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SAVE THE DATE: MAY 31, JUNE 1 & JUNE 2 Come home to Stevens whether you’re celebrating a reunion (years ending in "3" or "8") or just meeting up with old friends. Check out our exciting schedule! — Sample tastings from local restaurants — GOLD alumni party — Reunion gatherings — President’s Address — Alumni BBQ & Kids Carnival — Wine & Beer Tastings — STEP Reunion For more details and to register, — Greek Open Houses visit — Alumni Block Party or call (201) 216-5163. — Alumni Dinner Dance, and more!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Editorially, the sole substitution I would have made was to replace Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s photo with one of (Stevens family descendant and Habitat for Humanity CEO) Jonathan Reckford. Habitat for Humanity is a charity supported by a lot of alumni, and the connection to the Stevens family was buried in the narrative. Perhaps you can find space in the winter issue to do a story on the final resting place of the home our students built for the Solar Decathlon in D.C. and connect the dots therein. (Editor’s Note: A follow-up story on the 2011 Solar Decathlon project appeared in the January 2013 issue of The Stevens Alumniletter. A story on the 2013 Solar Decathlon team appears in this issue.)

Gianfortes set good example I want to add my thanks to the Gianforte family for their awesome (and I mean that in the true definition of the word) gift to Stevens. The Gianforte family is an excellent example of a person succeeding in our world and sharing it, of his own accord. This is what good people do. And it is relevant to our current national debate on the oppressive nature of our federal government’s overburdening tax structure. The more you tax a people, the less they are willing to share their wealth. Maurice del Prado ’86 (Editor’s Note: A story on the $10 million gift to Stevens from Susan and Greg Gianforte ’83 appeared in the Fall 2012 Indicator.)

Lively new Indicator

Fine Fall 2012 issue

Congratulations on the new, improved format of The Stevens Indicator. So many interesting articles, in addition to the specific class notes. The front cover shows bright, lively color.

The Indicator’s Fall 2012 issue reached my mailbox yesterday (while it’s still fall!), and Ann grabbed it before I even had a chance to peruse it. She loved the new format and use of color—it really brightens the content.

Kaz Wysocki ’41

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Nice variety of articles appealing to various generations of alumni, and I hope that featuring Greg Gianforte’s historic gift as the cover story will get more of my fellow alums thinking along the same lines. The articles on De Divina Proportione and the Stevens Family Reunion convey much about our rich heritage.

I liked that you published both complimentary and critical letters, although I found Tom Taber’s critique off target. The Indicator isn’t a company annual report, and any alumni interested in the audited financial statements can find them on the Stevens website. On a sad note, this morning’s Star-Ledger reported the death of Class Secretary Gerry Canevari ‘47. I had just read his log entry last night. (Editor’s Note: Mr. Canevari passed away on Dec. 14, 2012; his obituary appears in this issue of The Indicator.) In perusing the Class Logs, I was pleased to see how many classes are emphasizing gifts to their Class Scholarship Funds. Per aspera ad astra, John Dalton ’60

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14 Disaster Aid

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated areas along the East Coast, Stevens alumni have volunteered in droves to help with the recovery effort. Other alumni are in a position to help because of their careers. Read about these exemplary individuals and how their acts helped care for flood victims, rebuild homes, and return transportation to normal.

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24 The House That Stevens Built

Stevens enters the Solar Decathlon 2013 with its solo project, Ecohabit, a “net-zero’’ house. For the first time, an all-Stevens entry will be submitted in the prestigious competition, with 66 talented students working together to create the solarpowered house.

Opposite: Dick McCormack ’53 was part of the massive cleanup efforts at Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y., which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Above left: Stevens is competing in the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition; here’s a rendering of its Ecohabit house. Above right: Cristina Martinez ’94, M.Eng. ’96, is a senior associate with Thornton Tomasetti and board president of the ACE Mentor Program of New Jersey.

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26 True Scholar Athletes

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Eighty scholar athletes were recognized for outstanding performances on the field and in the classroom.

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


29 A Helping Hand

Cristina Martinez ’94, who emigrated from Portugal as a child and went on to become a successful engineer, hasn’t forgotten what it means to struggle to have a better life. Read about her journey and her devotion to mentoring, to help today’s students succeed.


Dick McCormack ’53, right, volunteered for eight days at Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y., which saw damage from Superstorm Sandy and a raging fire. Here, he walks with two other volunteers to a home at Breezy Point that was damaged from the tidal surge. Photo: Jeffrey Vock


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42 Dinners with Silvio

Longtime Stevens Professor Silvio Laccetti has enjoyed dinners with dozens of former students since his retirement in 2008. He reminisces about these dinners – and his former students – in this personal recollection.


PRESIDENTS’ CORNER Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends, It seems repetitive to always talk about how our alma mater just keeps getting better and better, but the truth is, we are still climbing, and our ascent just keeps getting faster. On April 6, 2013, Stevens will hold its inaugural Awards Gala. Instead of just honoring a few alumni, we are celebrating many more. More importantly, we are celebrating Stevens and what this entire alumni body has accomplished. I hope that many of you join me at this special event. Details about the Stevens Awards Gala can be found at www. and in this issue of The Indicator. As we talk about accomplishments and honors, it’s hard not to give a shout out to our undergraduates, faculty and staff. Our campus was hit with such a terrible wallop during Superstorm Sandy, and everyone truly acted as the family that we are. We should all be very proud of how the faculty, staff and administration took care of our students, and how our students helped the community. In this issue, read about how our alumni used their skills, many of which they learned at Stevens, to help those affected by this historic storm. There are quite a few more notable things that you will read about in this issue. First, it’s very hard not to be proud of our ever growing sports program—and our athletes’ feats on the field and in the classroom—as our Sports Update feature on page 26 reveals. Second, Professor Silvio Laccetti, Hon. M.Eng. ’96, has been visiting alumni since his retirement in 2008, and we are very excited to feature a story written by him on page 42. Also, we have an article on Stevens’ Solar Decathlon team, which has been chosen to compete in this prestigious international competition this fall in Irvine, Calif. This is the second consecutive time that Stevens has been chosen to build a solar-powered house for the biennial event. But unlike the 2011 team, this team is all-Stevens, with students from all four schools of the university represented. Read about this impressive group of students on page 24.

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Volunteerism is a strong theme in this issue. On page 6, you’ll meet Mike Ferrara ’00, an assistant professor of mathematical and statistical sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, who runs a volunteer-based math program in Denver-area schools with the hope of fostering a love of math among the kids. Mike travels on his own time and gets no funding for this endeavor – it is simply a labor of love for him. I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that Alumni Weekend 2013 will be held on May 31, June 1 and June 2 on campus. Please save the date and please come back to Stevens! All classes are welcome, and we plan to top last year’s record-breaking attendance by offering an even more exciting schedule of events for alumni, their families and friends. For more on Alumni Weekend, visit alumniweekend. Recently, Greg Gianforte ’83 and his wife, Susan, donated the largest gift that Stevens has ever received from a living donor—$10 million. This gift is indicative of just how excited many alumni are about the changes and growth occurring at Stevens. I hope that you share my enthusiasm, and as we start to execute Stevens’ Strategic Plan that was endorsed by the Stevens Alumni Association last year, I think you will see many more exciting things happening at your alma mater.

Mark I. LaRosa ’93 President, Stevens Alumni Association


Stevens continues its rise in 2013 The year 2013 has started with incredible energy here on campus! With the momentum of the Strategic Plan, improvement in national rankings and recent major gifts to the Gianforte Complex, our community is moving ahead with speed, tenacity and excitement! A strategic objective of our Plan is to simultaneously increase the size and the academic profile of our student body—both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I am pleased to report that applications and selectivity are up in both categories—and quite substantially. I look forward to keeping you apprised of further updates. Increasing our student body requires increasing our space— both academic and residential. We are doing everything possible to make use of the space currently available—through classroom renovation and upgrades, conversion of buildings for additional dormitory space, novel scheduling options, and exploration of blended learning options—to accommodate growth until new construction is completed. As you know, Greg Gianforte ’83 and his wife, Susan, have pledged the anchor gift toward the 75,000-square-foot Gianforte Gateway Complex. Another alumnus has stepped forward to pledge his support for Stevens’ future. John Hovey ’57 and his wife, Rosa, recently made a very significant investment in this building. We are enormously grateful to these generous alumni and their families and hope that their example will soon inspire other major gifts toward this critical campus priority. Architects have been selected for the Gianforte Complex and for the Civil-Mechanical-Naval Engineering Laboratory Complex, an addition above the Davidson Laboratory made possible through another generous gift by the American Bureau of Shipping. We expect to begin construction of both projects within 18 months. Thanks to Joe Weber ’64, Chair of the Alumni Awards Committee, and a dedicated team, a new Stevens Awards program has been introduced, honoring very special members of the Stevens community for their professional achievements, societal contributions, and service to Stevens. The culmination of this process will take place at the Stevens Awards Gala in New York City on April 6. I hope you will join me to honor these special members of our community. Many Stevens community members have been intensively engaged in searches for two key members of the leadership team—a VP for Communications and Marketing and a VP for Enroll-

ment Management and Student Affairs. I am pleased to announce that Edward Stukane— an accomplished marketing strategist, public affairs and advertising executive and high technology business partner—joined Stevens in February as its first Vice President for Communications and Marketing. Edward has enjoyed great success during his 30-plus year career, and his clients have included notable global businesses and corporations such as AT&T, Siemens Medical Systems and General Electric. Most recently, he served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of PlanITROL, an IT asset management and disposition enterprise. Meanwhile, I expect that the second VP position will be announced very soon. These leaders will play a critical role in achieving our Recognition and Prestige goals and in meeting our ambitious enrollment goals. Another big announcement I can share with you is that Susan Metz, a veteran member of the Stevens community, has joined the Office of the President in a part-time role as Director of Diversity and Inclusion. A mandate from the Stevens Strategic Plan, our diversity initiative will leverage a number of existing efforts on campus to ensure that our community benefits from our concurrent emphasis on diversity and excellence. And lastly, over recent months, Hoveida and I have had the honor of meeting with many alumni in the New York/New Jersey metro area, the Washington, D.C., area, California, Texas, Florida, and around the country. We both continue to be awed by the emotional connection that so many of you have to Stevens and the attribution you give to Stevens for your career success. The more I learn about Stevens through these meetings with alumni, the more determined I am to work hard to help our University realize its full potential—both for our students and our country. I look forward to working closely with you and the members of the Stevens community toward achieving our dreams. Per aspera ad astra,

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

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GRIST FROM THE MILL Alumnus, now college professor, visits K-12 students to instill a love of math

Dr. Mike Ferrara ’00 has a big presence in a room and an even bigger voice. His voice, booming and attention-getting now, was just beginning to show its strength during his performing days with the Stevens Glee Club as a tenor. Even now, 13 years after receiving his B.S. in mathematics, the voice remains deep but warm. And Ferrara still wears a full beard and mustache, something he first started wearing while an undergraduate, although now some facial hair is gray. But it’s his voice that makes you take notice, especially in a classroom. Ferrara captures your attention with his resounding voice and active arms as he walks around a room, trying to inspire anyone with one of his passions in life: math. This current assistant professor of mathematical and statistical sciences at the University of Colorado Denver draws comparison between his current job and with his acting performances in the Stevens Dramatic Society. “I’m really a teacher flexing his acting muscles. This is really a vehicle for my performance,’’ he says. “I’m big, loud and energetic by nature.’’ This one-time Stevens actor fondly re6 The Stevens Indicator

calls his days in the SDS, noting that an actor and a teacher showcase a similar skill set, such as voice projecting, remembering your lines, holding an audience, and maybe most importantly, knowing when to ham it up for the audience. Ferrara comes from a family of teachers. His mother teaches middle school in Dumont, N.J., and his sister teaches high school in Fair Lawn, N.J. So it was no surprise when Ferrara entered the “family business’’ in 2000, when he taught MA 112 Matrix Algebra with Computers at Stevens the summer after his graduation. Later, he taught at the University of Akron (Ohio) before accepting his current position at UC Denver in 2009. But these days, Ferrara is taking his teaching career one step further. Since 2009, Ferrara and a team of dedicated volunteers have been going into K-12 classrooms in the Denver area to present “Math on My Mind,’’ a program designed to foster a love of math for all students. The sessions have really one goal: to make math impactful and enjoyable. Ferrara feels strongly about the importance of getting kids of all ages interested in math. “I wanted to excite the students. We try

 Dr. Mike Ferrara ’00 travels to K-12 schools, where he volunteers his time by giving lessons in math. Here, he talks about how surface area and volume can be used to predict, almost exactly, the heart rate of any mammal.

to make it fun, not frivolous,’’ he says. The program has no funding. Ferrara pays for supplies and materials himself and organizes the schedule on his own time. It is also 100 percent volunteer-based, as he works with other faculty members and doctoral students. “Right now, we’re centered on the Denver area and we’ve traveled as far as one hour away. At first we started with the middle school kids, but just last week, we were in a third-grade classroom,’’ he said during an interview last fall. He admits he was apprehensive at first with such a young audience. “But they are an excitable bunch and we can certainly bring all lessons to their level,’’ he says. Ferrara and his team show examples of real-world experience with math when conducting his mini-lessons, which are tailored to work with the classroom lesson already being taught. Some of his most popular lessons involve fractals, unusual


probability games and network science. “All age groups ask, ‘What can I do with a math degree? I don’t want to teach math,’ they tell me,’’ he says, mimicking a gradeschool voice. “But I point out that math is involved with statistics, and computers use math, and that gets their attention because all of the ages know about a computer.’’ Besides the SDS and Glee Club, Ferrara belonged to the Student Government Association and Theta Alpha Phi theater honor society while a student at Stevens. But he quickly credits three Stevens math professors with helping shape his future: Dr. Charlie Suffel, Dr. Roger Pinkham and Dr. Doug Bauer ’72, Ph.D. ’78. He says that while a student, Bauer had a big effect on his future with one simple act. One day, after class, Bauer loaned Ferrara a book on graph theory and told him to return a week later to discuss it. It was Ferrara’s first real book on the subject. These weekly, private discussions continued all semester. “He didn’t have to do that. I wasn’t a standout student in his class, but I guess he saw something in me and allowed me to have this experience out of the goodness of his heart. I never forgot that,’’ Ferrara says, adding that he has modeled his own mentorship of UC Denver students after the one he had with Bauer. And Ferrara admits he catches himself saying things to his students that Pinkham said to him at Stevens, further proof of how Stevens professors influenced him. Since its inception, MOMM has grown each year and in 2011, Ferrara says MOMM conducted 98 classroom sessions, teaching to 2,300 students across the grade levels. So what’s next for MOMM? In 10 years, Ferrara hopes to do more, with perhaps a graduate teaching assistant visiting the schools and planning the lessons. “I think that by getting out into the community, you get a real feel of where your students are coming from and that can only help a teacher,’’ he says. ❖ —Lisa Torbic

$3 million gift for new lab complex in Davidson The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has awarded Stevens $3 million to create a new civil, mechanical and naval engineering laboratory complex in the Davidson Laboratory. Stevens plans to construct a two-floor facility above the historic Davidson Laboratory, including laboratories critical to the university’s strategic plan. The new 25,000-square-foot-complex, which will bear the ABS name, will be built above Davidson’s Tank 2 and will expand and modernize that 71-year-old facility. It will have a wide reach—addressing the research and instructional needs of about 800 students in such areas as robotics, unmanned underwater systems, land- and water-based vehicles, and ocean and weather sensors. Construction should begin in 2014. ABS is the leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry. Tank 2, which opened in 1942 with funding from the U.S. Navy, will see many of its elements preserved as part of a historical center to educate students about its importance to the development of ship design during World War II. “It is an honor to contribute to the long-term success of the marine industry through an investment in a facility that will focus on cross-disciplinary, real-world problems,” said ABS Chairman Robert Somerville. “Without question, this laboratory complex will be a proving ground where enterprising students can develop the skills they need to take on the many technical challenges ahead.” The ABS gift will bring an important integrated research and education facility for civil, mechanical, and naval engineering students and reflects a Stevens priority: tackling complex problems as a multi-disciplinary team, said Dean of Engineering and Science Michael Bruno. “It is the way that the world is working now,” Bruno says. Industry and gov-

This preliminary architect’s rendering shows the proposed laboratory complex above Davidson Laboratory.

ernment representatives tell Stevens that they need employees who can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to solve the world’s complex problems, Bruno said. One example is the widespread use of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles in ocean engineering. These vehicles are deeply complex systems, used in equally complex environments – the BP oil spill in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, in which unmanned submarines were used during the disaster response, is an example, Bruno said. “As we work to educate and train the next generation of innovators to create and apply new knowledge to the benefit of society, we are grateful to the American Bureau of Shipping for their generous support,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. In 2006, Stevens replaced Tank 2 with a larger tank, which is located in an adjacent room and has state-of-the-art technology. Today, Tank 2—with its rotating arm and decades-old test hulls mounted on the wall— is used by Senior Design students to stage their engineering projects. ❖ —Based on reports from the Stevens Office of News & Media Relations Winter 2012 – 13 7

Rouse named Humphreys Chair as CCSE launches

Last fall, Stevens celebrated the establishment of a new research center, the Center for Complex Systems & Enterprises (CCSE), with a series of lectures and discussions in the Babbio Center. But the highlight of the day was the celebration of Dr. William Rouse’s installation as the new Alexander Crombie Humphreys Chair in Economics of Engineering. Stevens Provost George Korfiatis welcomed visitors to the event. Rouse, who is also CCSE’s director, delivered the Alexander Crombie Humphreys Chair Lecture, which touched upon recent economic history; decision-making behavior; issues of global sustainability; work processes that enable companies to transform product lines, markets, and operations; among other topics. “We are hopeful that this launch is the beginning of a journey that will result in significant insights regarding complex socio-technical systems,’’ said Dinesh Verma, Dean of the Schools of Systems & Enterprises. 8 The Stevens Indicator

 Stevens President Nariman Farvardin formally presents a Chair Medal to Dr. William Rouse. Rouse directs the new Center for Complex Systems & Enterprises on campus.  Rouse was recently installed as the new Alexander Crombie Humphreys Chair in Economics of Engineering at Stevens.

The CCSE will focus its research on four key domains – healthcare delivery, financial systems, sustainable energy, and national security – from the lens of complex systems and enterprises. Collaborators within and outside of Stevens aim to create technologies, tools and solutions to address complex issues in these four research domains. Before joining Stevens, Rouse previously served as executive director of the Tennenbaum Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology; as CEO of several innovative software firms; and in faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Delft University of Technology, and Tufts University. He received his B.S. from the University of Rhode Island and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Humphreys Chair is named for Alexander Crombie Humphreys 1881, who served as Stevens President from 1902 until 1927 and is considered the founder of the field of engineering economics. Other lecturers at the CCSE launch event included Dr. Khaldoun Khashanah, director of Stevens’ Financial Engineering program; Dr. Ruth David, president and CEO of Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER); and Dr. John Casti, director of The X-Center in Vienna, Austria. Stevens President Nariman Farvardin formally presented a Chair Medal to Rouse. For more about the Center for Complex Systems & Enterprises, visit www. ❖ — Stevens Office of News & Media Relations


Alumnus, students team up for Senior Design project An alumnus needing to improve the energy efficiency of his apartment complex and some Senior Design students looking for a challenge have formed a unique partnership. They call it Project Lone Star, as six Stevens seniors have collaborated with Thomas Velky ’56 to create designs to replace the heating, ventilation  Tom Velky ’56, at left in gray cap, gets comand air conditioning systems— fortable as he exchanges ideas with the students. with a solar energy option—at a Fort Worth, Texas, apartment  Tom Velky ’56, wearing the gray cap, stands with members of Project Lone Star, the Senior Projects Expo complex owned by Velky. Stu- entry. Velky is working with the Stevens students to come up with more energy efficient solutions for his apartdents have focused on an eight- ment complex in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of their senior design project. unit building in the 12-building complex as their prototype. mending wall-mounted air conditioning The connection was made after SteThe team’s work—along with dozens of units to replace central air; and natural vens President Nariman Farvardin visited other student projects—will be on display gas tankless water heaters for space heat- Los Angeles and met with Velky. Velky at Innovation Day-Senior Projects Expo ing and potable water heating to replace thought that he could forge a relationship on April 24 inside Stevens’ Canavan Are- grossly inefficient electric space heating with students—and work on energy imna. The event is open to all. units and the central potable water heat- provements to his properties—by offering As of late January, Team Lone Star was ing system, which has high distribution them summer internships, recalling the finalizing designs on their space heating, losses. They also proposed an optional so- valuable experiences he gained from stupotable water, air conditioning systems lar supplement and did a preliminary pipe dent internships. But the students’ Senior and solar supplement that would use solar layout. Design adviser, Dr. Leslie Brunnel ’86, saw shingles. The students–Samantha Rems, Velky said that he was thoroughly im- an opportunity for a real-world Senior Frank Belardo, Caitlin Early, Jackie Rid- pressed with their work. Design Project, and Project Lone Star was dle, Daniel Richards and Richard Wen“It was a great experience—certainly born. genroth—began work last summer and on my part,” he said. “I found them to be Velky offered students baseline designs, flew to Texas in early December to meet really smart people. They were very enthu- and the students expanded and improved with Velky, a retired chief scientist from siastic, and they worked very hard.” upon them. The team also offered a preHughes Aircraft who lives in Los Angeles, The students were equally impressed liminary cost analysis, which Velky is still to collaborate on designs and hear their by Velky who, prior to owning and oper- examining. client’s ideas in person. ating properties in Texas and California, “The idea was to look at everything,” The current apartment units, which designed and managed a guided missile Velky says. At the same time, renters have are powered mostly by electricity, were system at Hughes that is still being used to be able to afford to live there, as a lack of found to be dated and inefficient, with dis- by the military. sustainable, affordable housing is a presstribution losses of nearly 50 percent from The project’s biggest challenge was its ing issue in Texas and across the country, central cooling and potable water heating location, and student Caitlin Early said he said. systems, students said. So the team has that traveling to the site and meeting In late January, Velky was still estabrecommended cheaper natural gas as the Velky brought it all to life. lishing a timeline for the project’s compleprimary energy source—after considering “He’s been absolutely amazing—he’s tion and planned to videotape the progthe pros and cons of everything from oil been down on the floor with us, talking ress for students to view online. The team to solar to geothermal. They extensively to us, always available by phone. He’s an does hope to return to Texas to see their researched options and ended up recom- exceptional person,” she said. designs in action. ❖ —Beth Kissinger Winter 2012 – 13 9

Stevens pre-college program now taking applications ested in pursuing as an undergraduate student,” said Frank Fisher, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering. The new Pre-Med program is catered to high school students who are considering a career in medicine. In the small, collaborative program led by Stevens science and engineering faculty members, doctoral researchers and student counselors, high school participants will explore traditional medical disciplines through lectures and a hands High school juniors and seniors can enjoy a taste of on medical research project. college life when they attend The Stevens Summer, which The Pre-Med program will will be held again this year. include one session that focuses specifically on Pre-Med Beginning this summer, Stevens is Science, another dedicated to Pre-Med offering future physicians, biomedical Engineering, and one dual session. The engineers and healthcare managers the program will provide an inside look at Steopportunity to learn more with the new vens’ science curriculum, including lecPre-Med Science and Engineering offer- tures and laboratory experiences, which ing, part of the ever-popular program, The touch on cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, immunology Stevens Summer. The Stevens Summer is a residential and analytical chemistry. Students will pre-college experience that gives talented work on advanced and challenging projhigh school juniors and seniors an early ects involving DNA analysis, isolation of taste of college life while exposing them proteins, gene transfer, and more. The Pre-Med Engineering track will exto a range of potential majors and disciplines, and gives them access to Stevens’ pose students to the concept of “evidencedistinguished faculty and research facili- based medicine.” The track will introduce the key elements of biomedical engineerties. With programs in Engineering and Sci- ing – the discipline at the interface of huence (ECOES), Business, Computer Sci- man physiology and traditional engineerence and Multimedia, students learn first- ing – and include modules on advanced hand what it is like to work within these topics like neural control of prosthetics, fields by attending lectures, conducting spinal mechanics and robotic surgery. Like the other Stevens Summer prohands-on experiments, participating in corporate site visits, and interacting with grams, academics are only one aspect of industry professionals, including many the Pre-Med program. Students will tour Stevens’ cutting-edge scientific laboratoStevens alumni. “The Stevens Summer helps high school ries, visit local biotech firms, biomedical students make a very informed decision device companies and hospitals to view about a particular area they may be inter- recent advances in medical engineering 10 The Stevens Indicator

and meet healthcare professionals who are advancing medical science. For fun, they’ll be a part of social activities such as movie nights, and experience the excitement of dormitory life. Past participants of the Stevens Summer include many Stevens alumni and relatives of Stevens alumni, who rave about their experiences in the program. “The ECOES program allowed me to explore many different facets of engineering,” said Rachel Gianforte, the youngest child of Greg Gianforte ’83 and granddaughter of Frank Gianforte ’58. “The professors were able to communicate complex ideas in simple language and then demonstrate those same ideas using fun, hands-on activities. I also made some good friends who I have kept in touch with. Now I am confident I want to pursue engineering and I am more sure of which specific areas I might study because of my experience at ECOES.” “The ECOES summer program is what drew me to Stevens and to a career in engineering, and it has helped me immensely in both my education and career,” added Sara Puleio ’09, who currently – as a professional electrical and software engineer – is also a robotics instructor with The Stevens Summer. Many current Stevens students attended the Stevens Summer when they were in high school. One former participant will become a member of the Stevens Class of 2017. “ECOES was a tremendous experience where I made new friends, explored new fields of engineering and had great exposure to a real working environment,” added Armando Vazquez, an ECOES participant who will enter Stevens this fall. To learn more about the Stevens Summer, visit The application deadline is May 15, 2013. ❖ — Stevens Office of Undergraduate Admissions



Join us at the inaugural Stevens Awards Gala, when we will celebrate and honor 13 remarkably accomplished alumni and friends of Stevens. Tickets and further information:

The World Will Be Watching Stevens Stevens and the Stevens Alumni Association carry a long and proud history of recognizing alumni and non-alumni for outstanding service to the Institute and for noteworthy professional achievement. More than 125 nominations were received for the 2013 Stevens Awards, which have existed since 1937 and count famed artists, scientists, philanthropists, inventors, and a Nobel Prize winner among their numbers. Now, for the first time, Stevens brings its awards program to Midtown Manhattan for the inaugural Stevens Awards Gala on Saturday, April 6. President Farvardin and other presenters will spend the evening celebrating 13 of our remarkably accomplished alumni and friends — including one award recipient to be revealed at the Gala as a special surprise. Stevens Institute of Technology and the Stevens Alumni Association Joint Awards Committee wish to offer thanks to all those who submitted nominations for the 2013 Stevens Award inductees.


B L ACK TIE AWARDS COMMITTEE MEMBERS President Nariman Farvardin, ex-officio Dr. Leslie Brunell ’86, M.Eng. ’90, Ph.D. ’96 Dawn da Silva George Johnston ’72 Dr. Richard Magee ’63, M.S. ’64, Sc.D. ’68 Dr. Charles Suffel, Hon. M.Eng. ’85 Joseph Weber ’64, Chairman

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. Entrepreneur Award Mr. David E. Hershberg M.M.S. ’68 David Hershberg founded the satellite firm GLOBECOMM Systems in 1994 and has served as CEO and Chairman of its Board of Directors since. He previously served as President and CEO of Satellite Transmission Systems. Mr. Hershberg is a member of the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame. He also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Academia and Government Dr. William W. Destler ’68 William W. Destler is president of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He previously served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maryland at College Park, where his 30-year career also included time as a Dean of the engineering and graduate schools and as Vice President for Research. He is an international authority on highpower microwave sources and advanced accelerator concepts, known for pioneering work in the development of large orbit gyrotrons and rotating beam free electron lasers. He also holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Cornell University.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Business and Finance Ms. Gina M. Addeo ’86 Gina Addeo was the first woman in New York City to be granted a master electrician’s license. She is the CEO of ADCO Electrical Corp. in Staten Island, a company founded by her father; Scholes Electric and Communications in New Jersey; and GMA Electrical Corp., a company she founded in 1993. She also serves as Secretary of the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry, a labor-management organization affiliated with IBEW Local Union No. 3, and served as the first woman President of the National

Electrical Contractors Association, New York Chapter from January 2006 through December 2007.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Engineering Mr. William E. Witowsky ’79 William Witowsky retired in 2009 from Texas Instruments, where he was a Senior Fellow and served as Chief Technical Officer of Systems and Software Architecture for the DSP Systems Group. He joined TI in 1999 when the company purchased Telogy Networks, the firm Mr. Witowsky co-founded in 1989. Mr. Witowsky holds a number of patents and is a member of IEEE and ACM. He also holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Distinguished Alumni Award Extraordinary Community or Humanitarian Service Mr. John H. Hovey ’57 After a long and successful career in industry, John Hovey has passionately dedicated himself to a number of nonprofit organizations in the Paterson area including the Paterson YMCA, where he continues to serve as a trustee; St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where he served as chairman of the foundation board for five years; and Memorial Day Nursery, where Mr. Hovey was instrumental in the construction of a new structure to accommodate the growing need for space to educate local 3- and 4-year-olds. In addition, Mr. Hovey was a key player in the founding of a charter school in Paterson, the first of its kind. This school, now known as Alexander Hamilton Academy, successfully operates within the Paterson public school system and enrolls approximately 500 students. Mr. Hovey has also generously created a foundation to provide scholarships for graduates of the Academy.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Science and Technology Mr. Mark R. Crispin ’77 (Posthumous) Mark Crispin authored the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), which made email far more accessible and efficient for users worldwide, in 1986 while working at Stanford University. IMAP allowed users to access email from multiple computers or mobile devices; improved handling of email attachments; and created the ability to organize and search email messages without downloading them. He later worked as a software engineer for the University of Washington for 20 years. Mr. Crispin passed away in December 2012.

Lifetime Service Award Mr. Warren G. Wells ’42 Warren Wells co-founded and operated Allied Transmission, Inc., which created the first silent automated stage sets for Broadway theater productions. His name graces the Warren and Ruth Wells Engineering Design Lab in the McLean Building. In 2010 Mr. Wells generously made a significant gift to help establish the Biorobotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery Research Lab. He has long been active with the Stevens Alumni Association and as chair of the Theater Restoration Committee; as a member of the 125th Anniversary Committee; as a supporter of athletics programs and facilities; and as part of an effort to reestablish the Stevens Yacht Club.

Outstanding Contribution Award Mr. John A. Schepisi ’65 John Schepisi is the founder and President of Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A., a widely respected legal firm with offices in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and Union Square in New York City. His clients have included CNBC, Home Depot, and New Jersey’s largest utility contractor, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. Mr. Schepisi has served on the Stevens Board of Trustees since 2005, frequently volunteering his own time and legal service on behalf of Stevens.

Young Alumni Achievement Award Mr. Mark R. Biamonte ’01 Mark Biamonte is Chief Systems Engineer for the Space Systems division of UTC Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). He began his career as a systems analyst specializing in the thermodynamic and fluid dynamic modeling and optimization of active thermal control systems for aerospace and defense applications. Mr. Biamonte remains extremely active with his alma mater, recruiting and mentoring a number of Stevens students and alumni.

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Stevens Honor Award Dr. Norman N. Li Sc.D. ’63 Norman Li is president of NL Chemical Technology, Inc., in Mount Prospect, Illinois, which develops advanced technologies for water purification and seawater desalination. During a distinguished 50-year career in the chemical and petroleum industries, he has made major contributions to chemical science and engineering, particularly to membrane science and technology. Prior to establishing NL Chemical, Dr. Li served as a senior scientist with Exxon Research and Engineering Co. and director of research for UOP Co. and AlliedSignal Co. (now Honeywell). He also served as a consultant for NASA’s Apollo Moon Landing Project. Dr. Li was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1990. He received the Perkin Medal from the Society of Chemical Industry in 2000; the Founders Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2006; and the Alan Michaels Award in 2011. Dr. Li holds 45 U.S. patents, has edited 20 books, and published more than 100 papers on chemical science and engineering. He also holds an honorary doctorate from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Friend of Stevens Award Mr. Robert D. Somerville Robert D. Somerville is the Chairman of the Board for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a not-for-profit marine classification society headquartered in Houston, Texas. Mr. Somerville also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the ABS Group of Companies, a technical consultancy organization and wholly owned subsidiary of ABS. Throughout his career, Mr. Somerville has been active in helping to develop the next generation of maritime leaders. During the past decade he has spearheaded an initiative to increase grants and other contributions to maritime universities and institutions worldwide. Mr. Somerville holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and completed the Harvard Business School’s program for management development in 1987.

International Achievement Award Mr. Tony T. Wang M.M.S. ’73 Ta-Tung “Tony” Wang is the former president of Franchise Investment Corporation of Asia, a subsidiary of American International Group (AIG) and a pathbreaking franchiser of American restaurants in China. He previously served as Vice President of Southeast Asia and China for KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken. Mr. Wang is a native of Sichuan, China, and holds an engineering bachelor’s degree from Chung-Yuan University in Taiwan.

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Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29, 2012, at approximately 8 p.m., causing storm surges in rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. Winds reached hurricane-force levels at 110 mph at one point, knocking down telephone poles and trees. Homes were knocked off their foundations by the strong winds and powerful surges. The states of New York and New Jersey have asked the federal government for $60.4 billion in aid. The impact of Sandy will be felt for years to come, as communities begin the task of rebuilding. Hardest hit areas include the Breezy Point section in Queens, New York; towns along the Jersey Shore, and of course, Hoboken, N.J., where half the homes were flooded. Many Stevens alumni volunteered in the wake of Sandy to help communities with relief efforts. Some have shared their experiences. Dick McCormack ’53 was sitting on the back deck of his La Jolla, California, home in late October, ready to enjoy a Bloody Mary when he heard and saw a TV news program about a woman from Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y. The woman’s home was destroyed by a fast-moving fire that ultimately destroyed 129 homes in the beachfront community, home to many members of the Fire Department of New 14 The Stevens Indicator

York (FDNY). She began to cry heavily as she told TV viewers of the complete loss of her home and her possessions. She spoke of the devastation for herself and her neighbors. Something stirred in McCormack. “I’m sitting on the deck, watching this woman on TV who has lost everything, and I thought to myself, ‘What the hell am I doing here having a Bloody Mary when

people out there have lost so much?’ ’’ McCormack said. So McCormack, who has special memories of Breezy Point, decided to do something. He bought a plane ticket, and decided he was going to help people in that community recover. This past December, he spent more than a week volunteering his time with “Operation Gut and Pump,’’ a volunteerbased group that helped assess the dam-



1 Homes in Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y., were devastated by a raging fire and the tidal surge from Superstorm Sandy. 2 Breezy Point volunteer Dick McCormack '53 finds a book among the rubble. 3 Keith Cassidy ’09 volunteered his time to help Staten Islanders recover. 4 Anne Dutreuil ’10 volunteered to help the City of Hoboken recover from Sandy’s storm last fall.

age and prep salvageable homes in the first few weeks after Sandy. GNP volunteers worked with Breezy Point residents to determine what damage was done to their homes and then began the hard, physical work of ripping out sheetrock and removing wet flooring, ultimately reducing homes to the studs, all to minimize mold damage caused by floodwaters. GNP volunteers, who were made up of area resi-

dents, New York firefighters, and anyone willing to help, provided the free service to residents. It was a huge undertaking because in addition to hundreds of flooded homes, rising sea water made its way into electrical systems at a home, sparking a massive fire. The fire grew and burned for several hours, as rising flood waters prevented responders from extinguishing the flames. In all, the fire destroyed 129 homes

and damaged 22 others. McCormack worked about eight hours a day for eight days, helping with GNP. He laughed while he described his deluxe accommodations in New York – a “dive’’ motel room that cost him $120 a night and the pleasure of paying $6.50 a day in tolls, his traveling expenses to and from the motel to the site. But no expense could keep him away. He knew he had to come, Winter 2012 – 13 15

Sharing his visions of an area hard hit by Sandy Editor’s Note: Dick McCormack ’53 chronicled his experience while volunteering with Operation Gut and Pump at Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y., this past December. “With many others, lending a hand where thousands more will be needed.’’ That’s what volunteering at Breezy Point feels like. People are positive, even upbeat. The tasks of clean-up and fix-up are daunting. A sign says, “We will be back and we will be better than ever!!!!” There is an Irish lady with whom I’ve had correspondence about volunteering whose sister and niece were killed when a plane out of JFK lost its tail and crashed into their house in the Rockaways years ago. Just a month ago her house burned down in Breezy Point. Looking at the other 120 burned-out homes and giving thanks that no one died is sobering. It makes it easier to see the homes that were destroyed by Sandy’s lashing. Off their foundation or just beaten by the power of the surge, they are of negative value now. But the destruction is profound. I think of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s words, “There is no point in being Irish if you don’t know the world’s going to someday break your heart.’’ I drove from Breezy down to Far Rockaway. The houses with ocean views suffered the most. My guess is that at least 50 percent have been separated from their foundation. The rest are filled with sand and water, and mold is the threatening problem. I volunteer at “Operation Gut and Pump’’ in Breezy, and the whole effort is to avoid mold after the house has been full of water, which most homes have had in this area. Phil Pillet is the person who started the effort and knows what mold does to a house. “Take everything that got wet out of the house!” Gut and Pump advises. “Let it dry, including the wood flooring. After that you can decide what to do with the flooring or some of the wood but throw the wet insulation away— be prepared to throw everything that got wet away!’’ Good advice! Yesterday, an older woman came in and asked if someone could help her and her sister set up some portable electric/oil-filled heaters. She said she was told by someone 16 The Stevens Indicator

else that we did not do that, and she got upset. I had met her outside the tent before she went in to ask, and when she left I asked my colleague what happened. Upon hearing, I caught up to her, and we went to her house. She said her anger was due to their combined helplessness in trying to figure out how these things went together. Figuring that I’m a power engineer, it stayed with me that these heaters were going to be put together the way they should be and THEY WILL WORK!

There are more people--these are the ones who run the organization. The rest are volunteers who crew the work, and they are truly indispensable. They come early in the morn and often don’t really finish until late at night. Herculean.

Happily, they did, and at the end this good lady offered to buy me a Heineken.

I’m glad I came! That sums it up and says it best of all.

Today some people are coming from Stevens Institute of Technology to write a story about volunteers—what they do, how they organize and why they do it. Should be an interesting piece. I’m in it because of being an alumnus. Why do others do it? In my case, I saw a lady on TV whose house had just burned to the ground and she was crying hard. I spent much time here in Breezy growing up—visiting friends who owned a place here, meeting my first girlfriend here, breaking up, being a life guard at nearby Riis Park for half a summer—and that pretty much made the decision for me.

I really did not want my photo to be used; the other pics were fine that Stevens took. It

So now, my time here is near over. I did not do everything I wanted but I could come back down the road. It was that good an experience. So, what was it like?

Grace was going to be in Mexico, so the timing was good. Rita (my secretary) found a room in a truly bad hotel, and we were able to get a non-stop not too expensive flight. I called Dominick Romano and Danny Knowles and then my childhood friend from Brooklyn John McAlinden to discuss the details, and it all worked out. Anyhow, John was not at his house at 8:30, as we agreed last evening when I stopped by. What to do? I stayed for about 20 minutes and then went on down to Breezy hoping he is OK. Found out later that he had forgotten the meeting and had gone to Mass. I called Danny, who told me that John suffers from “forgetfulness.” Now for names: Phil Pillet, fireman FDNY; Erin Daly, a leader in the organization, and we could be related via Daly via the name, which is my mother’s mother’s name; Bob Gibbons, who runs the tool ops in the organization; Luke Wigle; Chris; Amanda; Nancy; Tom Vrabel; and Chas Robles, the person who took the people from Stevens to his work site.

 Dick McCormack ’53 flew in from California to volunteer with Operation Gut and Pump and help residents of Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y., recover from Superstorm Sandy.

is the volunteers’ thing, and they are good at it. I did little but come in to a well-organized group and say I’d like to help if I can. I would do it again and know better what to look for and what to get involved in. I fly home tomorrow on 12/12/12 which, I’m told, is the last time this century that will happen. A day to remember…

This tree, near Alexander House on campus, couldn’t survive the strong winds of Sandy. The storm surge was so powerful during Sandy that many cars in Hoboken were pushed from their parking spots.

had to do something. Breezy Point was a place that was very familiar to McCormack. The Irish Riviera, as it was once known, was where he spent his summers as a lifeguard and cabana boy, fetching towels and drinks for sunbathers. He grew up in Brooklyn, but his first girlfriend lived in Breezy Point and had a lot of friends from the area. So when he first heard of the one-two punch the area took in late October, first from storm waves and then from fires, memories resurfaced of those carefree summers of his youth. “The houses were really summer bungalows built without insulation and onestory tall,’’ he said, during a December 2012 tour of the devastated area he once knew so well. And the houses were built very close to one another, he explained. Fire is a devastating thing, but the Breezy Point fires were especially devastating, he said, because three firehouses are within a small radius of the homes that burned. The storm surge produced floodwaters that were four feet deep, making the roads to the site impassable. Miraculously, no one on Breezy Point was killed in the storm or the fires. So why did McCormack, 82, leave the comforts of his southern California home, travel 3,000 miles and pay for hotel rooms, food and tolls out of his own pocket? “I

just wanted to help out any way I could,’’ he said. And help out he did. During his eightday volunteer effort, he helped manage the work orders the residents filled out and also went to various sites to check on progress. On the weekends soon after the fires, as many as 600 volunteers would show up, ready and eager to help. Coordinators were needed to make sure the volunteer efforts were put to good use, that people who needed the help would get it quickly. McCormack is humble when talking about his role, referring to himself as one pair of hands among the thousands that are needed to get the area back up and running. McCormack, who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree, owns RAMCO Consulting Company and has enjoyed a long career in the energy industry, tells a memorable story of one resident he met. This woman had her electricity finally restored after weeks without it. So she bought an electric heater to fight the cold nights. Unfortunately, she didn’t know how to put it together. A GNP volunteer told her the group couldn’t help her with the assembly, and she left in tears. When McCormack found out what kind of help the woman needed, he caught up with her and offered his help. He said he

thought to himself, “OK, Mr. Power Engineer, you’d better know how to get this thing up and running.’’ And after a few tries, he did. Walking along the narrow pathways of Breezy Point, rubble sits everywhere, and it provides a glimpse into the life of a beachfront community now damaged from fire and water: a rusted out bicycle, some waterlogged books, pieces of charred furniture, appliances blackened from soot. But these things can be easily replaced, McCormack said. It’s the ruined or lost pictures that most people are saddened by, he said, the tangible memories that can’t be so easily replaced. “(The residents) cry over the lost personal belongings,’’ he said. “That’s what they find most difficult to accept.’’ Breezy Point wasn’t the only area damaged by Sandy. Staten Island’s Tottenville neighborhood was also hard hit. Keith Cassidy ’09 lives in Hoboken, and has no personal connection to Staten Island, but decided to spend time volunteering in this outer borough of New York. Why not help out in his badly-damaged hometown? “I knew that Hoboken was well taken care of when I saw all of the Stevens students out volunteering,’’ he said. Days before the storm, weather reports had predicted that Hoboken would be hit Winter 2012 – 13 17

hard due to the Hudson River surging, and Hoboken’s mayor ordered evacuations of garden or basement apartments. The day before Sandy hit, Cassidy spent the day packing. He put his important documents, his laptop and other irreplaceable items in his car and drove to the home of Katie ’09 and Phil Gengler ’05 in New Providence, N.J., to ride it out. Cassidy hoped that by leaving, he would minimize his loss. He was one of the lucky ones: his home, which is a first-floor unit but raised slightly above street level, sustained no damage, while condos a few feet away had their front doors ripped off the hinges from the force of the storm surge. While in New Providence, his hosts’ home lost electricity for more than a week. He came back to Hoboken two days after the storm to survey the damage, and was awe-struck by what he saw. He knew he had to do something, anything to help. A co-worker told him of a group, Movement for Peace, an organization which was traveling from Michigan to Staten Island to help with the rebuilding effort. Cassidy knew where he would volunteer his time. Less than a week after Sandy hit, Cassidy spent a full day volunteering in Staten Island. On Brighton Street in Tottenville, he helped cook and assemble meals for volunteers and residents who needed a hot meal. He knew his act of kindness would help the badly-damaged area re18 The Stevens Indicator

cover, slowly but surely. Residents, with and without power, shared what they had, everything from cans of soup to trays of baked ziti. Weeks after that day, Cassidy is still amazed at the generosity of those he met. “It was great seeing the community come together,’’ he said. But it wasn’t easy at times. A message board featured pictures of those missing from the neighborhood.  “The toughest part was seeing the board,’’ he admitted. “But we managed that day to find the best in people, people who were either helping to clean up or giving us cans of chicken noodle or chicken rice soup to combine into a big pot to share with everyone.’’ The Stevens community also came together many times over to help their Hoboken neighbors. Scores of Stevens students pitched in to help the Mile Square City during the storm, as President Nariman Farvardin mentioned in an alumni email in early November. Without power, elevators in high-rises were dormant and elderly and disabled residents were stuck in their apartments with little food, no drinking water and limited access to replenish supplies. Students immediately volunteered to help Hoboken residents, with many spending their days walking up as many as 25 flights of steps to deliver food, medicine and bottled water to residents. Other students assisted National Guard members who were deployed to

the city. Cassidy has lived in Hoboken for nine years, and has visited family in Hoboken since he was born. And he beams with pride when he mentions all the volunteer work Stevens students did during the storm. “It was great seeing Stevens students out and about, doing what they needed to do for Hoboken,’’ he said. Corey Milloy ’09 was one of many assisting in Hoboken. Milloy rents a fourthfloor apartment on Washington Street in Hoboken. The day after Sandy hit, Milloy delivered meals, flashlights and bottled water to the elderly and shut-ins in highrises. He spent another day running a shelter for those displaced from the storm. The day of the storm, his apartment lost power, but did not sustain any water damage. He went to Hoboken City Hall to see how he could help out and was told that supplies were needed by people in shelters and high-rises throughout the city. Milloy, with a team of about 15-20 others, delivered what was needed to those shut-ins. “One of the things we did was take down prescriptions for people (to be called into pharmacies) and gave them bottles of water,’’ he said. “We also gave out flashlights.’’ He also took note of what supplies were needed. While many supplies were donated by stores and individuals, Milloy noticed that some things were desperately needed, but not donated. So he and his

 Harry Friebel, Ph.D. ’05, fourth from right, briefs Vice President Joe Biden, third from right wearing the baseball cap, on damage from Superstorm Sandy on the beach in Seaside Park, N.J. Biden spent a day touring sites in New Jersey. Also pictured are U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez, second from right, and N.J. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, at left. White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

Updating Biden on Jersey Shore damage A Stevens alumnus was part of the team who briefed Vice President Joe Biden on Sandy damage to the Jersey Shore coastline.

 Breezy Point resident Vicki Byrner shows McCormack photos on her phone of the storm damage to her home.  This home was knocked off its foundation.

girlfriend spent their own money to buy these forgotten items: adult diapers, D and C batteries, over-thecounter medications and toiletries. He then brought them to a shelter on his way home on each of the three days he volunteered. “Baby diapers were plentiful, but people seemed to forget about adult diapers,’’ he said. On his second day of volunteering, he worked at the Wallace School, which was turned into a makeshift shelter for about 50 people who could not return home. From midnight to 8 a.m., he prepped the shelter for breakfast, made coffee and took inventory of what was needed for the morning shift. With no damage to his apartment or belongings, Milloy considers himself fortunate, but the storm taught him several lessons, the most important being to never laugh off the capabilities of Mother Nature. “I completely underestimated this storm,’’ he said candidly. “When (Hurricane) Irene hit (in August 2011), I was more prepared. And then nothing really happened. I thought with Sandy we would get a lot of water. I didn’t give any thought about losing electricity, and not being able to see.’’ Another lesson learned from Sandy is in his right pocket. He pulls out a small, black flashlight attached to his key ring that he carries constantly. “Next time, I’ll be better prepared. I’m going to listen to the weather reports,’’ he said. In the future, he’s planning to keep a supply of canned food in his apartment and is thinking about ways to possibly generate and store his own solar power.

Dr. Harry Friebel, Ph.D. ’05, a coastal engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Philadelphia District (NAP), was asked to act as a technical expert and to brief Biden during the vice president’s tour of Shore areas in November 2012. “I found Joe Biden to be very genuine. He was comfortable to talk to and friendly, and I found that he was really listening to what we had to say (about the damage to the Jersey Shore),’’ Friebel said during a recent interview. “Even though Biden is from Delaware, he said (in a news conference) that he spent his summers in Ocean City, N.J., so he has ties to the New Jersey shore.’’ The NAP district of USACE encompasses from Manasquan Inlet to Cape May Point for the New Jersey area. Friebel, of Berlin, N.J., who enjoys surfing in his free time, has been a coastal engineer with USACE for nine years. He said he loves his job. “I work at the beach. Any day in the field is better than a day in the office and the field for me is being at the beach. What could be better?’’ he said. The New Jersey native earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Florida Institute of Technology, located in Melbourne, Fla., a few miles from the beach. Friebel enrolled there, thinking he would become an airline pilot. But one day, while in a course at Florida Tech, several engineers from different fields of engineering came to speak to students. When the ocean engineer spoke, Friebel said it all fell into place. “I said to myself, ‘Wait. I can get paid to go work on the beach? This is for me,’ ’’ he said, relishing the memory. He said he came to Stevens for his doctoral degree for several reasons, one of which is the ocean engineering program at Stevens. Another was the chance to return to his home state. “I always had that itch to learn more. I liked school and I knew Stevens had a great ocean engineering program. I applied and I was fortunate enough to receive a fellowship.’’ “When I applied to Stevens, I was fortunate enough to receive a research assistantship at the Davidson Lab under Dr. Thomas Herrington ’89. I did receive a 1-year fellowship from an outside organization (Link Foundation) but my main and primary support at Stevens was the research assistantship,’’ Friebel said. He said he found out about the Biden briefing a day before the visit and he had to quickly arrange for child care for his young children, so he had little time to get nervous or stress over it. The vice president is the highest ranking official he has worked with in his career, he said. “The joke is I have nowhere to go from here but down,’’ he said. ❖ – L.T.

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 The volunteers from “Operation Gut and Pump’’ stand around a sign.

Operation Gut and Pump to the rescue Operation Gut and Pump, organized by a small group of Fire Department of New York volunteers, began working with Breezy Point, Queens, residents soon after Sandy struck. Phil Pillet, a firefighter who works out of Ladder Co. 56, Bronx, N.Y., spent many days at the site. He said he was glad to help. “This area is rich with firefighters. I knew that we needed to help those who help others. If we took care of their homes here, they would then take care of everyone else,’’ Pillet said. Within days of Sandy and the subsequent fires that took place, an effort to help Breezy Point residents recover was organized. GNP’s goal was to stay for 30 days and gut homes and pump out basements, if needed, Pillet said. Thousands of volunteers came by to donate their labor, including off-duty firefighters like Pillet, but many more were everyday people so struck by the amount of devastation, they had to help. Bob Mancision is one of those people. A retired New York government employee, he donated many man-hours at the site, removing water-logged wood flooring and heavy pieces of soaked sheetrock. “I’m not a plumber or carpenter, but I know how to work the tools,’’ he said. He donated his time because he wanted to help out. “I can’t imagine what these people are going through,’’ he said, as he stood near

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the GNP “headquarters’’ – several tents in the parking lot of the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department. Days before the group was pulling up stakes in early December, Pillet took a moment to discuss the group’s work. “Our job was to get rid of the first bit of devastation, the wet floorboards and the wet sheetrock, so that mold wouldn’t set,’’ he said. Pillet estimated that as many as 600 people would volunteer to help on weekends and that GNP helped thousands of homeowners. Firefighters from as far away as Tennessee, Chicago and New Orleans came to volunteer their time, as AmeriCorps members from across the country also lent a hand. A lot of residents were told misinformation right after the storm, Pillet said, adding they didn’t touch the damaged wallboards and floors until insurance companies could verify the wreckage. That was bad advice, Pillet said, and it added to the number of ruined homes. Vicki Byrner lives on Tioga Way, Breezy Point, Queens. Her home suffered damage to the main floor. She praised the GNP volunteers. “My home was under two feet of water and these guys came here every day that I needed them and worked,’’ she said. “They refused to take any money from me. I can’t thank them enough.’’ ❖ – L.T.

Anne Dutreuil ’10, a business analyst for the corporate offices of Bed, Bath & Beyond, is friends with many Stevens community members on Facebook. She lives in West New York, N.J., and saw the request from Student Life employees on Facebook to help the City of Hoboken. She couldn’t resist the desire to help. “I was born in Haiti and I consider Stevens to be my second home, my family. I was very involved with APO (Alpha Phi Omega, the service organization at Stevens) and with STEP (Stevens Technical Enrichment Program) while a student, so I like helping out when I can,’’ Dutreuil said. “I was happy to do it.’’ Dutreuil spent a full day walking up many floors in blackened buildings to help stranded residents, mostly checking to see that they were OK and that they had enough water and medicine for a few days. The highest number of floors she walked up? Eleven. “I didn’t do it at once,’’ she laughed. “I took some pauses.’’ Tim Lurie ’90 was a councilman representing Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., when Sandy hit. He spent days going around to area homeowners, helping them

throw out wet furniture and sheetrock. He estimates flood waters reached as high as four feet. Lurie also spent time checking on those residents who defied the mandatory evacuation orders and stayed behind. “I don’t know how they survived,’’ he said. “The flood waters were knocking on their doors. Parts of town that never flood were under water because of the tidal surges.’’ He relays the story of an older couple in town who hugged him and told him they were glad to see him when he arrived to help. “There was such tremendous devastation, all that debris on the curb’’ after the cleanup, he said. Lurie is also proud of the sense

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1 Missing boardwalk planks at Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., show the destruction caused by Sandy. 2 This mini-golf stand in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., was no match for Sandy’s wrath. 3 Anna Sivill, a volunteer with AmeriCorps, shares a moment with Dick McCormack ’53 at the “Operation Gut and Pump’’ headquarters in Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y. 4 Many streets in Hoboken were flooded, like this one.

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Sandy doesn't derail his PATH career Imagine landing your dream job promotion in transportation, a job where your main objective is to keep the trains operating, trains that take approximately 259,000 people a day to their jobs. It’s an enormous responsibility. Now imagine getting the promotion just days before a major storm is predicted to make landfall. That’s what happened to Pete Harris ’88, who was promoted to assistant superintendent for the PATH Car Equipment Division less than a week before Superstorm Sandy hit.

1 More than a month after Sandy struck, homes in Breezy Point are still a mess. 2 Items ruined from fire and water litter the streets of Breezy Point. 3 A sign near the entrance to Breezy Point, Queens, seems to say it all.

of community that Sandy instilled. “We all banded together to help (because) we’re neighbors,’’ he said. Both McCormack and Milloy mention how the storm has changed what they view as really important in life. “Seeing the people who lost so much, the devastation, it really puts things into perspective for you, that your problems are so small,’’ McCormack said. Milloy echoed those sentiments. While at the Wallace School Shelter the night after Sandy hit, he met a woman with her newborn. They had to flee their Downtown Hoboken apartment due to the floodwater and came to the shelter with only the clothes on their backs. Talking to her and hearing about her tremendous loss reminded Milloy about having perspective in life. He’s now on a first-name basis with his neighbors. He’s gotten more involved with his community. “I never knew my neighbors until Sandy hit,’’ he said. For Milloy, who has been thinking of buying a home in Hoboken, Sandy provided one valuable tip no realtor could ever have advised him: “No garden apartments for me,’’ he said. ❖

Harris has spent 14 years at the Port Authority, previously working as a supervisor for technical services for PATH cars, the “engineering part,’’ he says. Now, as assistant superintendent, he is responsible for the technical services, and the inspection, repair and overhaul of all PATH cars in the fleet, 350 revenue cars a day during normal operating procedures. His new job encompasses more managerial skills, as he is handling personnel issues, and he helps lead a team of 218 people in the PATH Car Equipment division. “I enjoy the work, it’s definitely a new world for me,’’ he says. But this new world had some  Pete Harris ’88 stands near a PA5 PATH train car. unique challenges, mostly due to Harris was promoted to assistant superintendent for timing. Harris was told of his pro- the PATH car equipment division, days before Sandy motion days before Oct. 29, the hit. Photo: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. day Sandy struck. That October morning, he went to work at 7 a.m. and anticipated some damage, but held out hope it would not be too severe. “We got lucky with past storms,’’ he says. But this time, no one was crying wolf and the damage to PATH cars and tracks was extensive due to flooding. Harris worked around the clock during the storm and 12-to-16 hour days during the first week after Sandy struck, driving home in the dark on most nights and arranging for cots and food to be delivered to his crew in Harrison, who were also working round the clock to get the transit system up and running. His task that first week was simple: get rid of the flooding in the PATH Car Equipment’s Harrison site, look for signs of damage, clean it up, and get the site functioning again. “Water needed to be pumped out, we had to assess the damage, and get any equipment to Harrison to get the trains up and running,’’ he says. “I needed to find out what was ready to go. Salt water is incredibly corrosive to electrical equipment.’’ He praises the crew at the Port Authority for working quickly and diligently to get the fleet ready for the job of moving hundreds of thousands of people daily. “It was an all-handson-deck type of atmosphere. Job titles didn’t mean much in that first week,’’ he says. Harris always knew engineering was the field for him and he feels gratified in his work. “I like creating something. Every day I am responsible for getting 295 cars (which is down from the normal 350 daily) ready for service. That’s every day. It’s not like I work in a field where I have six months to get a project done,’’ he says, adding that his job creates the channel for the workforce in New York and New Jersey to flow. He credits his Stevens education with instilling a good work ethic.

Hoboken photos by Corey Milloy ’09; Stevens photos courtesy of Office of Student Life; Jersey Shore photos courtesy of Tim Lurie ’90.

“A lot is expected of you at Stevens,’’ he says. “They set the bar very high and I learned that if I work at it, I can achieve anything.’’ ❖ – L.T.

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A home of its own ‘Ecohabit House’ will be lone Stevens effort for Solar Decathlon 2013


tevens will once again compete in the international Solar Decathlon competition – with a big difference. This time, the solar-powered house that students build on the Hoboken waterfront will be a Stevens-only effort, with all schools at the University lending a hand. Stevens competed in the biennial event, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2011, collaborating with the New School and Parsons. But when Stevens was chosen again to participate in the prestigious competition, to be held Oct. 3-13, 2013, in Irvine, Calif., the team knew that it had the talent to go it alone. “After going through the competition last time, we felt that we had the students, faculty and facilities within Stevens to compete at a very high level in this competition,” says Industry Professor and project manager Mark Pollock. 24 The Stevens Indicator


In all, 66 students from all engineering disciplines, except ocean engineering, will build “Ecohabit House,” as well as students studying product architecture, computer science, engineering management and business and technology. Students from the College of Arts & Letters are handling media communications for this event which includes 20 teams representing universities from the United States, Czech Republic, Canada and Austria. About 95 percent of the Stevens team is undergraduates. Construction should begin next to the Griffith Building, on Stevens’ waterfront property, around mid-March. Ecohabit will be a “net-zero” house, meaning that it makes as much energy as it uses. The house will be powered by solar roof shingles instead of traditional solar panels – a fairly new material that is being donated by Dow Chemical. Other unique

aspects of the home are its green wall garden, an on-demand hot water system that alerts residents when the water is hot and reduces waste, and its smart detection sensor system. The sensor system resembles a motion sensor and it helps residents control energy use and be more efficient, says team member Tim Weeks ’13. The sensor connects to an iPad, and residents get feedback on everything from who’s occupying certain rooms of the house (so lights can be turned off) to ways to control temperature. Residents learn their own energy habits and discover ways to conserve energy. The team’s video walk-through of the house (see sd2013/) reveals an airy living space that’s open and full of light. Glass walls fold open to the patio, which is roofed and part of the living space, taking advantage

 Members of Stevens’ Solar Decathlon 2013 team pose on Castle Point. In all, 66 Stevens students from across different disciplines make up the “Ecohabit Team,” which is building a solar-powered house for the international competition to be held this fall in Irvine, Calif. Opposite: A rendering of “Ecohabit House,” the solar-powered house that Stevens will build on the Hoboken waterfront for the Solar Decathlon. The net-zero house will be powered by solar shingle panels and will include a green wall garden, an on-demand hot water system and a sensor system that helps residents better control their energy use.

of the great southern California weather. A “flex room” has a movable wall, and the space can be adapted to be an office, children’s room or caretaker’s room for elderly residents. Students started work on the project in spring 2012 and will have some construction completed for the Innovation DaySenior Projects Expo on April 24. They plan to host open houses for the Stevens community, alumni and the Hoboken community once the house is completed

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this summer, says Pollock. An open house will also be held for alumni in California in the fall, when the house makes its crosscountry trip for the competition. In mid-January, about two dozen team members gathered in the Carnegie Building’s third-floor studio classroom to put finishing touches on their designs, as they prepare for volunteer consultants to examine their work to Solar Decathlon members confer with project manager and Stevens ensure their designs are professor Mark Pollock, right.  “buildable.” Students work in various engineering teams and on this day, some finalize their cost estimates, while another group watches videos of their competitors’ projects, to make sure that Ecohabit is unique from the pack. Again and again, students mention the enlightening collaboration with disciplines outside their own

and the more accessible communication among team members that this all-Stevens effort provides. Zoe Elliott ’13 praises the “face time” they get with professional engineers and the knowledge gained of how things work in the real world of home construction and engineering. “I love the whole teaching aspect of it,” says Weeks. “We’re learning what architects have to do … we’re getting all aspects of how to build a house.” Students will experience that priceless “ah-ha” moment of building a house, says Pollock, an architect. “This is what I tell students: this is unique, you’re building a house,” Pollock says. “You’re building a house and competing with 19 different universities from around the world.” After the competition, the team hopes to donate the house to an organization in southern California. Alumni who know of a possible beneficiary can contact Pollock at The Ecohabit team is also seeking donations of time, financial support and building materials from alumni. For more information, visit the Solar Decathlon 2013 website at sd2013/. ❖ Winter 2012 – 13 25


Ducks take flight on field and in class



tevens student athletes kept up their stellar performance in the classroom, with an all-time high number of students being represented on the Empire 8 Presidents’ List and the Stevens President’s List, which both honor students with a grade point average of 3.75 or better. On Jan. 30, the Empire 8 conference released the Presidents’ List, which honors those students who compiled a grade point average of 3.75 in the Spring 2012 semester. Eighty scholarathletes from Stevens made the list, and 19 of the university’s 26 teams had a representative on that list. On Oct. 11, 2012, the Stevens President’s List honorees were announced, and 65 student athletes received that distinction, which honors students with at least a 3.75 GPA in the previous semester or a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better. Stevens continued its success this past fall, with Duck teams winning two conference titles and a freshman cross country runner re-writing the record books. Highlighting the action was the men’s soccer team, which won the Empire 8 title and reached the “Sweet 16” of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship. The Ducks finished the year with an overall record of 18-3-1, and after a 2-2 start to the season, won 14-straight matches and had an unbeaten streak of 17 before falling 1-0 to the University of Scranton in the regional semifinals of the national tournament. Stevens earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Ethics award, which recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, and finished the year ranked No. 10 nationally. Senior forward Victor Daza received All-America honors and junior goalkeeper Paul Killian was named the 2012 Goalkeeper of the Year. Daza was one of seven Ducks to earn All-Empire 8 honors and was the Empire 8 2012 Men’s Soccer All-Conference Player of the Year. The Stevens field hockey team won the Empire 8 regular season title and also won its first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Crown. The Ducks finished with an overall record of 16-7, including a 7-0 mark in the conference. Junior forward Marguerite Chavez earned second-team National

Junior forward Marguerite Chavez earned second-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America honors.  26 The Stevens Indicator

Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America honors. Three players were named All-Empire 8, with those same three players – Chavez, junior back Megan Traub and senior midfielder Mary Nikish – receiving All-North Atlantic Region honors. The team finished among the top 40 in six different national statistical categories and compiled the third-most wins in Stevens Field Hockey history. Meanwhile, freshman cross country runner Amy Regan made an outstanding debut in her collegiate career this past fall. Regan was named the Runner and Rookie of the Year in the Empire 8 Conference after winning the conference championship in late


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October. She placed ninth out of more than 275 competitors at the NCAA Atlantic Regional, and became the first Stevens runner to qualify for the NCAA national meet in Terre Haute, Ind., where she ran a personal best time. Stevens’ women’s volleyball team shook off a tough start to the season to finish strong, reaching the Empire 8 Tournament. The Ducks tallied 17 wins and completed the year at 7-1 in the conference. Senior Maggie Kowalska became Stevens’ first fourtime American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and leaves the women’s volleyball program as its all-time leader in career points, kills, total blocks and block assists.

In addition, the women’s soccer and women’s tennis teams had strong fall campaigns, with both reaching the conference tournament. Women’s soccer ended the year with a record of 10-6-2 (5-3 in the Empire 8) and earned an NSCAA Ethics award, as junior Bridget Barden earned Capital One Academic All-District accolades. Women’s tennis was 5-2 in the Empire 8, 8-4 overall, and four players earned all-conference honors: Lisa Tessitore, Jessica Bourque, Danielle Stewart and Julia Guignard. The men’s soccer team continued to dominate this past season. Senior forward Victor Daza received All-America honors and was named the Empire 8 2012 Men’s Soccer All-Conference Player of the Year.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT President’s Initiative for Excellence Raises $13.8 Million in First Year

During the first full year of the President’s Initiative for Excellence, which extended from July 2011 through June 2012, a total of $13.8 million was given to support scholarships, faculty hiring and retention, campus infrastructure, and a new public lecture series. You can read the stories of some of those who gave in 2012, and the programs and scholarships which will benefit from this generosity, in the Record of Philanthropy — Stevens’ annual record of gifts to the University. Dave Farber, who has enjoyed a remarkable career in both academia and research, graciously pledged support to establish the Dave and GG Farber Chair in Computer Science at his alma mater in 2012.

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To read more of Dave’s story, and the stories of other Stevens alumni like him, view the 2012 Record of Philanthropy online at: 28 The Stevens Indicator


POCKETS She’s surrounded by architectural gems, from the Flatiron Building across Madison Square Park, to the historic New York Life Building, where, from the 18th floor, she’s helping to bring the world even more wonders. BY BETH KISSINGER, EDITOR

As a young engineer with the international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti in Manhattan, Cristina Vieira Martinez ’94, M.Eng. ’96, worked on the redevelopment of Rockefeller Center and the design of the Times Square Tower. Today, as a senior associate, she leads corporate business development for the company’s Northeast region. But no matter where she travels, Martinez is never far from the Ironbound section of Newark. That’s where she arrived as a 13-year-old from Portugal who barely spoke English. And that’s the reason why, while climbing the corporate ladder and raising three young children, she makes time for urban kids who dream of doing what she’s doing. “Here were these extremely bright students with no direction, no experience with what they could achieve,” she says. “It was very close to home.” Along with her leadership position at Thornton Tomasetti, Martinez is a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. She serves as president of the board

 Cristina Vieira Martinez ’94, M.Eng. ’96, at her worksite, Thornton Tomasetti in New York City.

of directors of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of New Jersey, part of a national mentoring program that strives to engage high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction. ACE largely serves under-represented groups in these fields, as 70 percent of its students are minorities, and 40 percent are young women. A group of design and construction firms, including Thornton Tomasetti, founded ACE, and Martinez oversees the volunteer program in nine New Jersey cities, among them Newark, Jersey City, Paterson and East Orange. She also served on ACE’s National Affiliates Council. For achievements in her field, Martinez was named to Engineering News-

Record New York’s “Top 20 Under 40,” in 2012, honored among the top young architecture/engineering/construction professionals under age 40 in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. These young professionals “have gone beyond the norm of excellence in their careers, showing leadership skills in their profession as well as commitment to give back to their communities,” according to ENR. A jury of professionals, most of them top executives, chose the Top 20. On a frigid January morning, a warm and gracious Martinez greets a visitor to the offices of Thornton Tomasetti, which feature numerous windows overlooking Manhattan’s venerable and sparkling new skyscrapers. A steel stairwell offers more stunning landscapes. But her office is Winter 2012 – 13 29

 Cristina Martinez ’94, second from right, helps present an ACE scholarship to student Dane Irving, center, with help from some ACE mentors, last June at the Newark Club in Newark, N.J.

cozy and filled with the ongoing mementos of her three children, ages 12, 10 and 5—pumpkin picking, laughing, offering Mom a kiss. Her son, Logan, contemplates blocks in one photo, titled “Engineer or architect?” Promoted to senior associate in 2011, Martinez works with the company’s new business development department and helps with strategic planning. Working directly with clients, pricing jobs and trying to win contracts fascinates her. “I really enjoy the challenge of it,” she says. “I’ve always been a people person.” Among the company’s high profile projects is Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which will be completed in 2017 and is on track to become the world’s tallest building, at more than 1,000 meters. Martinez, of Montclair, N.J., joined the company as an engineer in 1998 and used her structural engineering background to specialize in complex tower analysis and design and for historical building renovations. Some of her high profile projects include the Times Square Tower, for which she did a high-rise analysis model, and redevelopment of Rockefeller Center, including the renovated concourse and new restaurants. She recalls the joys of rolling out the building’s blues from the 1930s, being on-site with the crew and getting a first-hand look at the building she helped to renovate. “It was a beautiful old building,” she says. “It was so nice to be there, to touch this existing thing.” 30 The Stevens Indicator

Growing up in Portugal, Martinez showed early talent in math and science, and had parents who sacrificed much to help her fulfill her potential. Back then, Portugal offered few universities and student slots—only one engineering school existed in the country—and little chance

money that they were able to cover a good portion of her tuition. “They are a great inspiration on work ethic and family first,” Martinez says. She was the first in her family to go to college. Martinez was only 16 when she entered Stevens and struggled academically for the first few years, she acknowledges. The Stevens Technical Enrichment Program— which offers academic, personal and career support for students of diverse backgrounds—was a godsend, particularly its Bridge program, a pre-college academic program. She enjoyed an instant circle of friends who looked out for her, who “made sure I stayed on the path,” she says. Martinez made the best friends of her life at Stevens, she says, played volleyball and helped found the women’s club basketball team, which later became a fullfledged sport at Stevens. And she met her husband, Alexis, one day on the volleyball court. He graduated from City University of New York and works as a geophysicist. Back then, the ratio of men to women at Stevens was 8 to 1, Martinez says. She was not only a woman but also a minority. She felt different and always had to work

“I’m driven, I like being challenged. I think it’s always helped me.” for financial assistance, she says. So when she was 13, Martinez’s family moved to Newark’s Ironbound section, a heavily Portuguese neighborhood. Martinez knew little English but learned quickly as she enrolled at East Side High School in Newark. She skipped 9th grade because she was ahead academically and found the work much less challenging as back home in Portugal. But her physics teacher urged her on, suggesting that she consider engineering. She wasn’t quite sure what engineering was. He recommended Stevens and NJIT, and she chose Stevens because it was a better school, she says. Martinez won a scholarship and worked weekends at the Stevens Center to make money. But her parents – her father was a restaurant cook and her mother, a housekeeper—insisted that she focus on her studies. They worked hard and were so disciplined in saving

harder to overcome some peoples’ biases, she says. “I was definitely not like most of the kids there,” she says. “I was from Newark. I was an immigrant. “You definitely feel that you have to prove yourself a little more. You don’t expect to be respected from the time you walk through the door.” Even as an engineer with a master’s degree and almost 20 years of experience, Martinez is still proving herself at times. She smiles when she recalls networking events which are “80 percent white male,” with some of the older men referring to the women as “girls.” She remembers a time at a construction site when a man told her that she didn’t look like an engineer. Engineers are usually older men or, if a woman, not pretty, he told her. “We’re always going to have to fight a little harder,” she says.

Labor force changes coming ACE and other similar mentoring and outreach programs for young people serve many purposes—chief among them, trying to nurture much-needed future engineers, architects, scientists and technology professionals in the United States. One growing and sometimes under-tapped resource—minority populations. Indeed, as U.S. government reports show, the labor force—reflecting the United States’ changing population—is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, with Hispanics accounting for the largest rise in the labor force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Monthly Labor Review (October 2012), the Hispanic share of the labor force is projected to double, from 15 percent in 2010 to 30 percent in 2050, and people of Hispanic origin are predicted to account for the vast majority of growth—about 80 percent—of the total growth of the U.S. labor force in the next four decades. Asians are also one of the fastest growing groups in the labor force, and their numbers are expected to increase to 8 percent of the labor force by 2050. Blacks in the labor force are projected to hold steady, at 12 percent, by 2050. And those in the labor force who are of multiple races, American Indian, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, will more than double, from 2 percent in 2010 to 5 percent by 2050. The one group that will see a smaller presence in the future workforce will be the white labor force. Though it will still remain the largest labor force in 2050, this group’s growth will be much slower than other groups. A number of factors will lead to this changing face of the U.S. workplace. The lower fertility rate of white non-Hispanics, compared to other racial and ethnic groups, is a factor, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Increased U.S. immigration and the retirement of baby boomers—a group that has a large number of white non-Hispanic males—will also further lower that group’s labor numbers in the future and lead to an even more diverse labor force, the Review reports. —Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Martinez is trying to open the doors even wider, through her work with the ACE Mentor Program. Her face lights up with a big smile any time she speaks of ACE and she becomes her most animated. Despite her busy schedule, Martinez serves as president of the board of directors of the ACE Mentor Program of New Jersey, which serves about 160 students per year. Nationally, ACE works with more than 8,000 high school students and, since its founding in 1994, has served more than 60,000 students and awarded more than $12 million in scholarships. Several Stevens alumni participated in ACE, including Kinjal Dalal ’07 and Inderjit Singh ’10, M.Eng. ’10. In New Jersey, ACE is an afterschool program through which students meet with engineering, architect and construction professionals. They work on a fictional construction project—with a big presentation at the end of the session—take field trips to mentors’ offices and are eligible for scholarships. According to ACE, 40 percent of its alumni go into the engineering field, as the main goal is to increase diversity in engineering, architecture and construction fields. Martinez started as a mentor in 1999 and has been involved ever since. “I was hooked,” she says. “It’s something that was personal, close to my heart.” Demand for the program is high, and the biggest need right now is for mentors, even professionals who can only devote a one-time talk to the students. How does Martinez manage to juggle all of this while she and her husband raise three children? She immediately mentions her parents, who have lived full time with her family up until recently and helped care for her children from birth. “That’s the reason I’m able to balance a bit,” she says. Recently, her parents started spending six months out of the year at their home in Portugal, so before and after-care at school—and some good friends—have helped fill the gap. Martinez acknowledges that she’s not as involved with school activities as much as she would like. She can’t make PTA meetings. One look in her office and you can see that her children are with her always, from their various artwork to their photo that serves as her mouse pad. When she speaks about the future,

Martinez envisions herself growing in her management role at Thornton Tomasetti, planning company strategy, building client relationships. But running ACE, she says with a shy smile, would be a “dream job.” When she reflects on her success, Martinez is refreshingly honest. She’s worked hard. “I speak my mind and do it with a smile,” she says. “I’m driven, I like being challenged. I think it’s always helped me.” But she also mentions her parents as the foundation for everything. Martinez salutes her boss, Charles Thornton, who founded ACE as well as the firm that bears his name, and Thornton Tomasetti Vice Chairwoman Aine Brazil, who, as the top woman executive at the firm, has paved the way for Martinez and so many others. Martinez also looks back to Stevens for those who touched her life. She remembers Professor Y. Billah, who provided such strong guidance, Maureen Reardon, whom she worked for in the Registrar’s Office, Jo Ann Cicchine at the Stevens Center desk, folks in the post office—so many people who offered guidance and kindness to a teenager. “It was such an inspiration to be like them,” she says. ❖ To learn more about the ACE Mentor Program of America and mentoring, visit

 Cristina Martinez ’94, at her job with Thornton Tomasetti. Gifts from her three children surround her workspace.

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Stevens Institute of Technology is pleased to recognize the generous alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and community members who supported the University, between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, in the 2012 Record of Philanthropy. 32 The Stevens Indicator

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STEVENS CLUBS Washington, D.C. Club


ore than 100 people attended the Washington, D.C., Alumni Club’s annual holiday party, held this past December at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. At right, Ray Durante ’50, D.C. Club President and host of the event, welcomes Andrew Sachs ’89 and his wife, Karen.

1 Ernie Carbone ’72 enjoys good company at the Washington, D.C., holiday party. 2 Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, left, and Robert Rancod ’73 attend the D.C. Club holiday party. 3 George Grant, M.Eng. ’12, enjoys the company of Sara Walentowicz, left, and Kathy Walentowicz, at the party. Kathy is the wife of Rich Walentowicz, M.S. ’76.

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STEVENS CLUBS Stevens Metropolitan Club BY DON DAUME ’67


onthly club meetings continue to be convivial, informative and, at times, uplifting at the various venues selected by the members who attend the luncheon. Eight members attended in October at Don Quijote restaurant in Fairview, N.J., and eight members enjoyed the November luncheon at Puerto Spain restaurant in Hoboken, with special guest Ed Eichhorn ’69, Stevens’ vice president for Development. The gracious sponsorship of Rose and Bob Bosse ’50 allowed our club once again to celebrate the December holidays at the Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, N.J. In all, 19 members plus 38 spouses, friends and Alumni Office and Development staff members were there to enjoy music by David Zimmerman ’90 on the piano, with Paula Eichhorn singing seasonal selections. The Class of 1957 turned out to help honor Ken DeGraw ’57 for his 10 years of service as alumni clubs director during his 55 years in volunteer service to the Stevens Alumni Association and to Stevens Institute. Dean Gregory Prastacos spoke on behalf of our Institute and its Howe School of Technology Management. Member Mike Danon ’60 set a tone of good cheer with his introductory remarks and reminiscences. Club president John Stevens ’72 emceed the entire event with aplomb, and even led all in singing birthday wishes to Anita Lang, SAA executive director. You are warmly invited to attend our luncheons to see if membership in our club appeals to you. Do come join in our fellowship in support of one another, the Association and our ties to Stevens Institute of Technology.

1 Anita Lang, center, executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association, enjoys the company of Rose and Bob Bosse ’50 at the Stevens Metropolitan Club’s annual holiday party, held at the Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, N.J. The Bosses are longtime Knickerbocker members and hosted the SMC event. 2 Fred Paulson ’59, at left, catches up with Elaine and Mike Danon ’60 at the party. 3 Paula and Stevens Vice President for Development Ed Eichhorn ’69 enjoy the luncheon at the annual SMC holiday. Paula sang holiday favorites for the members prior to the lunch. 4 Don Daume ’67, secretary of the SMC, reads holiday wishes he received from two members not able to attend the holiday party.

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Hudson–Union–Essex Club


t the Hudson-Union-Essex (HUE) Club and Stevens Alumni Association joint holiday party in December, 125 people came to the Babbio Center on campus for good food and great company.

1 From left, David Barker ’08, Nicole Moldovan ’09, and Mike Manzella ’09 have a good time at the party. 2 Sandra Hessian Sandve ’84 and her husband Ed Sandve ’82 came to the HUE/SAA holiday party, held in December at Babbio Center. 3 Michael Munley ’09 and HUE President Natalia Bilchuk ’10 chat at the HUE holiday party. 4 Stevens Professor Don Merino ’60 enjoys a moment with Lacreca Perry, M.S. ’12, center, and another guest at the HUE party.

1Paul Crooker ’89 speaks at the memorial to honor Marty Fliesler ’65, a Stevens Board of Trustees member and strong supporter of the university who died in July. Several dozen alumni, friends and family members attended the memorial. 2Adam McKenna ’98, left, co-president of the Northern California Alumni Club, talks with Ryan Donovan ’06 and Giuseppe Incitti ’04. 3Northern California Alumni Club Co-President Evelyn Burbano-Koehler ’98 addresses the crowd at the reception, held in San Francisco in January. Winter 2012 – 13 35

Southern California Club


tevens President Nariman Farvardin shakes hands with alumni during a Presidential Reception in Los Angeles in January. His wife, Hoveida, prepares to greet guests.

1 Joshua Kheel ’45 and Miriam Groman enjoy the event. 2 Dan Velky, left, and his father, Tom Velky ’56, discuss some of the news from Stevens with SAA Associate Executive Director Mike Smullen. 3 Arnold Hinjosa and Emily Schlipf ’05 attend the Los Angeles Presidential Reception along with other local alumni.

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Boston Club BY PHYLLIS DOIG ’85


hile most people began their first weekend in December with a harried trip to the crowded mall, those of us in the Stevens Boston Alumni Club drank a toast and enjoyed a wonderful, threecourse meal at our festive holiday party on Dec. 1 in Newton, Mass. Stevens was in our thoughts as we talked about the postSuperstorm Sandy aftermath. We reminisced about favorite professors (Bryan Greiner ’89 repeated Professor George Yevick’s quotes with great accuracy), and we caught up on each other’s lives and career experiences. The restaurant Bokx, located within the Indigo Hotel in Newton, finished off the three-hour event on a high note by serving us the chef’s special: a wonderful pumpkin pie with ice cream and caramel sauce. We look forward to next year!

1 The Boston Alumni Club met in December for its holiday party at Bokx in Newton, Mass. The group reminisced about favorite professors and caught up on careers and lives since graduating. Pictured left to right are Dave Beckman ‘77 and his wife Ilene; Bob Malupin ’86; Harold Bossung ’54; Victor Skowronski ’71; Phyllis Doig ’85; Bill Tice ’81; Bryan Greiner ’89; Deborah and Bill Kelley ’71; Vera Isgro Tice ’82; Diane Froment (guest of Bryan Greiner); Erin McKenna ’97; Paul Floyd ’80 and his wife Bonnie; Terri (Burnett) Laurence ’77; Debi Motler ’86; and Terri’s husband Bob Laurence. 2 From left, Bob and Terri Burnett Laurence ’77; Bryan Greiner ’89 and his guest Diane Froment; Bob Malupin ’86; Harold Bossung ’54; Victor Skowronski ’71, guest Isikeli Voceduadua and Phyllis Doig ’85 enjoy lunch at the Boston Club gathering. 3 Dave Beckman ’77 and his wife Ilene; Bill ’81 and Vera Isgro Tice ’82; and Erin McKenna ’97 share stories about their experiences at Stevens at the holiday party.

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GOLF OUTING Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Arcola Country Club Route 4 and Paramus Road Paramus, N.J.

Schedule Registration – 6:45 a.m. Breakfast – 7:15 a.m. Scramble Start – 8:30 a.m. Lunch – Approx. 1 p.m. Awards, Auction, Raffle – 1:30 p.m.

The annual golf outing helps improve the experience of all of our student-athletes. In the past, this event has helped fund improvements to the DeBaun Athletic Complex and Walker Gymnasium; the Canavan Arena floor and scoreboards; a wrestling-only facility; and renovations to the tennis courts, among other projects.

For more information, visit or call 201-216-5078 and ask for Jason Cappadoro.



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Questions? Call the Alumni Office, 201-216-5163

Estate planning seminar prior to the luncheon. 10 to 11 a.m., Fielding Room, Howe Center Questions? Call Michael Governor, Director of Planned Giving, 201-216-8967

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By Silvio Laccetti, Hon. M.Eng. ’96


Preparing to celebrate my retirement from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2008, I chose a novel variation on the typical fond-farewell gala: Why, after all, endure a traditional retirement dinner, hailed in unison by 100 guests, when I could indulge 100 individual retirement dinners—more like one-on-one ancient Greek symposia—with memorable former students? Thus was sparked a three-year journey of targeted reunions with former undergrads, now accomplished adults, who joined me in an adventure that superseded the boundaries of time and experience. The alumni I contacted were enthusiastic, each offering to host a private reunion dinner. It was as if they realized that these encounters would constitute mini-Odysseys into a sunlit past—a brief opportunity to enjoy a drink at the fountain of youth. The first reunion set the tone and pattern for all subsequent affairs. “Have what you want,” said my erstwhile pupil, now my host. “All the food is great—and we’re celebrating your career as an educator and mentor.” During this dinner, as with all others, 42 The Stevens Indicator

animated narrative swirled about as my accomplished former student excitedly illustrated the tale of his life, covering years or decades of details about jobs, growth experiences, successes, families and children. After completing the main course, I would return to each student their old papers or exams from my files and present my former charges with copies of my book and op-eds. Alumni were frequently stunned and delighted with these “desserts.” Most could still answer a good part of their exam questions. Still others regurgitated the same BS they had proffered in their halcyon days! Each dinner was unique, but one produced an irrationally exuberant idea.

At Tutta Pasta Ristorante in Hoboken, N.J., I mentioned to Scott Woodfield ’89, my alumnus host, that we might catch a glimpse of actor Danny Aiello who frequently enjoys the Southern Italian cuisine. When Aiello actually did appear, I told Scott I wanted to discuss a project with Danny. “What are you planning,” the student pressed snidely, “to make a movie of your life?” “No!” I lashed back, pointing at him. “I want to make a movie of your life!” He stared at me in wonderment. Specifically, I had an idea for a film based on all these many dinners with my special alumni, featuring flashbacks, flashes forward, and fantasy projections of

 Retired Stevens Professor Silvio Laccetti met for dinner at Tutta Pasta in Hoboken with former students and encountered a special guest, actor Danny Aiello, at far right. Smiling from left are Mike Castagnoli ’99; Laccetti; Jerome Lemanowicz ’99; Fortunato DiNatale, owner of Tutta Pasta (in white shirt); and Aiello.  Retired Stevens Professor Silvio Laccetti, Hon. M.Eng. ’96, left, has kept in touch with many former students since retiring. Last summer, Chris Boraski, ex ’97, M.S. ’05, second from left, and his family hosted Laccetti at their home in Skillman, N.J. Also pictured are Chris’ wife, Kathy, and their daughter, Kayleigh.  Laccetti writes a partial list of the students he has had dinner with since retiring in 2008.

what might have happened to some of the students. So we three discussed my “great idea” for a script. But Mr. Aiello said it wouldn’t work as I had intended. The movie would have to revolve around my character and not the flashbacks of the students’ lives. Regrettably, therefore, there would be no instant deal for a movie featuring Scott or any of the others! I had no interest in a movie focused on me. As I consider the entire series of teacher-student reunions, three observations stand out. First, upon meeting, we sensed immediately that the bonds forged through teaching, learning, understanding and advising had, over time, made us peers. We quickly rediscovered camaraderie suspended in what seemed like fleetingly brief quanta of time. “Seems like we just saw each other yesterday!” Second, most of the students’ personalities had not changed greatly over the decades. They had become compounded versions of their younger selves, with enlarged, powerful personae, but not different personalities as such. They had become high-level executives, industry leaders, inventors, researchers, professors and managers of every stripe. But, generally speaking, they are who they were character-wise—only more so. (There were a few late-bloomers, of course.) My third observation is the one which matters most to me. I found out how much

I had influenced them, both as students and, like an unseen presence, throughout their adult lives. Many had clearer memories of my classes than of any others they took. Many assured me that they had talked about me with their children and sought to instill in them the ethical, sociallyconscious outlook I had helped them to formulate as students. Most important, all remembered how I had stressed the value of entrepreneurial careers as a route to maximize personal potential and freedom. Remarkably, a majority of them had been able to follow my advice. In the aftermath the reunion dinners, about half of the participants remain in regular contact with me. We learned from each other in a series of unexpected adventures. One example of the connectivity relates to a student whom I selected to attend an entrepreneurial summit some 30 years ago. In recent years, he had opened the golden door to China for his prosperous manufacturing business. He sought my advice on several matters, as I was familiar with multi-modal logistics. I even volunteered to serve as a guinea pig for his China-based art reproduction business, giving him a photo of me to be reproduced on canvas. When I saw the dismal result, I advised him to stick to the nuts and bolts of manufacturing. A most fascinating derivative of my renewed connection with alumni has been

in providing guidance to their children. More than one parent has confided that my influence on him was an important ingredient in the great success his children have enjoyed. In a more direct way, I have met and advised a number of alumni children on career preparations, even in one case on completing a bachelor’s thesis in history! Happily, the process of new beginnings worked both ways. Alumni replaced my classroom students as inspirational guides and resources for my work as an editorial journalist. Likewise, I have encouraged them to tap into dormant creative outlets such as writing editorials and posting blogs. Such things can happen when students and teachers continue a mutual association in an unfinished quest for knowledge and understanding. My years in retirement have been among the most satisfying and stimulating of my life. When I first contemplated bringing to a close my long years in the classroom, my great fear was losing the flow of inspiration from my undergraduates. Now, after almost 100 symposia stops in a continuing Odyssey, I find my future in my past, and I excitedly hope to keep that past before the mast, as my ship of life courses onward. ❖ Silvio Laccetti is a retired Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevens and a national editorial columnist. He can be reached at Winter 2012 – 13 43

GRADUATE LOG Steve Wisniewski, M.S. ’99, a senior systems engineer with the Program Executive Office Headquarters U.S. Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, received an award last October from the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Training and Logistics. Here, he describes his award-winning study that led to this prestigious recognition. “Program Executive Office Command, Control, CommunicationTactical/Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 was lacking a standard procedure to implement NetFlow software as a network operations troubleshooting tool. Army brigades were unable to access the Division NetFlow server, located at the Network Operations Security Center (NOSC), during times of traffic congestion or loss of network connectivity. A Lean Six Sigma study recommended a process to deploy multiple collectors in the WIN-T Increment 2 architecture. “A pilot study demonstrated that when additional collectors were added into the architecture, bandwidth consumption was reduced significantly because data being collected was staying local. Implementing this process has decreased the number of software applications to perform a similar function, reduced the dissimilarity between division and brigade capabilities, and increased the feasibility of one common NOSC. When the software application used in this study is implemented, the project will generate a cost-savings of $2.3 million for fiscal years 2012 through 2018.” This was a record-setting project completed in just 29 days from start to finish. Such projects normally take 50 to 100 days to complete, Wisniewski said. Kexin Zhang, Ph.D. ’07, is a research scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in College Park, Md. She lives in Clarksville, Md., with her husband, Weizhong Chen, and their two children. Nafis Rehman, M.S. ’01, is vice president-Technology with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in Hoboken and lives in Morganville, N.J. Jiacong Zhu, M.S. ’11, works as an analyst with MSCI in New York and lives in Hoboken. Marriages: LeVaur O. Livingstone, M.Eng. ’08, wed Alliah D. Agostini on Sept. 8, 2012. Livingstone works as a project manager for the Kone Corporation in Queens, N.Y., and Ms. Agostini is a brand manager for eos Products, Manhattan. A story about their courtship and wedding appeared in The New York Times’ Sept. 9, 2012, “Weddings/Celebrations” column.

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1 Steve Wisniewski, M.S. ’99, right, accepts an award from Major General N. Lee Price from the Program Executive Office for Command Communication & Control – Tactical, based at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. Wisniewski, a senior systems engineer with the Army, was honored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Training and Logistics for a record-setting study that he headed. Read more from Steve in the Graduate Log. 2 Maria Alvarez-Ruiz, M.Eng. ’11, attended the Los Angeles Presidential Reception in January and while there, caught up with Stevens news in The Stute.


Alumnus authors first book on economic turbulence James Owen Weatherall, Ph.D. ’09, recently published his first book, “The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable,’’ a study of scientific discovery, economic turbulence, financial innovation, risk, reward, success and failure. Weatherall’s Stevens roots run deep: he’s the son of James and Maureen Weatherall, both ’78, and the brother of Katie Weatherall ’08. Recently, Weatherall, an assistant professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, discussed his book – and how life in Southern California is different from life in Hoboken – with The Stevens Indicator.

Why write the book? The book describes the history of how ideas from physics and mathematics have moved into finance, with a focus on what that history can teach us about modeling today. I am trained as both a physicist and a philosopher scientist. I am very interested in how scientific theories work and how we use them to learn about the world, and so the question of how ideas from physics might be used to understand markets struck a chord for me, especially because this was a case where some of the more philosophical things I am interested in make contact with important political and economic issues.

What interested you about this topic? I first became interested in financial modeling in 2008, during the heat of the financial collapse. I was in the last year of my Ph.D. at Stevens during that fall and I read a number of fascinating articles claiming that physicists were somehow responsible for the crisis. Ultimately, though, these articles were unsatisfying: they made it seem as though mathematical modeling in finance was pure folly, and that physicists had come to Wall Street and interfered in something they could never understand. I knew there had to be more to the story than that. If physics was so useless for understanding markets, why did so many banks hire physicists in the first place? Where did the physicists on Wall Street come from, and what role did they really play in modern finance? So I started digging.

How long did it take from start to finish, from research to the final edit? I started researching in fall of 2008, and I submitted the final version in March of 2012. So, three and a half years all together.

What did you learn that surprised you when writing the book? Lots of things! For instance, over the last few years, we heard a lot about financial products known as “derivatives,” which include things like options and futures, and also more complicated products such as the collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) that became

James O. Weatherall, Ph.D. ’09, has written a new book, “The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable.’’ Photo courtesy of University of California, Irvine.

“toxic assets” in 2008. These are often described as though they were a new invention. But derivatives have been around for thousands of years. And modern derivatives markets in the United States go back to the 1970s. I also found that the most successful hedge fund ever – the Medallion Fund, run by Renaissance Technologies – was founded by two mathematicians and a mathematical physicist, the last of whom ran it for 20 years. And in 2008, while the traditional banks were hemorrhaging money, the Medallion Fund returned 80 percent!

The buzz on the book seems to be positive. What’s next for you? I am currently working as an assistant professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, where I teach courses on mathematics and philosophy. Now that this book is published, I look forward to focusing on my research for a little while. But who knows? Maybe someday I will write another popular book.

You live in California now, with your wife Cailin and newborn twin girls, Eve and Vera. What do you miss about life in Hoboken and the Stevens campus? Most of all, I miss my great friends and collaborators in the physics and math departments. But I also miss walking! Southern California is beautiful and I love living here, but it’s much harder to get around on foot. And the Italian food in Irvine can’t compete with Hoboken!

— Compiled by Lisa Torbic Winter 2012 – 13 45


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Henry K. Berry, Jr. ’67 to Christina Bolton in October 2012. Albert Z. Schwartz ’67 to Lin Bao, M.D., Ph.D., on May 20, 2012. Anthony E. Peters ’00 to Brenda Rebert on Dec. 21, 2012. Ryan R. Donovan ’06 to Sona Ayer on Aug. 3, 2012. Onofrio D. Leone ’07 to Jeannine Sheppard on Nov. 9, 2012. Alicia Margaret Mahon ’08, M.Eng. ’09, Ph.D. ’13, to Brandon T. Gorton, M.S. ’13, on Oct. 6, 2012. LeVaur O. Livingstone, M.Eng. ’08, to Alliah D. Agostini, on Sept. 8, 2012.

NEW ARRIVALS To Kathryn and Scott F. Fisher ’85, a daughter, Phoebe Sage, on Dec. 20, 2012. To Tina and Mario T. Mergola ’09, a daughter, Hayley, on July 27, 2012.

OBITUARIES + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

R.J. Golzio ’32........................... 1/13/13 H. Straus ’39............................. 1/10/13 C. Eisler, Jr. ’38 ......................... 11/8/12 E. Mullan ’42 ............................ 8/17/12 W.H. Heiser ’44........................... 1/1/13 A.R. Hockstein ’44 .................... 9/15/12 H.H. Landmann ’44 ................ 12/29/12 A.A. Levant ’44 ......................... 6/16/12 C. Morgan ’44 ............................. 2/6/12 C.I. Petschek ’44......................... 1/7/13 W.J. Meighan ’45 ........................ 8/1/12 G.M. Murtaugh ’45.................... 11/2/12 G.E. MacVeigh ’46 .................. 12/20/11 D.D. Pierson ’46.......................... 8/9/12 F. Rieger, Jr. ’46 ....................... 7/30/12 R.L. Burns ’47 .......................... 11/5/12 G.P. Canevari ’47 .................... 12/14/12

+ C.L. Kort ’47.............................. 9/17/12 + C. Shulock ’47 ........................ 11/11/11 + W. Ellison ’48 .......................... 10/26/12 K.J. O’Neill ’48....................... Unknown + J.J. Brighouse ’49 ................... 10/23/12 + R.B. Collins ’49 ......................... 8/29/12 F.W. Farley ’49 ........................ 11/18/10 H.F. Peppel, Jr. ’49 ................... 6/28/12 + R.W. Perry ’49............................. 2/1/12 + R.H. Schroeder ’49 ................... 5/10/12 + C.P. Monti ’50 ............................. 7/7/12 + J.J. Dato ’51................................ 9/8/12 + W.F. Davis ’51 ........................... 6/20/12 + V.C. Mekeel, Jr. ’51 ................... 1/11/12 R.N. Lankering ’53 .................... 12/5/12 + A.W. Leithner ’55 ........................ 6/9/12 M.E. Vasilakis, ex ’56 ............. Unknown W.J. Strogis ’62 ....................... 10/31/12 F.J. Vilece ’66.......................... 12/24/12 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 + B.E. Lutz ’71 ............................. 3/15/10 T.P. Svolos, Jr. ’71 .................. Unknown + A.J. Rodriguez ’82..................... 5/25/12 S.S. Sophokleous ’82 ................ 9/19/11 J. Musailova ’00 ........................ 5/27/12 W. He ’06.................................. 6/28/12

GRADUATE SCHOOL R.J. Jaccodine, M.S. ’52 ....... 1/12/13 A.E. Haase, M.S. ’54 .......... 12/19/12 H.F. Kuras, M.S. ’54 ............... 1/9/13 A.G. Sievers, M.S. ’54 ......... 10/11/12 W.E. Ruhlmann, M.S. ’57 .... 11/26/12 M. Spitzer, M.S. ’59 ............ 10/10/12 W.F. Stephan, M.S. ’61........ 11/23/12 W.L. Rand, M.M.S. ’65 ........ 10/23/12 S. Yadlowsky, M.S. ’66 .......... 1/12/13 R.W. Peterson, Hon. D.Eng. ’79 ..................... 2/21/11 D. Schwartz, M.S. ’80 ......... 11/30/12 F.M. Hill, M.S. ’03 .................. 4/4/12

FACULTY STAFF M.E. White, Hon. M.Eng. ’82 ................... 8/19/08 + Obituary in this issue

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 Some members of the Class of 1974 gather for a freshmen game in this Sept. 16, 1970, photo. The guys seem to be ready for battle as they give a rousing cheer.

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The IRA Rollover is back!

MAKE TAX-FREE GIFTS An opportunity to impact Stevens “Using the IRA rollover provision, I was able to maximize my annual contribution

to Stevens during my 50th Reunion Year. The proceeds of my distribution were applied to the Class of 1960 Endowed Scholarship Fund, which delivers critical financial aid to today’s standout students at Stevens.” John Dalton ’60

GOOD NEWS: Signed into law on January 2, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 included an extension of IRA Charitable Rollover. As a result, individuals age 70½ and older may distribute any amount up to $100,000 tax-free from an IRA to charities and not-for-profit entities, such as Stevens, through the end of 2013. This amount will count toward an individual’s required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year and it will not be treated as taxable income.

You should consider an IRA rollover gift if: • You are 70½ years of age or older. • You are required to take withdrawals from your IRA but do not need that income currently. • You do not itemize deductions but make charitable gifts. • Your charitable gifts already equal 50% of your adjusted gross income.

Here’s how it works: • You must be 70½ years of age or older. • You may distribute any amount up to $100,000 to one or more charities in 2013. • The transfer must go directly from your IRA to qualified charities; gifts to donor advised funds, private foundations, and supporting organizations are not eligible.

Stevens’ Office of Development urges you to consult with your personal tax and financial advisors before making this or any other charitable gift.

If you make an IRA Rollover gift to Stevens, please send us written instructions on how you would like us to designate your gift. Send email to: Or by U.S. Mail send to: Office of Development Stevens Institute of Technology 1 Castle Point Terrace Hoboken, NJ 07030 For further details, please contact: Michael Governor Director of Planned Giving 201.216.8967

• The amount rolled over from your IRA will be excluded from your gross income. • Your IRA rollover will count toward your minimum distribution requirement. • There is no federal income tax deduction for the IRA rollover gift. • The IRA rollover provision is effective now through December 31, 2013.


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Henry K. Berry, Jr. ’67 to Christina Bolton in October 2012. Albert Z. Schwartz ’67 to Lin Bao, M.D., Ph.D., on May 20, 2012. Anthony E. Peters ’00 to Brenda Rebert on Dec. 21, 2012. Ryan R. Donovan ’06 to Sona Ayer on Aug. 3, 2012. Onofrio D. Leone ’07 to Jeannine Sheppard on Nov. 9, 2012. Alicia Margaret Mahon ’08, M.Eng. ’09, Ph.D. ’13, to Brandon T. Gorton, M.S. ’13, on Oct. 6, 2012. LeVaur O. Livingstone, M.Eng. ’08, to Alliah D. Agostini, on Sept. 8, 2012.

NEW ARRIVALS To Kathryn and Scott F. Fisher ’85, a daughter, Phoebe Sage, on Dec. 20, 2012. To Tina and Mario T. Mergola ’09, a daughter, Hayley, on July 27, 2012.

OBITUARIES R.J. Golzio ’32............................... 1/13/13 H. Straus ’39................................. 1/10/13 C. Eisler, Jr. ’38 ............................. 11/8/12 E. Mullan ’42 ................................ 8/17/12 W.H. Heiser ’44............................... 1/1/13 A.R. Hockstein ’44 ........................ 9/15/12 H.H. Landmann ’44 .................... 12/29/12 A.A. Levant ’44 ............................. 6/16/12 C. Morgan ’44 ................................. 2/6/12 C.I. Petschek ’44............................. 1/7/13 W.J. Meighan ’45 ............................ 8/1/12 G.M. Murtaugh ’45........................ 11/2/12 G.E. MacVeigh ’46 ...................... 12/20/11 D.D. Pierson ’46.............................. 8/9/12 F. Rieger, Jr. ’46 ........................... 7/30/12 R.L. Burns ’47 .............................. 11/5/12 G.P. Canevari ’47 ........................ 12/14/12

C.L. Kort ’47.................................. 9/17/12 C. Shulock ’47 ............................ 11/11/11 W. Ellison ’48 .............................. 10/26/12 K.J. O’Neill ’48 ........................... Unknown J.J. Brighouse ’49 ....................... 10/23/12 R.B. Collins ’49 ............................. 8/29/12 F.W. Farley ’49 ............................ 11/18/10 H.F. Peppel, Jr. ’49 ....................... 6/28/12 R.W. Perry ’49................................. 2/1/12 R.H. Schroeder ’49 ....................... 5/10/12 C.P. Monti ’50 ................................. 7/7/12 J.J. Dato ’51.................................... 9/8/12 W.F. Davis ’51 ............................... 6/20/12 V.C. Mekeel, Jr. ’51 ....................... 1/11/12 R.N. Lankering ’53 ........................ 12/5/12 A.W. Leithner ’55 ............................ 6/9/12 M.E. Vasilakis, ex ’56 ................. Unknown W.J. Strogis ’62 ........................... 10/31/12 F.J. Vilece ’66.............................. 12/24/12 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 B.E. Lutz ’71 ................................. 3/15/10 T.P. Svolos, Jr. ’71 ...................... Unknown A.J. Rodriguez ’82......................... 5/25/12 S.S. Sophokleous ’82 .................... 9/19/11 J. Musailova ’00 ............................ 5/27/12 W. He ’06...................................... 6/28/12

GRADUATE SCHOOL R.J. Jaccodine, M.S. ’52 ........... 1/12/13 A.E. Haase, M.S. ’54 .............. 12/19/12 H.F. Kuras, M.S. ’54 ................... 1/9/13 A.G. Sievers, M.S. ’54 ............ 10/11/12 W.E. Ruhlmann, M.S. ’57 ........ 11/26/12 M. Spitzer, M.S. ’59 ............... 10/10/12 W.F. Stephan, M.S. ’61 ........... 11/23/12 W.L. Rand, M.M.S. ’65 ........... 10/23/12 S. Yadlowsky, M.S. ’66 .............. 1/12/13 R.W. Peterson, Hon. D.Eng. ’79 ....................... 2/21/11 D. Schwartz, M.S. ’80 ............. 11/30/12 F.M. Hill, M.S. ’03 ...................... 4/4/12

FACULTY STAFF M.E. White, Hon. M.Eng. ’82 ..... 8/19/08

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