence, which has exceeded its three-year goal in half that time! Our Recognition of Members: The Alumni Association and the university, recognizing that we were not acknowledging enough of our outstanding members, held our first Stevens Awards Gala in New York City in April, when we honored 13 amazing people, including Norman Li, Sc.D. ’63, who received our highest honor, the Stevens Honor Award. Everyone in attendance had a great time, and it was not only a celebration of these people, but also of how far Stevens has come in such a short time. This is a new annual event, and if you missed out this year, mark your calendars for April 5, 2014. Our Chair: At this event, one of the amazing alumni who we acknowledged was our outgoing Board of Trustees Chairman, Larry Babbio ’66. I am proud to have worked with him and am in awe at all that he has done for our school. And we are ushering in a major change in installing a new chair, Virginia Ruesterholz ’83, the first female chair of our board. This truly sets the stage for the next decade of progress for Stevens, and we are very fortunate to have Virginia at the helm.


Our Executive Director: The leadership of own organization will soon change as well. We are saying “See you soon” to Anita Lang, who has served as Executive Director of The Stevens Alumni Association for 33 years, and has served the Alumni Association in some form for 47 years. I say “See you soon” because Anita, while she has retirement on her mind, has agreed to work with us for at least two more years on a part-time basis, so it’s not good-bye just yet! Current Associate Executive Director Mike Smullen will be stepping into her GIANT shoes on July 1, and based on his work so far with the SAA, I’m very confident that he will serve us well. Our Design: I can’t talk about all of the change that has happened in the past two years without mentioning the gorgeous new design of the magazine in your hands. Beth Kissinger, Lisa Torbic, Lillian Chu ’04, and all the members of the Publications Committee have really done an amazing job in improving the quality and look of our magazine, and all our communications. So it’s clearly been an incredible two years of change, and as the pace accelerates, I’m excited to see what will come next. Tom Moschello ’63 will be our new president, and I know that he will make sure this pace continues. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your SAA president! Per aspera ad astra,

Mark I. LaRosa ’93 President, Stevens Alumni Association


SPRINGING FORWARD WITH GOOD NEWS FROM STEVENS July 1 marks the start of my third year at Stevens, and I must say that the spring of 2013 has been the busiest period of my presidency. Good things are happening all around campus, and I’m pleased to share some of the highlights with you. As you recall, one of the priorities of our 10-year Strategic Plan is Excellence in All We Do. We are working on achieving excellence across all aspects of the university—in the students we recruit, in the educational experience we provide them, in the research we produce, in our communications and outreach, and in our internal operations. Excellence is a journey, not a destination, and while we are making substantial progress in many areas, we have a distance to go in others. As of this writing, freshman applications have increased by 21 percent over last year indicating that Stevens is becoming a more desirable university. This increase in applications enables us to increase our selectivity and accept more students with higher academic profiles. While our numbers are still preliminary, we expect the middle 50 percent range of SAT scores to increase over last year. The Fall 2013 class promises to be the most academically talented in our history! I’m also pleased to announce that Marybeth Murphy has joined us as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs after a distinguished career at Fashion Institute of Technology, Baruch College, and New York University. Competitive research funding is also a highlight, representing a 30 percent increase in FY13 year-to-date compared with FY12 year-end, with more than $6 million still pending. And Stevens has aggressively launched several new research centers, programs and facilities: the Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises headed by Dr. William Rouse; the Sound Synthesis Research Center for the study, exploration and development of electronic music; and the Center for Healthcare Innovation, led by Dr. Peter Tolias. In addition, we initiated the Stevens-Hoboken partnership on the Smart City project, directed by Dr. Ali Mostashari, and held the inaugural Thomas H. Scholl Lecture Series by Visiting Entrepreneurs with Dr. David Hershberg, M.M.S. ’68, as the series’ first speaker. I encourage you to visit the Stevens website to learn more about these strategic initiatives.

Three students recently won very prestigious awards: David Monteiro, a Chemical Engineering major, received the Goldwater Scholarship; Jeffery DeVince, a Biomedical Engineering major, received the Whitaker Scholarship to study abroad; and Andrew Rella, a Ph.D. student in Coastal Engineering, won a $25,000 prize from the New York City Economic Development Corporation for an innovative, ecological and cost-saving solution for completing New York City marine construction projects. I was filled with pride as I watched the “Elevator Pitch” and “Project Pitch” competitions by students at our recent Stevens Innovation Expo, where more than 120 student projects—many with high potential for successful startup companies—were showcased. These students exemplify the innovation and entrepreneurship that is a hallmark of the Stevens education and spirit! And lastly, the recent Stevens Awards Gala was an awesome and inspiring evening celebrating our most accomplished alumni and friends. This evening was a further confirmation that our alumni are our greatest asset as we strive to make Stevens a more recognized force in the national conversation about technological solutions to our nation’s most pressing challenges. The event also illustrated the seamless collaboration and “oneness” between the university and the Alumni Association in planning and implementing a tremendously successful program. I want to particularly recognize the substantial role that outgoing SAA President Mark LaRosa ’93 has played in helping to move us in this positive direction and affirm my commitment to working with incoming President Tom Moschello ’63 to build on this strong foundation. I look forward to keeping you apprised of further progress at your university, and to dedicating my third year as President to expanding the impact of this national treasure called Stevens. Per aspera ad astra,

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

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Stevens students are building an intelligent, solar-powered house on the Hoboken waterfront, hoping to earn the top prize at an international competition. “Ecohabit” is Stevens’ entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, a biannual competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. Twenty university teams will compete to design, build and operate the most energy-efficient solar home within budget. This is Stevens’ second entry in the competition; it first competed in 2011. Construction is underway in the Stevens’ Griffith Building parking lot. The house will be shipped to Irvine, Calif., for the Solar Decathlon, to be held Oct. 3-13, 2013. Following a partnership with Habitat for Humanity after the 2011 Solar Decathlon, in which two families in need moved into Stevens’ house, “Empowerhouse,” the 2013 team will donate their house for use in the California veteran community. This year’s entry – created by more than five dozen students with expertise in engineering, design, architecture and computer science – will not only demonstrate that solar power is an affordable, reliable home energy source, but will also teach its inhabitants to live more sustainably, the team says. Every home component features intelligence, which contributes to the home’s ef-


ficiency, affordability and sustainability. “All of the houses in the competition are zero net-energy, but Ecohabit stands out because it is a ‘smart house’ that gives the occupants total control of their home,” said computer science major Alexis Moore. “The systems all work together to make suggestions to help the occupants make adjustments in their lifestyles and live greener.” Ecohabit’s roof will be constructed with DOW POWERHOUSE™ solar shingles, a new technology donated by team corporate sponsor Dow Chemical Company. The shingles include a photovoltaic (PV) system that converts the sun’s rays into electricity to power the house. Perhaps the most innovative technological advancement in Ecohabit is what makes it “smart” – the central control system,

 The Ecohabit team represents students from the four colleges at Stevens.

which receives data from sensors located throughout the house, adjusts certain systems to ensure the most energy-efficient usage, and provides feedback to inhabitants. The system begins with every outlet featuring custom sensors to collect a constant stream of data on temperature, humidity and other environmental elements. Through a low-power wireless communications protocol, the data will be aggregated by a central monitor that will dispense it in a way to help inhabitants maintain an energy-efficient lifestyle. The monitor will provide an understanding of how much energy is being used by an appliance or system at certain times in an area of the house. Based on the data, it will make recommendations – “lower the thermostat;” “turn the air conditioner off;” “flip off the lights in the bedroom.” To sponsor the Stevens Solar Decathlon team, visit ❖ —Stevens

Office of News & Media Relations


EAS SOCIETY EVENING RAISES $81.5K TO BENEFIT STEVENS The Edwin A. Stevens Society enjoyed a successful fundraising event on March 1, bringing in $81,595 to help benefit Stevens—from student scholarships to faculty support. “An Evening at Maritime Parc”—at Maritime Parc restaurant inside Liberty State Park in Jersey City—attracted more than 180 people, mostly honored members of the society, which includes alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends who make generous annual gifts to Stevens. This year, the event included a cocktail party and a live auction as well as a silent auction that featured everything from autographed photos to student scholarships. Fetching the top bids were several student scholarships and an Italian vacation, with a portion of that bid benefiting the Stevens Fund. Stevens President Nariman Farvardin called the EAS Society, which was founded in 1974, a great tradition at Stevens that he believes will grow even stronger, as the university enjoys a steep rise in its profile, moving up 13 spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings.  The Edwin A. Stevens Society auction featured memorabilia from famous athletes and celebrities.

 New members in the Edwin A. Stevens Society received pins prior to the auction.

Just as Stevens’ profile has risen, so has financial support for the university. But rising higher education costs are unsustainable, Farvardin told the audience, and students of modest means can’t keep up. That’s where the EAS Society comes in. “You are the base of this support, you are the source of inspiration,” Farvardin said. Society members traveled from the tristate area and beyond to attend the event. Michael Bertucci ’09 came from Chapel

Hill, N.C., where he’s pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of North Carolina. He was excited to see old friends and to support Stevens, he said. “I think it made me who I am today,” Bertucci said. At Stevens, he had so many varied opportunities—to do meaningful research, play sports and hold leadership positions that helped shape his character, he said. “Only at Stevens could you do this,” he said. Indeed, a number of younger EAS members said that they give to Stevens to support the student groups that meant so much to them as students. Keith Cassidy ’09 gives to his beloved WCPR radio station, where he was business manager and now helps head the WCPR Alumni Association. Knowing that his donation helped buy a specific piece of equipment for the station, for example, is such a great feeling, he says. “You know where it’s going to go—it goes to what you care about,” Cassidy said. “It continues the culture of giving.” ❖ —Beth Kissinger

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TACKLING SOCIETY’S CHALLENGES AT STEVENS INNOVATION EXPO  David E. Hershberg, M.M.S. ’68, right, received a plaque from Stevens President Nariman Farvardin after speaking as part of The Thomas H. Scholl Lecture Series on Entrepreneurship.  Students were excited to showcase their work during the Stevens Innovation Expo.

Undergraduate students and distinguished faculty members displayed how they leverage scientific research to create technological innovations to benefit industry, society and the economy during the annual Stevens Innovation Expo. The Expo drew hundreds to view the University’s extensive science, engineering, business and humanities accomplishments. Showcasing more than 120 student senior design projects and featuring a student business start-up competition, a presentation on finance research at Stevens, and a faculty research poster session, the 2013 event also inaugurated a lecture series on business and entrepreneurship. “The Expo brings to life the creativity, ingenuity and passion of Stevens students and faculty as we celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship – the driving engines for the prosperity we enjoy today and what has propelled the United States to become the technological leader it is globally,” said Provost George Korfiatis. Some of the more interesting Expo designs included the Stevens Greywater Treatment team, which reuses treated sewage and storm water to flush toilets and irrigate landscape; COAST, a power plant designed to meet Stevens’ heat and electricity needs more efficiently; Nevros, which created a robotic surgical instrument to improve dexterity when performing spinal surgery, and AquaNow, a solar powered water treatment system that fits in a backpack. Additionally, there was a bike rental program designed for Stevens students; a wheeled-snow re8 THE STEVENS INDICATOR

moval device for easier shoveling; a model for a recreational zone in Weehawken Cove; affordable head protection for female lacrosse players; and a design for a Garden State Parkway bridge. Even hardcore Mets fans benefitted with a mobile app designed to make exclusive team-specific information available at their fingertips. The inaugural Thomas H. Scholl Lecture Series on Entrepreneurship, supported by a gift from Scholl — a Stevens Trustee and General Partner at Novak Biddle Venture Partners — was held on Expo day. Keynote speaker David Hershberg, M.M.S. ’68, discussed some basic lessons he learned from more than 50 successful years in business. Hershberg, CEO of the satellite firm GLOBECOMM Systems, said maintaining a set of fundamental values is critical – from sticking to core competencies, valuing existing customers, and always remember-

ing the “golden rule” to always act with the highest level of integrity. “It’s important to push decision-making down to the lowest levels of an organization,” said Hershberg, who likes to hold meetings in hallways and who distributes company stock to employees to get their enthusiasm flowing. “Often it’s not the management, but rather an engineer on the ground – someone who is closest to the customer and working day in and day out on a project – that knows what’s best.” At a faculty poster session, Stevens’ researchers were on hand to discuss their groundbreaking work in multiple academic disciplines. Research included a comparison of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on three New Jersey coastal communities; innovative approaches to alternative energy applications; and new methods for improving information security for mobile apps. ❖ —Stevens Office of News & Media Relations



Answer: This young alumnus is able to cross one thing off his “bucket list’’ after appearing on a popular television game show. Question: Who is Mike Munley? Munley ’09 recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of appearing on “Jeopardy,’’ after trying out for the show twice before and not making it. “I’ve watched the show since I was a little kid and I am very happy to have done it,’’ Munley said recently, weeks after his March 8, 2013, appearance aired. He finished third, winning $1,000. He applied twice before – while a Stevens student, and previously as a student at Kearny High School in Kearny, N.J. But the third time was the charm for Munley, who now lives in Jersey City, N.J. He made it to the interview stage and flew to California in Fall 2012 for the taping. Munley now works as a digital marketing analyst at Johnson & Johnson in Manhattan. To prepare for “Jeopardy,’’ he spent about a week brushing up on some “Jeopardy’’ favorite categories, such as U.S. Presidents, Capitols, Authors, and Famous Operas. “You only have a few seconds from the time when you hit the buzzer to when you have to answer, and I wanted to have the answer on the tip of my tongue. I wanted to know it,’’ he said. “And as a Stevens alum, I know how to cram.’’ To celebrate his appearance, about 70 family members, co-workers, friends and Stevens students gathered at a Hoboken bar to watch the program on March 8. Munley, who was unable to divulge how he did on the show until airing for fear of losing prize money, had to sweat it out for four months without spilling the beans. “It was painful to keep it a secret,’’ he said. “I wanted people to know that it happened and that I had a great time, but it was hard to not tell them how I did.’’ At the Hoboken bar with his friends,

Munley took some good-natured ribbing for three wrong answers, one of which involved engineering, asking the components of making a makeshift compass with a magnetized needle, cork and water. His first incorrect response involved the number of zeros in a billion. “I got 20 questions right, four more than my nearest competitor, and all I’ll hear about for the rest of my life is that I got the engineering question wrong,’’ he said, with a smile on his face. “But the question about the zeros in a billion was asked before the first commercial (break), and I still had some butterflies in my stomach.’’ Natalie Arndt Marone ’08 was one of Munley’s friends who watched “Jeopardy’’ that night. “I was super excited and not surprised at all (by his appearance). It was meant to be, it was one of his life’s goals,’’ she said. Marone recalled fond memories of “homework parties’’ with Munley, as they would gather in a dorm room and quiz each other on homework in all subjects. “He was always smart,’’ she said. John Frega ’07, a Sigma Phi Epsilon brother, met Munley through the fraternity. He admitted that he will be one of the guys teasing Munley about missing the en-

 Mike Munley ’09, right, appears on “Jeopardy’’ in March 2013.

gineering questions. “I will be ribbing him for it in the future,’’ he said with certainty. The Final Jeopardy question was about the Oscars, one subject Munley had prepped for. The question was: “This brother & sister were both nominated for 1969 Oscars: he for a screenplay, she for Best Actress; they didn’t win.’’ Munley admitted that he didn’t have a clue about the answer; the other two contestants on “Jeopardy’’ also answered incorrectly. “And in my defense, at the bar, no one under the age of 40 guessed correctly,’’ he said, laughing slightly. It’s a safe bet that this J&J analyst will never forget the correct answer, which is Peter and Jane Fonda, he for “Easy Rider’’ and she for “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?’’ ❖ —Lisa Torbic SPRING 2013 9


Recent gifts toward the President’s Initiative include:

SCHOLARSHIPS TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN TALENTED STUDENTS Nine new scholarships have been created, including the von Autenried Merit Scholarship for Student Recruiting; the Paulson-Gerdes Endowed Scholarship; and the Class of 1986 Term Scholarship, as well as two new funds established as part of reunion celebrations by the classes of 1988 and 2008. Contributions also continue to be made to existing scholarships, particularly to funds created by classes celebrating reunions this year: 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978 and 1983.

STATE-OF-THE-ART INFRASTRUCTURE The 2012 announcement of the Academic Gateway Complex, with its centerpiece gift by software entrepreneur Greg Gianforte ’83 and his wife Susan, inspired a number of additional contributions to support the construction of this facility, which will house programs and departments including Biomedical Engineering, a Digital Learning Laboratory, the Smart Energy Systems Laboratory, and the Bio-Innovation Center.

You may make a gift securely online by visiting:

SUPPORT FOR FACULTY Gifts to support faculty recruitment, development and retention are also on the rise. Noted engineer and philanthropist A. James Clark, CEO of leading construction firm Clark Enterprises, Inc., recently announced a $2 million pledge to create the Nariman Farvardin Chair of Civil Engineering for the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science.

THE PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the fourth pillar of the Initiative, presented its second public event in May. Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, delivered a talk on “Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration: A Progress Report.” The lecture was made possible by generous gifts from Stevens Award winner Dr. William Destler ’68, president of Rochester Institute of Technology, among others.



A New Day

First female Board chairman in 143-year-history of Stevens BY STEVENS OFFICE OF NEWS & MEDIA RELATIONS


he Stevens Board of Trustees recently elected a woman as its chairman, the first time a woman will hold this position in the University’s 143-year-history. Virginia P. Ruesterholz ’83, Hon. D.Eng. ’08, a longtime executive at Verizon, was elected at the Board meeting in February; her term began in May. She succeeds Lawrence T. Babbio ’66, former vice chairman and president of Verizon, whose term limit as Board chairman ends in May after having served in that role since October 1997. Ruesterholz, who majored in chemical engineering, holds an M.S. in telecommunications management from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. She has been active at Stevens, serving on the Board of Trustees since 2007; serving as advisory board chair of the School of Systems and Enterprises; co-chair, with her husband, Kevin ’83, of the Edwin A. Stevens Society, where she led the membership growth of this philanthropic arm of the University; and championing an initiative which led to the Verizon Foundation’s sponsorship of a grant to launch Stevens’ K-12 engineering education initiative. With her husband, she established a scholarship fund for Stevens students in the engineering management field.

Ruesterholz had a nearly 30-year career at Verizon before retiring in 2012. Her career began as a manager in a Verizon predecessor, and she rose to executive vice president and president of Verizon Services Operations, a global business group that operates Verizon’s wireline network and the finance operations, real estate, and supply chain services that support all Verizon companies.  In her prior assignment, she served as president of Verizon Telecom, where she led the rollout of their high speed fiber optic technology nationwide. “Now more than ever, the world is calling on innovators and entrepreneurs to address society’s most pressing challenges and drive economic growth.  This is Stevens’ particular

forte. I plan to continue the direction of the current Board and Chairman Babbio, working closely with President Farvardin, to expand Stevens’ already significant footprint and impact regionally, nationally and globally,” Ruesterholz said. Ruesterholz assumes the chairmanship at a time when Stevens is accelerating its efforts to address the gender gap in science, math and engineering.  One objective of the University’s 10-year strategic plan is to increase student diversity and raise the percentage of women in its undergraduate population to at least 40 percent by 2022.  The Fall 2012 incoming class was 31 percent female, a seven-point increase over the previous year.  According to the American Society of Engineering Education, Stevens is fifth in the nation in the percentage of engineering doctoral degrees awarded to women, at 34 percent. “Virginia’s intellect, leadership, business acumen, and her deep affection for Stevens combine to ensure that the university will continue its ascent in the next decade to meet and exceed the goals of the Strategic Plan,” Babbio said. ❖

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The Best of T

he Stevens Awards Gala held its inaugural event in

black-tie style on April 6, with 325 people helping to honor the best of the Stevens community in many areas of accomplishment.

Held at Gotham Hall in Midtown Manhattan, the ceremony honored 13 outstanding Stevens community members in categories such

as Distinguished Alumni Awards, Lifetime Service and International Achievement.


Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, standing third from right, congratulates honorees at the 2013 Stevens Awards Gala in April. Pictured, seated from left, are

Norman N. Li, Sc.D. ’63;

Gina M. Addeo ’86;

David E. Hershberg, M.M.S. ’68. Standing, from left, are Biamonte ’01;

Nariman Farvardin;

John H. Hovey ’57;

Robert D. Somerville;

William E. Witowski ’79; and

Annie Li, representing the late Mark Crispin ’77; and

John A. Schepisi ’65;

William W. Destler ’68;

Mark R.

Tony T. Wang, M.M.S. ’73.

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t the end of the evening, it was revealed that the recipient of a new award, the President’s Leadership Award, was Dr. Lawrence T. Babbio ’66, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, whose term as board chair ends in May. Babbio has served on the Board since 1994 and has been chairman since October 1997. The awardees, as previously announced, were Charles V. Schaefer, Jr., Entrepreneur Award, David E. Hershberg, M.M.S. ’68; Distinguished Alumni Award for Academia and Government, Dr. William W. Destler

Contribution Award, John A. Schepisi ’65; Young Alumni Achievement Award, Mark Biamonte ’01; International Achievement Award, Tony T. Wang, M.M.S. ’73; Friend of Stevens Award, Robert D. Somerville; and the Stevens Honor Award, Dr. Norman N. Li, Sc.D. ’63. The Awards Committee, comprised of President Nariman Farvardin; Dr. Leslie Brunell ’86, M.Eng. ’90, Ph.D. ’96; Assistant Vice President for Development Dawn da Silva; George Johnston ’72; Dr. Richard Magee ’63, M.S. ’64, Sc.D. ’68; Dr. Charles Suffel, Hon. M.Eng. ’85; and Committee Chairman Joseph Weber ’64, received more

enjoyed a 50-year-career in chemical and petroleum industries. Currently, he is president of NL Chemical Technology Inc., in Mount Prospect, Ill., which develops advanced technologies for water purification and seawater desalination. “It is a great honor to receive this award,’’ he said. Li mentioned that until recently, the last time he was on campus was 50 years ago during commencement. “The school has changed so much in that time. I’m so happy the school is doing so well. Dr. Farvardin told me not to wait another 50 years before I come back again,’’ he said, laughing.

Honoring outstanding people from Stevens is a great tradition, and — Joseph Weber ’64 I hope tonight’s event will be just the beginning. ’68; Distinguished Alumni Award for Business and Finance, Gina M. Addeo ’86; Distinguished Alumni Award for Engineering, William E. Witowsky ’79; Distinguished Alumni Award for Extraordinary Community or Humanitarian Service, John H. Hovey ’57; Distinguished Alumni Award for Science and Technology, Mark R. Crispin ’77 (posthumously); Lifetime Service Award, Warren G. Wells ’42; Outstanding 16 THE STEVENS INDICATOR

than 125 nominations. Previously, Stevens has recognized outstanding members of the Stevens community with awards, honoring artists, scientists, philanthropists, inventors and a Nobel Prize winner. “Honoring outstanding people from Stevens is a great tradition, and I hope tonight’s event will be just the beginning,’’ said Weber. Dr. Li, the Stevens Honor Award, has

David Hershberg, CEO of GLOBECOMM SYSTEMS, noted that the education he received at Stevens was most impressive, with people who possess real industry experience teaching his graduate courses. Tony Wang, a trailblazing franchiser of American restaurants in China, traveled from Taiwan for the gala. He praised his Stevens education and its return on investment.

1 Statuettes for the awards winners are displayed. 2 Honoree Tony T. Wang, M.M.S. ’73, at the podium. 3 Award recipient William Witowsky 4 Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, left, congratulates Lawrence Babbio ’66 on his President’s Leadership Award. 5 Guests raved about the spectacular Awards Gala venue, Gotham Hall, located in a former bank in Midtown ’79, center, enjoys a moment with family and friends at the Gala. Manhattan.

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“In my whole life, the best investment was going to Stevens,” he said. John Hovey ’57 received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Extraordinary Community or Humanitarian Service. Hovey has dedicated himself to several nonprofit organizations, including the Paterson YMCA, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Day Nursery. But Stevens remains dear to his heart, as he has financially supported the University faithfully since graduation. He spoke of why it is so special to him. “I received a lot of help while an undergraduate. I was not at the top of my class and it was a struggle for me to stay at Stevens, but my classmates really helped me out,’’ Hovey said. “Persistence when times are tough was taught to me at Stevens.’’ Wells, who has been active with Stevens for 70 years, was unable to attend, but Weber accepted the award on his behalf and read a brief statement from Wells, who noted that he received a scholarship to Stevens in 1938 and has given back as his thank you. After a video display, a rousing standing ovation accompanied Babbio as he came to the stage. Another announcement followed: the main road leading to upper Stevens campus will be renamed Babbio Drive. “I’ve always said that no one individual should accept a leadership award. In this institution, it is not just me, but the Board of Trustees, the president, the provost, and the faculty,’’ Babbio said. ❖

 Warren Wells ’42, center, receives his Lifetime Service Award at his home from Ed Eichhorn ’69, Vice President for Development, left, and George Johnston ’72, Awards Committee member.

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Dr. Norman N. Li receives Stevens Honor Award Dr. Norman N. Li, Sc.D. ’63, a longtime leader in the chemical and petroleum industries, received the Stevens Honor Award during the Stevens Awards Gala in April, one of the most prestigious awards given by the University. Li is currently president of NL Chemical Technology, based in Mount Prospect, Ill., which develops advanced technologies for water purification, including the technology of manufacturing membranes for water treatment and desalination. During his 50-year career in the chemical and petroleum industries, he has earned 44 patents and has contributed to more than 100 papers and 22 books on separation science and technology. The Stevens Honor Award medallion is bestowed upon a person for notable achievement in any field of endeavor. It has been awarded annually since 1945 and previous recipients include Frederick Reines ’39, a Nobel Prize winner in physics; Alexander Calder ’19, a renowned artist who created the mobile; and 18 THE STEVENS INDICATOR

Richard Reeves ’60, the award-winning presidential biographer and journalist. Despite his enormous success, Li cites his relationship with his family as one of his proudest accomplishments, calling it “one of the greatest sources of happiness in my life.’’ Li mentioned there are several similarities between Stevens President Nariman Farvardin and himself; most noteworthy is that both are first-generation immigrants. “We both have chosen this great country to be our home,’’ a place which provides opportunities for those who want to get ahead, he said. He also said that, as he has gotten to know Farvardin recently, he noticed that both men like their work very much. Li has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research in 1988; the Clarence Gerhold Award for Achievements in Separation Science and Technology from the

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); and the Perkin Medal from the Society of Chemical Industry in 2000. Stevens holds a special place in his heart, he said, and receiving the Stevens Honor Award is especially meaningful to him in the year 2013. “I’m celebrating two 50-year anniversaries this year: one as my graduation from Stevens, the other with my wife as we celebrate our golden wedding anniversary in August,’’ Li said to rousing applause. ❖ — Lisa Torbic Dr. Norman N. Li, Sc.D. ’63, received the Stevens Honor Award from President Nariman Farvardin.


In my whole life, the best investment was going to Stevens. —Tony T. Wang, M.M.S. ’73

 About 325 people attended the Stevens Awards Gala, including Theresa and Mark LaRosa ’93, Jason Tirri ’00, and Mike Smullen, associate executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association. Phil Crowley ’71, standing, Kevin Ruesterholz ’83, at left, and John Hovey ’57 attended the Stevens Awards Gala. John was honored for his outstanding community service. SPRING 2013 19


 The family of John Schepisi ’65 showed their support for John as he was honored at the Stevens Awards Gala, held in April.


Nominations are now being collected for the 2014 Class of awardees. In the second year of the Stevens Awards, this continuing program helps to strengthen a rich tradition of excellence at Stevens while recognizing the successes and accomplishments of alumni and friends.

Submitting your nomination is fast and easy!

ª Distinguished Alumni Awards

These awards recognize outstanding alumni/ae for their success in fields of engineering, science and technology, business and finance, arts and letters, academia and government; and extraordinary community or humanitarian service.

ª Young Alumni Achievement Award

This award recognizes an undergraduate alumnus/a from the last 15 years who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement.

ª Lifetime Service Award

This award recognizes an alumnus/a for sustained, dedicated service to Stevens.

ª Friend of Stevens Award

This award recognizes a non-alumnus/a who has demonstrated significant commitment to and extraordinary support of Stevens.

ª Outstanding Contribution Award

This award recognizes an alumnus/a for one or more significant, recognizable contributions to Stevens.

ª International Achievement Award

This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has demonstrated significant international achievement and impact.

ª Stevens Honor Award

This award recognizes an individual for notable achievement in any field of endeavor.

ª Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. ’36 Entrepreneur Award

This award recognizes an alumnus/a for extraordinary successes and noted achievements through entrepreneurial or innovative endeavors.

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Stevens Ranked

9 in ROI TH



tevens is a college well worth the investment—among the best in the country—a new study on the value of higher education reveals. Stevens ranks 9th among all colleges and universities nationally for 30-year net return on investment, a recent PayScale study reveals, with graduates grossing $1.46 million in cumulative earnings above the cost of their bachelor’s degree after 30 years in the workforce. The university jumped to 9th from 24th on the 2012 PayScale college education ROI rankings, which were released this spring. With the latest PayScale ranking, Stevens joins an elite group in the top 10, including California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the placement puts Stevens ahead of prestigious institutions like Stanford University, Harvard University and Princeton University. Harvey Mudd College, an engineering and liberal arts college in Claremont, Calif., ranked #1 for ROI, at $2.1 million, followed by Cal Tech, at $1.9 million. Stevens excelled in all categories of the PayScale rankings. The university ranks 4th among Northeast schools, 5th among research schools, and 7th among engineering schools. When factoring in students who paid for their degree with the help of financial aid, Stevens places 8th nationally with a 30-year net ROI with aid of $1.57 million. “This impressive progress, combined with the September 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings of national universities, in which Stevens was the fastest-rising university in the top 100 schools, is confirmation that a Stevens education is a pathway to success and that Stevens is on the move,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. The PayScale report is available online at PayScale is an online sal-


 Stevens students presented their Senior Design projects at this year’s Innovation Expo on campus.

ary, benefits and compensation information company based in Seattle. For its report, PayScale evaluated more than 1,500 colleges and universities across the United States and compared costs to median alumni lifetime earnings. It identified which schools helped students earn back their tuition and then some. Following trends from previous years, engineering and research universities sat firmly at the top of the list. Workforce projections indicate this trend will continue for some time, with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions expected to both increase in the proportion of jobs available and pay higher wages than jobs in other sectors, according to a 2011 Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce study. Stevens consistently earns top marks for ROI, internships and salaries. After rising 13 spots from the 2012 to 2013 U.S. News &

World Report ranking of best national universities, to 75th, Stevens recently made the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the top ten national universities that produce the most interns. It also placed 12th nationally on a survey reported by on a ranking of universities whose graduates earn the highest mid-career salaries. According to the Stevens Class of 2012 Student Outcomes Report, which is based on survey data collected from new alumni by the Stevens Office of Career Development, just six months after graduation 94 percent of the Class of 2012 had secured post-graduation outcomes as follows: employment (69 percent), admission to graduate, law or medical school (18 percent), or entered the military (1 percent), returned to home country or traveled (6 percent). The job opportunities accepted by 2012 graduates also carried top salaries; the average starting salary was $62,850. ❖

For more information about Stevens’ ROI, visit

New traditions at Stevens’ Commencement for 2013 included a train for undergraduates to the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies were held at the indoor arena.

NEW TRADITIONS Commencement 2013 has new venue, activities, reflecting Stevens’ growth


tevens commemorated the graduation of more than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students this May in a rousing day which both broke and set new traditions, reflecting the university’s steady growth and upward progress. With one of its largest graduating classes ever, Stevens outgrew its Hoboken, N.J., campus for the 2013 Commencement. For the first time in its 143-year history, Stevens hosted off-campus Commencement ceremonies at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. And the university did it in style.

By Stevens Office of News & Media Relations The undergraduate Class of 2013 arrived at the arena on their own private train – “the graduation train” – after marching together in cap and gown from the Stevens campus to the Hoboken station, taking in the stunning views of the New York City skyline. The day also included perhaps the firstever on-stage “shuffle” by the valedictorian speaker, and it represented the last Com-

mencement in which retiring Stevens Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. ’66 would confer degrees upon Stevens graduates. This new chapter in Stevens history kicked off at 10 a.m. with the graduate Commencement ceremony, celebrating the achievements of 1,062 master’s degree and 48 doctoral candidates. Proud family and friends seated in

the lower section of the 20,000-seat stadium cheered loudly as graduates were announced and took the Stevens-red-draped stage. And many across the nation and world who could not attend in person tuned into a live stream of the ceremony on the Stevens website. Dr. Stephen T. Boswell, E*Civil ’89, Ph.D. ’91, president and CEO of Boswell Engineering, addressed the graduates with a stirring speech about making your own luck. Boswell, a member of the Board of Trustees at Stevens and a major benefactor, is a licensed professional engineer in 28 states and head of a civil and environmental engineering consulting firm which was founded by his grandfather in 1924. Today, Boswell Engineering is renowned for its design and management of roadways, bridges and water treatment facilities.

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T Stephen T. Boswell, E*Civil ’89, Ph.D. ’91, right, received an honorary degree and gave the address at Stevens’ Graduate School Commencement. With him is President Nariman Farvardin. 

 Faculty members lead the undergraduates as they walk along the Hoboken waterfront to the train station. There, they took a train to the IZOD Center. The Class of 2013 experienced a first, as Commencement ceremonies were moved off campus for the first time. 

he theme of Boswell's speech was that luck and prosperity are not related, but that preparation and prosperity are inextricably linked. There are lessons to be learned from some of the world's most successful people – from the Beatles who practiced for years in tiny British clubs before making it big, to Thomas Edison who failed thousands of times before finally perfecting the first commercially successful incandescent light bulb. “If you combine the education you received at Stevens with hard work, the right attitude, mental agility, a healthy skepticism and deep integrity, there is no limit to what you can achieve," Boswell said. Stevens President Nariman Farvardin echoed Boswell's thoughts as he urged graduates to think big and be bold. "Never let failures go to your heart or successes to your head," he said. "The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them." The undergraduate Commencement ceremony followed in the afternoon, with a jubilant crowd of spectators – live and online – celebrating 502 bachelor’s degree earners. Remarks were delivered by Babbio on his official retirement day from the Stevens Board of Trustees. Babbio, who served on the board for 15 years, had a distinguished 40-year career in the telecommunications industry, during which he was president and vice chairman of the board of Verizon and president and COO of Bell Atlantic. His generosity to Stevens helped create the Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. Center for Technology Management, the signature building on the lower campus that bears his name. “As graduates of a technology-based school, you should be pleased with the opportunity before you,” said Babbio, who was named Chairman Emeritus after his address. “You have the chance to leverage your education and what you learned here to your advantage and, I believe, to the benefit of society.”  For the first time this May, Stevens’ undergraduate and graduate ceremonies were held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.



e went on to describe seven characteristics that will serve the graduates well – integrity, respect, execution, intellectual property, customer satisfaction, efficiency and agility. Class of 2013 valedictorian Brad Warren, who finished his Stevens career with a 4.0 grade point average, also had an important message about the next phase of life. Warren, a computer science major and varsity wrestler, will soon launch a career in quantitative finance with a position in options trading at Morgan Stanley. Warren called for his classmates to live their lives guided by a trending motto in popular culture – YOLO, an acronym for “you only live once.” “You’ve probably heard YOLO used to excuse irresponsible behavior, but I think of it in a different context – that you only live once, so make it a good one,” he said. He said finding your passion is what will help you dream big, and committing to a path based on those passions is what will help you achieve those big dreams, even when hard work is involved. Personally, Warren said he was inspired to learn to dance the “shuffle” by watching a music video by LMFAO. To demonstrate, he performed a perfect shuffle across the stage, to the great enjoyment of the crowd. Farvardin also encouraged the class to reach for the stars. “Think about your responsibility to make the world a better place, and know that to solve the world’s biggest challenges, we need to take risks from time to time,” he said. The Commencement ceremony was preceded the day before by another new tradition—Graduation Festival. Graduates and their families were invited to campus to meet with faculty as well as staff at a lively afternoon on Palmer Lawn. Some 2,000 people enjoyed food, live music, prizes and, mostly, a day to celebrate together on campus. The festival is a way to keep that campus connection, with graduation as the grand finale, said longtime Commencement cochair Joseph Stahley.



ith a 4.0 grade point average, Brad Warren served as the valedictorian of the Stevens Class of 2013. Warren earned a B.S. and M.S. in computer science at the university’s 141st Commencement on May 23, 2013, at the IZOD Center. Warren, a native of Brookeville, Md., and the son of a software engineer, excelled in math and programming classes in high school and decided he wanted to study computer science in college. A National Merit Scholar Finalist in high school, he came to Stevens on a full-tuition Ann P. Neupauer Scholarship, the university’s most prestigious academic award. “I enjoyed programming and math and figured I could be an application developer,” Warren said during an interview before graduation. “I was drawn to Stevens’ location near New York City and also thought the Cooperative Education program at Stevens was an interesting opportunity.” At Stevens, Warren developed an interest in the field of quantitative finance, taking extra math and financial engineering courses to prepare him for a career in the field. He learned more through selfstudy and, for his master’s degree, did independent study research related to options and volatility modeling. He also acquired substantial work experience in the field through Co-op, holding analyst positions at two of the nation’s top financial companies – Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley – where he was exposed to derivatives operations technology, trading desk strategy and residential mortgages. Warren will actually begin his career in options automated market making at Morgan Stanley, where he will research and develop models and strategies for trading risk management. “I was really happy I was able to get this position in quantitative finance,” Warren said. “It’s a good combination of math and programming and really fits my interests.”

While Warren is proud of his academic accomplishments and excited to launch his career, many of his best times at Stevens came outside of the classroom. Recruited for both baseball and wrestling, Warren spent four years on the Stevens varsity wrestling team and consistently made the President’s List, which recognizes academically-outstanding college athletes. Off season, he is a fitness nut who has competed in three Tough Mudder adventure races. “Sports have always been a big part of my life,” Warren said. “Wrestling especially taught me discipline and mental toughness that transfers over to everything in life.” He is also an avid poker and blackjack player who used his math prowess to learn to count cards, but he said he never takes money from his friends. “I’ve probably won more than I’ve lost over the years, but at least in blackjack I’m usually just beating the dealer,” he said. One of Warren’s favorite memories is being named Castle Point King as the representative of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where he was a brother for four years. Castle Point King is a popular maleonly pageant hosted by a Stevens sorority. For the talent portion, Warren showed off his dance moves and even choreographed a dance performance using his computer science skills. “We made suits with electroluminescent wire and a chip to turn the lights on and off,” Warren said. “I programmed it so we could dance in the dark. It was a lot of fun; one of my favorite times at Stevens.” Warren’s message to his peers on graduation day: find their passion. “You’ll be more successful if you really like what you’re doing, in both work and other interests,” he said. ❖ — Stevens Office of News & Media


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bout 125 volunteers, led by Stahley and fellow co-chair Dean Ken Nilsen, helped to make Commencement a special day, says Stahley, who is also assistant vice president for Student Development. “By all accounts, it was a great success,” he said. Stevens was also able to avoid the unpredictability of the weather by moving to the IZOD Center. This was Stahley’s final graduation, as he will be retiring in June after 25 years with Stevens. He’s a familiar face to students and alumni and previously served as director of Cooperative Education and Career Services and also as a Commencement marshal, playing a vital role in the ceremony for more than two decades. Stahley, who will continue as Stevens’ golf coach, said that the Commencement experience has always been meaningful to him. “It’s a great day for Stevens. That’s what we try to achieve no matter where we have it—to make it a special day,” he said. And the rewards of his job have lasted beyond graduation, as he keeps in touch with alumni. “It’s a joy when you’ve been around a long time, to see people who graduated 20 years ago, see how their lives are unfolding,” he said. For the newest Stevens alumni class, the outlook is bright. Based on an 88 percent response rate to a survey from the Stevens Office of Career Development, approximately 68 percent of the bachelor’s degree awardees from the Class of 2013 are entering the workforce. Many have secured promising positions in engineering, finance, computer science, information technology and other fields at leading international employers such as Verizon, Ernst & Young, L'Oreal, Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson. The average starting salary for this group is $66,000. Approximately 10 percent of the class is going on to pursue advanced degrees in business, law, the sciences, medicine and other fields at elite universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University. ❖

Students present a gift to retiring board chair Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. ’66 at the undergraduate ceremony, where he served as guest speaker and was honored for his long service. 

Stevens held a new Graduation Festival on campus the day before Commencement for all graduates, their families, faculty and staff. 

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Research center promises to place Stevens at cutting edge of healthcare


ealthcare is one of the largest sectors of our nation’s economy, constituting nearly one-fifth of the gross domestic product (GDP). In 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated this sector will supply one out of every two jobs created in the U.S. economy between 2010 and 2020. But with this explosive increase in costs, services, and research needs come myriad technical, scientific, and management challenges. Now, Stevens has accepted this enormous challenge. In April, the University announced the creation of the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), a campus-wide research center now drawing on more than 50 faculty members across multiple schools and disciplines and serving as a focal point for Stevens’ research and educational programs in this critical area. The Center will support “student-centric” research on medical devices, sensors, biomaterials, drug discovery, data mining, medical imaging, and a number of other key areas. It will also train a new generation of physicians, pharmaceutical researchers, information technologists, and other healthcare professionals, in partnership with leading hospitals and medical schools, to fuel Stevens’ growth as the University expands over the next decade in accordance with its Strategic Plan. Indeed, research and education in the area of healthcare and

medicine is one of the “foundational pillars” of the Strategic Plan. “Innovation in healthcare and medicine is a critical societal need in the 21st century, and also a critical area of growth and opportunity for Stevens,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “By advancing medical technology and improving healthcare delivery through interdisciplinary research and education, the Center for Healthcare Innovation will be a key driver of this strategic priority.” “The unmet needs of healthcare’s traditional approaches from the medical community are going to be greatly augmented by science and engineering in the decade to come,” added Dr. Peter Tolias, a leading biomedical innovator, researcher, and Stevens professor of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Biomedical Engineering, who has been


appointed the Center’s director. “Stevens brings key components from science and engineering to address these needs. “This Center will stimulate our creativity and research by highlighting unmet needs in healthcare, and channeling resources and research efforts toward them in those strategic areas in which we have competencies.” To encourage new and fruitful research, the CHI will support students through a combination of scholarships (up to 30 per year for undergraduate students) and graduate fellowships (up to five per year). Students will also receive full academic credit and stipends to fund necessary laboratory expenses during the scholarship and fellowship periods. “The majority of the investments the Center will be making will be in undergraduate scholarships,” Tolias said. “Each of these healthcare scholarships and fellowships will support research, although the research will take various forms such as wet-lab research, computer research, field research, and other forms. “It is important that each research project addresses a current gap in medical technology or healthcare delivery.”

To learn more about the Center for Healthcare Innovation, contact the Stevens Office of Development at 201-216-5241 or

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 The Center for Healthcare Innovation will support “student-centric’’ research on medical devices, drug discovery and medical imaging, among other areas. Here, Meng Xu, a Ph.D. student in chemical biology, works inside one of Stevens’ biomedical engineering labs.  Dr. Peter Tolias has been appointed the director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation at Stevens.


he Center has initiated research relationships with the prestigious Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., one of New Jersey's top hospitals. More than a dozen laboratories and research facilities have been developed at Stevens during the past decade, and these will also be leveraged for research projects supported by the CHI. Several new facilities are being contemplated by the Center as well, such as a Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and a Laboratory for Healthcare Delivery Modeling and Simulation. “We will also be actively engaged in developing new educational programs within the University and with our medical school partners that address the changing workforce needs within the healthcare community,” explained Tolias. “This is extremely exciting and important, because medical technology and healthcare delivery are changing rapidly and will look very different 10 years from now.” Indeed, the CHI will operate in several innovative thrust areas, including a new paradigm of diagnosis and treatment known as personalized medicine. Particularly with regard to cancers, technical advances may soon enable far more efficient treatments. For example, by taking biopsies from

individual patients and growing them in three-dimensional microfluidic cultures — a technology developed at Stevens with its partners — physicians will be able to assess the potential effectiveness and side effects of a variety of medications for individual patients before administering them to those patients. “We can use this technology to examine the genetics of a given patient’s cancer, select appropriate therapy and examine the response to the selected drugs in these cultures first, in order to determine whether they will work in the patients. This will assist the physician in selecting a treatment based on that patient’s personalized biopsy,” said Tolias. The same technology, he added, will also help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies develop and assess new drugs. In addition to the technical and engineering research and support it will provide to the industry, Stevens will assist in the education of management professionals and the performance of research, with a goal of improving healthcare management. “We are not only taking a technical approach,” Tolias noted. “We will also focus on healthcare delivery.” Stevens’ healthcare research will take in a number of other fields, potentially ranging from the ways in which physicians use computer systems, medical records, and clinical

literature to hospitals’ management of patient flow, operating room ergonomics and cost-benefit analyses of medical procedures. It’s also expected that the newly supported student research will lead to viable new commercial healthcare products and services. “Stevens already has a strong track record of doing that, both with faculty and with our students,” Tolias said, pointing to the recent creation of the medical device design firm Versor by a trio of former Senior Design team members of the Class of 2012. As the Center looks toward a Fall 2013 public launch event, alumni and corporate support will be important. Naming opportunities — including naming of the Center and its various laboratory facilities — are currently available, Tolias said. “The University is making significant investments in this field, and we will need to continually replenish our resources,” he said. “A new endowment, supported by a naming gift, would be one way to supplement the activities we are funding through the Center. Endowed chairs and student scholarships are other examples; resources normally used to pay for these costs could then instead be applied to the Center’s activities.” “I would absolutely encourage alumni to find out more about us, and about ways in which they can participate.” ❖

To learn more about the Center for Healthcare Innovation, contact the Stevens Office of Development at 201-216-5241 or


“I would never have had the opportunity to attend Stevens without the benefit of scholarship funds.” - Robert Talbot ’83 Bob Talbot ’83 is a Vice President of Supply Chain at the Dutch-British conglomerate Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer-goods firms. Now based in London, he currently manages the building of a new supply system, management hub, and reorganization of IT for the company’s entire Americas region — a region worth more than $22 billion in annual revenue to Unilever. “It’s a big job,” Talbot admits, “going from high-level ideas to things that will actually work for everyone everywhere, in a user-friendly way.”

Robert Talbot’s yearbook photo in 1983

Robert Talbot ’83


Talbot also recently helped manage a project of a different sort: the Class of 1983’s 30th reunion at Alumni Weekend this past spring. In honor of this milestone reunion, members of the class were encouraged to make gifts to the University and the Class of 1983 Term Scholarship Fund specifically. The funds raised would be used to support a deserving Stevens underclassman in financial need. As class president, Talbot worked closely with his class Reunion Committee to encourage increased support of the scholarship. “I would never have had the opportunity to attend Stevens without the benefit of scholarship funds,” Talbot explains. “So I continue to do that — to help give opportunities to students who have the academic ability but may not have the financial resources — so that they, too, will have the opportunity to really grow into their full potential.”


about supporting the Stevens Scholarship Program, please contact Gilian Brannan, Director of Stewardship, at or 201.216.5243 SPRING 2013 31



n June of 1966, the Supreme Court established Miranda Rights, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded and the ABC soap opera “Dark Shadows” premiered. And on June 13, 1966, Anita Lang started her first day of work at Stevens, as a secretary inside the Alumni Office, at $85 a week. Dressed in proper hat and gloves, this teenager joined a college that had not yet opened to undergraduate women. President Jess H. Davis led the school, along with an all-male Board of Trustees. “Stevens has had seven presidents; I’ve worked for four of them,” Lang says. Lang became the first woman and first non-alumnus appointed executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association, in 1980. Now, after 47 years with the SAA, one of Stevens’ longest serving employees who has worked under 34 SAA presidents is retiring. Lang will retire on June 30, 2013, but will work as a consultant twice a week for at least the next two years. Among her duties will be working with the Old Guard, SAA Executive Committee business and Alumni Weekend. Michael Smullen, currently SAA associate 32 THE STEVENS INDICATOR


executive director, will become executive director as of July 1. Over five decades, so many alumni say, Lang has been a treasure trove of knowledge about Stevens’ alumni and history—and a talented professional who connected alumni across the decades. When one thought of the SAA, no matter what changed, Lang was always there—a gracious presence who made every alumnus feel special, says Past SAA President Marty Valerio ’68. “She devoted her life,” he said. Knowledge of Stevens’ alumni and the university’s history is so ingrained in her, he says. So is how to treat people. “She has a personal connection to so many people,” Valerio says. “She’s a very caring person. I’m going to miss her. Her spirit will always be there.” Past SAA President and Stevens Professor Dick Magee ’63 called Lang’s 47 years of service “unprecedented.” “Anita has always addressed the needs of Stevens and the SAA professionally, with integrity and with an unyielding commitment to excellence,” Magee says. “It is hard to en-

vision the SAA without Anita.” The SAA and institute will honor Lang with a retirement celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7, on campus. More details will follow. One recent May afternoon, Lang took a few moments inside her Howe Center office to reflect on her 47 years at Stevens. “I grew up here,” she says. A graduate of the Katharine Gibbs School, this Guttenberg, N.J., resident first worked for Larry Minck ’53 and with Harold R. Fee ’20, then the SAA’s executive director. She rose to administrative director in 1976 and, upon Minck’s retirement as executive director, was encouraged to apply for the job. Undergraduate women had only been on campus since 1971 and few women held management positions at that time. But a group of alumni encouraged her and were very supportive. As executive director, she has been a guiding force behind The Stevens Indicator, from advising on story selection and design to her well-known copy editing skills. But her main mission has always been alumni relations and the many events that she has guided over the years. Among the

 SAA Executive Director Anita Lang will retire on June 30, 2013, after 47 years with Stevens.

most memorable was “Op Sail”—the Operation Sail events in 1976, 1986 and 1992— that saw Alumni Weekend coincide with the Tall Ships parade of ships from around the world coming to New York Harbor. The 1976 Bicentennial event drew about 10,000 people to campus. “It was pandemonium, but it was controlled pandemonium,” she says with a smile. Events like these were huge volunteer

and significant other,” Pepe said. Lang once lamented that she never had time to plant her beloved tomato plants until after Alumni Weekend. “I hope that, in her retirement, Anita will have the time to nurture her garden as she nurtured the Alumni Association for so many years!” Pepe says. As executive director, Lang did a good bit of traveling, to alumni clubs around the U.S.,

“Stevens has had seven presidents; I’ve worked for four of them.” —Anita Lang efforts, and alumni came out in force to help, she says. From these many hours of work came lasting friendships. Nina Rogacki Pepe ’84, the longtime Alumni Weekend chair, says that Lang’s long ties to Stevens helped her provide the needed sense of history and support for big events like Alumni Weekend. So does her character. “Anita infuses a positive energy into each endeavor. She leads a staff that is equally committed to providing a meaningful reunion experience to each and every alum

on alumni tours to Europe, and, most memorably, to Ecuador with the Class of 1953, to visit then Ecuadoran President Leon Febres Cordero ’53. Adventures aside, when Lang is asked about her favorite part of the job, it’s always the relationships. “It went beyond working relationships; we became friends,” she says. Stevens has changed over the years, most notably with the presence of undergraduate women and the undergraduate student body becoming more international, she says. But some things remain constant.

“I think that the world has changed,” Lang says. “But if you spend time getting to know the young graduates, they’re not so different from those of the past. Everyone’s concerned about a career. And they get a good education here at Stevens.” Looking to the future, Lang hopes to volunteer at a hospital or, most fittingly for this book lover, at her local library. She’ll have more time to cook, garden and meet with friends. And she’ll make time to savor her many Stevens friendships. “I’ll miss some of the interactions, but the nice part is, I expect to continue to see many of the alumni and their families,” she says. “I anticipate that many of these friendships will continue.” ❖ — Beth Kissinger

Save the Date Retirement Celebration for Anita Lang SAA Executive Director Saturday, September 7, 2013 Stevens Campus, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For details and to register, visit

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Serial entrepreneur heads firm that promises a more powerful computer


ern Brownell ’80 quickly points out that even though he graduated from Stevens with a B.E. in electrical engineering, he’s never worked in that field. A serial entrepreneur, he’s spent more than three decades working with computing solutions firms, even founding and serving as CEO of Egenera, a global leader in that field. But his most recent endeavor has been the most rewarding, he said. Four years ago, he took a chance and left his company in Boston to move to Vancou-

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ver, British Columbia, to become President and Chief Executive Officer with D-Wave Systems, a computing start-up that uses quantum mechanics to solve the problems encountered by Fortune 500 companies, government and academia. “I came out to Vancouver, which is a great city, and I fell in love with the potential that this company offered, that it could change the world,’’ he said. “It was a risk when I came out here, but it’s been worth it.’’ By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor


ounded in 1999, D-Wave’s mission is to integrate new discoveries in physics and computer science into breakthrough approaches to computation. D-Wave is built around a new type of superconducting processor that uses quantum mechanics to rapidly accelerate computation. Two years ago, Lockheed Martin, a major American military contractor, bought an early version of a quantum computer from D-Wave and is upgrading the technology to commercial scale, becoming the first company to use quantum computing as part of its business. If it performs as Lockheed and D-Wave expect, the design could help solve science and business problems much faster than today’s classic computers. The company has been getting some buzz lately, as The New York Times recently wrote an article about D-Wave and its new computing system. Quantum computing is faster than traditional computing because of the unusual properties of particles at the smallest level. Instead of just the ones and zeros that have been used to represent data since the earliest days of computers, quantum computing relies on quantum bits, or qubits, that can inhabit the two states of one and zero at the same time, called superposition. Using qubits, this type of quantum computer can determine an optimal outcome among a near-infinite range of possibilities, which allows certain types of very complex problems to be solved quickly. For instance, in radar and space systems, now it takes weeks, if ever, to determine how millions of lines of software running a network of satellites would react to a pulse from a nuclear explo-

 Vern Brownell ’80 is president and CEO of D-Wave Systems, whose quantum computer has been purchased by Lockheed Martin, which is upgrading it to commercial scale.

sion. With D-Wave’s quantum computer, an operator would be able to tell instantly how those millions of lines would react. Other possibilities where D-Wave’s supercomputer could be used, Brownell explained, are in cancer therapy regimens, trading algorithms and risk analytics. “We are solving problems for humanity that classic computers cannot do effectively right now,’’ he said. D-Wave has received investments from the investment bank Goldman Sachs, the strategic investment firm In-Q-Tel, and from Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment company of founder Jeff Bezos (“a great guy,’’ Brownell said). “This technology is so unique, it really can be a game changer for computation. It’s

muting expenses. In the Computer Center, he worked as a programmer and computer designer responsible for software development. It provided valuable experience and led to his first full-time job upon graduation with Digital Equipment Corp., then a major player in the computer industry. Leslie Maltz was the Computer Center Director at Stevens for many years, including the time Brownell worked there. Now retired, she recalled Brownell as rather quiet, but a terrific worker. “I knew he would go on to great success. The classes that graduated in the 1980s were extraordinary. He was bright, a hard worker, practical, and a bit shy. But his work spoke for itself,’’ she said, adding that it’s “nice to see a nice person do well!’’

“ We are solving problems for humanity that classic computers cannot do effectively right now.” –Vern Brownell ’80 a different type of high performance computer, using nature to solve hard problems directly,’’ Brownell said. In a paper published in Nature Scientific Reports on Aug. 13, 2012, a team of Harvard University researchers presented results of the largest protein folding problem solved to date using a D-Wave One quantum computer. “That was definitely a milestone for our company,’’ Brownell said. “It produced exciting results and showed the capability.’’ Brownell fondly recalled his Stevens days, adding that he loved the physics courses he took. He also spoke highly of his work-study assignments with the Computer Center on campus. His family was of modest means, he explained, and the work-study program allowed him to pay for tuition and com-

“Like many Stevens graduates, he knew the technical aspects of projects as well as the management. That combination usually led to great success. He was truly a favorite,’’ she said. What was the Stevens advantage for him? “I received a broad set of engineering courses that were outside of my electrical engineering major. I learned team orientation and took on leadership roles in my assignments,’’ he said. “And I met some great, sharp people, like Mark Crispin ’77 (the inventor of the Internet Message Access Protocol, who died in December 2012).’’ The best part of his current job is that he works with a great team at D-Wave. “I work with the smartest people in the world—scientists, physicists, and I really learn a lot from them every day. It’s exciting,’’ he said. ❖ SPRING 2013 35

With this year’s 25th reunion for the Stevens Class of 1988 came a bittersweet reminder: Corey Graney, former class president, managing editor of The Stute, and brother of Sigma Nu fraternity, had passed away in October 2010 at the age of just 44. Corey cared so deeply about his alma mater that, prior to his untimely death, he set into motion the establishment of a fund that would impact students who shared his passion for The Stute.  That fund — The Corey P. Graney Endowed Fund to Support The Stute — provides general support for the campus newspaper and now also supports an annual award presented to an undergraduate closely involved with the newspaper who maintains good academic performance. “He was among the most active students and alumni in our class,” recalled Chris Horan ’88, Graney’s former roommate at Stevens and longtime close friend. “He was very involved with Stevens. No doubt he would have attended the 25th reunion.” “Corey took a large role in establishing a vision for the fund because he believed in the goal. He wasn’t seeking a legacy for himself,” added Michael Lutkenhouse ’08, a friend of Graney’s who, with his wife Crystal ’08, has been a donor to the fund.

Corey P. Graney ’88

Corey Graney ’88




“The Corey P. Graney Endowed Fund has been a real asset for The Stute,” explained Ken Nilsen, Dean of Student Life. “And The Stute-Humanities Underclassman Award has been a great way to recognize a student who is just getting started in The Stute. Recipients of the Award have become influential members of The Stute’s Editorial Board.” Lutkenhouse said the endowed fund both serves as a legacy of Graney’s and a way of encouraging students to remain involved with the newspaper. “Supporting Corey’s fund is a great way to pay tribute to him,” added Horan. Graney, originally from Tappan, New York, received his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens in 1988 and was part-owner of an engineering sales company, GBS, Ltd., that specializes in energy-efficient HVAC products.


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tevens’ winter sports programs had an excellent 2012-13 season, as the University celebrated its first national champion in men’s swimming. Simas Jarasunas, a junior from Vilnius, Lithuania, became men’s swimming’s first-ever National Champion, winning the title in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2013 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas, in March. The men’s squad finished sixth in the country at the NCAAs, its best showing ever. Women’s swimming, meanwhile, placed seventh in the country at the NCAAs for the third year in a row. Other stand-out swimmers included senior John Hu, who was named the Empire 8 Conference’s Swimmer of the Year, and freshman Elizabeth Heinbach, who was the Empire 8 Rookie of the Year. The men’s basketball team turned in one of the finest seasons in its 97-year history, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and finishing with an overall record of 22-6. The Ducks won the Empire 8 regular-season title and advanced to the title game of the conference tournament. Senior guard Sheldon Jones was named Empire 8 Player of the Year, and Bobby Hurley was named the Coach of the Year for the second time. It was the third consecutive 20-plus win season for Stevens, with Jones and fellow senior Russ Thompson graduating as the all-time leaders in wins, finishing their careers with a record of 82-30. The wrestling program finished seventh in the NCAA East Regional and sent a pair to the NCAA Championships: sophomore Mike Polizzi and senior Joey Favia. Favia placed fifth in the nation in the 165-pound weight class and earned All-America honors. He finished the year with an overall record of 32-3, as the Ducks were ranked 32nd nationally. Meanwhile, senior Alina Duran became the first All-American in the history of the women’s indoor track Stevens senior guard & field program, taking eighth place in the Sheldon Jones was weight throw. Duran was the first individual named the Empire 8 from her program to earn a trip to the nationPlayer of the Year. al meet, as she was also named the Empire 8 Photo: Peter Marney Field Athlete of the Year. And the women’s fencing team had yet another successful season, winning the D3 crown at the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association Championships for the third time in four years. The Ducks were led by senior Juliet Turalski and junior Briana Nieradka at the event. Turalski was also named the EWFC Woman of the Year.❖ —By Robert Kulish, Stevens’ Director of Sports Information and Events

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n the past few months, alumni in different regions have gathered to network, make friends and promote Stevens’ camaraderie. The Hudson-Union-Essex Club held a series of events with Stevens Professor Jonathon Wharton ranging in topics from social etiquette and wine tasting to real estate “do’s and don’ts.” The Washington, D.C., G.O.L.D. Club enjoyed a networking happy hour in March. Other March events included a Stevens Alumni Club of the Triangle (N.C.) Meet & Greet and a WCPR alumni club reception. April events included a picnic and tour of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model in Sausalito, Calif., hosted by the Northern California Club, and the Old Guard Luncheon. In May, the SAA held its first corporate event at PSEG for alumni who currently work or are retired from the company. We are looking forward to more events in the upcoming year.



he newly formed WCPR alumni club held a kickoff event in March on campus that attracted about 30 alumni and included a gathering in Jacobus Lounge and tours of the radio station. Enjoying some tunes at the event, from left, are Michael Forbes ’09, Rob May ’13 and Joey O’Rourke ’09 .


The Northern California Club enjoyed a picnic and a tour of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model in Sausalito, Calif., this April. Gathering, from left, are Yvonne Azzollini Chachere ’93, with her son, Logan; Vince McPeek and Marianna Buzzerio ’81; Benjamin Romero ’98; Bing Isenberg, M.S. ’91, and Joshua Isenberg, Ph.D. ’93; Andrew Tom ’89; Fred Chasalow ’64; Paul Crooker ’89; and club co-president Evelyn Burbano Koehler ’98.





1 Several members of the Class of 1960 reunited for the Old Guard

he annual “Welcome Seniors” event, held in March, drew more than 100 people, as the Class of 2013 received its official welcome into the alumni fold. Tasty food, drink, prizes and much merriment marked the occasion. The Stevens Alumni Association and the Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.LD.) program sponsored the evening.

Luncheon in April. Seated, from left, are Marge McMahon and Ann and John Dalton. Standing, from left, are Tom Muldowney, Mike and Elaine Danon, and Don and Rosemarie Merino. 2 Gathering for the Old Guard Luncheon this spring, from left, are George Bonnici ’59 (seated), Pat and Old Guard Chair Emil Neu ’55 and Bruce Lager ’59.

The Class of 2013 members at the “Welcome Seniors” event learned about the Stevens Alumni Association’s many services, including its nationwide alumni clubs network. Pictured in top photo, from left, are Colleen Turley, Ryan Azzam and Bobby Truppner.

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An ‘insurmountable enthusiasm’ Stevens’ oldest alumnus dies at 103


e enjoyed fly fishing past his “He was extremely bright and kept his 100th birthday and drove faculties in a way I’d be happy to,” Whituntil he was 98. The true taker said. “He was an amazing person. I Stevens engineer that he was, he studied will never forget him.” physics and astronomy beyond his cenThis son of Italian immigrants starttury mark. ed his career with Wright Aeronautical Ralph J. Golzio ’32—engineering exCompany, rising to project engineer. He ecutive, avid outdoorsman and living also met his wife, Betty, at Wright; they history witness—passed away on Jan. 13, were married for 43 years until her pass2013. Stevens’ oldest living alumnus died ing in 1984. They lived in Paterson, N.J., at the age of 103. where they raised two daughters, who The Stevens community knew Golzio survive their parents. as a faithful participant at its Old Guard In 1947, this Licensed Professional Luncheons. Fellow alumni remember his Engineer founded Engineering Associkeen intelligence and energy similar to ates, Inc., in Union City, N.J., and enmen more than a quarter century youngjoyed a long and distinguished career er. He held a special place at Stevens, as as a consulting engineer until retiring at the Old Guard threw a 100th birthday age 78, in 1987. He also worked as chief party for him in October 2009. His elpower plant engineer with Allied ChemRalph Golzio ’32 egant appearance, sharp mind and spryical and Dye Corporation, New York; ness were his trademarks. and as president of Precision Gears and “My impression was that he was a real Stevens guy who came all Products, Paterson, N.J. Golzio served as a mentor to young people, these years, made his way in industry. He’s one of the most remark- inspiring many to pursue careers in engineering, architecture and able people I’ve ever met,” said Old Guard Chairman Emil Neu ’55. the sciences. “The sort of guy that you’d want to work with and want to be your “He was an example for all of us in his wisdom, humility, kindfriend.” ness, and especially for his insurmountable enthusiasm and zest for Golzio was a firsthand witness to history of the last century. His life which formed his credo in later years, ‘Aging is mandatory… mother, Caroline, was an organizer in the Paterson Silk Strike of growing old is optional,’ ” said his devoted daughter and son-in-law, 1913 and brought young Ralph to marches, The Record of Hacken- Linda and Tony Sous. sack, N.J, reported, calling Golzio “The Last Silk Thread,” the strike’s “My belief that life is a journey, not a destination, has proven benlast living witness. eficial as I turn 100,” Golzio wrote. “It is full throttle ahead tempered When asked about the secret to his longevity at his 100th birth- by discipline and upholding the values of honor and integrity deday party, Golzio credited good genes, a healthy diet and routine rived from the tenets of my Stevens education. I am told by people exercise while engaging in a wide variety of sports, from mountain that I am an inspiration. If I have learned one most important thing climbing to snow shoeing. in my lifetime, it is to never stop trying.” Golzio’s academic curiosity was ongoing, emphasizing the imporThe Stevens Institute of Technology Ralph Golzio ’32 Memorial tance of education as the cornerstone to his life’s many achievements. Scholarship Fund has been established by his family. For more inAt age 98, he struck up a friendship with Stevens Physics Profes- formation, call Amy Krause, at 201-216-5226, or visit www.stevens. sor Edward Whittaker, who sent him textbooks on physics. Golzio edu/makeagift, select “Other” and enter “Golzio Memorial Fund.” ❖ wanted to learn all about quantum mechanics, astronomy and the — Beth Kissinger universe, asking probing questions, Whittaker said. Golzio called his interests “mind nourishment.”


Nick Mestanas ’58 and the student recipients of the Class of 1958 Scholarships and their parents

Denis Barberena ’14

Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Generosity, Student Talent Stevens President Nariman Farvardin and Michael Bocchinfuso ’08

“Ensuring that Stevens has a bright future is the best way to preserve its past. The prestige of our degrees is tied in to the continued successes of Stevens, its students, and its alumni.”


he 2013 Annual Scholarship Luncheon took place March 23, filling the Bissinger Room to capacity with student scholarship recipients, proud parents, and generous donors. After music from a student ensemble and lunch, Michael Bocchinfuso ’08, a digital design engineer at Safe Flight Instrument Corporation in White Plains, New York, spoke. Bocchinfuso attended the same luncheon several years ago, not as a donor but as a scholarship recipient, and he never forgot the support he received and the ways in which Stevens had changed his life. In addition to helping raise funds for and contributing to Stevens scholarships, including the newly created WCPR Outstanding Performance Endowed Scholarship, Bocchinfuso has assumed a leadership role with his class, organizing

- M ICH AEL B OCCHI NFUSO ’08 fundraising activities and class reunions. Denis Barberena, a junior from West New York, New Jersey, majoring in Computer Engineering and recipient of The Class of 1952 Scholarship, then spoke. Barberena related how, from the age of 10, he dreamed of becoming a computer engineer. Despite many challenges during a difficult childhood, he retained his focus on the career and applied to Stevens. His acceptance letter, however, brought mixed emotions. Barberena was proud, relieved, and excited to begin his college education — yet uncertain about whether or not he would be able to afford the cost of tuition. He and his mother turned to Stevens for help, and if he had not received The Class of 1952 Scholarship, he told the audience, he would not have been able to enter Stevens.

Stevens President Nariman Farvardin spoke next about the importance of scholarship support to the University. Providing students with much-needed financial support, he noted, attracts talented students to Stevens, allows them to focus on the University’s challenging curriculum more successfully without financial stress, and allows them to enter the workforce in more competitive fashion. There are many talented students like Denis who need support in order to pursue or continue their education at Stevens. If you are able and interested in offering financial assistance to students through the Stevens Scholarship Program, please contact:

Gilian Brannan Director of Stewardship 201-216-5243

GRADUATE LOG Stevens’ Graduate School alumni continue to enjoy much career success. Here are some updates. Andrew P. Haines, M.S. ’93, is CIO of Scivantage, which has offices in Jersey City, N.J., and Boston. Andre M. Szabo, M.S. ’95, is a principal architect - Infrastructure with ADP in Alpharetta, Ga. He and his wife, Favel, live in Cumming, Ga., with their son and daughter. He can be reached at Virat Varanasi, M.S. ’10, is a project manager with Credit Suisse in New York. He lives in Jersey City, N.J., and his email address is Michael R. Chiodo, M.Eng. ’07, works as a project engineer with Robert Silman Associates in New York and lives in Summit, N.J. Michael can be reached at Nnana A. Oti, M.Eng. ’07, is a project manager with Pfizer, Inc., in Pearl River, N.Y. He lives in Congers, N.Y., with his wife, Cheryl, and their two children. He can be reached at Chintankumar K. Patel, M.Eng. ’11, works as a mechanical design engineer with Hernon Manufacturing Inc. in Sanford, Fla., and lives in Sanford. His email address is And Shrinath D. Desai, M.Eng. ’09, is a design manager with Leistung Engineering Pvt. Ltd. in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, and lives in Ahmedabad with his wife, Urmi. He can be reached via email at Dissertations: Jaydip M. Desai, M.Eng. ’10, defended his dissertation, “Haptic Feedback System Integration for a Prototype Robotic Surgical Unit,” in May within the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering. Norapath Pesirikan, M.S. ’10, M.S. ’11, defended his dissertation, “Characterization of Schwann Cell Sheets Self-assembled by Thermoresponsive Substrates and Interaction with Extracellular Matrixes,” in April within the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering. And Luis F. Ortega ’85, M.S. ’89, M.S. ’91, M.S. ’09, M.B.A. ’09, defended his dissertation, “A Neuro-Wavelet Model for the ShortTerm Forecasting of High-Frequency Financial Time Series of Stock Returns,’’ in May. Ortega received his sixth Stevens degree, a Ph.D. in the field of financial engineering, at Stevens’ Commencement on May 23, 2013.

1 Jerome Morrison, M.S. ’54, attended the Washington, D.C., Alumni Club’s party last December. 2 James O. Weatherall, Ph.D. ’09, returned to campus recently to discuss his first book, “The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable.’’ Weatherall is an assistant professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the son of James and Maureen Weatherall, both ’78, and the brother of Katie Weatherall ’08. 3 Mike Foglio, M.M.S. ’80, stopped by the Alumni Office recently to say hello to friends on campus.



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Building upon two first-place finishes in the 2011 competition, the 2013 Stevens Solar Decathlon team — comprised of more than 60 students from diverse disciplines and schools across campus — has worked exceptionally hard for the past year designing and building the “smart home” known as Ecohabit.

Throughout the house are innovations including: • Technologically advanced ‘phase-change’ materials used within the walls to collect and store heat during the day and release warmth back into the house during the cooler evenings • On-demand hot water sensors to efficiently control usage and minimize waste

• Smart software that will quickly learn the habits of occupants using data gathered from sensors embedded throughout the house • iPad and mobile apps that monitor energy usage wirelessly both in-home and from remote locations

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Natalie A. Arndt ’08 to Ryan A. Marone ’08 on Aug. 3, 2012. Giovanni Gaccione ’09 to Katherina J. Imperial ’10 on Jan. 5, 2013.


To Sharon and Michael Bojcik, III, ’91, a daughter, Sasha Loren, on Oct. 25, 2012. To Jonathan Dubinski ’04 and Brooke A. Johnson Dubinski ’05, a daughter, Victoria Stella, on Feb. 13, 2013. To Lauren A. Mule Bautista ’05 and Joaquin Bautista, a daughter, Jimena Marie, on Dec. 11, 2012. To Veronica and Luis F. Ortega ’85, M.S. ’89, M.S. ’91, M.S. ’09, M.B.A. ’09, Ph.D. ’13, twin daughters, Lucia and Amelia, on Apirl 16, 2013.

OBITUARIES + R.J. Golzio ’32........................... 1/13/13 R.P. Bechle ’36 ........................... 3/3/13 + P.F. Pritchard ’36 ...................... 8/18/12 H. Straus ’39............................. 1/10/13 + H.S. Sachs ’42 .......................... 3/15/13 + R. Budell ’44............................. 2/12/13 J.P. Runyon ’44......................... 2/16/13 + F.L. Hunziker ’45......................... 3/1/13 A.H. Everson, Jr. ’47 ................. 5/31/11 K.R. Habermann ’48 ................... 4/7/13 J.L. Arata ’49 ............................ 2/11/13 + F.W. Farley ’49 ........................ 11/18/10 A.C. Lawson ’49 ........................ 1/20/13 + J.W. Mach ’49 .......................... 12/2012 + H.F. Peppel, Jr. ’49 ................... 6/28/12 R. Cechanek ’50 ......................... 1/6/13 R.A. Meyer ’50 .......................... 4/14/13 + J.A. Nugent ’50............................ 1/2/12 B.V. Pfeiffer ’50 ......................... 4/24/13 G.B. Schaeffer, Jr. ’50 ............... 3/18/13 D.P. Van Court ’50 ..................... 11/1/12 F.J. Hildebrand ’51.................... 3/31/13 + L.F. Meredith, Jr. ’52 .................. 1/21/13 + J.J. Morgan ’52 ......................... 2/22/12

N.A. DeBruyne ’53 .................. 10/24/12 F.G. Haag ’53 ............................ 4/18/13 + R.N. Lankering ’53 .................... 12/5/12 D.H. Lueders ’53....................... 1/22/13 P.R. Rhinehart ’53..................... 1/12/13 H.L. Libbin ’55 .......................... 4/21/13 T.F. Pinelli ’56 ........................... 1/29/13 + M.E. Vasilakis, ex ’56 ............... 12/2011 W.W. Pruss ’57 ............................ 2/1/13 M.H. Lipton ’58 ......................... 3/27/91 L.K. Pia, Jr. ’58 ........................... 4/5/13 + W.J. Strogis ’62 ....................... 10/31/12 H.L. Treffinger ’67 ....................... 1/3/13 E.J. Casey ’75 ......................... 10/20/12 Editor’s Note: The Stevens Indicator reports the passing of alumni and other members of the Stevens community as the staff becomes aware of them. Graduate School obituaries are now published on the Stevens Alumni Association website:

+ M.R. Crispin ’77 ...................... 12/28/12 + S.S. Sophokleous ’82 ................ 9/19/11 R.P. Kleinman ’90 ..................... 3/25/13 + J. Musailova ’00 ........................ 5/27/12 R.J. D’Antonio ’10 ..................... 4/25/13

GRADUATE SCHOOL E.A. Mazza, M.Eng. ’42 ................. 1/25/10 J.W. Poliseo, M.S. ’54.................... 12/9/12 J.M. O’Connor, M.S. ’55 ................ 2/23/13 T.L. Jones, M.S. ’56 ...................... 12/5/12 A.E. Eckermann, M.S. ’61 ............... 2/1/13 V.J. Gongola, M.S. ’63 ................... 4/30/13 Z. Oser, M.S. ’67 ........................... 3/10/13 G. Wray, M.Eng. ’67, ..................... 2/28/13 Eng*Civil ’90 E.B. Beck, M.M.S. ’69................... 4/22/13 N.K. Fountoukidis, ....................... 1/16/08 M.Eng. ’73 J.R. Friedman, M.Eng. ’76 ......... Unknown M. Birnkrant, M.S. ’77................... 3/19/13 R.M. Ameye, M.S. ’78 .................. 11/2005 W.J. Alford, IV, M.S. ’02 ................. 1/20/13 + Obituary in this issue



My wife and I wanted to provide financial support for our children and our alma maters. The charitable remainder trust we established ensures our loved ones as well as our most important charitable interests are provided for far into the future. The gift for Stevens will endow the Dearborn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will give future students the same opportunity I was given.

C. Basil Dearborn, Jr. ’39

HOW IT WORKS A charitable remainder unitrust is a separately invested charitable trust that pays a percentage of its principal, re-valued annually, to you and/or other income beneficiaries you name for life or a term of years. You receive a charitable income tax deduction for a portion of the value of the assets placed in the trust (typically six-figures). What’s more, you pay no upfront capital gains tax on appreciated assets you donate. When the unitrust terminates, the balance is paid to Stevens, toward whatever purpose you designate. As a highly flexible life income plan, a unitrust is a powerful vehicle for benefiting you, your heirs and Stevens.

YOUR BENEFITS R Receive income for life or a term of years in return for your gift to Stevens. R Receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your contribution. R Pay no upfront capital gains tax on appreciated assets you donate. R You can make additional gifts to the trust as your circumstances allow for additional income and tax benefits.

TO LEARN MORE about how a charitable remainder unitrust works for your benefit, or to discuss other planned giving options available at Stevens, please contact:

Michael Governor Director of Planned Giving 201.216.8967 or


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Natalie A. Arndt ’08 to Ryan A. Marone ’08 on Aug. 3, 2012. Giovanni Gaccione ’09 to Katherina J. Imperial ’10 on Jan. 5, 2013.


To Sharon and Michael Bojcik, III, ’91, a daughter, Sasha Loren, on Oct. 25, 2012. To Jonathan Dubinski ’04 and Brooke A. Johnson Dubinski ’05, a daughter, Victoria Stella, on Feb. 13, 2013. To Lauren A. Mule Bautista ’05 and Joaquin Bautista, a daughter, Jimena Marie, on Dec. 11, 2012. To Veronica and Luis F. Ortega ’85, M.S. ’89, M.S. ’91, M.S. ’09, M.B.A. ’09, Ph.D. ’13, twin daughters, Lucia and Amelia, on April 16, 2013.

OBITUARIES R.J. Golzio ’32............................... 1/13/13 R.P. Bechle ’36 ............................... 3/3/13 P.F. Pritchard ’36 .......................... 8/18/12 H. Straus ’39................................. 1/10/13 H.S. Sachs ’42 .............................. 3/15/13 R. Budell ’44................................. 2/12/13 J.P. Runyon ’44............................. 2/16/13 F.L. Hunziker ’45............................. 3/1/13 A.H. Everson, Jr. ’47 ..................... 5/31/11 K.R. Habermann ’48 ....................... 4/7/13 J.L. Arata ’49 ................................ 2/11/13 F.W. Farley ’49 ............................ 11/18/10 A.C. Lawson ’49 ............................ 1/20/13 J.W. Mach ’49 .............................. 12/2012 H.F. Peppel, Jr. ’49 ....................... 6/28/12 R. Cechanek ’50 ............................. 1/6/13 R.A. Meyer ’50 .............................. 4/14/13 J.A. Nugent ’50 ............................... 1/2/12 B.V. Pfeiffer ’50 ............................. 4/24/13 G.B. Schaeffer, Jr. ’50 ................... 3/18/13 D.P. Van Court ’50 ......................... 11/1/12 F.J. Hildebrand ’51........................ 3/31/13 L.F. Meredith, Jr. ’52 ..................... 1/21/13 J.J. Morgan ’52 ............................. 2/22/12

N.A. DeBruyne ’53 ...................... 10/24/12 F.G. Haag ’53 ................................ 4/18/13 R.N. Lankering ’53 ........................ 12/5/12 D.H. Lueders ’53........................... 1/22/13 P.R. Rhinehart ’53......................... 1/12/13 H.L. Libbin ’55 .............................. 4/21/13 T.F. Pinelli ’56 ............................... 1/29/13 M.E. Vasilakis, ex ’56 ................... 12/2011 W.W. Pruss ’57 ................................ 2/1/13 M.H. Lipton ’58 ............................. 3/27/91 L.K. Pia, Jr. ’58 ............................... 4/5/13 W.J. Strogis ’62 ........................... 10/31/12 H.L. Treffinger ’67 ........................... 1/3/13 E.J. Casey ’75 ............................. 10/20/12 Editor’s Note: The Stevens Indicator reports the passing of alumni and other members of the Stevens community as the staff becomes aware of them. Graduate School obituaries are now published on the Stevens Alumni Association website:

M.R. Crispin ’77 .......................... 12/28/12 S.S. Sophokleous ’82 .................... 9/19/11 R.P. Kleinman ’90 ......................... 3/25/13 J. Musailova ’00 ............................ 5/27/12 R.J. D’Antonio ’10 ......................... 4/25/13

GRADUATE SCHOOL E.A. Mazza, M.Eng. ’42 ................. 1/25/10 J.W. Poliseo, M.S. ’54.................... 12/9/12 J.M. O’Connor, M.S. ’55 ................ 2/23/13 T.L. Jones, M.S. ’56 ...................... 12/5/12 A.E. Eckermann, M.S. ’61 ............... 2/1/13 V.J. Gongola, M.S. ’63 ................... 4/30/13 Z. Oser, M.S. ’67 ........................... 3/10/13 G. Wray, M.Eng. ’67, ..................... 2/28/13 Eng*Civil ’90 E.B. Beck, M.M.S. ’69................... 4/22/13 N.K. Fountoukidis, ....................... 1/16/08 M.Eng. ’73 J.R. Friedman, M.Eng. ’76 ........... 12/2012 M. Birnkrant, M.S. ’77................... 3/19/13 R.M. Ameye, M.S. ’78 .................. 11/2005 W.J. Alford, IV, M.S. ’02 ................. 1/20/13



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Stevens Indicator - Spring 2013  
Stevens Indicator - Spring 2013