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FROM THE EDITOR ALUMNI OFFICE WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP An alumni affairs veteran and familiar face at Stevens has recently taken the helm of the Alumni Office. Michael K. Smullen was appointed executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association effective July 1, 2013. He succeeds Anita Lang, who was named executive director emeritus in June after 47 years with Stevens. Michael Smullen

Smullen joined the Alumni Office in 2011 and served as associate executive director before taking on his current leadership role. He says that he’s excited for this new challenge. “I am very honored to serve Stevens and the Stevens Alumni Association as Executive Director,” Smullen said. “For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of working with Anita Lang, Executive Director Emeritus, who has guided the alumni program for over 47 years. With Anita’s example as a guide, I look forward to working with the Executive Committee of the Association to strengthen and build our alumni programs, honor and promote our proud Stevens alumni tradition, and warmly welcome the growing number of new alumni every spring. “From every corner of the globe, a Stevens degree connotes not only educational excellence, but also innovative thinking and superior knowledge. I feel privileged to work with so many dedicated, passionate alumni.” During his time at Stevens, Smullen has helped spearhead the most successful Alumni Weekends in the university’s history, with recordbreaking attendance records for the last two years in a row.

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Before joining Stevens, Smullen served as director of Alumni Affairs at Berkeley College, with campuses in New York and New Jersey. Previously, he served as alumni director at Kean University in Union, N.J., and as alumni associate at Drew University in Madison, N.J. While at Berkeley, Smullen created a professional skills webinar series for alumni, launched a “Teaching and Learning” faculty and alumni panel series and coordinated Berkeley’s first Alumni Reunion in New Jersey and New York. At Kean, Smullen created and implemented myKean, an online community designed for alumni to reconnect with one another for career networking, online information updates, and news and events updates. He also created both the first bi-monthly electronic newsletter for Kean alumni and the Career Network & Mentor Program. Smullen is a graduate of Drew University. Besides Smullen, the SAA welcomed a new assistant director, Priya Vin. Vin joined the Alumni Office in January, focusing on directing and supporting the regional, professional and affinity networks of Stevens alumni. Prior to this position, she was Priya Vin program manager with the Harvard Business School Club of New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. “I’m excited to be working to strengthen and grow these alumni networks,’’ Vin said. “I look forward to connecting the 35,000 Stevens alumni to each other through their professional affiliations, regional area and interests.’’

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The House that !$ Stevens Built For the past two years, 60 Stevens students from the university’s four schools have been working on their entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. View the house and learn what will become of it after the competition ends. By The Office of Communications & Marketing

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!" Stevens on the Rise

Stevens has fared well recently in a wide variety of university rankings. Here's a look at some of the rankings and the methodology behind them.

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!# Tech Upgrades

Information technology changes on campus will change the way Stevens students learn.

By Paul Karr, Special to The Indicator

"$ Historic Alumni Weekend

Revisit the memories as Alumni Weekend 2013 smashed previous records for attendance. If you couldn’t make it, see what you missed.

By Lisa Torbic and Beth Kissinger, Editors

"% New Vice Provost on Campus

The new vice provost for research is busy at work. Read about his longtime interest in Stevens and why he feels like he’s come home.

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"# Head of the Class

Educator Peter Astor ’64 reflects on his career and Stevens as he plans his 50th reunion.

By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor

"& Distinguished Lecture Series

The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series continues this fall with another high-profile guest to speak to Stevens community members.

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

Opposite: Stevens’ Solar Decathlon house in the summer, prior to the October 2013 competition. From left: Homecoming 2013 will feature food, fun, and, of course, sports; Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, center, greets alumni and guests at Alumni Weekend 2013; Luis Ortega ’85 earned his sixth degree from Stevens this spring.

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"' Problem Solvers

The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), based at Stevens, tackles complex problems at home and abroad.

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will compete in the Solar Decathlon 2013 in Irvine, Calif., in October. Photo: Jeffrey Vock

() Coming Home

Stevens Homecoming 2013 promises a fun-filled weekend of sports, the Athletic Hall of Fame inductions, theater and much camaraderie.

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(% Another Degree from Stevens

One student at the May commencement made history as he picked up his sixth degree from Stevens.

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PRESIDENTS’ CORNER CALL TO ACTION FROM YOUR NEW SAA PRESIDENT This marks my first time addressing you as your Stevens Alumni Association president. I’m excited to get to work and help President Farvardin as he guides Stevens to greater heights. Before I go any further, I want to thank my predecessor, Mark LaRosa ’93. He’s an incredibly dedicated alumnus, a true leader who does all he can to promote Stevens and the SAA. Mark, thank you for your dedication, your support and your caring spirit. Stevens is a better place because of your efforts. I recently attended the May 2013 Commencement ceremony, 50 years after my own graduation, and I couldn’t help but reflect on how the world has changed. Tuition has increased at colleges and universities across the country, and those costs can seem overwhelming. I can only imagine how a student feels when they receive that acceptance letter: a mixture of pride and accomplishment, but also concern about how to pay for this great education. I have some good news for those students and families. First, Stevens has made great progress in controlling tuition costs. As President Farvardin mentions in his column, the university is doing a systematic analysis of its resources to better control costs and improve efficiency. Second, a Stevens education pays off for students in a big way. Our little “gem on the Hudson” was ranked 12th nationally by (in a study done by for graduates earning the highest mid-career salaries, and U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Stevens 7th nationwide among elite universities in the percentage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees awarded. This is proof that a Stevens education is an investment well worth its cost. I recently read the op-ed piece that Dr. Farvardin wrote for The Star Ledger (June 2013). He said that we must do more to remind students and their families that STEM fields are an economic sector where thousands of good jobs exist. I couldn’t agree more. I’m amazed when I see how quickly my grandchildren pick up new technology. Today’s student seems quite capable of adapting to a new way of communicating and working.

Stevens graduates are much valued by employers, because of their experiences in the classroom, extracurricular activities, and through stellar research opportunities. In every way, Stevens graduates are well-prepared for the world they enter, and they bring a high value to all employers. As evidence, I point to the 94 percent of the Class of 2012 (the latest data reported) who have accepted jobs or entered graduate school within six months of graduation. At Stevens, the job is the education of students. That education might seem like a high cost, but the abundant benefits far outweigh this and pay off for students for the rest of their lives. Now it’s our turn to do our part as proud Stevens alumni and members of the SAA. Let me be specific about what I’m asking you to do. Visit to update your information with the Alumni Office. Attend an alumni event in your area, or contact alumni who live nearby. Recommend Stevens or host an event for students and parents. If you want to post a job for students and other alumni, send it to Organize a reunion for your class, student group, sport, or Greek house. Volunteer for an SAA committee. And, of course, make sure to show your philanthropic support for Stevens this year. If you do any of those things this year, you will make a significant impact at Stevens. If you do several, you will ensure that the SAA’s mission will always be successful — “… to establish, maintain and cultivate among its members a sentiment of regard for one another, and of attachment to Stevens, and to promote in every way the interests of the Institute.” Stevens and the SAA are ready. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Per aspera ad astra,

Tom Moschello ’63 President, Stevens Alumni Association



OUR PLEDGE TO BE “STUDENT-CENTRIC,” EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE Autumn in Hoboken brings cooler temperatures, brilliant fall colors, and tremendous excitement here on Castle Point! New students, the start of classes, fall sports, and Homecoming festivities all contribute to a renewed sense of energy within our campus community. “Back-to-school” themes are a perennial topic in the media during the fall. Recently, the national conversation has focused on the rising cost of higher education, with media coverage of ballooning student debt and increased attention to the return on investment (ROI) of higher education. Many across the country, from college presidents to parents to policymakers, are concerned about the value that universities are providing for their students and for society. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you what Stevens is doing to increase value, control costs and improve efficiency. Several principles have emerged through our strategic planning process that guide our efforts. Most relevant are: “Efficiency and Effectiveness” and “Student Centricity.” Through the lens of Efficiency and Effectiveness (E&E) and with the encouragement of the Trustees and engagement of the Cabinet, the leadership team is analyzing the ROI of the resources we expend on programs, infrastructure, human resources, and new initiatives. For example, we are asking ourselves questions such as, – Have we optimized our financial aid investment? – Can we be more efficient with delivering academic and extracurricular programs? – Can we reduce expenditures and reallocate to mission-oriented priorities? – How do we compare to similar institutions in the budgetary allocations for key functions? The leadership team is going through a systematic analysis of our resources to review, reprioritize, and reallocate resources according to our Strategic Priorities. A second guiding principle that underlies this work is “Student Centricity.” As Stevens continues to align its educational offerings and research programs with the goals of the Strategic Plan, we are reevaluating everything we do on the basis of creating value for our students—in the classroom, through co- and extracurricular activities and supports, research experiences, top-flight facilities and technology infrastructure, and unparalleled career preparation.

Over the last 30 years, the cost of higher education has risen significantly faster than personal income and even faster than healthcare. While Stevens is grappling with the same escalation that universities nationwide are facing, it continues to deliver an excellent value to students, particularly as compared to many other institutions. As an example, ranked Stevens #9 in the nation—ahead of universities such as Stanford and Harvard—for return on investment. Our job placement statistics rank among the best in the nation, with 94 percent of 2012 graduates (the latest data reported) having accepted jobs or entered graduate school within six months of graduation. As an institution, Stevens is more tuition-dependent than most of our peers: 58 percent of our operating revenue comes from tuition and fees, compared to 36 percent, on average, for our peers. Recognizing that we are largely tuition-driven, we are vigilant about our priority to be a Student-Centric university. We have made substantial progress in controlling tuition increases, while being prudent with the funds that families and donors invest in Stevens. Interestingly, even though we are #9 in the nation in ROI, we are 335th in the size of our endowment, resulting in far less flexibility and ability to cope with financial uncertainty. As we compete with top-tier institutions for talented students and for nationally recognized scholars and researchers, this financial flexibility is absolutely essential. As we continue to implement our Strategic Plan and enhance the quality and recognition of our programs, we will intensify our development activities, especially to increase the size of the endowment, to reduce our dependence on tuition and increase our financial flexibility. We are enormously grateful to alumni and friends who have re-engaged with Stevens over the last year. On behalf of Stevens students, current and future, we thank you for your generosity and support and the role you are playing to ensure a strong and vibrant University for the next generation. Per aspera ad astra,

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

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Stevens is the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Jostens Institution of the Year for the 2012-2013 academic year, honored for its top academics and athletics, the ECAC Commissioner Kevin T. McGinniss announced this summer. Stevens was selected from more than 300 Division I, II and III programs that make up the largest athletic conference in the nation. The ECAC Jostens Institution of the Year is presented annually to the ECAC institution that best exemplifies the highest standards of collegiate academics and athletic performance. This is Stevens’ second win; the university also received the honor in 2008. Stevens will be recognized at the 2013 ECAC Honors dinner in conjunction with the 25th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show that will be held on Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, North Falmouth, Mass. The selection process for this honor is based annually on participation and success of an institution’s athletic program in recognition of the following criteria: documentation and confirmation of academic success by the institution’s student-athlete population; the number of ECAC championships won; number of an institution’s teams selected for participation in ECAC championships; and National


Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Points. “Stevens Institute of Technology is honored to be selected as the 2013 ECAC Institution of the Year,” Stevens Director of Athletics Russell Rogers said. “The list of previous winners is truly an impressive group of institutions that represent both academic and athletic excellence, and we are thrilled to have been chosen as the recipient for the second time.” The Ducks participated in nine ECAC championship events in 2012-2013, claiming titles in the Men’s and Women’s Preseason Swimming and Diving Championships as well as the 2012 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Championship. In the classroom, 87 of Stevens’ studentathletes were named to the Empire 8 Athletic Conference President’s List. Recipients of this honor must earn a 3.75 grade point average or

Stevens men’s soccer team celebrates its Empire 8 championship last fall.

higher and must display positive conduct on and off campus. In addition, the Ducks placed 14 teams on the President’s List. To earn this distinction, teams must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. The Stevens’ teams on this list posted a combined grade point average of 3.31. “For Stevens student-athletes to be collectively recognized by the ECAC for their outstanding athletic accomplishments as well as their achievements in the classroom is truly an honor,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “It is no easy task to balance both athletics and academics at very high levels, but our student-athletes have remained true to our strategic priority: Excellence in All We Do.” The Ducks join Princeton University (three) and Williams College (six) as the only multiple winners of the ECAC award, which was established in 1995. —Robert Kulish


GENEROUS GIFT TO BENEFIT NEW ADMISSIONS CENTER Two alumni have pledged $1.3 million for a modern, admissions center on campus. The gift from Virginia and Kevin Ruesterholz, both Class of 1983, will support the university’s planned growth in the size and selectivity of the student population. The donation will enable Stevens to renovate the historic Colonial House building and transform it into the Ruesterholz Admissions Center, a welcoming space for visitors. “Virginia and Kevin stepped forward once again in a significant way to help Stevens jumpstart the important work to support our university’s planned expansion,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “It is a great pleasure to know that such enthusiasm exists around our future.” “The Ruesterholz Admissions Center will provide a wonderful environment to welcome prospective students and their families to campus and have a tremendously positive impact on our admissions activities,” added Stevens Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Marybeth Murphy.  In May 2013, Virginia Ruesterholz, a longtime executive at Verizon, was elected the first woman to hold the position of chairman of the

Stevens Board of Trustees. A member of the board since 2007, her contributions to Stevens are vast – from serving as chair of the advisory board of the School of Systems & Enterprises to championing a K-12 engineering education initiative at Stevens supported by the Verizon Foundation. She is also renowned for her 30-year career at Verizon, where she retired in 2012 as executive vice president and president of Verizon Services Operations. Kevin Ruesterholz is an attorney and head of Ruesterholz Law LLC in Morristown, N.J. He has more than 25 years of corporate experience with AT&T and Lucent Technologies in international business development, contract negotiations, partnership development and business management. The couple has served as co-chairs of the Edwin A. Stevens Society, the university’s leadership society for annual giving, and also established a scholarship fund for Stevens engineering management students. With their gift, the Ruesterholzes are helping the university in its 2012-2022 strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create. By 2022, Stevens plans to grow the undergraduate student population by 60 percent and increase its full-time graduate student population by 30 percent.

Virginia and Kevin Ruesterholz, both Class of ’83, have made a generous gift that will bring a new admissions center to campus.

“As students, alumni and leaders at Stevens, we have been thrilled to witness firsthand the university’s incredible rise, and we are equally thrilled to contribute to its continued momentum,” said Virginia Ruesterholz. “We sincerely hope the new Ruesterholz Admissions Center is a valuable asset to university admissions and makes a positive impression on prospective students far into the future.” —Laura Bubeck

STEVENS REPORTS RECORD $26 MILLION IN PHILANTHROPY FOR FY ’13 The second year of Stevens President Nariman Farvardin’s service to the University has concluded with a record $26.3 million in annual fundraising, the Office of Development announced recently, making it possible to successfully complete the President’s Initiative for Excellence more than one year ahead of schedule. More than 4,000 gifts were made to Stevens during FY13. The $26.3 million total represents a 91 percent increase over the amount raised in the previous fiscal year, which itself was 189 percent greater than was raised the year before. Gifts made during FY13 included a $10 million commitment from Greg Gianforte ’83

and the Gianforte Family Foundation to support construction of a new Academic Gateway Complex; $1.3 million from Board of Trustees Chairman Virginia Ruesterholz ’83 and husband Kevin Ruesterholz ’83 to support creation of a new admissions center by renovating Colonial House; $1 million each from John Hovey ’57 and Frank Semcer ’65 to assist construction of the Gateway Complex; $2 million from the estate of Elbert Calhoun Brinning, Jr. to create The Viola Ward Brinning and Elbert Calhoun Brinning Endowed Chair in the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science; and $2 million from engineer, philanthropist and business executive A. James Clark to cre-

ate the Nariman Farvardin Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering in the Schaefer School. The American Bureau of Shipping also awarded Stevens $3 million to support construction of a new civil, mechanical and naval laboratory complex in the Davidson Laboratory. Support received during the fiscal year included a total of 24 newly created scholarships and a total of 26 newly created or realized bequests, both record numbers for a Stevens fiscal year. To learn more about giving to Stevens, visit —Paul Karr

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CONFERENCES ON BIOMATERIALS, SANDY Hurricane Sandy made it clear that our transportation systems must be more resilient to disasters, according to the focus of a forum where transportation leaders, emergency managers and experts from major cities discussed what was learned in the storm’s aftermath. The symposium, held in June at Stevens, was co-organized with Northeastern University and designed to strengthen the nation’s mass transit, port and aviation infrastructure to better withstand and recover quicker from major disasters. Participants identified lessons learned from Sandy that should influence a national agenda for building more catastrophe-resilient transportation systems in urban coastal communities. “After Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Infrastructure Resilience” is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Panel participants included Richard Serino, the number two official at FEMA who led their response to Sandy; and Rich-

ard Reed, the former Deputy Assistant to the President who coordinated the White House’s response. A final report will be published in spring 2014. Also in June, Stevens hosted the Stevens Conference on Bacteria-Material Interactions. This event presented the latest research on a common, costly medical problem—implantassociated infection. More than 90 interdisciplinary scientists, engineers and clinicians from 10 countries gathered to address the scientific, technical, and regulatory challenges facing the development of infection-resistant tissue-contacting biomaterials. The conference covered many topics, including biomaterials-associated infection, biofilms and antimicrobial resistance; new approaches to evaluating biomaterials efficacy; and computational microbiology and materials design. Throughout the two-day meeting, researchers in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and computer science shared

STEVENS WELCOMES NEW LEADERS ON CAMPUS New cabinet and board additions at Stevens will expand university leadership and advance institutional goals. Marybeth Murphy, a distinguished leader in higher education, became Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Stevens in April. Murphy joins Stevens after more than 30 years in university enrollment management and research and planning. Most recently, Murphy had served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City since 2009. Prior to joining FIT, Murphy was Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at Baruch College (CUNY). Before Baruch, she served for 20 years in various roles at New York University.


Two alumni have also joined the Stevens leadership, as John Dearborn ’79, M.S. ’81, and Steven Feller ’70 have been selected for the Stevens Board of Trustees. Dearborn is senior vice president of Williams and Williams Partners, a leading diversified master limited partnership focused on natural gas transportation; gathering, treating and processing; storage; and natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation. Feller is the founder and president of Steven Feller, P.E., Inc., a full service engineering firm with vast experience and innovative expertise in municipal, commercial, large residential and industrial type projects.

1 Marybeth Murphy 2 John Dearborn ’79, M.S. ’81 3 Steven Feller ’70

The Stevens Conference on Bacteria-Material Interactions, held in June, presented the latest research on implant-associated infection.

presentations. For more on the Sandy conference, visit stevens-institute-technology-and-northeastern -university-co-host-hurricane-sandy. Learn more about the bacteria-material interactions conference at http://www.stevens. edu/news/content/stevens-hosts-bacteriamaterial-interactions-conference-advanceinfection-resisting. —Laura Bubeck


STAHLEY RETIRES AFTER 25 YEARS OF SERVING STUDENTS A well-known advocate for Stevens students—whose thoughtful leadership, care and concern has touched two generations of alumni—retired this past June. Joseph Stahley spent 25 years at Stevens, where he was a familiar face and mentor to students and alumni. He served first as director of the Office of Cooperative Education and the Office of Career Development, where he was instrumental in building a hallmark program which has prepared Stevens students for successful entry into their careers, and from which the university’s reputation as a premier provider of top talent has grown. Then, as Assistant Vice President for Student Development for the past 11 years, he oversaw a number offices that have the health, safety, personal development, and professional wellbeing of Stevens students at their core, expanding his portfolio to include Student Life; Student Health Services; Student Counseling, Psychological and Disability Services; the Stevens Technical Enrichment Program (STEP); and the Campus Police. Stahley’s commitment to Stevens extended to the important campus events and operations he oversaw, including Commencement,

Convocation, Parents Weekend and Freshman Orientation, among other leadership roles over the years. His leadership at the helm of the Stevens Emergency Response Team, which worked to restore operations and maintain safety, security and communications on campus during Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath in fall 2012, was critical to the well-being of thousands of students and community members. “Joe’s leadership during that crisis was instrumental in what was a dangerous and difficult time,” said one team member, who recalled his style as thoughtful, deliberate, and above all, caring. Dozens of his Stevens colleagues gathered in mid-June on campus to thank him and wish him well. Stahley’s family—his mother, Nancy, wife Barbara, M.S. ’07, son Joseph, III ’01, daughter Johanna Stahley Gordon and young grandson Oliver Gordon—shared the celebration with him. Colleague after colleague praised Stahley for his calm and thoughtful manner, his wisdom, his establishment of a very successful Cooperative Education program, his sense of fairness. In a moving tribute, Stevens Police Chief Tim Griffin saluted Stahley – the only time he has ever saluted a civilian, he said.

Alumni learning of his retirement called Stahley a true career mentor. “As with all the co-op office staff, he made sure he got to know everyone’s name, where you worked, your strengths, and always had our best interests in mind,” says Michael Andreano ’96. “His passion and efforts are what elevated the co-op program into the worldclass program it is today.” At his campus gathering, Stahley enjoyed the moment. “We are incredibly fortunate in our jobs; we focus on some of the most talented students anywhere,” he said. He praised his colleagues for the personal investment that they’ve made in their jobs, and noted with pride that the “student experience” at Stevens has been transformed for the better over the past 20 years. “We have worked to make ‘student centricity’ a reality here,” Stahley said. Stahley will continue as coach of the Stevens men’s golf team. With this and two grandchildren—and two more on the way— Stahley said that he’ll keep busy. He looks forward to more time for golf and long bike rides, he said, and moves on with a sense of gratitude. —Beth Kissinger Joe Stahley, far right, poses with his family at his retirement celebration at Stevens. From left: mother Nancy; son Joseph, III ’01; daughter Johanna Stahley Gordon; and wife, Barbara, M.S. ’07, who is holding their grandson Oliver Gordon.

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Ecohabit, an intelligent, energy-efficient and sustainable solar-powered home, is the University’s largest collaborative effort and Photos by Jeff Vock and Cou

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united 60 interdisciplinary students to build the smart house. The competition runs across two weekends, from Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13, and is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, Calif., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 20 students from the Ecohabit team plan to attend. The students, both undergraduates and graduate students, combine expertise from Stevens’ four schools in a wide variety of fields – mechanical, electrical, chemical and civil

engineering; architecture, design and visual arts; business and technology and engineering management; and computer science. After the competition ends, the house will get a second chance at life. Stevens will donate it to California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) to use as its new Veterans Center. CSUSM, near Camp Pendleton and several other military installations, has the highest percentage of student veterans per capita of any California State University campus. About

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U.S. News & World Report may publish the country’s best-known college rankings guides. But many other media outlets also crunch numbers, create rankings and provide a perspective on what makes a quality education. The Princeton Review, for example, chooses the “Best Career Services” and the “Best College Towns.” reports on schools that provide a strong return on investment.


o how’s Stevens faring in the various rankings? Over the past year, the news has been good. Indeed, a number of recent rankings – from a variety of sources – show that Stevens is making remarkable progress and placing among the top universities in the country in many important areas. The university has enjoyed not just one or two top rankings, but more than a dozen top national rankings and recognitions. They cover everything from academic programs and return on investment to the university’s music program and the accomplishments of its student athletes. These various rankings measure different ff fferent areas and use a variety of methodologies, some of which evolve from year to year. But all measure, in their own way, the quality of an education. And all seem to reveal a trend of progress at Stevens.


One recent remarkable accolade—Stevens was ranked #9 in the country for its 30-year net return on investment for graduates—was reported by and released this past spring. Stevens jumped from 24th to 9th in this ROI ranking and joined the Massachusetts In-


stitute of Technology and Cal Tech in the top 10. Indeed, Stevens placed ahead of such prestigious universities like Harvard University and Stanford University. Stevens was also the fastest rising university in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report’s popular “Best Colleges” guidebook. In 2013, Stevens enjoyed the greatest improvement of all universities on the Top 100 colleges and universities list, rising 13 spots to #75. At press time, the 2014 “Best Colleges” list was due to be released in late September. U.S. News also recognized Stevens in 2013 as 7th in the country among elite universities in the percentage of degrees awarded in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. The Princeton Review placed Stevens 13th in the nation for career services, in its 2013 “The Best 377 Colleges.” Last fall, in another study published on, Stevens alumni ranked 12th in the nation for the highest mid-career salaries, with alumni with 10 years of experience earning an average of $112,000 per year. In early 2013, Stevens was named

Stevens receives top college rankings in many important areas as having the second most innovative college music program in the country, second only to the esteemed Berklee College of Music, by the blog TheBestColleges ( And in July, Stevens received word of yet another prestigious recognition—it had been chosen as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Jostens Institution of the Year for 2012-2013. The honor is presented annually to the ECAC institution that best exemplifies the highest standards of collegiate academics and athletic performance; Stevens was selected from more than 300 Division I, II and III programs. Stevens also received the award in 2008. (See story on p. 6.) “These rankings demonstrate what Stevens alumni and those who hire them have known for some time—that a Stevens education provides an outstanding foundation for a successful career and a tremendous value for our graduates and for the companies and organizations in which they work,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “These accolades are a symbol of the growing recognition that Stevens is a major force in American technical education.”

Stevens’ goal and challenge, of course, is to accelerate the trend of improvement in the quality of the education and experience that it provides for students—the rankings will follow, Farvardin said. The various rankings measure important areas that are critical to a university’s success, including graduation rates, student selectivity, faculty resources, career placement and ROI. Stevens is already measuring its effectiveness in many of these areas and is striving to further improve upon them, in its 10-year Strategic Plan, The Future. Ours to Create., launched in 2012. (Visit “One would not structure a university improvement plan for the purpose of doing well in the rankings,” Farvardin said, “but by making progress toward our strategic goals, we will make measurable improvements that will manifest themselves in improved rankings.” Stevens alumni and friends can certainly accelerate Stevens’ progress and increase its national prestige. Indeed, alumni are a key factor, Farvardin said. “Alumni in influential positions in industry, research and government can help this


Ranked 9th in the nation for 30-year net return on investment for graduates by PayScale in 2013

Ranked as the 2nd most innovative

college music program in the nation by TheBestColleges in 2013

Ranked 7th in the nation among elite universities in percentage of STEM degrees awarded in a 2013 report from U.S. News & World Report

Ranked 13th in the nation for career services by The Princeton Review’s 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges”

Ranked 75th in the category of

Best National Universities in the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report

Ranked 7th in the nation for the

number of engineering master’s degrees awarded in 2012 by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Ranked 12th in the nation for alumni with the highest mid-career salaries by in 2012

Listed among the top 11 schools for insurance and technology talent in Insurance & Technology in 2012

Awarded honorable mention in

Wall Street & Technology’s 2012 list of the 11 schools that capital market executives list as their favorite in hiring computer programming and engineering graduates

Ranked on U.S. News & World Stevens has become more selective, accepting 38 percent of undergraduate applicants for Fall 2013. The university will continue to improve selectivity, projecting a 33 percent accept rate by Fall 2022. Source for graphs: Stevens Institute of Technology

Report’s 2012 “Short List” of 10 national universities that produce the most interns

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SAT scores for Stevens students have improved over the past several years, with the Fall 2013 incoming class scoring a range of 1210-1390 (middle 50 percent, combined critical reading and math), with the goal of accepting students with higher scores in the future.

important effort ffort by promoting Stevens within ff their professional circles and broadening the network of friends of Stevens,” Farvardin said. “We are a relatively small institution, but we need to cast a big shadow.”

Top photo: A Senior Design team at the Stevens Innovation Expo this spring. Above: Students hard at work.

To read more about Stevens’ top national rankings and recognitions, visit http://www.

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Congratulations to Stevens Athletics for bringing home the ECAC Jostens Institution of the Year award for the second time in program history. Stevens edged out 300 Division I, II and III teams to grab top honors for academic and athletic excellence from the nation’s largest athletic conference. Our student-athletes’ success is made possible in part by the support of our alumni, many of whom also participated in athletics programs—or spiritedly cheered on the Ducks from the stands —during their years on Castle Point.


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Stevens embarks upon series of leadingâ&#x2030; edge IT upgrades to transform teaching, learning, research 16 THE THE STEVENS INDICATOR

Inspired By Paul Karr, Special to The Indicator


t s well known on Castle Point that Stevens was the rst signi cant American edu cational institution, in 1982, to require its students to purchase and use personal computers in classrooms. The University then pioneered a second technological innovation during the early 1980s as well, constructing one of the nation s very rst intranets and connecting academic departments within Stevens in ways that had not previously been possible. During the three decades since, however, weather, other institutional priorities, and the rapid pace of technological advances have all taken a toll on these systems. “My eyes were opened,” says David Dodd, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, who joined Stevens in August 2012 as the University’s first cabinet-level IT officer and immediately began surveying the IT landscape across campus. “I found that our infrastructure and systems have begun aging out, and that this may place us at something of a competitive disadvantage.” Now that will change, and quickly. The University has begun an ambitious upgrading and enhancement of campus technology that, when completed, will transform the learning environment at Stevens. This effort will reinvent campus technology both on the ground and under the hood to expand and speed up wireless Internet capabilities, replace aging computer components, and update administrative software campus-wide — while also creating new, state-of-the-art ways of receiving Stevens email and phone messages and teaching and taking courses at the University. Partial support for the upgrades will come from the state of New Jersey, whose legislature agreed in June to award Stevens $7.25 million for IT upgrades from a newly released $1.3 billion pool of state higher education funds. Stevens had submitted proposals that were competitively reviewed, alongside proposals from nearly every other institution of higher learn-

ing in the state. “This support will allow more in New Jersey to access a national quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education,” says Dodd. “The Governor and the Legislature wanted explicitly to expand STEM education in New Jersey, and we presented them with two excellent ways to make that happen.” The state funding is specifically earmarked for two major IT initiatives. One is the creation of a so-called ‘virtualized learning environment,’ which will effect a revolution in course delivery at Stevens (making it far easier, for example, to access course material via personal computers, smartphones and other devices) without over-taxing existing computing systems. This enhanced access will mean fewer, or reduced need for, traditional computer labs scattered in pockets across campus, and fewer students toting heavy laptops to class. Stevens currently issues laptops to all incoming freshmen; that policy will likely be reviewed in light of these exciting new technologies. Web sites campus-wide will be redesigned in cleaner user interfaces, and migrated to a single shared platform specifically selected for ease of use. And students will be enabled to tailor their learning environments individually for the first time, using new software tools to access whichever mixtures of lecture videos, notes, team collaborations, library resources, virtual presentations and other materials work

most effectively for each. “This personalized learning model is a new leading-edge approach to the way courses are delivered,” explains Dodd. “The technology didn’t exist three years ago; now it is coming of age. And Stevens can be out in front.” Course material will become increasingly accessible to a national, and even global, cohort, building upon the success of Stevens’ award-winning WebCampus program. “That’s what we’re known for,” adds Dodd. “Academic excellence and innovation. We will simply do more toward that end.” The second initiative will unify all campus communications systems — a process that requires the replacement of nearly all networking electronics and the installation of a new fiberoptic infrastructure (hubs, switches, routers and cables) on campus, as well as the replacement of the entire traditional phone system at Stevens. The existing, branch-type phone system will be replaced with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology that will enable voice and video communications to travel over both the campus network and the Internet. During the process of unifying and updating these systems, wireless access will become much faster and more accessible across campus, and technology in classrooms and laboratories will similarly benefit from a boost in power and efficiency. “These projects are large and complicated, but they are also very exciting, and everyone at Stevens will ultimately benefit,” says Dodd. “After completing this work, we will be at parity with or — in some cases — ahead of our peer schools and be a national leader in the use of educational and information technology. I think that is quite appropriate, given our name and our stated mission.” The technology upgrades are particularly

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well timed, says Dodd, because they will support Stevens’ new Strategic Plan, The Future. Ours to Create. The Plan specifically calls for “a campus IT and physical infrastructure befitting a worldclass technological university” and notes how “just as technology is our past, so will it differentiate us in the future, offering a distinctive educational experience to our students, driving our research and scholarship, leading us to devise novel teaching and learning methods and enhancing our administrative, outreach and communication activities.” Many of the retrofits directly involve classroom instruction and course delivery. “These upgrades, once complete, will absolutely transform the learning environment at Stevens, positioning us among the nation’s leaders in educational technology,” noted Provost and University Vice President George Korfiatis. “Coursework will be delivered in ways we have never before seen, not only conferring

Dodd expects all major upgrades to be completed within four years — and many, including the new Internet telephony project, within 12 to 18 months. Disruption to campus activities, he notes, will be kept to a minimum: with work occurring during weekends, overnights, and academic breaks.

An external security review of Stevens’ network and systems infrastructure is already under way, and a second assessment by an outside expert will also be performed one year later. Given the quantity of proprietary research taking place on campus on a daily basis, “we are required to worry about this constantly,” says Dodd.

Updating software

The university is studying creation of an additional data backup server site located outside the Northeast in order to provide greater operations redundancy in the event of natural disasters and other crises.

In addition to the two initiatives funded by state bond monies, Stevens will also launch a raft of additional overhauls of its own. The list of projects include these initiatives: New, state-of-the-art systems and software packages will be purchased and installed across campus, including a new student information system, new human resources systems, and new systems for student registration, alumni contact management, financial aid administration, recruitment, and other key processes.

“ The Governor and the Legislature wanted explicitly to expand STEM education in New Jersey, and we presented them with two excellent ways to make that happen.” –David Dodd some of the very best STEM educations in America upon our students but also preparing the state of New Jersey for a robust future as we supply its workforce with ever-better educated and trained STEM graduates, ready to grow and transform this state’s powerful economy. “This transformation will not be possible without the constant collaboration of our wonderful and committed faculty, and I know they will lead the way as we deploy and integrate the technological changes being made.” As it upgrades, Stevens will also utilize the best available software solutions, modeling the University after corporate leaders such as Boeing and Volvo, in order to maximize its computing capabilities. “We are doing many, many new things and they are graphic-intensive, compute-intensive,” says Dodd. “You need considerable computing power for this. One solution is to build a new server farm. But we do not plan to do that. The leading-edge software we deploy will supply us with the added capacity.”


Most of the University’s systems software will be moved to a ‘cloud’ storage model within the next 12 months, a process that has already begun with the University’s financial systems. Once updated systems are in place, Stevens will begin deploying more sophisticated business analytics and intelligence to analyze data in order to strategically direct the marketing, recruitment, fundraising, communications and other efforts that support the Strategic Plan. Systems will be assessed, maintained and upgraded more regularly. “You can’t just throw money at these challenges one time, without doing life-cycle replacement later,” explains Dodd. “Otherwise, in five years, we will be back in the same place as we are now.”

Stevens will also study improvement of the University’s high-performance computing resources, a project that has not yet been funded but is high on Dodd’s wish list. That project is critical, he says, because as the analysis of “big data” blossoms at Stevens — including a new Financial Systems Center, the nation’s first undergraduate major in quantitative finance, the nation’s first master’s programs in business intelligence and analytics, and increasing emphasis on healthcare research and data analysis — increased computing power will be required. Stevens currently owns and operates two Cray supercomputers, but those resources are not currently evenly distributed or accessible across campus for researchers. “Those resources need to be made more accessible to all researchers on campus,” Dodd said. “We are continuing to make progress on this, although it will be difficult to complete without external funding support.” Still, Dodd has plenty on his plate already. Taken together, the scheduled upgrades will add up to a better-educated and much betterconnected Stevens, delivering highly trained graduates to the region like never before. “When we are done,” he concludes, “more residents of New Jersey will be able to access a top-quality STEM education. The state has said, explicitly, that they wish to expand STEM education in New Jersey to help strengthen our workforce, our economy, our global competitiveness, and our standard of living. “With these technology upgrades, we are delivering a number of excellent new ways to help make that happen.”

Call for Nominations


!"#$#%!&'(')*!&-./0 Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 honorees. This continuing program helps to strengthen a rich tradition of excellence at Stevens while recognizing the successes and accomplishments of alumni and friends.

Stevens Honor Award

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


Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. ’36 Entrepreneur Award

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

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.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

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


Lifetime Service Award

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

Friend of Stevens Award

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


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Outstanding Contribution Award

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William Knowles, left, and Vincent Baldassari, both Class of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;63, sneak a peek at The Link before the Alumni Dinner Dance.



Alumni Weekend


Breaking attendance records for the second year in a row, more than 800 people returned to campus for Alumni Weekend 2013 this past spring. Steve Bryk ’73 returned to campus to celebrate his 40th reunion, his first time back on Castle Point since graduation. He marveled at some of the changes to the school and curriculum. “I’m glad to see that Stevens is not just standing still, that the school has kept up with the times,’’ he said, as he looked at the dozens of computers in the Hanlon Financial Systems Laboratory, which combines a state-of-the-art financial systems research training facility with a software engineering lab for development and a cybersecurity testing facility. Bryk was just one of many alumni who shared this sentiment of appreciation and awe in the face of progress at his alma mater. George Tompkins ’57 had never stepped foot inside Davidson Laboratory, a premier research facility in the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering, until he took a student-led campus tour during the weekend’s events. He said he was most excited to see the two wave tanks inside of Davidson, calling them “amazing.’’ The weekend offered something for everyone, from the youngest future Ducks in attendance, who scrambled through the Lollipop Run, to more recent alumni who enjoyed the Beer Tasting event, and older alumni who vis-

ited their fraternities to reminisce about their days of brotherhood on Castle Point during the Greek Open Houses, a new addition to the weekend schedule. “Alumni Weekend 2013 was a great success,’’ said Michael Smullen, the Stevens Alumni Association’s then-associate executive director. “We added a number of new events that were very well received, and listened to feedback from last year’s event attendees, who requested a return (to campus) of the Saturday night Alumni Dinner Dance.” Other new events this year included the Hoboken Sampler, featuring culinary specialties from local restaurants, and the Alumni Block Party. The golden anniversary class, the Class of 1963, enjoyed a 50th Reunion dinner cruise along the Hudson River on Friday, May 31. Several dozen classmates and their guests took in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline at night. The evening—and the mood—was warm, as classmates recalled good times of more than 50 years ago and life since then. “Everyone seems to be relaxed with each other,” said Joe Polyniak ’63, one of the reunion’s organizers. “It’s an instant picking up of where we left off. That’s the best part—just watching some of those interplays.”

Several Greek houses opened their doors to alumni during the weekend, including Chi Psi.

Class of ’63ers came as far as California, and the Pacific Northwest. Harold Shorr ’63 made the trip from Oregon. It felt just wonderful to be back, he said. He reminisced about the struggles he had as a student, and relished the rewards of his hard work. “I felt like I was in over my head,” he said. “It was so good to get that degree. It opened all kinds of doors for me,” said Shorr, whose career ranged from engineering with U.S. Steel to flying jets for U.S. Airways.


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Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) members also cruised the Hudson as part of a new G.O.L.D. boat cruise, which highlighted the Classes of 2003 and 2008 this year. Cruisers enjoyed the photo opportunities as the boat sailed near the Statue of Liberty. Stevens President Nariman Farvardin gave his “State of Stevens’’ Address on Saturday morning, after which the Harold R. Fee ’20 Alumni Achievement Awards for the most recent reunion classes were given out. Returning to campus this year by popular demand was the Alumni Cocktails and Dinner Dance, a highlight of the weekend held in the Howe Center’s Bissinger Room, where attendees enjoyed music and dinner against the backdrop of Manhattan’s impressive skyline. The Stevens Alumni Award, given to longtime Stevens supporter John J. Dalton ’60, was presented at the dinner dance. (See accompanying story.) Sunday, June 2, offered an Alumni Farewell Breakfast and the Stevens Ducks 5K Run. The run, 3.1 miles along the Stevens campus, benefitted the University’s cross-country and track and field programs. Martin Lobel ’38 made the weekend’s most memorable homecoming, traveling from Connecticut to mark his 75th reunion. Lobel, who walked up to Castle Point from the Hoboken train station with his wife and daughter, also celebrated his 96th birthday that day, June 1. He marveled at the changes all over Hoboken and, of course, on campus. “At that time, we probably got the most thorough education possible,” he said. From tough classes to sophomore gymnastics—where he had to master the horse and the parallel bars—Stevens nurtured a resilience that helped propel him through the Seabees during World War II to a successful engineering career, he said. “No matter what it was, if you really tried, you could do it,” Lobel said. “All you had to do was give it a good shot.”

1 2 Young alumni enjoy a cruise the first night of Alumni Weekend. 3 The Class of ’63 present their gift to Dr. Farvardin. 4 Racers show their stuff during the Lollipop Run on DeBaun Field.


John Dalton ’60 receives Alumni Award At his freshman orientation, John Dalton ’60 heard Stevens President Jess Davis utter those oft-quoted words: “Look to your left. Look to your right. One of you won’t make it through Stevens.” To Dalton’s left was Ed Bielecki, valedictorian of his high school class. And to his right was his identical twin brother, Ed, another valedictorian with “an IQ higher than Einstein’s,” Dalton said. He had a moment of concern. “Clearly, I was the odd man out,” Dalton recalled with a smile, at the Alumni Weekend Dinner Dance this past June. It just proves that on occasion, he said, college presidents can be wrong. Dalton went on to become a successful executive in the healthcare and financial services fields. He is a vigorous champion for talented students who’d like to attend Stevens but don’t have the means. And this year, for his decades of enthusiastic service to Stevens, Dalton received the prestigious Stevens Alumni Award, presented by the Stevens Alumni Association during Alumni Weekend. A General Motors Scholarship winner himself, Dalton has long supported student scholarships and recently stepped up as chair of an important effort to increase alumni giving in this area. Dalton has also made preserving Stevens’ history a personal mission. One of his major projects is collecting photos, mementoes and alumni interviews about Castle Stevens, as he plans to make a video about the historic Stevens family home. A joyful Dalton—accompanied by wife, Ann; daughter, Susan St. Onge and son-in-law, Kevin St. Onge—was full of gratitude as he received his award. He thanked Ann for being a great wife and mom; praised his accomplished classmates; saluted the strong women in his family; and even recalled the wisdom of Sister Mary Magdalen, his high school English teacher at St. Michael’s High School in Jersey City, who instilled in him a philosophy to live by. Dalton said it comes down to two questions: Did you do the best you could with the talents that God gave you? And did you work to make the world better?

1 Selma and Martin Lobel ’38 celebrated his 75th reunion and 96th birthday. 2 Four alumni were honored with Harold R. Fee ’20 Alumni

Achievement Awards. From left, David Young ’88; Evelyn Burbano Koehler ’98; Stevens President Nariman Farvardin; and Jon Matos ’08. Adam McKenna ’98 could not attend the event. 3 Dave Manhas ’88 laughs with SAA Executive Director Anita Lang during the Beer Tasting event. 4 John Dalton ’60, second from right, at the Dinner Dance.

Dalton also remembered his brother, Ed, who passed away in 2000. A fellow Alumni Award winner, Ed returned to his alma mater to receive the Stevens Honor Award about 20 years ago—his last visit to campus—as he battled multiple sclerosis. “He challenged the audience to dare to dream,” John said. So Dalton shared his own dream: that no worthy student accepted to Stevens will ever have to turn away because they can’t afford the tuition, because so many Stevens alumni will be there to help them. —Beth Kissinger SUMMER – FALL 2013 23


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will always know that Stevens alumni are there for them, to help them receive a top

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Anita Lang served the Stevens Alumni Association and Stevens for 47 years before retiring as SAA Executive Director in June 2013. To honor her service, support the Anita Lang Scholarship. We congratulate Anita on her service and honor her numerous contributions to the SAA, Stevens and all our alumni. In 2006, Stevens alumni, leadership, faculty and friends created a scholarship in Anita’s honor that has touched the lives of and supported educational opportunities for dozens of students since its founding seven years ago. Recently this scholarship has been renamed The Anita Lang and Stevens Alumni Association Endowed Legacy Scholarship. Please consider supporting this scholarship in honor of all of Anita’s hard work!

Or to learn more about supporting the Stevens Scholarship Program, please contact: Gilian Brannan, Director of Stewardship or 201.216.5243

New vice provost for research has big plans for Stevens


As a new inductee into the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) more than 30 years ago, Mo. Dehghani discovered that the society’s first organized meeting was held at Stevens Institute of Technology in 1880. When visiting his mother during a trip to New York City several months later, he crossed the river to visit the society’s birthplace. Dehghani learned of the Stevens family’s donation of land in 1868, which had provided for the founding of a school devoted to the education of mechanical engineers. Back on campus 30 years after that first trip to Castle Point, Dehghani stands at the helm of research activities as the new vice provost for research. “That was my first and only time on the Ste- of national centers of excellence. We will create Mo. Dehghani is Stevens’ new vens campus, until I got the call a few months our future; we will win national level recognivice provost for research and comes ago about coming for an interview,’’ said De- tion awards through the innovation and crefrom Johns Hopkins University. hghani. “It was kind of a spiritual trip for me. ativity of our research enterprise.’’ I thought of Mr. Stevens and his foresight in During his 30-year career, Dehghani has establishing an innovative, entrepreneurial led and managed dozens of administrative, technical university. For 30 years, I have been technical and business services, as well as en- faculty members), I clearly sensed the energy a mechanical engineer. But I found my roots at gineers. Most recently, he served as the found- here to make a change. I was continuously told, Stevens that day.’’ ing director of the Johns Hopkins Systems ‘We are going places,’ and I knew I wanted to Dehghani, an accomplished expert in inno- Institute, head of engineering, and a member be a part of it,” he said, citing the university’s vation management and technology develop- of the executive council at Johns Hopkins Uni- strategic plan as “a clear roadmap to place Stement, began his new administrative position versity (JHU) Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, vens among the ranks of great innovative and on Aug. 1. His charge: to lead the continuing Md. Previously, he was the division leader for technologically advanced higher education indevelopment of the University’s research pro- the New Technologies Engineering Division of stitutions.’’ grams and implement the research and scholarship component of the Stevens Strategic “ The Strategic Plan calls for adding 100+ faculty. There are already Plan, The Future. Ours to Create. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineer- some great research faculty members at Stevens, but we need to ing, all at Louisiana State University, and held bring more into the Stevens family.’’ — Mo. Dehghani a postdoctoral NSF faculty internship at MIT. Recently, he discussed his plans for Stevens. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Dehghani, who describes himself as a “his“The Strategic Plan calls for adding 100+ Livermore, Calif. He has continuously taught tory buff,’’ finds inspiration in the generous befaculty. There are already some great research engineering, design and design optimization quest of the Stevens family. He thinks back to faculty members at Stevens, but we need to courses at the University of California and that day long ago, when he made his first visit bring more into the Stevens family,’’ he said. “I Johns Hopkins University. to Stevens and learned of that far-reaching gift. want to help Stevens become the destination of Dehghani spent five years at JHU before “Today, in my present capacity, I ask myself, choice for the type of faculty and scholars who joining Stevens. It was the positive buzz about ‘What can I do to make Mr. Stevens proud?’” can help us achieve our goal of making Stevens Stevens’ transformation that sparked his ina world-class research institute with a number terest in the position. “(While speaking with

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LONGTIME EDUC ATOR PREPARES TO MARK HIS 50TH REUNION BY LISA TORBIC, ASSOCIATE EDITOR Peter Astor ’64 describes himself as a “math geek’’ back in high school, way before the word geek was in mainstream speech. “I loved math and hated history,’’ he said simply. “Too many facts and dates in history, not enough logic.’’ He enjoyed math so much that he eventually earned three degrees in mathematics from Stevens, receiving his M.S. in ’66 and Ph.D. in ’70. Astor, the current Class of ’64 vice president and current member of the Class of ’64 reunion committee, spent a career “in the field,’’ he said, working for several engineering firms before starting his own successful consulting company, Environmental Partners. He also spent more than 20 years in academia – as a college professor and a high school teacher. His time in the classroom has brought him to several universities. He is now retired, except for tutoring math and coaching tennis.

Peter Astor, right, meets up with Joe Weber, both from the Class of ’64, at a recent Alumni Association meeting.

But, as a student, not all math was created equal for him: he shares a humorous story of how multiplication was a struggle for him in grade school, and how, several years out of college, this man with a doctorate degree in applied mathematics, a man who has taught AP Calculus and differential equations, still had trouble quickly remembering what 7 times 8


equals. “It took me the longest time to master my times tables,’’ he admitted, confessing that he had to fake it while giving a math lesson, eventually allowing the students to shout out the answer. “I guess you could call it ‘on-thejob-training,’ ’’ he laughed. During a career teaching students ranging from middle school to graduate school, Astor, a longtime volunteer with the Stevens Alumni Association, has seen some changes. Technology in the classroom has made the teaching experience more hands-on for students, allowing them to explore for themselves. As a student, he remembers entering a classroom, taking a seat, and then staring at the teacher for the next six hours. These days, students can move around a classroom and work in groups, voice opinions and collaborate on a project during the day. “We all learn differently from one another. Some respond to student-centered learning and some respond better to the old model. Teaching has taught me that not everyone is an analytical learner like me. And working together – isn’t that how we work in industry?’’ He valued his general engineering curriculum courses at Stevens and credits them with serving him well during his career. “I realized that other people had different realities. When I worked at a big engineering firm, I embraced the practical. My dealings with engineers and scientists were easier because I understood their technical skills and interests from my days at Stevens,’’ he said. Astor has remained active with Stevens since his graduation. Besides his vice presiden-

cy, he’s held several positions within the SAA, such as class secretary for 25 years, Council Representative and a Decade Representative for a few terms. While a student, he belonged to Pi Lambda Phi, The Stute, Theta Alpha Phi, and Gear & Triangle. He also served as president of the Stevens Dramatic Society and played varsity tennis. He’ll be back on campus in May to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Class of ’64 and was seen taking notes during Alumni Weekend 2013. Being a part of a reunion planning committee is a lot of work, which can be made easier with help. “Our reunion committee is expanding and we need volunteers to recruit attendees from specific geographic areas (such as southern California, Florida, Chicago, Boston area, Texas and the southwest). The fact is, if you know a group of Class of ‘64 alumni near you, you have the makings of a geographic rep.  Please contact us via the alumni office,’’ he said. “As of July 2013, we have not set our goals for reunion attendance or donations, but we know it will be more than realized by the Class of 1963.  We have been talking about a tour of Downtown New York City for Friday, May 30, especially for out-of-towners, which is to include the 9/11 Memorial.  Those are tough tickets to get, so we need to make firm reservations.  Let us know if you are interested in the tour.  I hope to see you at Alumni Weekend,’’ Astor said. He recently recalled a favorite teacher at Stevens. “There is no doubt that Dr. Nicholas Rose (Class of ’45) had the greatest influence on me. Low-key, fair, good-humored, and kind. (One time) before Dr. Rose walked into a class, a fellow freshman wrote that a student was trapped behind the blackboard using reverse script. Nick came in, read the note, erased the note, and began his lecture by writing the word “LIMITS’’ in reverse script. We all laughed together,’’ he said.



Stevens alumni have made important contributions in numerous fields, from engineering and business to science and education. A sizable number of alumni can also add “author” to their resume. So the university is looking to honor this accomplishment, with a new initiative known as the Stevens Authors Showcase. At the request of President Farvardin, the Stevens Alumni Association, together with the Williams Library and the Office of the Provost, has launched an initiative to exhibit technical, management, and literary books authored by alumni, faculty, and staff.

Dr. John Deutch, a renowned academic and government leader, will headline the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Stevens in October.

production, which has reduced U.S. dependency on imported oil, lowered prices for the consumer and created jobs. “While this is good news for the U.S. in geopolitical, economic and energy terms, hydraulic fracture – the modern technique to produce these unconventional resources – has generated significant public opposition given its adverse environmental impacts on air quality, water quality and seismicity,” said Deutch. Deutch’s lecture will offer insights into the role of public regulatory agencies, industry, and university research and education in creating and implementing policy measures to minimize the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracture, enabling the growth of this industry. The series, launched by Dr. Farvardin in October 2012, is free and open to all who register. For more information about the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series or to register, please visit

“I am hopeful this effort will strengthen the sense of pride and accomplishment of the Stevens community in the significant contributions that alumni, faculty, and staff have made to many fields—technical and otherwise—through the books they have written,” said President Nariman Farvardin. “I will be proud to display these works in the President’s conference room on the 13th floor of the Howe Center for visitors and the community to peruse.” Authors are encouraged to donate a copy of their books to this initiative. Once the collection has accumulated a number of books, authors will be invited to attend a reception with President Farvardin. Books can be dropped at the Stevens Alumni Office, on the 9th floor of the Howe Center, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or they can be mailed to: Stevens Alumni Association, 1 Castle Point, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Please include a note that mentions the Stevens Authors Showcase. For more information, please contact the Stevens Alumni Office at 201-216-5163. Photo by Oleksii Sergieiev

Dr. John Deutch, a renowned scientist and academic and government leader, will headline the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Stevens on Oct. 30, 2013. His talk, “The Challenges and Opportunities of Unconventional Oil and Gas Production,” will examine policy measures to minimize the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracture. The lecture will take place in DeBaun Auditorium at 4 p.m. Deutch, institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as provost, dean of science, and chairman of the department of chemistry. He has held significant federal government posts throughout his career, including director of the Central Intelligence Agency, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and technology, director of energy research, acting assistant secretary for energy technology, and undersecretary in the Department of Energy. He has also served on many presidential commissions focused on nuclear safety, strategic forces, science and technology, intelligence, aviation safety, government secrecy and weapons of mass destruction. “Dr. Deutch is one of the nation’s most illustrious science and technology leaders,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “His address promises to spur critical debate about the profound impact of technological advances in the energy sector, as well as how innovation in the methods we use to produce oil and gas may shape the environmental and economic future of the United States.” In his one-hour lecture at Stevens, Deutch will scrutinize the recent surge in North American unconventional oil and gas reserves and

Alumni authors sought for new book collection

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Seeking solutions from the U.S. to Bangladesh Student researchers from Stevens and the University of Alabama in Huntsville and their advisers gathered in Washington, D.C., this spring to present their SERC research project to their Navy sponsor. A prototype of the team’s Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief kit sits at center.

SERC tackles complex problems at home, a broad


loods, cyclones and other natural disasters continually plague Bangladesh, claiming many lives. So a team of student researchers, led by Stevens, has worked to create a ferry system that offers both

By Beth Kissinger, Editor a safer ferry and a quicker disaster response to save lives.

The U.S. will soon face a shortage of systems engineers, with baby boomers retiring and few seasoned engineers to replace them, the government reports. In response, a fouruniversity team, led by Stevens, has developed a software program to help systems engineers gain valuable experience in a fraction of the normal time. Both of these exciting research projects are sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) and are coming out of the SERC—the Systems Engineering Research Center. The DoD-funded center, designated as a University Affiliated Research Center, is based at and led by Stevens, which collaborates on projects with 28 THE STEVENS INDICATOR

23 universities across the country. As the SERC works to make valuable contributions to the field of systems engineering and to society, these two current research projects illustrate a strong commitment to nurturing the next generation of systems engineers, according to the SERC’s executive director Dinesh Verma. “The Department of Defense has established the Systems Engineering Research Center, with Stevens as the hub, with the intent of nurturing it as a national resource for enhancing the field of systems engineering,” said Verma, who is also dean of Stevens’ School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE). “These two projects represent our collaborative efforts to that end.”

A better ferry for Bangladesh The Bangladesh project was actually a Senior Design project in 2012-13 that included undergraduate engineering management and naval engineering students from Stevens, and aerospace and mechanical engineering students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The eight-student team, working through the SERC, chose the project from the DoD’s list of proposed multi-disciplinary projects for undergraduate students, known as the Capstone Marketplace. The Marketplace is part of a DoD effort to increase the number of young people in systems engineering and DoD careers, says Mark Ardis, a Distinguished Service Professor at Stevens and principal investigator for the SERC project, “Capstone Research to Grow Systems Engineering Workforce Capacity.” The project, which was commissioned by the Navy, originated as two projects: one involving the creation of a Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) kit and another focusing on a dual use ferry. The ferry project team was charged with designing a safe, affordable ferry suitable for transportation in a developing

This ferry design was created by naval engineering students at Stevens, who worked with engineering management students from Stevens and mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville on a safer passenger ferry for Bangladesh that could also provide humanitarian relief. The image shows plans for the main passenger deck.

country that could also be used by the DoD. The projects merged, as the team worked on a safer ferry system for Bangladesh as well as an HADR kit that could be effectively ffectively transported ff by ferry and help improve disaster relief efforts. ff fforts. The projects came together because researchers saw potential synergies between them, said Stevens Lecturer Eirik Hole, the team’s adviser from SSE. A systems engineering component was added to “glue” the projects together and better understand the overall operational requirements on the ferries and the HADR kits in a disaster scenario, Hole said. Three regions of Bangladesh provided the case study, as this low-lying country experi-

ferries, said Michael DeLorme, a research associate with Stevens’ Davidson Laboratory who worked with the students. Ferries can be overloaded, making them vulnerable to capsizing and leading to many casualties each year, he said. The project had three components. The naval engineering students at Stevens did an analysis of the ferry system and the country’s waterways, and created a new ferry design that would transport people more safely as well as transport equipment during disaster relief ef efforts. The aerospace and mechanical engineers from Alabama designed a water purification system that would be part of an HADR kit,

ì The lessons learned from this project have also paved the way for more projects of this kind going forward.î ñ Eirik Hole ences approximately six natural disasters each year, according to the team. Its hundreds of rivers and location on the edge of the Bay of Bengal make the country especially vulnerable. Given this environment, response time to flooding disasters by the U.S. has been slow, the team reports. Use of Bangladesh’s governmentregulated ferries provides a resource for disaster response, the team reported, but the current ferry system is troubled. Old ferries often not designed for Bangladesh’s shallow water environments have been repurposed as passenger

capable of producing at least 1,000 gallons of drinking water per day if a disaster occurred. Stevens’ engineering management students – who made up half of the project team – handled project management; did research on Bangladesh and previous disasters; determined ferry routes during a disaster; handled logistics regarding how many ferries were needed; and evaluated the best way to transport the ferries and HADR kits to areas of need. Engineering management student Jillian Barrett ’13 said that one of the project’s biggest

challenges was focusing on a country so far away and unfamiliar as Bangladesh. But mentors were helpful, she said, and included the Navy’s Norbert Doerry and Jonathan Kaskin (retired); Dr. Robert Weisbrod, a longtime maritime transport expert with the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association; and a ferry industry contact in Bangladesh. The students bridged the geographical gap between Hoboken and Alabama using Skype for their weekly meetings, and Barrett learned a great appreciation for what naval and mechanical engineers do, she said. And she acquired many job-related skills, from how to ef effectively communicate with people she’s never met to keeping everyone on schedule and meeting deadlines. “It got me prepared for work,” says Barrett, who now works as a traffic manager with Verizon in West Nyack, N.Y. The team presented their project this past spring at Stevens’ Innovation Expo and in Washington, D.C., to their sponsor, the Naval Sea Systems Command. The Alabama team members completed a prototype of the HADR kit. The Navy may expand upon the project and, in the future, hire such student teams, Ardis says. Having undergraduate students work on important government-sponsored projects, on multi-disciplinary teams from across the country, “is a big deal for Stevens,” Ardis says. “Stevens is unusual in making this happen,”

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Stevens engineering management students who worked on the Bangladesh ferry project presented their work at the university’s Innovation Expo in April. From left: Jennifer Wojtys, Ben Choe, Jillian Barrett and Jake Piccoli.

Ardis says. “This is clearly the way industry works. People don’t work in silos.” Hole praised the student team. “They had to tackle the planning, coordination and especially communication challenges involved, in addition to the purely technical challenges,” he said. “This has given them a head start on what they will experience every day in their careers. The lessons learned from this project have also paved the way for more projects of this kind going forward.”

prototype exposes less seasoned systems engineers to work on simulated projects in which they have to complete tasks, face different challenges and make decisions as they would on an actual project. The goal is to accelerate their learning in a compressed period of time. “Much like a flight simulator is for pilots, the Experience Accelerator is not meant to replace experience; but rather supplement it with focused learning experiences,” Wade said. “The Experience Accelerator allows systems engi-

We want people to fail the first time they go through it. People learn far more by failure than success. Jon Wade Accelerating learning for systems engineers Another high profile project coming out of the SERC also targets this country’s need for more systems engineers. The field is facing a great challenge, as a large number of systems engineers are baby boomers nearing retirement without a new generation of engineers to take their place, says the SERC’s chief technology officer Jon Wade. So Wade, who is also an associate dean of SSE, along with his multi-disciplinary team that includes researchers from Purdue, Georgia Tech and the University of Southern California, have developed what they call “The Experience Accelerator (EA).” The software


neers to compress time dramatically so that they can experience critical project events that they may take years to encounter in real life.” This program, Wade says, can reduce learning time. The EA is being developed for the Defense Acquisition University, a DoD organization that offers professional development to the department’s military and civilian workforces. Designed for systems engineers working in logistics and acquisitions, the EA allows the employee to experience, through simulation, work on a complex systems project. For now, the project involves an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system. Users work in sessions, and the skill level is

adjusted, as they face numerous situations and problems that are based on the real-life experiences of DoD chief engineers. “We want people to fail the first time they go through it,” Wade says. “People learn far more by failure than success.” The engineers experience the entire project and they either succeed, the project is cancelled or they are “fired,” and try again. “To mature as a systems engineer, you need to see the project from beginning to end,” Wade says. The EA effectively compresses time by exposing its users to experiences that they would normally face over a five-year period on a project, in a mere eight to 10 hours, he says. Stevens graduate and doctoral students are assisting on this three-year project, which began in 2010. The EA prototype will be available for Defense Acquisition University instructors to test in early fall 2013, with more testing at Stevens also in the fall. Brent Cox ’10, a computer science graduate student, is doing programming on the EA project. The project is providing him with a broad technical experience in areas he’s never worked in, he says. Working with team members from different academic backgrounds—and relying on each other’s strengths—has also been valuable, he says. Collaboration among the four universities working on the EA—with researchers from the fields of systems engineering, computer science, technology management and mechanical engineering—has been strong, Wade says. “The research really comes first,” he said. “There’s been a great team spirit of people working together that makes it rewarding for all involved.” The SERC is seeking mentors for its Capstone Marketplace projects. For more information, contact Mark Ardis at

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he Stevens Alumni Association Fishing Club held two striper trips out of Keyport, N.J. The first trip on April 20 had 10 anglers. Fifteen bass were boated, but only five were keepers. The second trip, on May 2, was more successful. Seventeen bass were keepers, boated by seven anglers. Gerry Ferrara ’76 won the fishing pool, with a bass measuring 38 inches. This was Gerry’s second pool-winning fish in two years. Several members also joined the Avaya annual summer family fishing trip, out of Belmar, N.J., in July organized by Emil Stefanacci ’85. (See photo.) The weather was great, and the keeper and short fluke action kept everyone busy. If you are interested in future fishing trips, contact Dick Magee ’63 at


CENTRAL NEW JERSEY & PHILADELPHIA CLUBS Stevens alumni in Central New Jersey and Philadelphia enjoyed a night of baseball and picnicking on Aug. 2, when the Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees AA affiliate) took on the Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies AA affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J. The Thunder roared past the Phils 6-2.

Stevens alumni in Beijing, China, were invited to a reception in Beijing this past June, hosted by Dean Gregory Prastacos of the Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens. Prastacos, pictured third from right, spoke about new developments at both Stevens and the Howe School. Attendees also got a chance to meet other Stevens alumni in the area and help them form a new alumni chapter in Beijing. To read more about the visit, see news/content/stevens-institute-technology-dean-hosts-chinesealumni-beijing-reception

GREATER HARTFORD/NORTHERN CONNECTICUT ALUMNI CLUB The Greater Hartford/Northern Connecticut Alumni Club met recently for a luncheon in Windsor, Conn. All attendees were associated with UTC Aerospace Systems, Windsor Locks, Conn., and several Stevens interns or co-op students also joined. UTC’s co-op/ internship program provides excellent work experience, and for summer 2013, seven students worked there, an all-time record.





he Class of 2013 has graduated, eager to help the world and its economy. The Class of 2017 has matriculated, faces aglow with potential. Let’s pay attention to this class and revel in their accomplishments in academics, sports, community life and the fine reputation Stevens enjoys. The Metropolitan Club continues with faithful alumni supporting each other, the Stevens Alumni Association, and their alma mater. Incorporated in 1939, the group now meets for lunch, usually on the fourth Thursday of each month at various New Jersey locations, including Don Quixote in Fairview, Puerto Spain in Hoboken, and Marinero Grill in West New York—a moveable feast, indeed. Our June meeting saw the reelection of officers John Stevens ’72 as president; A. Joseph Schneider ’46 as treasurer; Ed Wittke ’45 as club representative to the SAA; and Don Daume ’67 as secretary. A check was presented to Anita Lang for the endowed scholarship bearing her name. So far, the club has donated more than $38,000 to Stevens scholarships, in addition to the individual donations club members make each year. The club looks forward to many more years meeting in fellowship in support of Stevens and the Alumni Association. Consider meeting with us as you will be most welcome. To attend a meeting, contact the Alumni Office at 201-216-5163.

HOUSTON CLUB Frank Roberto ’76, second from right, hosted an informal dinner with three new ExxonMobil employees, all fellow alumni, and one Stevens co-op student, along with other Houston area alumni, on July 19 at Pronto Cucinino in Houston. Pictured, from left, are Abel Alvarez ’11, Gina Joyce ’06, Kelly McGuire ’06, Michelle Gallo ’13, Caitlyn LaBonte ’15, Shawn Flanders ’13, Frank Roberto ’76 and Cecilia (Osterman) Coldham ’13. Ryan Kerrigan ’07 also joined the group but is not pictured.


The Washington, D.C., G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumni Club hosted an event in June at the Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria, Va. The Stevens young alumni group got a firsthand look at the brewing process during a tour and sampled the company’s handmade, locally crafted ales.

For more information on Stevens alumni clubs, contact Priya Vin at

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tevens’ annual Homecoming celebration will take place Oct. 3-6 and will include four Ducks teams in action, theater performances and a free Community BBQ.

The university will open Homecoming with a special event to celebrate Stevens being named the Jostens Institution of the Year for 2012-13 by the Eastern College Athletic Conference. An ECAC Award Celebration will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Schaefer Athletic Center. The award recognizes the highest standards of collegiate academics and athletic performance across all Division I, II and III schools. (See story on p. 6.) Alumni, students, faculty and administration members are invited to this complimentary event. Women’s tennis will be the first Ducks team in action as they host Houghton College on Friday, Oct. 4, at 3:30 p.m. That night, Stevens will welcome five new inductees into its Athletics Hall of Fame: Waleed Farid ’08 (men’s basketball); Dawn Herring ’08 (women’s volleyball); Brandon MacWhinnie ’08 HOMECOMING SCHEDULE (wrestling); William MarThursday, Oct. 3 sillo ’94 (men’s soccer); and ECAC Award Celebration, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tom Sobe ’02 (baseball). Schaefer Athletic Center The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 on Oct. 4 with a cocktail reWomen’s Tennis vs. Houghton College, 3:30 p.m. ception in Williams Library Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, followed by dinner and the Ceremony, 6 p.m., induction ceremony in the “Smokey Joe’s Café,’’ Bissinger Room, Howe Cen8 p.m., De Baun Auditorium ter. Admission is $45. Saturday, Oct. 5 Those interested in a Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Game, 9 a.m., De Baun Athletic Complex non-athletic event on Friday Alumni Legacy Reception, 10 a.m., can head to the De Baun AuBabbio Center Atrium ditorium for a performance Sing-along with the Stevens Choir, of “Smokey Joe’s Café’’ at 8 10 a.m., Ondrick Music Room, 4th floor, p.m. The play, presented by Howe Center the alumni of Theta Alpha Stevens Community BBQ, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 4:30 p.m., Walker Lawn Phi, will feature songs such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “CharMen’s Soccer vs. Nazareth College, noon lie Brown,” “On Broadway,” Performing Arts Showcase, 2 p.m., De Baun Auditorium “Love Potion #9,” and “Stand Women’s Soccer vs. Hartwick College, 3 p.m. By Me.” Tickets are $5. Field Hockey vs. Utica College, 6 p.m. Saturday is a jam-packed day with events for everySunday, Oct. 6 Women’s Tennis vs. Ithaca College, 10 a.m. one. Women’s lacrosse will Women’s Tennis vs. Elmira College, 2:30 p.m. take on its alumnae team at 9 a.m. Excellent NCAA acVisit tion begins at noon when to register and for more information 34 THE STEVENS INDICATOR

Four teams will play during Homecoming, including the field hockey team.

the nationally-recognized men’s soccer team hosts Empire 8 rival Nazareth College at the De Baun Athletic Complex. Women’s soccer will follow at 3 p.m. at the same location against conference foe Hartwick College, and field hockey will close the turf at 6 p.m., battling defending conference champ and archrival Utica College. An Alumni Legacy Reception, hosted by the Stevens Alumni Association, will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Babbio Center Atrium. The reception brings together generations of alumni families, as brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, parents and grandchildren celebrate the history of Stevens. Saturday will also feature a free Community BBQ on the Walker Gymnasium Lawn near the De Baun Athletic Complex, featuring plenty of BBQ classics and more, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. A sing-along with the Stevens Choir will be in the Ondrick Music Room, Howe Center, at 10 a.m. and a free Performing Arts Showcase will be held at 2 p.m. in the De Baun Auditorium. Women’s tennis will close the festivities with two conference matches on Sunday, Oct. 6. at the Ninth Street Courts. At 10 a.m., the Ducks will welcome Empire 8 power Ithaca College, and at 2:30 p.m., the team faces off against Elmira College. —By Robert Kulish, Stevens’ Director of Sports Information and Events

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MENT BROUGHT ONE STUDENT TO A MEMORABLE PLACE THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WILL VISIT: A SIXTH COLLEGE DEGREE FROM ONE UNIVERSITY. This past May, Luis Ortega put the final touches on his Ph. D. dissertation in Finance Engineering, which he presented days before commencement. It was his sixth degree from Stevens. In the midst of preparing for his dissertation, he was also prepping for a new job, which he started in June. And weeks before the end of the semester, his wife gave birth to twin daughters, Lucia and Amelia, making him a first-time parent. “There are times when I feel like my head is going to explode because I’m so busy,’’ he said, just days before commencement. “But I will never forget this period in my life.’’ Indeed. This native of Ecuador, who came to the United States when he was ready to begin his undergraduate education, added his Ph.D. to an already impressive list of degrees, including a B.E. in electrical engineering; an M.S. in computer science; an M.S. in management planning; an M.S. in financial engineering and an M.B.A. in technology management. His Ph.D. is in the field of financial engineering. His thesis is titled, “A Neuro-Wavelet Model for the Short-Term Forecasting of HighFrequency Financial Time Series of Stock Returns.’’ Six degrees from Stevens? “What can I say?

I want to study and learn all I can,’’ he said this past May, while picking up his cap and gown on campus. He came to the United States after finishing high school in Ecuador, wanting to attend Stevens, and experience the American culture, he

Luis Ortega ’85, M.S. ’89, M.S. ’91, M.S. ’09, M.B.A. ’09, obtained his sixth degree from Stevens in May 2013, his Ph.D.

working in the telecommunications field, with Verizon Wireless and with The World Bank. “I was a good planner,’’ he said with a quick smile. But he credits good friends, and of course, his wife Veronica, with their support during this time. He laughs heartily when asked if he is independently wealthy. He started a new job with Goldman Sachs on Wall Street in New York in June, working as an associate in the model risk group. “I can’t say too much about it,’’ as he gestures with a finger to his lips, but he will be doing something with the stock market. Leaving Stevens will be hard, he admits, as


said. He joined a fraternity (Delta Tau Delta), played varsity soccer and always studied. “Academics came first,’’ he said of his undergraduate days, which he described as exciting and fun. But he considered the non-academics part of a student’s life as another chance to learn, as figuring out how to schedule priorities is an important skill to master. As a student, “I wanted to experience the whole package: academics, sports, a fraternity.’’ And gaining knowledge was a constant in everything he did, even when not in the classroom. “My Delt brothers taught me how to fit in, what to eat, life skills,’’ he said. Ortega saved money for his education while

he’s spent a good chunk of his time on campus. And he cherishes the friends he’s made here, including some fraternity brothers he’s known almost 20 years. He pointed out several members of the Stevens community (Dean Charles Suffel, ffel, former Vice President Joseph Moeller ff ’67 and Coach Nick Mykulak) who have made an impact on him while a student. Having the experience of being a Stevens undergraduate and then a Stevens graduate student has shown him some differences fferences between ff the two. “Of course, you have to read more as a graduate student,’’ he said. “My advice to graduate students is to get more involved, experience the Stevens culture, ’’ he said.

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Dr. Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. ’66, former President of Verizon and Chairman Emeritus of the Stevens Board of Trustees, graciously issued a landmark challenge in 2012 to inspire giving among alumni who wish to reconnect and make a significant impact on their university. Dr. Babbio is personally matching up to $1 million in contributions by eligible alumni. As Stevens moves boldly forward in fulfillment of its new Strategic Plan, The Future. Ours to Create., rise to Chairman Babbio’s challenge today and instantly double the impact of your gift with a single click.

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GRADUATE LOG Richard Steiner, P.E., M.Eng. ’97, recently joined VHB in New York City as director of Site/Civil Engineering Services, after more than 20 years of engineering and design experience and leading interdisciplinary teams on industrial, retail and residential projects. He was also elected to a two-year term as Graduate School representative to the Stevens Alumni Association (SAA) on July 1, 2013. The veteran engineer, whose work has been recognized by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies, reflects at this mid-career moment. What has been your favorite project so far in your career? I’ve been fortunate to have had several career-defining projects. The first was a project in Waterbury, Conn., and the second involved many individual projects during the time New Jersey was investigating potential sites for building new schools (roughly 2002 to 2007). The project in Waterbury took place at the abandoned Scovill Brass Manufacturing Facility. Occupying the 100-acre site were 70 abandoned buildings full of asbestos and other contaminants, as well as contaminated soil and groundwater. The purpose of the project was to clear the buildings, clean up the contamination and prepare the site for construction of a new 2.8-million-square-foot regional shopping center. I was the resident engineer in charge of overseeing the proper clean-up and preparation of the site. For the second project, the New Jersey Schools Development Authority was tasked with building new schools or additions to existing schools. For new schools, various potential sites were evaluated. A typical “site feasibility evaluation” involved performing 18 types of feasibility services, and each service was designed to determine whether the particular site was suitable. Examples of individual feasibility services included soil borings for purposes of geotechnical and environmental characterization, boundary survey to determine property lines, and utility capacity analysis to deter-

Rick Steiner, M.Eng. ’97, is the new Graduate School representative to the Stevens Alumni Association.

mine whether utility infrastructure existed to serve the new building. As program manager, I learned how to look at potential urban sites through the lens of what makes a site work and why. What has changed in engineering over the past 25 years and what keeps you inspired? Few people had computers at their desks and cell phones in their pockets when I finished my undergraduate degree in 1989. Now each is standard issue. A consequence of these machines is email and texts. Both are very efficient, effective ways of communicating but only in appropriate circumstances. I’m concerned that email and texts are replacing face-to-face communication—especially with younger people—and basic written communication skills are declining. There have been many other changes such as advances in computer-aided design software. Among the things I like best about what I do is applying my experience to new projects and passing along my experiences to younger people. Why did you choose Stevens? I moved to New Jersey from Arizona in 1991. I met my wife in Tucson at the University of Arizona; she was from New Jersey. I knew

I wanted a graduate degree in engineering after earning a bachelor’s in civil engineering. I worked in Bergen County, N.J., and knew that Stevens or NJIT were my two realistic options. I chose Stevens on the basis of recommendations from friends and its reputation. Looking back, my experiences at Stevens were positive. The challenging work of graduate education requires stretching and reaching for new ways of thinking. Has a master’s degree in engineering helped you in your career? I believe a graduate degree helps advance a career. Hiring young engineers with advanced education offers a firm access to the latest techniques, tools and thinking. I also believe that one’s thinking becomes more mature with the greater depth of understanding that an advanced degree provides. You have served as a volunteer math tutor and are now volunteering with the SAA. Why is this important? I’m at a point in my career—and life—at which I look for opportunities to give back. Education has been important for where I am today, and Stevens is a part of it. — Compiled by Beth Kissinger

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Toby J. Doviak ’03 to Rachel Lee Johnson on July 27, 2013. Adrian W. Jachens ’04 to Samantha P. Herman on Oct. 15, 2011. Matthew C. Edwards ’11 to Regina K. Pynn ’11 on Oct. 6, 2012. Rebecca L. Dietrich ’12 to Daniel Sanchez on June 28, 2013. Juan C. Benitez, M.S. ’09, to Fatima I. on June 3, 2012.

OBITUARIES H. Straus ’39............................. 1/10/13 + D. Okrent ’43 .......................... 12/14/12 J.H. Povolny ’43 .......................... 5/7/12 + W.H. Heiser ’44........................... 1/1/13 + C.O. Lindahl ’44 .......................... 6/1/13 + J.P. Runyon ’44......................... 2/16/13 + F.J. Cashin ’46 .......................... 5/22/13 + A.H. Everson, Jr. ’47 ................. 5/31/11 C.D. Martin ’47 ........................... 6/7/13 + A.A. Hein ’48 ............................ 4/20/11 J.L. Arata ’49 ............................ 2/11/13 A.H. Baker ’49 .......................... 6/18/13 A.C. Lawson ’49 ........................ 1/20/13 R. Cechanek ’50 ......................... 1/6/13 L.J. O’Brien ’50 ...................... Unknown G.B. Schaeffer, Jr. ’50 ............... 3/18/13 + D.P. Van Court ’50 ..................... 11/1/12 + E.S. Babich ’51 ......................... 5/19/12 R.T. Pearson ’51 ....................... 6/11/13 + N.A. DeBruyne ’53 .................. 10/24/12

D.H. Lueders ’53....................... 1/20/13 P.R. Rhinehart ’53..................... 1/12/13 H.R. Soederberg ’54 ................. 5/23/13 T.F. Pinelli ’56 ........................... 1/29/13 W.W. Pruss ’57 ............................ 2/1/13 J.P. Larmann ’59 ......................... 3/2/13 J.J. Bertini ’62........................... 5/16/13 D.A. Dragolic ’63 ......................... 6/7/13 C.E. Fauroat ’65 ........................ 6/10/13 + F.J. Vilece ’66.......................... 12/24/12 H.L. Treffinger ’67 ....................... 1/3/13 S.A. Saglibene, Jr. ’69 ............... 5/11/13 + E.J. Casey ’75 ......................... 10/20/12

GRADUATE SCHOOL J.F. Boyce, M.S. ’51 ............... Unknown L.J. Taub, M.S. ’53................. Unknown W.G. Hill, M.S. ’54..................... 2/12/13 D.D. Brill, M.S. ’56 ................... 12/2011 V.J. Logan, M.S. ’61 .................. 2/21/13 E.C. Uphoff, M.S. ’61 ............. Unknown T.L. Tanner, M.S. ’63 ................. 5/12/13 L. Leskowitz, M.S. ’64 ............ Unknown J.K. Steadman, Ph.D. ’81 .......... 6/12/13 F.R. Lautenberg, ......................... 6/3/13 Hon. D.Eng. ’99 G.E. De Baun............................ 3/25/13 Hon. B.E. ’04 + Obituary appears in the Class Logs section of the undergraduate edition.







This is special opportunity to make a direct, tax-free gift to Stevens from your IRA remains available through December 31, 2013.

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Be an easy and convenient way to make a gift from one of your major assets


Be excluded from your gross income: a tax-free rollover


Count towards your required minimum distribution

8&"$%&'"$,*4-$-&$9-#:#+;$-&$<')3*4%$$ t You must be 70½ or older at the time of your gift t Your transfer must go directly from your IRA to Stevens t Your total IRA gift(s) to charity cannot exceed $100,000 t Your gift(s) must be outright – transfers to a donoradvised fund, a charitable trust or in exchange for a charitable gift annuity do not qualify

In celebration of the 50th year since my graduation, I wanted to increase my annual gift to Stevens. Making an IRA Charitable Rollover gift to support the Class of í 63 Scholarship Fund certainly fit the bill. Plus, an outright gift from my IRA just seemed very logical! If the distribution had been transferred to me, Ií d have to pay the taxes and lose a significant portion of it.


Would you like to know more about this and other planned giving opportunities? Please contact Michael Governor, Director of Planned Giving at (201) 216-8967 or send him an email at

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