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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Let’s keep hearing from you on the “new” Indicator

Features that impressed me about the Summer 2012 Indicator:

Editor’s Note: The Indicator staff has received a number of comments regarding the redesigned magazine, which premiered in the Summer 2012 issue. Here’s a sampling; we ask that you continue to send feedback to

The general appearance in terms of the quality of the paper, print, graphics and upbeat colors (made you proud to share the publication with others—now of higher quality than the National Geographic, which I still read).

I wanted to compliment you on the much more interesting format for The Stevens Indicator (Summer 2012 issue). There are many more items of interest. For example, on p. 34, you describe the salutatorian and her background coming from Colombia. It’s just beautifully done. It’s touching the way you add that her father works as a parking attendant in New York City. I like the forthright way the whole thing is covered…I do compliment you. Charles Hepenstal ’46 Congratulations on the new Indicator design. It is clear, clean, colorful and modern, and represents the Institute very effectively—an important step forward in keeping alumni informed about the current college, related events, and alumni activities and successes. I especially liked the Alumni Weekend and Freedom Tower stories. Thanks for your great work! Fred Dietrich ’61

I just had to let you know that I’ve just opened my copy of the Summer 2012 Indicator and I really like the new layout. Good job! Frank Roberto ’76 Unfortunately, except for alumni news, alumni magazines are like company annual reports with one difference. Both promote the presidents. They can do no wrong, and the last president’s swan song was terrible. However, a company annual report is different because in the back it must give specific factual financial figures which never appear in an alumni magazine if they discredit the top management of the college/university. Well at least S.I.T., with its new look, has joined the herd of look-alikes. Such lack of real imagination, but what do you expect from/for engineers? They are second only to accountants for being as a group dull. However, I will give you an “A” because most people are in the herd group, although I am not. Tom Taber ’51

The cover – featuring two Stevens graduates who are engineering leaders in rebuilding the World Trade Center (displayed in upbeat colors). The variety of color photographs on every page (high quality, in color) reinforcing a positive and energized picture of individuals (undergraduates, graduates and others). The use of linking the photos to the explanatory material (on pages with multiple photos) using a numbering system (1, 2, 3, etc.). The selection of articles that highlighted Stevens and its graduates to the future of our country and generations to come. As a member of the Class of 1952 and its log writer, I want to express my sincere thanks for continuing the written word and related photos in print form. While it is challenging for us 80-plus-year-olds to keep up with current technology, it is a great value and satisfaction to be able to have a high-quality printed news and research article. We still use that type of information in our telephone conversations and information sharing. Thank you. Robert F. Wolf ’52

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Giving Back


by Beth Kissinger, Editor

FALL 2012

Greg Gianforte ’83 and his wife, Susan, have donated $10 million to Stevens—the largest gift by a single living donor in the University’s history. The Stevens Community held a “Thank You’’ event to show the family how much they appreciate this act of generosity.

DEPARTMENTS 1 ................ Letters to the Editor 4 ...................Presidents’ Corner 6 ...................Grist from the Mill 36 ...................................Clubs 42 ........................Graduate Log 44 ......Alumni Business Directory 47 ...................... Vital Statistics 48 ........................Looking Back

16 What Retirement?

Meet six extraordinary Stevens alums who are all in their 80s and 90s and still go to work every day. These inspiring men prove that age is just a number.

By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor

21 Lecture Series

The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series held its inaugural event, with the former CEO of Lockheed Martin discussing technology in the 21st century.

By Stevens Office of News and Media Relations

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22 Radio Stars

Two award-winning Stevens professors—a husband and wife team—keep busy with teaching and a new start-up that commercializes cognitive radio technology.

By Beth Kissinger, Editor

26 Hall of Fame 2012

Stevens inducts five alumni into Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2012.

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

Opposite page: Joe Schneider ’46 is one of a number of alumni in their 80s and 90s still working every day; Above left: Stevens inducted five more alumni into the Athletic Hall of Fame this fall; Amanda Nauman ’11 is combining two loves in her new job: engineering and triathlons.

On the cover Susan and Greg Gianforte ’83 have donated $10 million to Stevens through their Gianforte Family Foundation. Photo: Jeffrey Vock

30 On the Road to Success

One alumna is beginning her dream career as an engineer with a competitive bicycle company in California. And she just happens to compete in triathlons in her spare time.

By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor

32 Divine Intervention

‘’De Divina Proportione,’’ a rare, 500-year-old book illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci and owned by Stevens, gets a facelift, thanks to the wife of a Stevens alumnus.

By Paul Karr, Special to The Stevens Indicator

34 Stevens Family Reunion

Descendants of Stevens’ founding family return to campus for a memory-filled weekend.


By Stevens Office of News and Media Relations

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PRESIDENTS’ CORNER Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends, As we enter the holiday season, there is much hope and optimism at your alma mater. This issue of The Stevens Indicator captures that spirit—from a record number of women among the incoming class to the larger, more academically talented new undergraduate and graduate classes this fall to a jump of 13 places by Stevens, from #88 to #75, in the current U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Indeed, Stevens has had a very good year. Perhaps the biggest news of the year was made by one of our fellow alumni. Software entrepreneur Greg Gianforte ’83 and his wife, Susan, have given Stevens a $10 million gift–the largest ever from a single living donor—for a new academic building. Their historic gift significantly jumpstarts Stevens’ plans to better educate more students and do even more ground-breaking research to benefit society. But this issue of The Indicator also highlights other extraordinary alumni. Stevens has alumni in their 80s and 90s who are still working—and still enjoying rewarding, challenging careers many decades after they left Castle Point. You can meet six of these inspiring gentlemen in this issue. What a tribute to their Stevens education and, even moreso, their talent and determination! At the other end of the career ladder, you can meet Amanda Nauman ’11, M.Eng. ’12—systems engineer, triathlete and project manager who is just starting her exciting career with Felt Racing Company, which makes top-of-the-line racing bikes for Olympians and other competitors. Your Alumni Association also has much good news to report. We’re just finishing up a very busy season of holiday gatherings that have seen alumni and friends coming together in several regions of the country, including Texas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and Hoboken. These have been lively social events, but the SAA also offers networking events and professional interest meetings through its alumni clubs during the year. The SAA has a full schedule of

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diverse alumni club gatherings planned for this winter and spring. To get the latest club updates, visit This December, the SAA “re-launched” its website, as we strive to make your website more user friendly. The website still contains the same features that everyone enjoys— from our alumni directory to our events listings and schedule– but offers navigation that is more seamless. As with the recent redesign of The Stevens Indicator, we also welcome your feedback. Please email us at This spring, Stevens, along with the SAA, will hold its first Stevens Awards Gala on April 6, 2013, at the spectacular Gotham Hall in Manhattan. Stevens will present six new awards that evening to both alumni and friends of Stevens for either outstanding achievement in their field or in community service, or for extraordinary service to Stevens. Nominations have been closed, but all are invited to attend this prestigious awards event. Visit for more details. I ask that you also “Save the Date” for Alumni Weekend 2013, which will be held on May 31, June 1 and June 2 at Stevens. Everyone is welcome, and while class years ending in “8” or “3” will mark special reunions, we’re urging everyone to come home to Castle Point. Last year, we broke all records, as more than 700 alumni and guests returned for Alumni Weekend. We plan to bring even more people back to Stevens in 2013! I wish you and your loved ones all the best this holiday season and in the new year.

Mark I. LaRosa ’93 President, Stevens Alumni Association


A recap of the exciting events on campus this past year Dear Alumni and Friends, 2012 has been a banner year for Stevens! We welcomed the largest and most talented undergraduate class in our history! A record 674 new undergraduate students (625 freshmen plus transfers) joined Stevens this fall, with a record 31% being women. This class possesses a stronger academic profile than all previous classes, and members hail from a wider range of states and countries than ever before! Our selectivity rate has increased from past years, to a record 38% acceptance rate, and our “yield rate,” the percentage of accepted students who enroll at Stevens, is among the highest of our peer institutions, at 39%. The graduate students who joined us this fall are equally impressive. Consisting of 1,014 full- and part-time master’s and doctoral degree candidates, the class is 18% larger than in 2011, and their graduate placement test scores are substantially higher than last year. New full-time graduate students represent more than 600 scholars from 32 American universities and 19 countries, including, for the first time, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Kuwait, and Seychelles. Stevens ascended 13 spots in the 2013 edition of US News & World Report’s Best Colleges, making us the fastest rising university (from 88 to 75) in this year’s list. Other recent noteworthy rankings include a #23 ranking by Bloomberg Businessweek for return on investment and a #12 ranking by CNN/Money of top salaries earned by graduates (and #5 among engineering institutions). We hired 18 talented faculty members this year, including a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an expert in tissue and cellular engineering and regenerative medicine, a researcher in algorithmic trading behavior and financial fraud detection, and a renowned rock musician and music producer. We started new programs in Business Intelligence and Analytics, Science, Technology and Society, Science Communication, and Finance, Marketing, Management, and Information Systems. Thanks to the generosity and re-engagement of so many alumni and friends, fundraising increased by 189% over the prior year, resulting in $13.8 million in gifts and pledges in the last fiscal year. Progress toward the President’s Initiative for Excellence, a three-year, $30 million campaign, is promising: to date,

we have raised $20.4 million, not including the record-breaking $10 million commitment by Greg Gianforte ’83 to fund a new academic building. This gift represents the largest single gift in the university’s history! We are immensely grateful to Greg and his family for their generosity and the trust they have placed in Stevens and our vision for the future. On the business side, we finished FY12 with a significantly larger operating surplus, well beyond our projected $1.6 million. We are making steady progress in improving the institute’s overall financial position as well. This is truly an exciting time to be at Stevens. Our 10-year Strategic Plan, The Future. Ours to Create, calls for growth and further increases in the academic profile of our students, as well as strategic research goals in five areas of societal importance: healthcare and medicine; sustainable energy; financial systems; defense and security; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The ambitious plan is endorsed by the Board of Trustees, the Faculty Council, and the Stevens Alumni Association’s Executive Committee. Central to our efforts will be the substantive involvement of you, the alumni—from engaging in recruiting the best and brightest students, to serving on advisory committees of our departments and centers, to financially supporting our programs and activities. We hope to expand the percentage of alumni who signify their confidence in our future through increased participation in our development efforts. Thank you for your support. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous and productive 2013! Sincerely,

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

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GRIST FROM THE MILL Stevens listed as 75th in national universities rankings, up 13 places

Stevens Institute of Technology is ranked 75th in the category of Best National Universities in the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges,” a popular guidebook published annually by U.S. News & World Report. The university moved up 13 spots in the rankings. Stevens’ ranking improved more than any other university in the top 100 list. The Best National Universities list is compiled from data on up to 16 indicators of academic quality collected about 281 public, private and for-profit institutions. In the 2013 edition, Stevens moved up 13 spots from its 2012 ranking of 88th. Stevens is also ranked 75th in the category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs,’’ which is based on surveys of engineering deans and faculty at the nation’s accredited engineering programs. “The improvement in our U.S. News ranking is an external validation of a fact well-known to our campus community: Stevens is a university on the rise,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. The list’s top rated universities are 6 The Stevens Indicator

Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and the University of Chicago. A complete list of the U.S. News & World Report 2013 “Best Colleges” rankings is available at In their report, U.S. News cited Stevens’ average freshman retention rate of 91 percent, the six-year graduation rate of 79 percent and student-faculty ratio of 7:1 as some of their key indicators when compiling the rankings. In another new report, Stevens ranked 13th in the nation for “Best Career Services’’ by The Princeton Review in the 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges,’’ moving up one spot from the 2011 edition ranking. The Stevens Office of Career Development supports students through career exploration programs, experiential education opportunities, individualized guidance, career planning workshops, corporate site visits and a variety of on-campus recruitment efforts. “Every year, Stevens graduates realize incredibly strong job placement outcomes and earn higher-than-average starting

 Stevens is ranked 75th in the category of “Best National Universities’’ in the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges,’’ a guidebook published annually by U.S. News & World Report. The university moved up 13 spots in just one year.

salaries,’’ said Lynn Insley, director of the Office of Career Development. The Princeton Review also ranked Stevens 9th in the nation in the category, “College City Gets High Marks.’’ The University’s hometown of Hoboken offers a variety of options for shopping, restaurants, parks and nightlife, and the campus offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Each year, The Princeton Review identifies the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, based on surveys of current students. Schools selected for “The Best 377 Colleges’’ guide represent approximately 15 percent of the four-year colleges in the United States. ❖ —Lisa Torbic


New Strategic Plan calls for 4,000 undergrads by 2022 Stevens President Nariman Farvardin recently unveiled the university’s ambitious 10-year strategic plan, an agenda designed to capitalize on Stevens’ technology prowess to address the most challenging problems of our time. Titled The Future. Ours to Create, the plan charts the course for an institution that will grow in size, increase in selectivity, and focus strategically in education and research areas that tackle complex societal challenges involving technology solutions for which Stevens has expertise, Farvardin said. One of the plan’s most striking elements is Stevens’ goal to increase its undergraduate population from 2,500 to 4,000 students by 2022. The strategic plan was developed by a committee of campus leaders appointed by Farvardin and included direct input from more than 500 members of the Stevens community, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni and friends. It identifies five key strategic priorities: becoming a wholly “student-centric” university; committing to excellence in all university activities; collaborating internally and externally on education and research; placing technology at the core of all university activities; and improving the university’s prestige. “The strategic plan reflects our shared commitment that Stevens will play a leading role in solving the most pressing and complex global challenges of the 21st century,” Farvardin said. “It envisions a bold but achievable future that increases our impact by drawing on the distinctive characteristics that comprise Stevens – our technology-centric orientation, our unparalleled access to New York City, our agility, our collaborative culture, and the very significant contributions our faculty and alumni have made across a wide range of fields over the past 140 years.”

 Stevens unveiled a bold 10-year Strategic Plan this fall that aims to increase the undergraduate population from approximately 2,500 to 4,000 and grow the university in size and prestige.

Some major goals and actions to be achieved by 2022 include: ■ Growing the student population. Stevens aims to increase undergraduate enrollment to approximately 4,000 students, up from approximately 2,500 today. Undergraduates will have a higher academic profile and be more diverse in gender, ethnicity, geography and course of study. Stevens will also increase the size of its full-time graduate student population by 30 percent while enhancing selectivity and diversity. ■ Revitalizing educational programs. The strategic plan calls for undergraduate curriculum changes to focus on interdisciplinary research, critical thinking, community service, K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) mentoring and international experience. Stevens also plans to expand its academic choices, construct a new University Center, open a Digital Learning Laboratory focused on technology-enhanced learning, and double the number of off-campus and corporate graduate partnerships. ■ Growing the research enterprise. Stevens will add at least three national centers, deploy policies that enable

faculty to conduct and publish high quality research, introduce initiatives to better support faculty in entrepreneurial activities, and open an Innovation & Design Laboratory. ■ Enhancing interdisciplinary education and research. Targeted sectors include areas of the greatest societal need, including sustainable energy, healthcare and medicine, defense and security, finance and STEM education. Building off a fundraising year in which Stevens raised $13.8 million in gifts and pledges—a 189 percent increase over last year— Farvardin announced in September a record-setting $10 million gift from Susan and Greg Gianforte ’83, founder of RightNow Technologies. Gianforte sold the company to Oracle last year for more than $1.8 billion. (See story on the Gianforte gift on p. 12.) The gift will fund the construction of an academic building and, with Stevens’ expected growth, will provide critical space and the first step in the campus’s transformation, the university said. ❖ —Stevens Office of News and Media Relations

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Elite freshmen class gets Convocation welcome Here’s a glance at the incoming undergraduate class for Fall 2012: ❖ 674 students, including 625 freshmen and 49 transfer students ❖ 31 percent female, up from 24 percent in 2011 ❖ Courses of intended study: 75 percent engineering; 8 percent computer science; 8 percent science; 7 percent business; 2 percent arts and letters.

1 The new undergraduate class gathers for Convocation 2012 this fall inside Canavan Arena. 2 Stevens Alumni Association President Mark LaRosa ’93, right, and Joe Garvey ’71, representing the Board of Trustees, present the Class of 2016 with their banner during Convocation. 3 Anita Lang, executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association, stands with Professor Harry Heffes outside Canavan Arena. Heffes, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the SAA’s Outstanding Teacher Award during Convocation in September.

A growing Stevens Institute of Technology welcomed its largest incoming class at the annual Convocation this fall. Canavan Arena was packed with students and other members of the Stevens community, as the university welcomed 674 new students, including 625 first-time freshmen and 49 transfer students. Significantly, 31 percent of them are women—a Stevens record and an increase from 24 percent in 2011. (See story on p. 9.) The elite class was selected from more than 4,520 applicants. Students came from 30 states and 10 countries, both slight increases from last year’s class. “You are members of an elite group,” President Nariman Farvardin told the class. “You are the stars, the ‘movers and the shakers.’ You are the innovators who will change the world. You are members of the Stevens family.” U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen from New Jersey’s 11th District delivered the keynote address, with Hoboken Mayor 8 The Stevens Indicator

Dawn Zimmer also speaking during the traditional event that presents awards to outstanding faculty, students and student groups. Frelinghuysen spoke to students about how they might be vastly different from their predecessors at Stevens – the students watch their news on YouTube, think of “Star Wars” as a film and not a defense strategy and have never seen an airplane “ticket” – but they have the opportunity to play an equally important role in our society’s future. “This institution’s academic success and modernization has spurred incredible transformation on this side of the Hudson River,” Frelinghuysen said. “The men and women who passed through these halls are highly intelligent. You’re no exception. Much is expected of you.” The event included the presentation of more than two dozen faculty and student awards, with a number of student awards

❖ 42 percent from outside New Jersey, with 30 states represented ❖ 10 countries represented Source: Stevens Office of Undergraduate Admissions

sponsored by alumni. Professor Svetlana Sukhishvili, a chemistry professor and co-director of the nanotechnology graduate program at Stevens, received an Honorary Master of Engineering degree at the ceremony. This past August, Sukhishvili received a prestigious National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award for her innovative work on multilayer polymer films, leading to next-generation coatings of prosthetic implants and medical devices. Professor Harry Heffes, of Stevens’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Stevens Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award. Alumni from the five most recent classes select the recipient. And Stevens Honor Board Chair Dana Lyons inducted new students into the Stevens Honor System, a revered Stevens institution for more than 100 years. ❖ —Based on reports from the Stevens Office of News and Media Relations


Stevens welcomes record number of women Stevens reached a milestone Stevens targeted all-girl this fall when it welcomed a new schools as it has done in the undergraduate class comprised of past and has made increasing 31 percent women—the most ever the number of women a goal for an incoming class at the Stute. for some time, Topping said, Last year’s incoming class was adding that the Office of Ad24 percent women, making this missions plans to visit more year’s number 7 percent higher, all-girl schools to keep the moan increase that university offimentum going. cials call significant and historic. In January 2012, Presi“I am very proud that Stevens dent Farvardin formed the achieved a new university record Presidential Commission for of 31 percent women in the Fall the Advancement of Women 2012 incoming class,” said Stevens at Stevens, noting that while President Nariman Farvardin. much progress has been made “This is not only a new record for  New students recite the Honor System Pledge during Convocation on women’s behalf, more work Stevens, but a percentage that is this past September. needs to be done. The 18-memsignificantly above the national ber panel, which included average for technical universities. first admitted to Stevens as undergradu- alumnae, faculty and staff members, stu“We are making efforts on all fronts to ates in 1971, and the university devoted dents and professionals, was charged with increase the representation and advance- the entire year to promoting the achieve- several goals, including recommending ment of women at Stevens—in the faculty ments of its alumnae and current female ways to create a more nurturing environand staff and in our student population. students. Numerous alumnae and female ment for women on campus, increase the The bright minds of these young women student profiles appeared on the Stevens number of female faculty and increase the who joined us this fall will undoubtedly website, while the university also held number of female students. make an important impact on our campus special events featuring its high-achieving The Commission, chaired by Comcommunity in the next four years, and on alumnae and female students telling their puter Science Professor Adriana Compathe world beyond Stevens in their future stories at panels and receptions for pro- gnoni, presented its report this past May, careers.” spective and accepted students. offering a number of recommendations Stevens had a particularly talented and Stevens Athletics saw an increase in the that are now being addressed by separate selective incoming class this fall, and Di- number of female athletes, Topping said, smaller groups. rector of Admissions Shane Topping said and also had some great success stories And while the commission’s recomthat the university was able to accept more to tell, including two students who won mendations came after the incoming women this year because the application NCAA titles: Laura Barito ’11 in swim- class was largely selected, Compagnoni, pool for them was stronger. ming and track, and then-freshman Brit- said that the commission’s work–which Among the entire undergraduate pop- tany Geyer in swimming. Topping also included asking for statistics related to ulation, women make up 27 percent of praised the Admissions Office’s female women at Stevens—helped to further the population. But Stevens’ new Strategic tour guides and student ambassadors who raise awareness about the need to increase Plan calls to increase this number to 40 host prospective students and families and the number of women on campus. She percent by 2022, and having an incoming can share their experiences as students. also cited the website profiles and femaleclass this year that is 31 percent women is Among women in the incoming related events on campus as a strong pull for the new benchmark, Topping said. class this fall, 70 percent plan to study female students. Topping pointed toward several factors engineering, with biomedical engineer“For women who came to campus, that that helped lead to the increase in women ing the most popular choice; 14 percent must have had an impact,” she said. ❖ this fall. plan to study science; 8 percent business; —Beth Kissinger The 2011-2012 school year marked the 5 percent computer science; and 3 percent 40th anniversary of when women were arts and letters. Fall 2012 9

Weatherall, longtime Stevens administrator, to retire in December Stevens announced in September that Dr. Maureen Weatherall ’78, M.M.S. ’78, vice president for enrollment management and chief administrative officer, would be retiring at year’s end. Weatherall began as Director of Admissions in 1990 and has held a series of increasingly responsible positions. “Under Dr. Weatherall’s leadership, Stevens has increased enrollment and net revenue while improving selectivity and the academic quality of our students,” President Nariman Farvardin said in a letter to the Stevens community. Weatherall also led the growth of Stevens’ nationally honored WebCampus online program, played a key role in launching Stevens’ first international program in Beijing, China, and championed Stevens’ athletics program, he said. Weatherall served as the first female president of the Stevens Alumni Association in 1991-92. She earned her D. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. “I have had a wonderful career at Stevens and am very proud to have been part of what the university has accomplished over the last 22 years,” Weatherall said.

“I have always been fortunate to have a strong group of dedicated professionals to work with, and it is because of the talent and devotion of my current team that I feel ready to move on to something new in my professional life. I know I am leaving Stevens in very good hands.’’ One recent proud moment—the 31 percent women in this fall’s incoming class, a record high at Stevens. An ongoing strategy to increase the number of women saw remarkable success this fall, she said. “I think the Celebration of 40 Years of Women at Stevens was what made this year special,” Weatherall said. “Young women who visited campus or our website saw the spirit and enthusiasm within our campus community for the success of our female students and alumnae and wanted to be a part of that success. Although the idea for the celebration originated in the Division of University Enrollment and Administration, it was embraced by the entire community including faculty, alumni and students, which is why it had such a significant impact.” Weatherall said that she plans to spend the first part of her retirement in Cali-

 In September, Stevens announced that Dr. Maureen Weatherall ’78, M.M.S. ’78, vice president of enrollment management and chief administrative officer, will be retiring at the end of the year.

fornia awaiting the birth of twin granddaughters. ❖

1 Stevens renovated classrooms and corridors inside Morton and Peirce halls this summer, in time for school this fall. Here’s a view of the old (left) and new Peirce 120, with the new classrooms getting a fresh paint job, more modern furniture, attractive molding, improved lighting and whiteboard paint that takes up the entire front wall. 2 The Stevens Honor System Pledge is now more elegantly placed on the walls, this one inside Morton 103.

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History-making Greg Gianforte ’83, family donate $10 million to Stevens


A spectacularly successful Stevens alumnus and philanthropist has made history at his alma mater, with a gift of $10 million that will change the face of the university. Greg Gianforte ’83, M.S. ’83, a serial entrepreneur in the computer networking and software industries, and his wife, Susan, have made a $10 million gift to Stevens through the Gianforte Family Foundation. It is the largest gift from a single living donor in Stevens’ history and will be used to fund a new academic building. President Nariman Farvardin announced the gift to the Stevens community in September, as he presented the Institute’s 10-year Strategic Plan, which calls for an increase in the undergraduate student body from 2,500 to 4,000 and a $400 million investment over the next decade. (See a story on Stevens’ Strategic Plan on p. 7.) “Mr. Gianforte is a force of positive and transformational change at Stevens,” Farvardin said. “This gift is a dramatic illustration of a future that is very bright for Stevens.” “Philanthropy of this magnitude goes great lengths to enabling Stevens to achieve the next level of influence, effectiveness and excellence.” Gianforte, his wife, Susan, and their

daughter, Rachel, traveled from their home in Bozeman, Mont., to Stevens in October, where more than 200 students, faculty, trustees and staff held a reception in their honor to thank them. (See story on p. 15.) The Gianforte gift will help fund a proposed new academic building, which will be named for Gianforte, and will include new laboratories, classrooms, the Department of Computer  Enjoying the Gianforte “Thank You” event, from left, are Science, the Center for Innova- Stevens Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Babbio ’66; tion in Engineering & Science Susan, Rachel and Greg Gianforte ’83; Stevens President Education (CIESE) and offices. Nariman Farvardin; and Trustee Spyros Polemis ’61. It is part of the two-building, $40 million Academic Gateway Complex that “It came at a time when Dr. Farvardin the university proposes to build on the is breathing new life into the Institute,” current site of a Stevens-owned parking added Gianforte, who said he is impressed lot at Sixth and Hudson streets and the by Farvardin’s “invigorating leadership,” Lieb Building. The project must still be his deep commitment to Stevens and his approved by the City of Hoboken. re-energized outreach to alumni. Speaking by phone from his home Gianforte is also impressed by Stevens’ office in Bozeman in late September, new Strategic Plan, he said, particularly Gianforte said a “combination of things” its goal of increasing the undergraduate prompted him and his wife to make this population. historic gift to Stevens. “Scale matters,” he said. “Stevens has “My wife and I have been incredibly done a phenomenal job providing wellblessed with business success and family. rounded graduates and has had a huge We feel an obligation to give back,” he said. impact in engineering circles, but limited outside influence. “This vision to increase the size of  Susan and Greg Gianforte ’83 and their daughter Rachel visited campus in October for a “Thank You” event, after the family donated $10 million to Stevens. It's the university's largest gift from a the institute is one of the significant points in Stevens’ history” and will take single living donor. Fall 2012 13

his alma mater to “a whole new level,” Gianforte said. Finally, Gianforte said that Stevens simply gave him a “great education.” He praises its academic rigor and real-world focus as well as the Stevens Honor System, which taught him that “there are no shortcuts.” Gianforte attended Stevens on a full academic scholarship and has been giving back since graduation, when he joined the Edwin A. Stevens Society, the annual giving donors group. He is part of a Stevens legacy family, as his father, Frank, is a member of the Class of 1958. Gianforte, a Wayne, Pa., native who started a lawn mowing business in middle school and had his own software company by high school, has founded five software companies and has been a strong influence on the industry. Along with Susan, he founded RightNow Technologies, a cloud-based customer-service and support solutions company, in a spare bedroom in 1997. The company grew to nearly 2,000 clients, including British Airways, Cisco and Sprint, more than $225 million in annual revenue and more than 1,100 employees worldwide. RightNow went public in 2004, and, in 2011, Gianforte sold the company to Oracle for more than $1.8 billion. Before founding RightNow, Gianforte co-founded Brightwork Development, 14 The Stevens Indicator

Inc., a developer of network management applications that he built to 75 employees and later sold to McAfee Associates for more than $10 million. Gianforte has also published four books. His most recent book, Attack of the Customers: Why Critics Assault Brands Online and What You Can Do About It, coauthored with Paul Gillin, was published this fall. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Monmouth County, N.J., where he met Susan, a Queens, N.Y., native who received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and has graduate degrees from Cal Berkeley and New York University. Gianforte currently works as a consultant with Oracle. But he and his wife, who have four children ages 23 to 16, spend a significant part of their time on volunteer and philanthropic efforts. Improving kindergarten through 12th grade education is simply his “passion,” he says. “I think that nothing’s more important to the country and to the economy than K-12 education,” Gianforte says. Gianforte serves on four non-profit boards that focus on K-12 education, including the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, and Petra Academy, a K-12 Classical Christian School in Bozeman where his daughter Rachel, 16, is a

junior and where his three sons attended. Through Bootstrap Montana, a microloan program that he and his wife founded to help rural entrepreneurs in Montana, Gianforte mentors four to six entrepreneurs each week. His third area of volunteer activity is devoted to the Gianforte Family Foundation. Among other things, the Foundation funds programs that focus on poverty and education in the U.S. and abroad. The Gianfortes visited Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria this past March as part of their foundation’s effort to develop K-8 Classical Christian Schools in Africa. When asked about the people who have inspired him throughout his life, Gianforte immediately mentions his father. “My dad was a big influence,” he says. “If I played baseball, he was at every game. Whatever I did, he was there.” Another influence was a longtime Stevens staff member. Richard Widdicombe, the former director of Stevens’ S.C. Williams Library, made an impact during his Stevens years. “He took me under his wing and introduced me to culture in New York City,” Gianforte says, while also teaching him to “think big and swing for the fences.” During his professional career, he’s found himself inspired by the writings of Stanford professor and author Jim Collins (Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t) and by




1 Greg Gianforte ’83 and former Stevens Library Director Richard Widdicombe have remained friends since Greg’s days as an undergraduate. 2Students in the Babbio Atrium following the “Thank You’’ event presentation. 3Zak Moy ’13 signs a “Thank You’’ poster on display at the Gianforte event. 4 Several members of the Gianforte family were on hand during the “Thank You’’ event. From left, Susan, Greg and their daughter Rachel; Greg’s brother, Michael; and Betty and Frank Gianforte ’58. 5 Student Government Association President Teddy Poppe speaks.

The Art of War, the ancient Chinese treatise and seminal work on successful leadership. But Gianforte has done things his own way. When he and his young family moved to the wilds of Montana in 1994, a colleague actually removed him from his contact list. “I love the outdoors,” he says. “I had the view that the Internet removes geography as a constraint.” He went on to build two world-class companies, and the colleague who counted him out became an investor. Gianforte unwinds in Big Sky Country by fishing, skiing, white water rafting, with an “addiction” to big game hunting; his family eats the game meat. One early morning, this avid hunter shot a black bear with a bow and arrow, found himself almost eyeball to eyeball with the creature—and still made his 10 a.m. meeting. One Gianforte could be leaving Big Sky Country though and heading back East. Rachel, his only daughter, plans to study engineering in college and is considering Stevens, Cornell (her mother’s alma mater) and other schools, her dad says. But Gianforte is keeping mum on her top choice. “I’m not going to disclose,” he says. ❖

Andrew Cupo ’13 played a sparkling “Simple Gifts” on guitar. Another student, Rachel Watson ’15, sang Natalie Merchant’s “Kind and Generous” with great feeling, her audience clapping along. As wind and rain blew outside the Babbio Atrium, the feeling inside was warm and full of gratitude, as Stevens gathered to thank the Gianforte family for its gift that many feel will bring the institute to a higher ground. “We will no longer be the hidden gem on the Hudson; we will be the gem and pride of the entire tri-state region,” said Student Government Association President Teddy Poppe ’13. “Gifts like yours will allow Stevens to raise the bar on the type of education we can offer.” Greg Gianforte ’83, his wife, Susan, and their 16-year-old daughter, Rachel, were the guests of honor at a reception in mid-October, when more than 200 students, faculty, trustees and staff gathered to thank them for their recent $10 million gift to Stevens. The day was also a small Gianforte family reunion, as Greg’s father, Frank ’58, and his wife, Betty, traveled from West Chester, Pa., and one of Greg’s brothers, Michael, came from Brielle, N.J. Stevens President Nariman Farvardin thanked the family for believing in the future of Stevens, as their gift will allow the university to significantly jumpstart a new strategic plan to offer more educational programs, further the university’s work in tackling the challenges of our time, from healthcare to energy, and foster a new generation of innovators like Gianforte. “Amazed, inspired and grateful—that’s what your gift makes us feel,” Farvardin said. “You are a spark plug for good.” Stevens Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Babbio ’66 said that the Gianforte gift has energized the campus and will inspire others to give. For Greg and his family, their gift is really “all about the students”—what Stevens strives to further become in its new strategic plan, said Dean of Engineering and Science Michael Bruno. When Greg Gianforte finally took the stage, he immediately recognized his wife, Susan, with whom he’ll celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this spring. One of his biggest sales jobs, he said, was getting this Queens, N.Y., native to move to Montana.

Rachel Watson ’15 sings at the Gianforte “Thank You” event.

He also thanked the audience for pronouncing his name correctly. “There aren’t many Italians in Montana,” he said with a smile. Gianforte said that he’s been incredibly blessed by the education he received at Stevens, and he and his wife are thrilled to be able to help Stevens reach a higher level, as the university plans to grow in size and prominence through its new strategic plan. “I was very impressed with the Strategic Plan,” Gianforte said. “It’s inspiring.” “Stevens, over its history, has poured an incredible foundation…there’s an opportunity to build to the next level.” He recalled a recent interview that he had with National Public Radio, in which he was asked why anyone would want to start a business today, given the troubled economy. Gianforte quoted Winston Churchill— “Success is going from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm”—and shared some of his own philosophy. At this point in his life, he’s spending about a third of his time working on issues related to improving education, he said. It really goes back to what he told that NPR reporter—you can choose to be an optimist. “When you decide to be an optimist, there’s no problem that’s insurmountable. If you’re an optimist through and through, every catastrophe has a silver lining,” he said. Today’s Stevens has much in the “positive column” under its new leadership, and he urged everyone to do their part to help. “It’s a chance that all of us can take to change the country for the better and to change the world,” he said. ❖

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STEVENS ALUMNI CONTINUE CAREERS INTO THEIR 80s AND 90s Editor’s Note: Stevens alumni continue to inhabit the work force, including graduates from the 1930s and 1940s. Several of these working alumni agreed to share the stor y of their careers with The Stevens Indicator. Story and Photos By Lisa Torbic, Associate Editor At age 93, Kaz Wysocki ’41 has worn a lot of hats in his life. He’s a former threeterm mayor of Hackensack, N.J. He’s been the owner for the past 66 years of a successful family business, PMC Industries, in Hackensack. He’s a car enthusiast who at one time owned 30 European cars. But perhaps the best description of Kaz Wysocki is the one he gives himself: a lifelong tinker of gadgets.

As a young teenager, Wysocki liked to work with electronics and enjoyed taking radios apart and putting them back together. He even built a few radios from scratch. “You have to remember,’’ he says, “in those days, in the 1930s, the radios weren’t portable, they were big pieces of furniture that cost a lot of money. So if they broke or stopped working, people panicked. I got a reputation around the

neighborhood as someone who could fix them, and I made a little bit of money – $1 or $2 – to fix them. Sometimes it was just a simple fix of a replaced bulb,’’ he says. On this rainy morning, while sitting in his office at PMC Industries, Wysocki reflects on his career, more than 70 years long and still going strong. It was those “gadgets’’ that interested him early on which led to his career. His father, John, started a machine repair shop, Progressive Machine Co., in 1919, and as a boy, Wysocki worked alongside his father, repairing all kinds of machines that were considered modern for the time. John Wysocki, who emigrated from Poland in 1910, recognized that his son had a gift

 PMC Industries specializes in  Kaz Wysocki ’41, center, stands with his son, Peter, at left, and grandson, Pete, at PMC Industries, Hackensack, N.J. Pete Wysocki represents the fourth generation in this family business started by Kaz Wysocki’s father, John.

 At age 93, Kaz Wysocki ’41 still goes into the office at his company, PMC Industries, every day.

closure applying machinery. In a company conference room sits this display case of the different types of products their machines have worked on.

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with technology and repairs and began asking customers about a college where his son could develop that skill. Repeatedly, John Wysocki was told of Stevens, and

“I’m a little slower than I was before, but I can get around.” —C. Basil Dearborn ’39 plans were made for the teenager to attend the small engineering school in Hoboken. During his time at Stevens, and for a few years after his graduation in 1941, Kaz Wysocki was a junior engineer for Hazeltine Corp., a designer of electronic circuits and an innovator in radio and color tele18 The Stevens Indicator

vision. Wysocki’s job was in research in television and ultra-high frequency communications for the company, which was founded by former Stevens professor Dr. Alan Hazeltine. Another area Wysocki was involved in was radar equipment and military projects, such as the “Identification Friend or Foe’’ (IFF) military detection and identification systems, something he enjoyed. But after John Wysocki suffered a heart attack in the mid-1940s, Kaz Wysocki faced a difficult choice: continue his burgeoning career at Hazeltine in Long Island, N.Y., or return to New Jersey to run his father’s business. He chose the family business and turned it into PMC Industries, as he began to direct activities toward the manufacturing of special machinery. Soon, a packaging machinery

division was established. One of the first machines he created was a nail polish capper, which allows the nail polish screw cap and a brush inserter on the same frame. Today, the company is known for its specialized field of closure applying machinery and his machines are in companies around the world. Just listen to Wysocki’s career and life and it’s obvious the man likes to keep busy. When his children were much younger, he complained about the way the school system in Hackensack was being run. So what did he do? He ran for a school board position and won. And when he didn’t like how some things were being handled in Hackensack, he again didn’t just complain, he ran for mayor and, before he knew it, had won the election, serving three terms,


Thurston LeVay ’43 sits in his office at QB Instruments in Monrovia, Calif. He’s been associated with the business for more than 65 years.

 Joe Schneider ’46 holds a piece of lace that was created on a Plauen machine in his shop. Schneider estimates that the machine has been running since 1917. Schneider holds two pieces of religious-themed lace. In his right hand, is the lace after it came out of the machine. Because lace is so delicate, it is woven on water-soluble paper. The lace is then dipped in hot water, allowing the paper to dissolve and the lace to remain. In his left hand is the product after the paper has dissolved.

from 1961-1977. And those European cars? Wysocki explains that he owned DAF cars -- unusual, small cars produced in the Netherlands for a time in the late ’50s. Wysocki began collecting them, and, true to his nature, learned from hands-on training how to restore them, since many repair shops in New Jersey had never seen them, much less knew how to fix them. He has a photo album of the 30 or so DAF cars he once owned before selling many to museums and other collectors. So it’s easy to see why being busy – and working with his hands – has kept him young at heart. And he has no plans to hang up his proprietor hat anytime soon. He still goes into his office every day, but only stays about four or five hours, as his son, Peter, and grandson, Pete, are involved with the main part of the operation. Wysocki proudly points out that Peter and Pete represent the third and fourth generations in this family company. The longtime tinker, the man who loved gadgets, now walks with a cane, takes a few extra minutes to get from place to place and talks of health ailments in the past few years, but he says he feels strong and enjoys going into the office each day. Wysocki is confident that working has

kept his mind sharp. “What would I do at home? I’d go crazy,’’ he says. “Working keeps me alive.’’ It’s a sentiment that is echoed among other octogenarian and nonagenarians contacted for this story. The desire to work is not fueled so much by finances, but by a sense of having something to do and feeling like they still have something to contribute.

“(My age) is just what my birth certificate says.” —Thurston LeVay ’43 ON THE JOB AT 95 C. Basil Dearborn ’39 is semi-retired from Dearborn Construction Company, a custom-made home building business he founded more than 50 years ago and is now based in Old Tappan, N.J. At age 95, Dearborn is personable as he explains how he handles company paper work from his home office while other employees and subcontractors handle the more physical side of a construction company. He still drives a car and just recently, he said he

mowed 10 acres of grass with a ride-on lawn mower on his family’s property. “I’m a little slower than I was before, but I can get around,’’ he says, joking that he does drive to job sites “to make sure the guys do it right.’’ Dearborn says his Stevens education really helped him in the home construction field. “Of course, we took a lot of civil engineering courses at Stevens, and electrical engineering is needed when building a house. It was a very diverse education and it’s definitely helped me,’’ he says. Another nonagenarian alumnus who works every day is Lou Beffa ’40, a licensed stock and bond broker with VBC Securities, Clifton, N.J. Beffa describes himself as “someone who is in his 95th year,’’ as he’ll turn 95 in April, and he, like Wysocki, works about five or six hours a day in a field that he enjoys. He admits he will probably have to retire completely in the next year or two. “But I’m in good health and I find the work interesting. I love it and it’s worked out pretty good,’’ he says. He credits the courses at Stevens with contributing to his successful career. “Stevens was a great start for me, no doubt about it. I learned so many problem-solving skills.’’ Fall 2012 19

 C. Basil Dearborn ’39 is semi-retired from Dearborn Construction Company, located in New Jersey.  A sign that hangs in PMC Industries.

MAKING EMBROIDERY SINCE 1946 It’s hard to believe that Joe Schneider ’46 is 88 years old. During a recent visit, the owner of A. Joseph Schneider Embroidery Co. in Guttenberg, N.J., could be seen climbing up the steps of the embroidery machines in his factory to fix broken threads at the needles or empty bobbins. Bells go off when something is not right with the machine and Schneider has to fix the mistake by hand for the machine to continue the eyelet embroidery or lace work. He laughs as he says the climbing is his workout and what keeps him in shape. It’s an impressive display of athleticism as this octogenarian does this climb up and down repeatedly during a two-hour visit. Schneider has been the owner of the self-named shop since 1953, when he officially took over the business from his aunt and uncle, but he began working at the company soon after graduation in 1946. He’s in the shop, a small brick building on Bergenline Avenue, every day, for several hours a day, as his schedule varies with each job order he gets. He has one other full-time employee and a part-time “mender,’’ a woman who comes in to correct any mistakes on the fabric the machines may have caused. The factory produces eyelet embroidery and lace which is

then sold to other embroidery companies to be put on clothing and textiles. Schneider, who believes in producing quality work, tries to have very few mistakes for her. “I don’t produce cheap work,’’ he says, “and I hate to waste yarn.’’ Guttenberg is located in North Hudson, which was once the “Embroidery Capital of the World,’’ as many embroidery factories were located in this section of New Jersey. But, things have changed, and Schneider’s shop is one of but a few left in North Hudson. Schneider admits that things have slowed down considerably since its heyday, but he still gets orders.

for college expenses. He’s held the trustee position since 1982 and the foundation hands out about 160 student loans annually. “It’s not full-time per se,’’ Scott says, “but it’s as full-time as I want it to be, maybe five or six hours a day. I go over applications. It’s not stressful and that’s what I like. I don’t need the stress at my age.’’ The job has many rewards, he says. “(The foundation) performs a valuable service in the education field in Cecil County and we get thank you letters all the time from the students,’’ he says. Thurston LeVay ’43 has been with QB Instruments, a scientific glassblowing company in Monrovia, Calif., for more than 65 years, the last 50 or so as president and owner. At almost 91 years of age, he still puts in a full eight-hour day, beginning at 7 a.m. He’s quick to point out that his age “is just what my birth certificate says’’ and it doesn’t reflect what he feels. And just ask him about retirement. “When I get old, I’ll start to think about retirement,’’ he says in his booming voice. “I’d retire if I wasn’t enjoying what I do, but this keeps me going,’’ he says. “I like to think that I’m making interesting contact with people and that I’m helping.’’ One of the embroidery machines in Schneider’s shop dates back to 1912, and was in the shop when his uncle purchased the business in 1917. Occasionally, a needle will need to be replaced, but it still runs consistently. A second embroidery machine was purchased by Schneider in about 1958. That, too, also runs. It seems like the motto in this shop, and for these alumni, could be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’’ ❖

“Stevens was a great start for me, no doubt about it. I learned so many problemsolving skills.’’ —Lou Beffa ’40

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“I have to like this business to stay here all these years,’’ he says. “I work because it gives me something to do.’’ He rhetorically asks what he would do at home. “I’m not a big TV person,’’ he says.

THE REWARDS OF WORK Charles L. Scott ’41 is a partner with his wife and two sons in Scott & Scott, a family law practice in Elkton, Md. But his interests are not strictly law these days. Scott, 92, serves as a trustee for the Columbus W. Thorn, Jr. Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic group which lends money to Cecil County (Maryland) students to pay

BY STEVENS OFFICE OF NEWS & MEDIA RELATIONS Norman Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, was the inaugural speaker at The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, held in October. Augustine’s lecture was made possible in part through a gift from Dr. William W. Destler ’68, president of Rochester Institute of Technology.

Augustine kicks off President’s Distinguished Lecture Series Almost 400 students, staff and guests packed Stevens’ DeBaun Auditorium on Oct. 24, 2012, to hear retired defense and aerospace industry executive Norman Augustine’s insights on the role of technological innovation in shaping America. Augustine, former Lockheed Martin chairman and CEO and a renowned leader in industry, government and academia, was the inaugural speaker in Stevens’ President’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Launched by Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, the series offers the Stevens community access to influential scientists, technologists and policymakers. “We live in a rapidly changing world which has been forever altered by the impact of science and technology,” said Farvardin. “This series features the world’s foremost thought leaders discussing the rate of technological innovation and the change it brings to our lives and our society. Who better than Norman Augustine to kick off this series?” Titled “Emerging Technology and Its Broad Implications,” Augustine described why technological advancement has created a new world where the impact we have on one another is no longer limited by distance. “Globalization was brought about by two scientific advances – jet aircrafts

which enable us to move people and things around the world almost at the speed of sound, and information technology which enables us to move knowledge around the world almost instantly. In this global village, change comes very quickly,” he said. Augustine said technology and innovation are in many instances forces of positive transformation. However, the nation needs to be ready to adapt to the profound implications of scientific progress. Employment – a major concern for Americans – is one critical area that is impacted by technological advancement. “Today Americans compete for jobs with highly-motivated and highlyeducated people from all over the planet,” Augustine said. He described call center representatives in India who help people in Oklahoma; physicians in Australia who read the medical scans taken in New York City hospitals; and how the pay of six Chinese chemists equals the same as one American chemist. Augustine said the solution to the jobs problem is innovation – taking worldclass research, creating new products and services, and bringing them to market. He cited studies which highlighted the connection among science and technology innovation, jobs and economic growth.

“Scientists and engineers are only five percent of the workforce, but they create jobs for a much greater proportion of the population,” he said. Augustine spoke about how America needs to better support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through education. He called America’s research universities its “greatest economic advantage,” but said they are threatened by funding cuts and rising tuition. The biggest problem, he said, is that America produces the lowest percentage of STEM graduates, compared to other degrees, than almost every other developed country. “The lack of engineering education is a severe handicap for the United States in the global economy,” Augustine said. Augustine also called for reforms of the K-12 education system to better prepare the future workforce in science and math. Jonathan Matos ’08 traveled from his home in the Washington, D.C., area just for the day to hear Augustine speak. He wasn’t disappointed. “It’s not (often) that Norm Augustine comes and speaks at your alma mater… speaking on things that are important to the entire future of Stevens and the United States,” he said. ❖ Fall 2012 21






This past summer, the busy pair founded Dynamic Spectrum, LLC, a networking technology company that aims to address the shortage of radio spectrum for police, emergency responders and the military as well as everyday people. Their company, which is under the auspices of Stevens’ Office of Academic Entrepreneurship, has developed a working prototype, known as SpiderRadio, and recently won a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer program. The grant will help commercialize this research that was originally developed at Stevens. A second area of their research involves deception detection, as the pair, along with their student team, have developed software and are in the midst of developing an iPhone app for a software program known as Jaasuz. The product can analyze small bits of text such as emails or social media content in multiple languages—50 words or more—to determine the writer’s gender or whether he or she is telling the truth. The 9/11 attacks—in which radio communications among emergency responders failed due to jammed communication channels and damaged cell phone towers—inspired them for their work with 22 The Stevens Indicator

Dynamic Spectrum, they say. And cases of sexual predators preying after children online—and the “MySpace” mom case in which a mother, pretending to be a 16-year-old boy, bullied online a 13-yearold girl who later committed suicide— help lead to their development of the Jaasuz product. “This is a disruptive technology that transcends socio-cultural factors to establish trust in social and cyber media content,” Subbalakshmi says of Jaasuz. Electrical and computer engineering tends to have less of a “human” aspect, she says. So these projects have been deeply satisfying. “To do something that can make a difference in everyday life—it’s awesome,” Subbalakshmi says. While New Jersey is the headquarters for Dynamic Spectrum, research that helped to develop the company and related cognitive radio research takes place in the Information Networks and Security (iFINITY) research lab, which they codirect, inside the Burchard Building. This past fall, the couple discussed their latest ventures. Dynamic Spectrum contains perhaps their most high profile technology right now. SpiderRadio—which resembles a

Wi-Fi router—is a wireless cognitive radio product that is intelligent. It searches for more open or under-used radio bandwidth, when others are too busy, to send communications to. Emergency communications—and cell phone calls—can get lost when there’s not enough available radio bandwidth, so this product automatically senses the spectrum and shifts to under-used bandwidths when needed, they say. “It’s able to think for itself and make decisions,” Chandramouli says. “It’s like smart trading on the stock market.” The couple sees this technology for use not just by law enforcement, but by everyday people. As more sophisticated mobile devices are developed, networks are experiencing critical bandwidth shortages, they say. For now, Dynamic Spectrum is currently partnering with the Brookline, Mass., Police Department, which will pilot test SpiderRadio by installing it in their police cars. It allows both better bandwidth and secure communications, Subbalakshmi says. “We are excited about this new technology and look forward to working with Stevens researchers and Dynamic Spectrum in the development of their cognitive

 Stevens professors and husband and wife

radio system,” said Officer Scott Wilder, director of technology and communication for the Brookline Police Department. “The Town of Brookline’s Wi-Fi mesh network, utilizing the 4.9 and 2.4 GHz spectrum, is a great real world environment to test and enhance this new groundbreaking technology.” The couple’s second research focus— which includes student researchers—is deception detection, specifically focusing on detecting author gender and deception within text. With Stevens students, the couple has developed software called Jaasuz. The software can take a piece of text—an email, for example—and help determine if the writer may be lying in their statements and about their gender by searching for certain “psycho-linguistic clues” in the text—factors previously identified by other research studies. Specific words, punctuation styles and other factors are examined, and a “pop-up” warning comes up if the text is suspicious. One example: people who lie tend to use the first person less often and keep their story very simple, Subbalakshmi says, while men often use the word “I” and women

less so. “It’s never one clue,” she says. Students are now trying to develop a Jaasuz iPhone app. The couple envisions law enforcement agencies using the software to identify cyber child predators or help determine the truth of suspects’ statements. Parents could someday use it to safeguard children as they chat online, they say. While the Department of Defense funded the basic research, angel investors have expressed interest in applications of this technology, Subbalakshmi says; the public is invited to test the software at: The couple—who met as students at the Indian Institute of Science and are natives of India—have garnered much recognition for their entrepreneurial work. They have been widely published, and their research has been funded by the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Justice, as well as industry. Both came to Stevens in 2000 and praise the entrepreneurial drive of their students and the support from Stevens. “Students get excited,” Chandramouli

Rajarathnam Chandramouli, left, and Koduvayur Subbalakshmi hold their SpiderRadio gateway prototype, which operates in Wi-Fi and 4G LTE networks. The wireless cognitive radio product will be pilot tested by the Brookline, Mass., Police Department and is designed to improve radio communications.  Professors Chandramouli and Subbalakshmi demonstrate their SpiderRadio’s router. Pictured is the device doing dynamic spectrum sensing and access, or searching for and finding more open or underused radio bandwidth.

says. “They want to prove themselves. They want to write their own iPhone apps.” Between teaching, research, their entrepreneurial activities and overseeing 10 Ph.D. students—as well as two dogs and three cats—this couple, who have been married for 13 years, make the most of their limited free time. Subbalakshmi likes to paint and sculpt, while Chandramouli plays his music—he prefers saxophone and the Mrdangam, an Indian percussion instrument. And he dreams. Chandramouli says that it’s heartening to see that real-world, useful products can come from abstract theorems. “Most of them don’t work in practice,” he says. “Perhaps I can retire soon. I’ll take a break from Stevens to pursue my music.” “Pipe dream,” his wife replies. “What she calls a mid-life crisis,” he says, with a smile. ❖ Fall 2012 23

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Designated faculty chairs allow Stevens to recruit and retain

The series will help keep Stevens at the forefront of critical

outstanding faculty – the core of an institution of higher learning – and equip them with the resources they need to provide an exceptional learning experience for students,

discussions on both national and global topics around academics and policy. Invited speakers will possess great depth of experience in their fields, and will include thought

while also advancing the frontiers of science and technology

leaders from the corporate sector as well as distinguished

through innovative research.

scientists and engineers. This series will not only generate excitement within the community, but also create excitement about Stevens beyond our walls.

To date, we have raised $20.4 million toward the Initiative, including the gift of a new tenured chair in Computer Science by Internet pioneer David Farber ’56.

The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series was initiated in October with a lecture on “Emerging Technology and Its Broad Implications” by Norman Augustine (pictured), the former CEO of Lockheed Martin. Fall 2012 25

Athletic Hall of Fame

Stevens Institute of Technology enshrined five members into its Athletic Hall of Fame 2012 Class during a ceremony held on campus to kick off Homecoming Weekend in October. The class includes Mark Bielicky ’07, Chris Bock ’06, Lorrie Brabender ’07, Bob Henderson ’80 and Brian Marks ’06. “Each one of these inductees was truly a special student-athlete during their time at Stevens, and I could not be prouder to welcome them into our Hall of Fame with so many other outstanding people,’’ said Russell Rogers, Stevens’ director of Athletics.



Bielicky led his lacrosse squad team to three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament appearances and the program’s first-ever tourney win. He was a three-time U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American and a 2007 USILA North-South Senior All-Star. Bielicky was twice named the Knickerbocker Conference Player of 26 The Stevens Indicator

Bielicky was a recipient of the 2007 John A. Davis Award, given to the senior who best exemplified loyalty and devotion to the institute; self-control and modesty; perseverance under adverse conditions; fairness to opponents and observance of the rules of the game.

the Year and was a four-time all-conference honoree. His numbers back up his accolades as he is first in the men’s lacrosse record book in goals, second in points, first in shots and first in shots on goal. His singleseason ranks are equally impressive as he ranks fourth, 10th and 14th in goals as well as eighth, 12th and 13th in points.

Bock led his team to a pair of Northeast Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) titles and three NECVA West championships. He also helped guide his squads to a pair of MOLTEN Division III Final Four appearances and was a four-time All-NECVA selection. Bock was the 2005 NECVA Tournament MVP and made the NECVA All-Tournament team four times. Bock is currently first in the men’s volleyball record book in kills, points, kills per set and service aces while checking in at No. 2 in digs and points per set. He is second and fourth in single-season kills, fifth and seventh in single-season kills per set and first in single-season service aces.

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Brabender played soccer for four years at Stevens, leading her teams to four NCAA Tournaments and four Skyline Conference titles. She ranks first in program history in games played, third in career assists and 16th in points. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades in 2004 and was a two-time first-team all-conference honoree. Brabender was the first NCAA Championship participant in Stevens’ women’s swimming, qualifying in the 200-yard butterfly in 2007. She earned honorable mention All-America honors at the national meet, helping her earn All-Meet and All-Skyline distinction and was named the Skyline Conference MVP. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2007. BOB HENDERSON – MEN’S LACROSSE, CLASS OF 1980

Bob “Rusty” Henderson is one of the best

goalies in men’s lacrosse program history. He ranks first in career save percentage and ninth in saves per game. His singleseason save percentage of .676 in 1979 is first all-time, while his .658 in 1978 is third. He was a two-time All-Knickerbocker pick and was ranked as a top-two goalie in Stevens history at the Centennial Celebration in 1984. Henderson was No. 5 nationally in save percentage in 1979 and No. 15 in 1978. BRIAN MARKS – MEN’S SOCCER, CLASS OF 2007

Marks led his men’s soccer teams to a trio of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and three Skyline Conference titles. He was a team captain and ranked as one of the top-three players to play under former Head Men’s Soccer Coach Tim O’Donohue. Marks was a four-time first-team AllSkyline selection and the 2003 and 2004 Skyline Conference Player of the Year. He was the ’04 Skyline Tournament MVP and was twice named a National Soccer Coach-


1 Stevens Director of Athletics Russ Rogers, right, gathers with the Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. They are, from left, Mark Bielicky ’07; Chris Bock ’06; Lorrie Brabender ’07; Bob Henderson ’80; and Brian Marks ’06. 2 Emily Woo ’09 enjoys the Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner in October. 3 From left, Nick Daniello ’08, Gene Peluso, men’s lacrosse coach, and Jack Oreskovich ’09 share some laughs at the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner. 4 Stevens captured the Division III Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Cup for Overall Athletic Program Excellence for the second straight season. The Cup, given to the school with the most successes across the entire athletic department, sits on display at the Hall of Fame Dinner. Stevens won the Cup the day before the dinner.

es Association of America (NSCAA) AllAmerican, earning first-team honors in 2004. In the record book, he is third alltime in assists and fourth in points. Stevens now has 102 members of its Hall of Fame since the Hall’s 1990 founding. ❖ Fall 2012 27


Homecoming Moments

 Hundreds of alumni, family and friends came to Homecoming 2012 this fall and enjoyed the Stevens Community Barbecue.

 David Turrisi-Chung, M.T.M. ’96, at right, brought his family to the Alumni Legacy Reception, held during Homecoming. With him are, from left, Misha Acton, family friend; Jenn Alford, his son Paul Turrisi-Chung’s girlfriend; Paul Turrisi-Chung ’15; Daniel Turrisi-Chung, his son; and his wife, Kathy.

 Sharing some good times at the Oktoberfest were, top row from left, Adam Morris ’06, Justin McKnight ’06, Javier Brion ’10 and Sean Glackin ’10. Bottom row from left are Angela Morris ’08, George Blazeski ’10 and Stan Valvis ’10.

 These young alumni raise their glasses at the Oktoberfest.

 Alumnae and current players from the women’s soccer team gathered for a “meet and greet” following the soccer game during Homecoming Weekend. Gathering on the Babbio Center patio, from left, are Lauren Hammerle ’14, Kara Pepe ’11, Nicole Brand ’11, Mary Chew ’11, Christine Smith ’11, and Kyle Stephens ’14.

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Twelve alumni, who are all parents of current Stevens students, returned to campus to enjoy the Alumni Legacy Reception, held during Homecoming this past October. The Legacy Reception, the first of its kind sponsored by the Stevens Alumni Association, allowed alumni parents and their children who are current Stevens students to catch up while munching on some sandwiches before heading to the next stop of the day. In total, 30 alumni, students, family and friends attended at least part of the luncheon. Some alumni brought younger children to view the campus and hopefully inspire them to one day attend Stevens.

ALUMNI PRESENT TOMFOOLERY DURING HOMECOMING Several Stevens alumni, students and staff members reunited to present “Tomfoolery” at DeBaun Center for Performing Arts, presented in conjunction with Theta Alpha Phi (TAP), during Homecoming Weekend. Tomfoolery is a musical revue with music and lyrics by Tom Lehrer. First opened in 1980, Tomfoolery presents a varied platter of some of Lehrer’s satirical, offbeat, and wicked works.

 Rick Gobeille ’80 stands with his daughter, Abby ’15, outside DeBaun Field during Homecoming. Gobeille and his wife, Beth Welhorsky Gobeille ’83, attended the Alumni Legacy Reception, but Abby had to miss it.

TAP is Stevens’ National Theater Honors Fraternity, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in fall 2010. The Stevens Alpha Chapter is the first chapter of TAP in New Jersey and the only chapter at a technical institute.  Tomfoolery marks the first full production produced by TAP since its inception. “I’m honored to be part of a group that helps to promote and develop theater at Stevens,’’ said Giovanni Gaccione ’09, coproducer. “It has been an absolute privilege to be back in the theater and to be working with so many talented individuals. I thought that the show was a huge success and am looking forward to see what next year will bring,” said Katherina Imperial ’10, co-producer and choreographer. The cast included Barbara Carames ’03, Cassidy DeSchryver ’11, Benjamin LaGue ’12, Michael Munley ’09, Frank Riccobono ’10, staff member Robert Gonzales, Jr., faculty member Linda Vollkommer-Lynch and Trevor Batchelder ’16. Director was David Zimmerman ’90 and music director was Joe Manfredonia ’12.

 Beth Hromada ’16, center, enjoys lunch with her parents, Ray Hromada ’83 and Ellen Vogt Hromada ’82. A second Hromada daughter, Emily ’14, also attends Stevens, but could not make it to the Alumni Legacy Reception.

 Cast members of Tomfoolery perform the number, “Be Prepared.” They are, from left, staff member Robert Gonzales Jr.; Benjamin LaGue ’12; Frank Riccobono ’10; Barbara Carames ’03; faculty member Linda Vollkommer-Lynch; Trevor Batchelder ’16; Michael Munley ’09; and Cassidy DeSchryver ’11.

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Her Life’s on a Roll


Amanda Nauman loves to push herself. While at Stevens, earning her undergraduate degree in engineering management and systems engineering, she was an honor student, All-American swimmer and champion triathlete before graduating in 2011. She completed her master’s a year later while simultaneously helping coach the Hoboken Masters swim team, working as a teaching assistant for the Engineering Management Department, managing a systems engineering Senior Design project, and serving as president of the Stevens student chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). So it should come as no surprise that Nauman continues to push herself, both mentally and physically, in her self-described “dream job’’ as project manager in the engineering department at Felt Racing, which designs, develops and delivers premium bicycles that are used in the Olympics and in triathlons worldwide. She not only works for the premier bike company, but also loves to represent Felt while competing in several triathlons, which combine cycling, swimming and running, throughout the year. This engineer is especially happy that she gets to work at a job that helps people just like her, ultimate athletes. “I love what I do,’’ she says. “I care about it and it really is my passion.’’ Nauman’s job at Felt Racing allows her to be creative, but also taps heavily into her engineering side. She relishes the idea of seeing the projects she manages evolve during the project life cycle and gets a kick when she sees the bike eventually end up in 30 The Stevens Indicator

the marketplace and out on the street. This dream job came about because Nauman took a chance. She grew up in Mission Viejo, Calif., and knew of the Felt Racing Company, which is based 15 minutes from her home, because her father had always been a fan of Felt bikes and made sure the bikes in his garage were from the local SoCal bike company. She became more familiar with the company’s competition bikes because of the triathlons and cycling races she competed in while racing for Stevens’ club teams. In the summer of 2011, she saw the company had an opening for a position that she easily admits she was not qualified for. “I knew I had no chance of getting that job,’’ she says, “but I wanted to work so badly for Felt that I took a chance’’ and sent in her resume. Her resume ended up with the Director of Engineering and he was so impressed with her education and her interest and knowledge of the industry, they

created an internship position for her. Everything after that sort of fell into place, she says. She says she knew her engineering management education was a true plus for Felt’s engineering department, teaching them how to manage their work more efficiently, meet all deadlines and work within a budget. “(Felt and I) are a perfect fit. I know how to work within a budget and be on time because of my Stevens education.’’ Felt was so impressed with Nauman that, after she returned to Castle Point to pursue her master’s degree, the company kept her on in a part-time capacity for 10 hours a week, allowing her to work 3,000 miles away while earning her degree in Hoboken. After graduation in May 2012, she returned full-time to the company. Nauman’s love of triathlons began at Stevens. A competitive swimmer since age 7, she loved that sport, but, after doing it for so long, was looking for a change when she arrived as a freshman. Triathlons, which have four levels: Sprint, Olympic, Half-Ironman and full-Ironman, are an intimidating challenge, as competitors, depending upon the level, must bike, swim and cycle in rapid secession. Nauman started at the Sprint level (swim .25 mile, bike 6.2 miles and run 1.5 miles),

and quickly realized how challenging it was. “I was not good at cycling in the beginning,’’ she admits, “but it was exciting to do something new.’’ She quickly felt welcomed into the “triathlon atmosphere,’’ where an athlete’s biggest competitor is herself, and says that she’s competed in about 50 triathlons since her first one. She now competes at the Olympic level, meaning that she swims for .93 of a mile, bikes for 24.8 miles and runs for 6.2 miles. Why does she train and push herself to compete? “It’s infectious,’’ she says. “You see people lining the streets, cheering on everyone who comes by, not just the one they came for. The people are so friendly. I fell in love with the positive atmosphere during my first race. It’s such a supportive community. ’’ That supportive community will be a part of her next adventure. Just weeks before speaking with The Stevens Indicator, she competed in a Half Ironman World Championship in Las Vegas, swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles. In June, she competed in an “Escape from Alcatraz, San Francisco’’ triathlon, swimming 1.5 miles in the frigid San Francisco Bay surrounding Alcatraz Island, followed by an 18-mile bicycle ride and 8-mile run in the hilly terrain of the Bay area. The run includes the notorious “Sand Ladder,’’ a 400-step staircase

climb up a beachside cliff. And recently, Nauman has been preparing for the 201112 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Short Course Triathlon World Championships, held in Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2012, as a member of Team USA. This event is an O2, meaning that it is double the Olympic level. She qualified for the event in September 2011 while at Stevens. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t be happier,’’ she says. Felt, which has been in business for more than 20 years, produces bicycles that have been used by athletes in the Tour de France and at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic games. And Nauman is truly a fan of these extreme sporting events. She even went to the Tour de France in July as a spectator. “It was a dream come true,’’ she says. “I got to meet with pro cyclists and ride on my own on the course. I will definitely go again, it was so awesome.’’ So where does this engineer/triathlete see herself in five years? “I would like to be at Felt, helping them grow. I hope to be better and stronger in all my races. And I hope to be better at balancing my work and training because right now that’s a huge challenge for me.’’ Given her history, there’s little doubt she’ll do anything but exceed this challenge. ❖

1 Amanda Nauman ’11, with her bike in France. 2 Nauman in the World Championship at Lake Las Vegas earlier this year. 3 Nauman competes in the “Day at the Beach’’ Spring Triathlon in Hermosa Beach, Calif., in October. She placed 5th overall, first in the women’s division. 4 Nauman stops by a sign in France this past summer. 5Stevens classmates Nicole Ogrosso ’09, left, and Gabrielle Czernik ’10, center, traveled to San Francisco to see Nauman compete in the “Escape from Alcatraz, San Francisco’’ triathlon. Fall 2012 31

RENAISSANCE OF GEN E ROUS GI F T A LLOWS ST EV ENS TO R E STOR E R A R E BOOK It’s not widely known that Stevens possesses a significant collection of work by and about the Renaissance inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci — one of the largest collections of da Vinci material in the Western Hemisphere. Nearly 1,000 works related to da Vinci, assembled in the Lieb Collection of Vinciana, reside in the S.C. Williams Library, where researchers, educators and students have the opportunity to examine da Vinci’s drawings. That collection received a significant boost this fall, when Stevens unveiled the restoration of a rare, early 16th-century book illustrated by da Vinci. The project was generously underwritten by Mary Jane Semcer, wife of Board of Trustee member Frank Semcer ‘65, who presented the university with this first-edition book during a luncheon organized as part of the Stevens Family Reunion on campus Oct. 5 and 6. The book, De Divina Proportione, is an influential treatise on geometry, art and architecture by the Renaissance scholar Luca Pacioli. Pacioli created three-dimensional models based on the propositions of Euclid’s Elements and asked his friend, housemate, and student da Vinci to provide realistic drawings and woodcuts of pyramids, cylinders, complex polyhedrons and other geometric forms to accompany the text. Eventually published in 1509 after a 10-year delay, it was the only book illustrated by the master to appear in print during his lifetime. “It’s not known how many copies of this book survive today worldwide,” says Adam Winger, Stevens’ head of Special Collections. “But it is safe to say there are certainly less than 100, if that many. We are extremely fortunate to have this copy.” The work came into Stevens’ hands through John William Lieb, a member of the Stevens Class of 1880 credited with the invention of hydroelectric power plants in their modern form. Lieb purchased the rare book while living and working in Italy for Thomas Edison’s firm; later, after his death, the collection was acquired by industrialist Samuel Insull, who knew Lieb through Edison, and eventually presented to Stevens in the 1930s. The Divina had been available to scholars but on a limited basis due to its delicate condition. Mrs. Semcer learned about the need for restoring historic 32 The Stevens Indicator

items from Stevens’ Historic Preservation Committee, which had prepared a list of items in need of restoration. After expressing interest in funding a project and surveying the list, she singled out the Divina project as a gift to her husband, whose birthday falls in September. During the restoration process, the book’s vellum covers, 500-year-old glue and sewing threads were removed. Each page was then cleaned, hand-washed and mended according to strict conservation standards. Restorer Michael Chrisman of Bookbinders Workshop in Garden City, N.Y., who has worked as a conservator for the Library of Congress’s Jefferson collection, performed the work, using period sewing techniques and new covers wrapped in century-old vellum to reassemble the book. The restoration took approximately two and a half months and was completed in time for the reunion event. “Working on a book of this importance and this age is a thrilling experience,” Chrisman says. “During the course of conservation treatment, it is important that the conservator uses what I

The book, De Divina Proportione, is an influential treatise on geometry, art and architecture by the Renaissance scholar Luca Pacioli. call ‘cautious confidence.’ You have to know your materials, the type of paper and the construction of the book. I kept thinking: I have to put this book into water. As I laid that sheet in the water, I watched it wick up all the water like a tidal wave moving through the sheet.” Thanks to its restoration, the Divina will be used by scholars and educators and available for viewing during library tours. Since President and his wife Hoveida Farvardin arrived on campus in 2011, Mrs. Farvardin, a member of The Historic Preservation Committee, has developed a strong interest in preserv-



ing Stevens’ history. “The university was established by a family of engineers and innovators who pioneered the development of the steamboat, designed the first American-built locomotive and invented the modern T-rail, among many other contributions. And there is so much more here,” she says. “We owe it to the future generations of our community to take care of the historic treasures this university owns. They are in clear need of being catalogued, restored and preserved. “The wonderful restoration of this amazing book — which is living history itself — is a significant step forward in that process.” ❖

1 The restored book has new covers, wrapped in century-old vellum. The Divina project was underwritten by Mary Jane Semcer, who chose the project as a birthday gift for her husband Frank Semcer ’65. 2 Here is the restored De Divina Proportione, a 500-year-old book owned by Stevens that contains rare drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Its recent restoration took more than two months to complete. 3 During the Divina restoration process, 500-year-old glue was removed from the pages. 4 Hoveida Farvardin, wife of Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, views the restored Divina during the Stevens Family Reunion in October. Mrs. Farvardin is a member of Stevens’ Historic Preservation Committee and has championed preserving the Institute’s history. Fall 2012 33

Members of Stevens’ founding family A

pproximately 75 descendants of Stevens’ founding family recently held a special reunion celebrating their ancestors’ tremendous contributions to innovation throughout history. Stevens, founded in 1870, is named for a distinguished family of engineers who are responsible for some of the nation’s most influential maritime and railroad systems innovations. For the past two centuries, descendants have held prominent positions in industry and society. Notable members include a former member of Congress, a U.S. Ambassador to Spain, and a member of the first class of the U.S. Naval Academy. “The Stevens family was a dynamic force of technological innovation in the industrial age and their legacy continues to inspire our students and guide our alumni in the information age,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. During the reunion on Oct. 5 and 6, the family toured the university that bears its name, viewed mementos and artifacts and learned more about their ancestors’ roles in America’s scientific and techno34 The Stevens Indicator


logical progress. The tour included visits to the Davidson Laboratory, the Financial Systems Center, and special collections in the S.C. Williams Library. On display was a 1900 Panhard Lavassor, the oldest operating 4-cylinder car in the United States. The antique, which belongs to John Hovey ’57, was previously owned by Stevens. Footage of the car racing around the Stevens athletic complex in the 1920s was shown. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer officially welcomed the family members and presented them with a plaque desig-

nating “Edwin A. Stevens Avenue” along the Stevens campus. Stevens community members gave brief comments about the Stevens campus of today, with remarks from Farvardin; Stevens Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Babbio ’66; Chris Ferreri ’77, managing director of ICAP; and Victoria O’Connor ’11, a law student and young alumni member of the Stevens Board of Trustees. During one reception, a one-of-a-kind cake prepared by Carlo’s City Hall Bakery, the Hoboken bakery featured on the reality television series, “Cake Boss,” was presented. The cake featured an authentic replica of the America, commemorating the Stevens family’s many contributions to the nautical industry as inventors of pioneering models of sailboats, steam boats, ferries, warships and naval weaponry. Jonathan Reckford, the current CEO of Habitat for Humanity International and a Stevens family descendant, spoke about his family’s legacy of innovation and service. Stevens last hosted a reunion for the Stevens family 32 years ago. The 2012 re-

hold reunion on campus union was spearheaded by Richard Widdicombe, the former Stevens library director who organized the last reunion in 1980. “Richard’s contribution to this unforgettable weekend was substantial,” said Farvardin. “We will certainly not wait another 32 years to reunite with the Stevens family.” ❖

1 About 75 members of the Stevens family reunited on campus in the fall. 2 Stevens President Nariman Farvardin holds the proclamation, issued by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, honoring the Stevens family on their October reunion. 3 A unique cake, created by Carlo’s City Hall Bakery in Hoboken (of TV’s “Cake Boss” fame), was presented during the Stevens family reunion. The cake pays homage to the contributions of the Stevens family in the nautical industry and featured a replica of the America. 4 Dozens of Stevens family members, guests and members of the Stevens community gather during the reunion for a video presentation. 5 Richard Widdicombe and his wife, Martha, take time for a photo during the Stevens family reunion. He is credited with spearheading this year’s reunion, the first since 1980. 6 Family members look at old photos during the Stevens family reunion. 7 A 1900 Panhard Lavassor, owned by John Hovey ’57, was on display during the Stevens family reunion. The car was once owned by the University. The antique is the oldest operating 4-cylinder car in the United States. Fall 2012 35



tevens has a long history of attracting students from Spanishspeaking countries. In November 1961, a group of Spanishspeaking students at Stevens—hailing from Spain, Venezuela, Ecuador and Cuba —established the Stevens Latin American Club. The purposes of the club were to stimulate the exchange of ideas between the Latin American students and the rest of the student body, and to help familiarize incoming students with Stevens life. A group of Stevens alumni from Latin America has stayed in touch over the years, and in 2007 held their first reunion in Miami (they call it Reunion de la Cumbre). Last August, they got together again. And this time, they took the occasion to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary. The reunion was held again in Miami and was attended by alumni who traveled from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica, as well as from the U.S. Most of them journeyed thousands of miles to attend. The next reunion of the Stevens Latin American Club alumni will be held in 2015 in Madrid, Spain, and the planning has already begun. For more information, please contact Luis de Larrauri '65 at

1 Maria and Roger Rivera ’71, at right, and Elvira and Moises Tacle ’71, center, attend a gathering of the Stevens Latin American Club in Miami this summer with the Tacles’ son and daughter-in-law, Moises Tacle Garcia and Karina Baquerizo. Moises Tacle is president of la Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral of Guayaquil in Ecuador. 2 The Stevens Latin American Association recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in Miami and more than a dozen alumni and guests gathered to reminisce. They are, in front from left, Giussepe La Manna ’69 and Carlos Linares ’71. Top row, from left, Tomas Kiss ’71, Leon Roditi ’71, Roberto Bandel ’76, Angel Casanova ’69, Vicente Citarella ’62, Manuel Perez ’68, Moises Tacle ’71, Roger Rivera ’71, Tomas de Rossi ’73 and Steve Bandel ’74.

Fishing Club BY DICK MAGEE ’63


he Stevens Alumni Association Fishing Club had its fall fishing trip on Oct. 20 out of Belmar, N.J. Once again, we chartered the Mad Gaffer II. The ocean had large 4- to 6-foot swells, making fishing a challenge. The almost non-existent current made for poor fishing early on, and only three blue fish were boated in the first five hours. However, Captain Ray kept us out late, and we were rewarded for his patience. Around 2:30 p.m., the bite turned on, and we were into massive blue fish up to 18 pounds that provided exciting, non-stop action for all. Dave Benda ’85 and his son Andrew joined us for the first time, with outstanding success. Andrew won the pool with a 37-inch striped bass, and his dad landed numerous large blues. We arrived back at the dock at 5 p.m. tired but happy that we didn’t come in earlier. The two other fall fishing trips were cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed. To receive notices of future fishing trips, email Fishing Club President Dick Magee ’63 at

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Andrew Benda, right, seen with his dad, Dave Benda ’85, caught the largest fish—a 37-inch striped bass—at the Fishing Club’s trip in October out of Belmar, N.J.


Houston Club BY FRANK ROBERTO ’76


wenty alumni, with their guests bringing the total to nearly 40, warmly welcomed Stevens President Nariman Farvardin and his wife, Hoveida, to Houston for a luncheon at Brennan’s in September. Al Foytlin ’68 recently passed the lead of the Houston Club to me, but, unfortunately, we could not match Al’s availability to our visitors’ schedule, and he had to miss the lunch. We will be honoring Al at our next event to thank him for his club leadership. Speaking to a 50-year window of graduates, Classes of 1961 through 2011, Dr. Farvardin shared the recently unveiled strategic plan for the Institute. Accompanying Dr. and Mrs. Farvardin were Ed Eichhorn ’69, Stevens’ Vice President for Development; Dawn da Silva, assistant vice president for Development; and Michael Smullen, associate executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association. A roving jazz band serenaded the gathering, adding to the restaurant’s New Orleans atmosphere.

1 Houston Club President Frank Roberto ’76 and Natalie Czaplicki ’76 enjoy the Presidential Reception luncheon, hosted by the club in Houston in September. 2 Stevens President Dr. Nariman Farvardin, center left, and his wife, Hoveida, center right, gather with several Stevens alumni at the Presidential Reception sponsored by the Houston Club. From left are Danielle Bisson ’10, M. Eng. ’11, Rich Tomasheski ’11, the Farvardins, Stephanie Miller ’11 and Abel Alvarez ’11. Dr. Farvardin is holding, Energy, Trading and Investing, the recently published book written by Davis Edwards ’95.

3A roving jazz band entertained the almost 40 in attendance at the Presidential Reception, sponsored by the Houston Club. Graduates from as early as 1961 to as recent as 2011 enjoyed the food, company and music during the lunch that day.

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Boston Club BY PHYLLIS DOIG ’85


his past summer, Debi Motler ’86 offered to organize the Boston Club’s outing to the Tall Ships Tour, as I was away on vacation just prior to the event. She did a great job! Besides the viewing, Robert Miller ’77 and his wife Donna also went sailing aboard a ship, which happened to take place during Fleet Week in Boston. We saw historic tall ships as well as naval ships, including a battleship which featured an Osprey aircraft. Afterwards, the group went to Boston’s North End and enjoyed a delicious Italian meal at Assagio’s Restaurant.

1 The Stevens Alumni Association’s Boston Club hosted a gathering and viewing of the Tall Ships Tour when they arrived in Boston this past summer during Fleet Week. From left, Club President Phyllis Doig ’85 stands with Debi Motler ’86, Robert Miller ’77 and his wife Donna Miller. Motler organized the group’s outing. 2 The Stevens Alumni Association Boston Club was able to see naval ships and historic tall ships, like this one, during Fleet Week in Boston.


he NJ Tech Meetup, a monthly meeting of more than 150 entrepreneurs and innovators, held an “NJ Spark Summit” in September at its usual meeting spot—Stevens. Some alumni attended the day-long event, which featured panels and guest speakers, including Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. Topics included everything from financing to company culture, as participants strive to share best practices and knowledge gained from their failures and successes. For more information about the NJ Tech Meetup, which boasts some 1,600 members, visit

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Stevens Metropolitan Club BY DON DAUME ’67


his club maintains monthly meetings through the summer mostly at Marinero Grill, a good “munchitation” location with a soupcon of “imbibeyness,” fostering concerned conversation about our alma mater, our experiences as students and now as alums. Our membership renewal began in September with the request for $30 annual dues. A paring of the mailing list began as well. The dues are partly used for our annual donation to Stevens scholarships and to subsidize the December holiday party. You are heartily invited to our luncheons, held the fourth Thursday of every month, for a “look-see.” Maybe you will decide to become an SMC member to join us in strengthening our bond to one another and to Stevens.

1 Members of the Stevens Metropolitan Club gathered for lunch and their monthly meeting at Marinero Grill. Pictured, from left, are Ed Wittke ’45, John Stevens ’72, Don Daume ’67, Ed Pittaluga ’45, Joe Schneider ’46 and Bob Bosse ’50.

Old Guard Club

1 At the Fall Old Guard Luncheon were, from left, Peggy and Bill Neill ’47 and Townley and Bob Neill ’51. Bill and Bob are brothers, with Townley and Bob visiting Stevens from New Mexico. 2 Martin Bachthaler ’51, left, and Ed Wilson ’52 show a little humor when they hold up table signs which display their class years at this fall’s Old Guard Luncheon. 3 The Class of 1957 and their wives gather for the Old Guard Luncheon.

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An excellent gift

Stevens chairs complement any setting and are the perfect addition to your home or office. The Stevens seal is silk-screened or laser-engraved in gold on the front of each chair. To order, complete the form below and mail it in with a check (7% sales tax for N.J. residents) to the Stevens Alumni Association. Name ______________________________________________________ Class ___________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________ E-mail _________________________________________________________

ARM CHAIR  Black Enamel Gold Trim—silk-screened ......................... $300  Black with Cherry—laser-engraved ................................ $310 BOSTON ROCKER  Black Enamel Gold Trim—silk-screened ......................... $300  Black with Cherry—laser-engraved ................................ $310 SWIVEL ARM CHAIR  Black Enamel Gold Trim—silk-screened ......................... $385  Black with Cherry—laser-engraved ................................ $390 CHILD’S ROCKER (optional personalization)  Black Lacquer with Cherry—laser-engraved ................... $175  All Cherry—laser-engraved ............................................ $180

TOTAL $ _________________________________ Sales Tax—7% (N.J. res.) $ _______________ Bulk shipping to Stevens $29 per chair GRAND TOTAL $ ________________________ Make check payable to: Stevens Alumni Association Castle Point, Hoboken, NJ 07030 For more information, call the Stevens Alumni Office at (201) 216-5163, or e-mail


SAVE THE DATE: MAY 31, JUNE 1 & JUNE 2 Come home to Stevens whether you’re celebrating a reunion or just meeting up with old friends. Check out the campus! More details coming soon.

QUESTIONS? Call the Stevens Alumni Office,


To see photos from Alumni Weekend 2012, please visit

GRADUATE LOG John J. Santa Pietro, M.S. ’66, Ph.D. ’69, is a principal sensor systems engineer with the MITRE Corporation in Eatontown, N.J. He lives in Edison, N.J., with his wife, Linda; they have two grown children. John can be reached via email at Jingxi He, M.Eng. ’02, works as a principal engineer with SBM Offshore in Houston, Texas. He lives in Katy, Texas, and can be reached at Jerome Montigny, M.S. ’08, works as a customer support manager with Application Security, Inc., in New York City. He lives in Hoboken, N.J., and can be reached at

Lymari Castro, M.Eng. ’11, is a systems engineer with the Department of Defense and lives in Glen Burnie, Md. Suraj A.K. Kalia, M.Eng. ’97, is managing director in the Healthcare Research Department for C.K. Cooper & Company, headquartered in Irvine, Calif. Hao Wang, M.Eng. ’11, works as a support technician/programmer with Premium Technology, Inc., in New York City. He lives in Jersey City, N.J. Anne C. Pinder, M.S. ’01, is assistant director, Enterprise Information Services, with Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. Anne lives in Mullica Hill, N.J., with her husband, Martin. They have one son, Robert.

Kevin J. Bly, M.S. ’91, works as a senior chemist with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. in Annandale, N.J. Kevin received the Award of Merit from ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants this past May and was also named a fellow. The award is ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities. Bly serves the ASTM as a volunteer in a number of capacities, among them as vice chairman of Subcommittee D02.05 on Properties of Fuels, Petroleum Coke and Carbon Material and Subcommittee D02.08 on Volatility.


Retired Stevens Professor Silvio Laccetti, Hon. M.Eng. ’96, also known as “Mr. New Jersey” because of his published books, unfurls the New Jersey flag to the wind at Colorado’s Great Gorge Suspension Bridge, high above the Arkansas River. He traveled to Colorado in September. 2 Gailanne Barth, M.S. ’96, came to campus recently. 3 David Puentes, M.S. ’05, represented his employer, PTS Consulting, during a Career Fair on campus this fall. 4 Helen Demir, M.S. ’08, came to Homecoming Weekend festivities this past October with her nephew, Luis Zonenberg, 7. 5 Krunalkumar Surana, M.B.A. ’11, returned to campus for a Career Fair this fall. He works for S&P Capital IQ. 6 Gwendolyn Ruettinger, M.Eng. ’95, returned to campus recently to update her records. While a student at Stevens, she used her birth name, Uyen Truong. She’s living in Germany with her husband, Wolfgang.

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A number of graduate alumni presented at the American Society for Engineering Education conference in June 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. They were: S. Jimmy Gandhi, Ph.D. ’10, an adjunct faculty member at Stevens and Baruch College; Brian J. Sauser, Ph.D. ’05, currently an associate professor with the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Texas and a former Stevens professor; Kathryn D. Abel ’91, M.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’01, industry professor and director of the Engineering Management program with Stevens’ School of Systems & Enterprises; Anirban Ganguly, M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’09; and Alex Gorod, Ph.D. ’10, a visiting fellow at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Stanley E. DeFisher, M.Eng. ’05, has moved from Hackettstown, N.J., to Monterey, Calif.; Rosalie M. Allgair, M.S. ’73, from Bridgewater, N.J., to Cumberland, R.I.; Rajeev Chandrasekharan, M.S. ’03, from Inverness, Ill., to Martinsville, N.J.; Hehe Feng, M.Eng. ’12, from Jersey City, N.J., to Salt Lake City, Utah; S. Jimmy Gandhi, Ph.D. ’10, from Nutley, N.J., to Valencia, Calif.; Gitanjali K. Kannan Montreuil, M.S. ’02, and husband Maxime Montreuil, M.S. ’02, from Morristown, N.J., to Parker, Colo.; and Thomas J. Madden, M.S. ’72, from Morristown, N.J., to Atlanta, Ga.

Editor’s Note: Obituaries for graduate school alumni can be found on the Stevens Alumni Association website:

Theresa M.B. Davis, M.S. ’05, has moved from Stirling, N.J., to Kingstree, S.C.; Zonghu He, Ph.D. ’11, from Budd Lake, N.J., to San Gabriel, Calif.; Andrew R. Scygiel, M.S. ’06, from Hillsborough, N.J., to Windermere, Fla.; Ernest S. Esposito, M.Eng. ’09, from East Brunswick, N.J., to Elkton, Md.; Nicolas Girard, M.S. ’03, from Hackensack, N.J., to Boston, Mass.; Arthur B. Shesser, M.S. ’51, from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to Chevy Chase, Md.



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A three-year, $1 million challenge has been issued by Stevens Institute of Technology’s Chairman of the Board, Dr. Lawrence T. Babbio ’66. His call to action to increase participation and support for the University has resulted in more than 300 alumni donations in the first six months. Join the effort to meet the challenge and increase your gift’s impact! For more information please visit:

All gifts are important to the ongoing success of Stevens.





Your check should be made payable to Stevens Institute of Technolog y. Mail checks to The O f fice of Development at the following addre s s:

A credit card gif t to Stevens is not only convenient; it also entitle s you to the same income -ta x deduction as a gif t of cash. To make your credit card gif t, please do so on-line by clicking “Make a Gif t” at the top of the homepage.

You can pledge your suppor t by ex tending the proce s s of payment for your fiscal year contribution, over the cour se of several payments. An ex tended payment plan might be for you if you would like to make a larger contribution.

Making a gif t of appreciated securitie s or stock to Stevens Institute of Technolog y is both a generous ge sture and a ta x- ef ficient method of suppor ting the Univer sit y. In most instance s, you can receive a ta x deduction for the full market value of your gif t and avoid capital gains ta xe s.

St even s In s tit u t e o f Technolog y Castle Point on Hudson Hoboken, NJ 07030 (201) 216 -5241

To make a gift call the Office of Development at 201.216.5241 or visit THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!


VITALS MARRIAGES – Michael S. Covello ’05 to Cheryl Viggiano on Aug. 26, 2011. – Kevin M. McCormick ’05 to April D. Hartmann ’07 on Oct. 6, 2012. – Teo Steve Demetriades ’07 to Kristy Buzzerio on Sept. 2, 2012. – John R. Dillon ’10 to Trisha Jo Phillips on Oct. 26, 2012. – Melissa Franzese ’10 to Jonathan S. Landis ’11 on Oct. 28, 2012. – Heidi Bertels, Ph.D. ’11, to Jess Wallace Brallier on Sept. 22, 2012.

NEW ARRIVALS To Avnish Tahim ’03 and Jennifer R. Modi Tahim ’05, a son, Ayden Veer Tahim, on Aug. 19, 2012.

OBITUARIES + F. Kasoff ’36 ............................. 7/22/12 + F.W. Giaccone ’41 ..................... 2/24/12 + I. Levine ’41.............................. 7/22/12 E. Mullan ’42 ............................. 8/2012 R.H. Christensen ’43 ................ 5/25/03 + E.J. Grogan ’43 ........................... 5/4/12 + M.S. Kurtz ’43 .......................... 7/25/12 A.R. Hockstein ’44.................... 9/15/12 C. Morgan ’44............................. 2/6/12 + B. Rider ’44 .............................. 5/27/12 + H.S. Trabold, II ’44 ..................... 6/9/12 + W.L. Wool, Jr. ’44 ...................... 9/30/12 + N. S. Hill, IV ’45 ........................ 3/10/12 D.D. Pierson ’46 ......................... 8/9/12 G.E. Mac Veigh ’46 ................. 12/20/11 R.L. Burns ’47 .......................... 11/5/12 C.L. Kort ’47 ............................. 9/17/12 + H.J. Schneider ’47 .................... 9/21/12 + H.C. Buckelew, Jr. ’48 ................ 7/9/09 W. Ellison ’48 .......................... 10/26/12


+ + + +

J.J. Brighouse ’49 ................... 10/23/12 R.B. Collins ’49......................... 8/29/12 W. Frank ’49 ............................. 4/10/10 W.G. Ilg ’49............................. 11/24/09 R.W. Perry ’49 ............................ 2/1/12 R.H. Schroeder ’49 ................... 5/10/12 J.J. Dato ’51 ............................... 9/8/12 W.F. Davis ’51 ........................... 6/20/12 V.C. Mekeel ’51 ........................ 1/11/12 W.S. Tsie ’57 ........................... 12/18/08 M.H. Lipton ’58 ........................ 3/27/91 M.W. Moore ’60 ........................ 6/13/12 S.E. Letavish ’62 ....................... 7/16/98 M.C. Fliesler ’65 ....................... 7/27/12 G.B. Robinson, Jr. ’67............... 5/17/11 Editor’s Note: The Stevens Indicator reports the passing of alumni and other members of the Stevens community as the staff becomes aware of them. Graduate School obituaries are now published on the Stevens Alumni Association website:

W.G. Douglass ’70 ................. Unknown + J.V. Hatala ’71 ........................ 12/25/10 B.E. Lutz ’71............................. 3/15/10 T.P. Svolos, Jr. ’71 .................. Unknown

GRADUATE SCHOOL F.P. Krukiel, M.S. ’51 .............. 10/30/12 L.O. Troberg, M.S. ’51 ............... 8/19/12 F. Hierholzer, Jr., M.S. ’54 ......... 7/17/12 R.T. Hyatt, M.S. ’57 .................. 8/15/91 W.F. Podgorski, M.S. ’57 ........... 8/18/12 T.L. Ray, Ph.D. ’66 ...................... 3/9/10 T.L. Klos, M.M.S. ’70 ............. Unknown D.J. Ladd, M.S. ’71, Hon. D.Eng. ’09 8/24/12 J.A. Carney, M.S. ’80 ............. Unknown S.S. Robb, M.S. ’90 .................. 8/29/12 P.A. Duris, M.Eng. ’91................ 6/2011 D.H. Moon, M.Eng. ’94, Ph.D. ’03 Unknown A.J. O’Connor, M.S. ’99............. 4/21/08 + Obituary in this issue

Alumni Weekend 2013

May 31, June 1& 2

More details to come. Questions? Call the Alumni Office, (201) 216-5163.

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o you have memories of Castle Stevens, the ancestral home of the Stevens family that occupied Castle Point prior to the construction of the Howe Center? Do you have photos or even movies? If so, we need to hear from you. Hoveida Farvardin, Stevens’ First Lady, has taken an interest in the history of our alma mater and its founding family.  She is leading an initiative to raise awareness about Stevens’ history and hopes to make a video about the Castle. Mrs. Farvardin wants to preserve these memories, narrated by people who experienced the Castle, for future generations of the Stevens community. Working with her on the project are Richard Widdicombe, retired director of Stevens’ S.C. Williams Library; Adam Winger, digital initiatives librarian at the Williams Library; and John Dalton ’60, who authored a series of articles in 1959 on the Castle’s history.  They are launching two efforts: compiling Castle Stevens information and its place in American history; and interweaving it with memories from those who worked, lived, ate or socialized there. The Stevens Castle was a well-known building on campus. Until its 1959 demolition, it served at times as a dormitory, cafeteria and as office space. The architectural beauty of the rotunda, circled by a balcony at the second floor level, and crowned by a stained glass window atop the dome, belonged to a bygone age.  The unsupported cantilevered staircase with its elegant handcarved balustrade was one of only two such “floating staircases” in America.  Social events held at the Castle were notable affairs. However, with maintenance costs running $30,000 per year (roughly $240,000 in today’s dollars) and the school in need of space for a student center and administrative offices, the Stevens Board of Trustees approved its replacement, and the Castle was demolished in December 1959.  Anyone wishing to contribute memories should contact John Dalton at or 732310-8782. ❖ – By John Dalton ’60

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 The Stevens Castle being used as a dormitory, circa 1917.

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WHAT IS A CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY? Sometimes called a CGA, it’s a simple agreement between you and Stevens. You can establish a Charitable Gift Annuity with a minimum gift of $10,000. Annuitants must be 65 years of age or older when payments begin; the older the annuitant(s), the higher the rate. Current one-life annuity payment rates offered by Stevens range from 4.7% (age 65) to 9% (age 90+), which are high compared to other vehicles that you may use to generate income.*


HOW IT WORKS 1. You transfer cash or securities to Stevens. 2. You receive an income tax deduction and may save capital gains taxes. Stevens pays a fixed amount each year to you and/or anyone you name for life. Typically, a portion of these payments is tax-free. 3. When the gift annuity ends, its remaining principal passes to Stevens.

YOUR BENEFITS R Fixed annual income at a favorable rate of return for yourself (and/or another person you choose) for life R The potential for income appreciation if your gift is funded with low-yielding assets R A portion of your annuity income will usually be tax-free

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CGA Remainder to Stevens

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To learn more about how a Charitable Gift Annuity works for your benefit, or to discuss other planned giving options available at Stevens, please contact:

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VITALS MARRIAGES – Michael S. Covello ’05 to Cheryl Viggiano on Aug. 26, 2011. – Kevin M. McCormick ’05 to April D. Hartmann ’07 on Oct. 6, 2012. – Teo Steve Demetriades ’07 to Kristy Buzzerio on Sept. 2, 2012. – John R. Dillon ’10 to Trisha Jo Phillips on Oct. 26, 2012. – Melissa Franzese ’10 to Jonathan S. Landis ’11 on Oct. 28, 2012. – Heidi Bertels, Ph.D. ’11, to Jess Wallace Brallier on Sept. 22, 2012.

NEW ARRIVALS To Avnish Tahim ’03 and Jennifer R. Modi Tahim ’05, a son, Ayden Veer Tahim, on Aug. 19, 2012.

OBITUARIES F. Kasoff ’36 .................................. 7/22/12 F.W. Giaccone ’41 ......................... 2/24/12 I. Levine ’41 .................................. 7/22/12 E. Mullan ’42 ................................. 8/2012 R.H. Christensen ’43 ..................... 5/25/03 E.J. Grogan ’43 ............................... 5/4/12 M.S. Kurtz ’43 ............................... 7/25/12 A.R. Hockstein ’44 ........................ 9/15/12 C. Morgan ’44 ................................. 2/6/12 B. Rider ’44 .................................. 5/27/12 H.S. Trabold, II ’44 .......................... 6/9/12 W.L. Wool, Jr. ’44 .......................... 9/30/12 N. S. Hill, IV ’45 ............................ 3/10/12 D.D. Pierson ’46.............................. 8/9/12 G.E. Mac Veigh ’46 ..................... 12/20/11 R.L. Burns ’47 .............................. 11/5/12 C.L. Kort ’47.................................. 9/17/12 H.J. Schneider ’47 ........................ 9/21/12 H.C. Buckelew, Jr. ’48 ..................... 7/9/09 W. Ellison ’48 .............................. 10/26/12

J.J. Brighouse ’49 ....................... 10/23/12 R.B. Collins ’49 ............................. 8/29/12 W. Frank ’49 ................................. 4/10/10 W.G. Ilg ’49 ................................. 11/24/09 R.W. Perry ’49................................. 2/1/12 R.H. Schroeder ’49 ....................... 5/10/12 J.J. Dato ’51.................................... 9/8/12 W.F. Davis ’51 ............................... 6/20/12 V.C. Mekeel ’51 ............................. 1/11/12 W.S. Tsie ’57 ............................... 12/18/08 M.H. Lipton ’58 ............................. 3/27/91 M.W. Moore ’60 ............................ 6/13/12 S.E. Letavish ’62 ........................... 7/16/98 M.C. Fliesler ’65 ............................ 7/27/12 Editor’s Note: The Stevens Indicator reports the passing of alumni and other members of the Stevens community as the staff becomes aware of them. Graduate School obituaries are now published on the Stevens Alumni Association website:

G.B. Robinson, Jr. ’67 ................... 5/17/11 W.G. Douglass ’70 ...................... Unknown J.V. Hatala ’71 ............................. 12/25/10 B.E. Lutz ’71 ................................. 3/15/10 T.P. Svolos, Jr. ’71 ...................... Unknown

GRADUATE SCHOOL F.P. Krukiel, M.S. ’51 ................... 10/30/12 L.O. Troberg, M.S. ’51 ................... 8/19/12 F. Hierholzer, Jr., M.S. ’54 ............. 7/17/12 R.T. Hyatt, M.S. ’57 ....................... 8/15/91 W.F. Podgorski, M.S. ’57 ............... 8/18/12 T.L. Ray, Ph.D. ’66 .......................... 3/9/10 T.L. Klos, M.M.S. ’70 .................. Unknown D.J. Ladd, M.S. ’71, Hon. D.Eng. ’09 8/24/12 J.A. Carney, M.S. ’80.................. Unknown S.S. Robb, M.S. ’90....................... 8/29/12 P.A. Duris, M.Eng. ’91 .................... 6/2011 D.H. Moon, M.Eng. ’94, Ph.D. ’03 Unknown A.J. O’Connor, M.S. ’99 ................. 4/21/08

Alumni Weekend 2013

May 31, June 1& 2

More details to come. Questions? Call the Alumni Office, (201) 216-5163.

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