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2005-2007 SIT Annual Report Spreads

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    • “Per aspera ad astra.” [Through adversity to the stars] Stevens Family Motto CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 3
    • section name leg ac contents y of Stevens Circular Railroad Track, Castle Point, cr intro 1825 e Yacht America Message From the President 6 1851 at Message From the Chairman 7 iv complex world e Hazeltine’s Neutrodyne Receiver The Paradox of Technology 10 in 1923 A Network That Reads Minds 13 ve Quantum Leaps into New Realms of Photonics 15 nti secure world A More Secure World 18 vene Maritime Security Transforms Harbor into Lab 21 interconnected world An Interconnected World 24 ss Online Learning Gets Personal 25 Taming the Cognitive Cell Phone Jungle 27 No Borders for Engineering Students with a Cause 28 Engineering Turns on K-12 Students 29 PredatorVision System 1999 Capillary Discharge Non-Thermal Plasma, small world 2007 Big Benefits from a Small World 32 Simple Machines Pave Way to Tomorrow’s Nanomachines 35 Putting Nanotubes on the Scales 36 New Research to Reduce Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and Implant Infection 37 entrepreneurial world Competing Successfully in Today’s Innovative Entrepreneurial World 40 Majoring in Breadth 42 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 Building Bridges Across the Hudson 44 S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY 2005 Attila Radio a world of achievement A World of Achievement 48 Modern Gantt Chart A Fine Ducks Season 50 Originated 1910-1915 Provost & University Vice President George P. Korfiatis 55 A Smooth Transition into Stevens’ World 56 Christos Christodoulatos Appointed Associate Provost for Academic Entrepreneurship 57 4 5
    • section name President Harold J. Raveché Chairman Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. The Stevens Institute of Technology students. We must also grow externally The Board of Trustees, along with the faculty for which Stevens adopted a combined Annual Report for Fiscal sponsored faculty research from its pres- and administration, has spent considerable time much more detailed approach Years 2005-2007, which you now ent level of approximately $30 million to developing a Strategic Positioning Plan (SPP), to budgeting and has signifi- hold, is a significant testimonial to $50 million annually. the aim of which is to elevate Stevens’ posi- cantly improved its budget- the continued strength and dyna- The university must also significantly tion among the highly regarded technological ing and forecasting practices, mism of a changing and growing increase alumni annual giving from its research and educational institutions in the as reflected in the fiscal year university. present level of approximately $2.5 million country. 2008 budget. The increase of university- toward $4 million to $5 million by 2012, The SPP is focused on three research thrust Fiscal year 2007, as attest- wide enrollment, the size of grad- so that more scholarship support can be areas for the university,` each encompassing ed by the audited financial uating classes, the pool of highly provided to those outstanding students large, intersecting fields of academic endeavor, report at the end of this doc- qualified undergraduate applica- seeking a Stevens education. Additionally, and dependent upon cross-disciplinary collabo- ument, shows a substantial tions, the number of doctoral we must sustain the excellence of under- ration rooted in strong individual faculty schol- surplus before depreciation, research students and externally graduate and master’s programs, and arship: the most substantial surplus sponsored faculty research – all of attract a larger cadre of outstanding doc- • Systems and enterprise management in recent years. The Trustees these rising indices bode well for toral research students. and architecture believe this turn of events is Stevens’ continued ascent among Perhaps of most immediate impor- This is an emerging academic discipline, further evidence of the effec- the nation’s leading research uni- tance, we must prepare to launch a trans- combining important fields of science, engi- tiveness of new financial prac- versities. These gains are enabled formative endowment-building capital neering and technology management. tices and controls that have and driven by the ever-increasing campaign with the committed participa- • Security – maritime, cyber, informa- been enacted and reinforced excellence of faculty scholarship, tion of alumni and other friends, to ensure tion and communications networks during the past several years. the academic achievements of that Stevens’ resources accrue healthily Homeland security and the containment of A significant issue fac- the student body and efforts of and competitively into the 21st century global insurgency are important national pri- ing Stevens is the size of the the dedicated administrative staff and beyond. orities. The US needs to achieve continuous advances in innovative endowment. Although the performance of the endowment has who are committed to serving our academic community. Further, with the strong endorsement of the Board of technologies to help combat terrorist threats. been competitive versus our national peer groups, the size of the To further advance the standing of Stevens, and secure the Trustees and faculty, a new academic leadership position has • Multi-scale engineering, science and technology endowment is too small. The Trustees and the President are in the underlying financials for the future, the university has under- been created to ensure success in the SPP and fiscal manage- Significant advances are anticipated in practical solutions to process of studying the possibility of launching a significant cam- taken the development and implementation of the Strategic ment of university priorities. Dr. George P. Korfiatis was named humanity’s everyday needs. They include research in engineering, paign that will be focused primarily on doubling the endowment Positioning Plan (SPP). The overarching goals of the plan to be Provost and University Vice President, the second most senior science and technology management at the micro- and nanoscale by the year 2012. This is a very ambitious goal and will require the realized are: position of the Institute. – for areas as diverse as pharmaceutical and biomedical products, financial support from all alumni. • To continue the gains in excellence of our undergraduate With input and guidance from a Faculty Task Force, as well engineered materials, alternative energy sources, agricultural bio- The combination of academic, research and financial goals pres- and master’s education; as members of the Board of Trustees, a new academstructure technology and safeguarding the world’s environmental resources. ent some very imposing challenges. Establishing financial stability • To grow sponsored research and doctoral education with has been established to further the ascent of the Institute Initiatives in all of these critically important areas have been under and significantly increasing the size of the endowment are key objec- emphasis on cross-disciplinary academics; through the SPP. The re-designation of the Schaefer School of way and gaining momentum at Stevens. By focusing resources on tives that can only be accomplished through an integrated approach CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 • To sustain strong management and financial controls; Engineering & Science, the creation of the School of Systems & cross-disciplinary communities for learning and research, Stevens will using all the resources of faculty, administration, trustees and alumni. • To increase the endowment from its present value of Enterprises and the College of Arts & Letters, and the contin- maximize its impact and make its presence felt. It is critical to the future of Stevens. S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY approximately $150 million as of June 30, 2007 toward $500 ued enhancement of the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology The university’s underlying business indicators remain strong Creating an environment where research and excellent edu- million; and Management will align Stevens’ educational and research pri- and have shown marked improvement. Undergraduate and gradu- cational opportunities go hand in hand is equally challenging, but • To be recognized as one of the nation’s top research orities with those of the SPP. ate enrollments have exceeded expectations, applications have necessary if we are to attract both the student body and the faculty universities by funding agencies, corporations, foundations, Most assuredly, as you review the pages that follow, you increased substantially and the endowment has continued to appre- that will enhance the reputation and output of the university. prospective faculty and students, alumni and other academic will come to appreciate that the foundations for future great- ciate substantially. On the operating side, i.e., while fiscal year 2006 The Board of Trustees is fully committed to working with all the institutions. ness are already clearly defined at today’s Stevens Institute of met tuition revenue expectations and expenses were contained, involved groups so that these goals are achieved in the next five-year Success in meeting these challenges is based on the collec- Technology. there was an overall deficit, which was driven by a number of fac- period. tive success of different sectors of the Institute-wide commu- tors, including a shortfall in miscellaneous revenue against budget, nity in achieving key objectives, such as building communities and, to a lesser extent, a change in an accounting principle. of research and creative enterprise among the faculty and It should be noted that fiscal year 2006 was the first year 6 7
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    • complex adds. “Stevens students are highly sought after. The best The Paradox of Technology opportunities come to their doorstep because they are not just technically savvy; their soft skills are strong as well. We help them develop confidence and start them on the process of being successful. We take leadership seriously; we want them to have it.” A technology is conceived to simplify something Systems Engineering and – a repetitive task, a knotty problem, an idea no Enterprise Architecture are longer incomprehensible but not yet obvious. Core Strengths Computer Science Makes Strides However, new technologies by their nature increase the complexity of our world. Cybersecurity has been one critical area of study in Computer Dealing with this paradox is a crucial part Stevens is renowned for its Systems Science in the past several years (see Secure World, page 16). of the Stevens mission. Engineering and Enterprise Architecture, Another is Proof-Carrying Code (PCC), a technique that allows Our university’s engineers, scientists, man- the largest graduate-level program in the the safe execution of untrusted code. Adriana Compagnoni, an agers and students combine their individual United States. Systems engineering is “a core assistant professor of Computer Science, chaired the International strengths with those of partners in business strength and a key investment area in coming Workshop on Proof-Carrying Code, which brought together lead- and government to transform complex ideas into years,” affirms Dr. George Korfiatis, Provost & ers from academia and industry to promote the collaboration workable forms. University Vice President. between those adapting PCC ideas to new industrial applications Stevens is well suited for the task, says President Systems engineering brings together people with and experts in logic, type theory, programming languages, static Harold J. Raveché, by “its rich legacy of broad-based education multi-disciplinary skills and leverages those various disci- analysis and compilers. and the distinctive approach of Technogenesis, which integrates plines and skills to solve today’s multifaceted problems, explain As phishing and pharming become more prevalent, research- education, research and the launching of new businesses based Dr. Dinesh Verma, Professor and Dean of the School of Systems ers at Stevens have taken steps to mitigate the risk posed by such on the intellectual property of the Institute in concert with external & Enterprises. “It’s where the aspects of science and manage- online threats. partners.” ment come together.” Susanne Wetzel, an Assistant Professor, and Liu Yang, a Recently, this open and collaborative approach has produced With concerns about terrorism and the need for complex Research Scholar, both in the Stevens’ Department of Computer important advances in security, biomedical engineering and com- homeland security measures, “recognition of the need for sys- Science, presented their research findings at the Anti-Phishing munications. tems engineering has accelerated in last three to six years and Working Group (APWG) eCrime Researchers Summit in Orlando, we have positioned ourselves well to take advantage of it,” Fla. Verma adds. The APWG joined with the Florida Department of Law Stevens starts early to educate students “about the con- Enforcement, the Florida State University and the University of Clockwise from above: Dr. Lex McCusker, Dean of the Howe School of cept of systems engineering so that boundaries evaporate,” Central Florida to host its first-ever research summit. The confer- Technology Management; Professor Adriana Compagnioni; Professor says Beth McGrath, Director of the Center for Innovation in ence presented original, unpublished research results, as well Susanne Wetzel. Engineering and Science Education (CIESE). “We want them to think about the life cycle of the system, from conception to demise. We try to get them to build a conceptual appreciation for this approach.” These topics are more often addressed at the graduate level but “it’s important to start the process early” McGrath says. To that end, the Institute has revised the undergraduate engineer- CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 ing degree. S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY Now in its second year, “students seem pleased with the changes,” says Keith Sheppard, Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Sciences. The changes have added flexibility and choice in core science requirements, “which helps students who are still exploring interests in dif- ferent engineering fields.” For undergraduates to be able work in the real world they have to learn to ask ‘who are the stakeholders?’ They have to think along those lines, not just think of it as a project they’re Dr. George P. Korfiatis, recently appointed Provost & University Vice working on,” says Lynn Insley, Director of Career Development. President. Stevens Institute’s well-integrated approach pays off, Insley 10 11
    • comi ln s e c t po e x n a m e as best practices in the area of online fraud. Participants also sible through warkitting exceeds current estimates of credential A Network that Reads Minds explored research gaps, opportunities and challenges, including theft due to phishing.” the state-of-the-art with respect to forensic practices for inves- By bringing together academics, law enforcement and Computer networks are getting smarter. They recognize tigating scams based on phishing, pharming and crimeware. IT Security practitioners, the summit facilitated collaborations new equipment, guide users through setup and help with They also discussed innovative ideas related to eCrime mitigation between PIs and centers of research developing eCrime forensics, security. Even a novice can install one at home, though it efforts. as well as eCrime countering technologies. may take a few calls to the help line. Wetzel and Yang presented findings from their paper, Yet today’s networks come nowhere near the vision “Warkitting: The Drive-By Subversion of Wireless Routers,” writ- of Victor Lawrence, Director of the Center for Intelligent ten in collaboration with Alex Tsow, Visiting Research Associate, Howe School Handles Business/ Networked Systems (iNetS). iNetS’s goal is to embed and Markus Jakobsson, Associate Director, CACR, both from Technology Balance intelligence at all levels of the network. This will give the Indiana University. network the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think “In this paper, we introduce the notion of warkitting as the The Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and drive-by subversion of wireless home routers through unauthor- has matured as an internationally respected academy that learn from experience. ized access by mobile WiFi clients,” said Wetzel. “Until recently, effectively equips technology managers to lead and innovate By combining intelligence with sensors, Lawrence the perceived risk of wireless routers has centered on unauthor- in today’s complex business world. hopes to transform today’s networks into virtual butlers ized network and bandwidth use. However, as we illustrate in this A new dean was appointed from the ranks: Lex McCusker, who anticipate their masters’ every command. paper, the risks are far greater. former Acting Dean and Associate Dean for Administration at “Imagine a common task, like talking on the phone “Our analysis shows that it is possible in practice to carry the Howe School. McCusker brings a long history of high-level with all my direct reports,” Lawrence relates. “Today, the out warkitting attacks with low-cost equipment widely available technology management responsibilities and project oversight, network will dial one number and then the next and the today,” she continued. “And the volume of credential theft pos- principally in the field of telecommunications. next. continued on page 12 “But suppose we make the network intelligent enough to provide real help. It could find each person, whether they were on their phones, radios or computers. It would ensure their devices are compatible and set up a conference call. “It would recognize speech commands, provide instantaneous translation, sense facial expressions to express nuance and even take notes. When we hang up, the network would distribute minutes and action items Dr. Victor Lawrence directs the Center for Intelligent and retrieve additional information.” Networked Systems. nulla consectet ullaoreetue commodi Equatue magnim Like any intelligent entity, the network would manage onummod dolor acinis nos nonsectet irit, si. Gait vel erilla itself. It could automatically reconfigure itself to keep video and infrared cameras into security systems that see feugait lum traffic flowing in case of failure. It would monitor the in the dark and tell what someone has recently touched world around it with cameras, acoustic monitors, and by its heat signature. Another group is investigating motion sensors. “These end-points will be intelligent and sensors that extend battery life by waking themselves up autonomous,” says Lawrence, “so an acoustic monitor will when they detect an event they should monitor. recognize your voice and a camera will track you so it can Other researchers are looking at ways networks can anticipate your needs.” inoculate themselves against unknown hacking threats Could a virtual butler turn into an electronic spy? by monitoring and prevent anomalies from spreading. CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 “These type of privacy issues are inherent with the level Still others are developing cognitive radios that find S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY of intelligence and sharing we envision,” Lawrence warns. unused frequencies in the radio spectrum for emergency “But the technology is coming and we cannot uninvent use. it. Instead, we think we can use sensors and intelligence The ultimate goal of iNetS, says Lawrence, is to to provide more privacy and security, so no one can transform information into useful knowledge. “This will impersonate you on the network.” truly help networks improve education and healthcare, Lawrence admits that researchers have only begun boost energy efficiency, enhance financial reliability, and to scratch the surface of this bold vision. iNetS, for secure and defend our civilization. example, has several programs that to develop smart “We’re starting small,” says Lawrence, “but we think end-point sensors. One research group seeks to combine intelligent networks are going to evolve quickly.” Professor Larry Bernstein shares his wealth of knowledge in software engineering gained during a distinguished career in high-tech industry. 12 13
    • comi ln s e c t po e x n a m e continued from page 10 In May, 2006, student from it is trapped by total internal reflection. The cavity fun- the Business & Technology Quantum Leaps into New Realms nels the light in a very narrow output mode, an entirely undergraduate degree pro- of Photonics geometrical collection-enhancement effect. A second gram became the first to attend phenomenon is the Purcell effect. When the quantum- classes in the new Lawrence T. Stefan Strauf, Assistant Professor in the Department of dot emission is spatially and spectrally resonant with the Babbio, Jr. Center. Physics & Engineering Physics, along with colleagues cavity mode, the single-photon emission is increased, in The Howe School’s from the University of California, Santa Barbara and our case by a factor of two to five,” he explained. progress has been noted. Leiden University (Netherlands), has authored the article, Strauf’s approach to approach to cavity design is It was cited as among the “High-frequency single-photon source with polarization somewhat unusual. But, his approach does offer advan- “World’s Elite Research control,” the cover article of the December 2007 issue tages over more common cavity design. Institutions in Management of Nature Photonics (www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/ “One common cavity design is the micropillar, cre- of Technology” by the v1/n12/abs/nphoton.2007.227.html). ated by etching through alternating layers of semicon- International Association for The article reports on important advances in high- ductor to form a cylindrical structure with a diameter of Management of Technology. performance single-photon sources that bring such one micrometre or less. Unfortunately the etching results And the school hosted the possibilities closer to reality. In particular, single photons in rough sidewalls that scatter light, which limits the time 2006 annual Technology can be used to implement absolutely secure optical that the cavity contains a photon — as quantified by the Management Education communication, also known as Quantum Cryptography. Q-factor. So we thought, why not have a large device Association (TMEDA) The E2 Research Project Team: (l.-r.) Lechler, McCusker and Christodoulatos. With this new source, recording a single-photon signa- and confine the mode a different way?” said Strauf. technology management ture that took eight hours five years back can now be “At the University of California, Santa Barbara, workshop. achieved on a millisecond time scale. This remarkable where this research was performed, we built on exten- Stevens is quick to respond to industry needs with specialized “The E2-Lab is in the next phase in the evolution of the progress was achieved by developing a novel type of sive expertise in confining oxidetapers, which are used at programs that meet their needs, McCusker notes. The Howe Stevens-wide Technogenesis® initiative designed to create a microcavity structure which strongly enhances the light present inside vertical-cavity lasers. In our single-photon School has begun offering a new master’s degree in pharmaceutical broad-based culture of academic entrepreneurship within the extraction from the optically active material. Moreover, sources such an oxide taper narrows down the optical- manufacturing to address the needs of engineers, technologists and Institute,” said Christodoulatos. with the help of embedded electrical gates, the research- mode volume but does not introduce the scattering scientists in the healthcare manufacturing industry (pharmaceutical, Furthermore, McCusker said, a network of organizations ers demonstrated suppression of unwanted dead-times losses, giving a Q-factor as high as 50,000. The larger biotechnology, medical device, personal care product manufacturers contributing to the E2-Lab will be a crucial part of its successful in the emission process itself resulting in a net single devices also have the advantage that they are not as brit- and related GMP-driven industries). In keeping with Stevens’ implementation. “Beyond the initial funding stage,” he said, “it photon generation rate of 100 tle as the pillars, making them emphasis on bringing together diverse skills, the degree is supported will be critical to maintain the participation of these partners. This MHz into an optical fiber. more practical, and allowing us by the School of Engineering and Science. will be accomplished by the long-term attributes of the E2-Lab, “The traditional approach to to attach electrical contacts,” Stevens also has been awarded a two-year grant of $569,853 the creation of value for all participating parties resulting in an generating single photons is to Strauf’s coauthors Equatue magnim nulla consectet ullaoreetue commodi on from the National Science Foundation. This grant will be used economically self-maintaining endeavor that becomes viable use weak laser pulses. To reach onummod dolor acinis nosthe nonsectet irit,NickGait vel erilla paper are si. G. Stoltz to develop an Environmental Entrepreneurship (E2) Program independent of government funding.” the single-photon level, you have feugait lum (Materials Department, at Stevens. McCusker will serve as the project’s Principal According to the team, the E2-Lab intends to re-define to attenuate the light very strong- University of California, Santa Investigator. Co-Principal Investigators at Stevens are Dr. Thomas the traditional university-industry technology transfer process ly, limiting the efficiency of the Barbara); Matthew T. Rakher Lechler, Associate Professor of Technology Management, and Dr. and to create an unconventional entrepreneurial solution, the device. Also, the photons emitted (Department of Physics, Christos Christodoulatos, Professor and Director of the Center for E2-Innovation-Transfer Process. Other perspectives and knowl- are governed by statistics. What University of California, Santa Environmental Systems. Dr. Kurt Becker, of Polytechnic University, edge areas have to be integrated into the innovation process. we need is a high-efficiency source Barbara); Larry A. Coldren will serve as the Principal investigator for the subawardee One important component in a successful innovation process where we can generate photons (Materials Department and the institution. is the market knowledge that complements the scientific and one by one. Luckily, nature pro- ECE department, University CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 “This project aims to create and implement the Environmental technological knowledge. The traditional function and role of vides a solution in the form of the of California, Santa Barbara); S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY Entrepreneurship Lab (E2-Lab) at Stevens to foster the rapid mar- universities makes them unlikely sources of the required specific two-level system, just like the one Pierre M. Petroff (Materials ketplace realization of economically successful environmental market related knowledge. we use: self-assembled quantum Department and the ECE depart- innovations that are capable of being adopted by existing com- “The E2-Lab will be an interdisciplinary university-wide endeav- dots,” said Strauf. ment, University of California, panies or serve as bases for creating new ventures,” said Lechler. or,” said Christodoulatos. “It contains an educational component, in In his work, the quantum dots Santa Barbara); and Dirk “The E2-Lab will be an unconventional, novel and rapid vehicle for which students learn to be comfortable and productive in interdisci- are in an optical microcavity. This Bouwmeester (Department of the transformation of scientific breakthroughs and technological plinary, entrepreneurial environments that address present needs in is helpful for several reasons. Physics, University of California, advances into innovations in the area of environmental technolo- addition to becoming the next-generation thinkers. “The very high refractive index Stefan Strauf, Assistant Professor in the Santa Barbara and Huygens gies. By combining the technology push that characterizes conven- “This award comes in recognition of Stevens’ commitment to of most semiconductors means Physics and Engineering Physics depart- Laboratory, Leiden University, tional technology transfer routes with the market pull, the team Technogenesis over the last 10 years,” he concluded, “and it will that light doesn’t want to get out; ment. the Netherlands). expects to reduce the usual three- to four-year time frame for catalyze the implementation of Academic Entrepreneurship across technology transfer to at most two years.” all Departments and Schools.” 14 15
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    • s e c t iro n n a m e u e A More Secure World ● Another group worked to improve emergency communication between blood banks and locals agencies. The Emergency Communications system (ESC) project was a collaborative effort of students in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and the Business and Technology program. Waves of ships transiting New York Harbor. model testing to include investigation of Invisible waves of telecommunication unsteady maneuvering effects. The Office moving through thousands of trans- of Naval Research awarded the lab - and Striving for Cybersecurity mission points within line of sight of Professor Raju Datla, Research Associate Castle Point. Professor in the Civil, Environmental Computers. Credit cards. Cell phones. Even car keys. So These are daily concerns at & Ocean Engineering Department - a many things today contain information that needs to be kept Stevens. Now they are more impor- $500,000 grant for the instrumentation. secure. Stevens is responding to that burgeoning need with tant than ever. expanded research, programs and facilities. Because of its location, its state- ● A new research vessel, the R/V A major sign of the university’s commitment is its decision of-the-art facilities and its devoted Savitsky, specifically outfitted for work to become one of just a handful of universities offering an researchers, Stevens has long been well in New York Harbor. The vessel contains undergraduate degree program in cybersecurity. The program positioned to address security challenges, a 2,000-pound hydraulic A-Frame and a full provides a strong foundation in computer science, along notes President Raveché. Recent years have suite of electronic navigation and communi- with the traditional broad Stevens education, covering all seen an expansion of this commitment, particu- cations instrumentation and can take measure- components of security and cryptography. Other features are larly in marine security and cybersecurity. ments of currents, salinity, temperature and dissolved a privacy class and foundations in cryptography. The experi- oxygen. Professor Emeritus Dr. Daniel Savitsky, who has mental venue for the program is a Cybersecurity Lab that is nearly 60 years experience at the laboratory, wished his being built on the sixth floor of the new Babbio Center for Maritime Security Lab Founded, namesake “at least as many years of productive research Technology Management. Davidson Lab Completed as I have been fortunate to have experienced at Stevens.” “While cryptographers strive to develop the best secu- rity solution possible, actual implementations of theoretical In partnership with the US Navy the university has established All these changes “really put us in a tremendous position concepts often fail due to technological limitations, cost the Maritime Security Laboratory (MSL), based in the Center for to integrate all the technology that has to do with maritime restraints and human factors that were not part of the initial Maritime Systems. research,” on marine security, hurricane safety and environmen- design process,” says Computer Science Professor Susanne To demonstrate MSL’s unique role, a multi-disciplinary, inten- tal dangers, says Dr. Alan F. Blumberg, Director of the Center for Wetzel. She explains that for a solution to be practical, “the sive project on the detection and classification of moving under- Maritime Systems. end user must be able and willing to use it. From an eco- water objects has been commissioned, using threat assessment Bruno and the university were honored with the Outstanding nomical point of view, a solution must provide a substantial algorithms, control algorithms, systems-level data management Partner Award by the Jersey Shore Partnership for research- monetary benefit to the customer. In order to allow for these and fusion. ing and evaluating methods of shore protection, coastal storm complex issues to be better addressed, an education in cyber- The $3-million renovation of the Center for Maritime Systems’ monitoring and coastal hazard education and prevention. And security must integrate science, technology and management. Davidson Laboratory high-speed towing tank is now complete. Bruno, along with Blumberg and Stevens Trustee Dr. Stephen T. In this regard, creating an undergraduate program allows us MSL Deputy Director Thomas Barnes describes the tank as “the Boswell, were honored as Fellows by the American Society of Civil to be more comprehensive in our approach. most advanced of its kind in the world.” The tank is used to Engineers (ASCE). “I can see many exciting job opportunities resulting from study wave action and to design ships. The renovation increases this. Students will be sought after for jobs” in areas such as CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 the size of world’s fastest high-speed towing tank from 12-feet financial industries, health care and consulting, Wetzel adds. Seniors Study Security S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY wide and 6-feet deep to 16-feet wide and 8-feet deep, as well She believes the work in cybersecurity will lead students to as enhancing its electronics and instrumentation. During the appreciate other opportunities in the field of computer sci- renovation groups from Stevens have traveled to other US tanks A number of senior design projects this year also focused on ence. to conduct research. improving security: Wetzel and fellow Computer Science Professor Rebecca The Davison Laboratory has received two welcome addi- Wright developed the new program with funding from the tions: ● One group of engineers created the Mobile Streaming Video, National Science Foundation. Stevens recognized the two, a system that includes a camera and laptop, with Internet who collaborate on numerous projects, for their role as ● A tow-carriage mounted, computer-controlled instrument that access, in police cars, with wireless connectivity and near faculty members with the conferral of honorary degrees in superimposes unsteady motions on a towed model advancing real-time video streaming back to headquarters. The video Engineering. The renovated Davidson Lab testing tank (top); Dr. Alan F. Blumberg; at forward speed. The addition of the Planar Motion Mechanism gives dispatchers images of the scene so they can better Wetzel will co-chair the eCrime Researchers Summit Professor Subbalakshmi (r) and Professor R. Chandramouli attend a (PMM) to the high-speed towing tank expands the scope of assess a situation and decide whether assistance is needed. (eCrime 2008), the world’s premier conference for basic and Disruptive Technologies Round Table. 18 19
    • s e c t iro n n a m e u e In recognition of all its achievements, applied research in electronic Lawrence is leading an engineer- Maritime Security Transforms Stevens was redesignated as crime studies. The conference, ing school effort “focused in the Harbor into Lab presented by the Anti-Phishing a National Center of Academic area of embedded intelligent Working Group (APWG), will networks, systems and devices The US Navy has a 200-year history of securing its ships Excellence in Information be 2006. APWG organized the - investigating applications that and ports against threats from hostile nations. Since inaugural eCrime Researchers Assurance Education by the will provide us with security 9/11, though, its planners have increasingly worried Summit in Orlando with Florida and improve the way we live, about how to guard against the unconventional dangers National Information Assurance State University, the National work and entertain ourselves,” posed by terrorists. Center for Forensic Science at Education and Training notes Korfiatis. The new Maritime Security Lab exists to help the Navy UCF and the Florida Department Security is always a hot topic identify and understand those perils. Its projects range Program, part of of Law Enforcement and, last year, at Stevens. Vice President Helena from early detection of waterborne threats to models that eCrime 2007 was programmed in the NSA. Wisniewski’s inaugural “Disruptive predict how air and water currents would spread toxic collaboration with Carnegie Mellon Technologies Roundtable” featured chemicals or radioactive particles released from a bomb. University ‘s CyLab and the CERT/CC’s “Ultra-Sensitive Sensors for Perimeter Maritime Security Lab Director Thomas Barnes rec- Software Engineering Institute. Security and More,” specifically technologies ognizes these issues better than most. As a former Professor K.P. (Suba) Subbalakshmi’s area of that form the basis for the Technogenesis start- fighter pilot and ship commander, Barnes was intimately expertise is wireless network security. Subbalakshmi, an up Castle Point Scientific, LLC. Attila Technologies, LLC, the involved in ship security. As military liaison to the Defense Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technogenesis company that provides continuous broadband- Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and later at Department, received a grant from the National Science on-demand communication devices and services despite satu- Draper Laboratories, he was part of the search for new Foundation’s Cyber Trust Program to study the fundamental rated airways, was the subject of another roundtable. technologies to secure naval vessels and ports. trade-offs in wireless security, power consumption and error- In recognition of all its achievements, Stevens was re- “I joined Stevens because its ocean engineering pro- resilient encryption code design. designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in gram and Davidson Laboratory have outstanding reputa- Stevens enhanced its reputation for innovation with the Information Assurance Education by the National Information tions,” he relates. “Their understanding of the physics of addition of Dr. Victor B. Lawrence to the faculty as Batchelor Assurance Education and Training Program, part of the National water provides critical insights into many naval security Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering. In his new role, Security Agency (NSA), for academic years 2006-2009. problems.” Equally important, because of its location, Stevens has easy access to New York Harbor. Its 240 miles of navigable water channels run past 1,000 miles of shore- line and 11 individual ports. It is a constantly evolving swirling mix of cool water currents, city heat and salty ocean air. Capt. Tom Barnes in Davidson Lab. “It is one of the world’s most difficult waterways to model,” says Barnes. It has, in effect, become the Maritime Security Lab’s laboratory. “If you can model it, sensors to detect potential waterborne terrorists. you can use those insights to model other ports, not only Another program seeks to replace pulsed sonar for homeland defense but to understand how oil spills to identify underwater threats. “Even low-grade sonar spread or where storms are likely to cause flooding.” disperses so much power that it can cause significant Stevens has been studying the harbor for decades. underwater environmental damage,” says Barnes. Stevens “We have buoys that send back real-time information on is developing safer passive acoustic sensors that achieve CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 depth, current, salinity, waves and wind direction,” says similar accuracy. S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY Barnes. “We have sophisticated models that use real-time Another program is also working on low-frequency data to forecast the environment. That was once only of radar systems to pick out small and submerged objects, interest to sailboat skippers. Now it is critical to national and models to analyze the behavior of watercraft to pin- security.” point potential threats. The Maritime Security Lab has received major grants This year, the new Maritime Security Lab will fund to refine its modeling capability. The US Navy wants to use nearly 60 faculty, researchers and graduate students. “Our models to predict how local climate variations dissipate or goal,” says Barnes, “is to use Stevens’ harbor research concentrate gases or particles released by a bomb. It also infrastructure to fill the gap between laboratory proof-of- hopes to model currents to determine where to set out concept and system deployment.” The MSL Command Center, located on the sixth floor of the Babbio Center. 20 21
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    • i ecticn nec s n t e r o o nn a mtee d Online Learning Gets Personal An Interconnected World When Stevens Institute of Technology rolled out its first online class in 1999, it attracted 24 students. “There were no live or recorded lectures, just online docu- ments,” recalls Robert Zotti, Director, Online Learning. Stevens continues to forge strong links with scholars and schol- “Virtual team instruction at WebCampus replicates what “Everyone would log onto a bulletin board and the arly institutions around the globe. One striking indicator of its is already standard practice in global companies where people instructor would throw out questions on the things you success is its award-winning online learning unit, WebCampus work across great distances,” Ubell reported. “Our students read.” (www.webcampus.stevens.edu). The e-learning program has find virtual teams reflects the new style of business throughout A lot has changed since then. In fiscal year 2006, reached an impressive milestone, with more than 12,000 Web the world.” more than 150 Stevens instructors taught 2,680 stu- students from 43 states and 42 countries. When the university approves a program, it is approved for dents in 310 online classes, nearly all of them at the “This is a high water mark. For a small university it’s a giant delivery in all modes - in conventional classrooms as well as graduate level. Most students had day jobs with cor- achievement,” says Robert Ubell, the Founding Director online. Most WebCampus courses are taught by Stevens porations and government agencies throughout New of WebCampus, noting that in six years, it faculty. Students admitted to WebCampus grad- Jersey and around the globe. expanded from 23 students in three courses uate programs must meet the same high In a world where people and businesses are con- to more than 160 courses. That includes standards as those accepted into pro- stantly moving and changing, online learning has a 15 entirely online master’s degrees and grams on campus. lot to offer. Students rank convenience as the number an MBA, as well as 34 management Yet another sign of the suc- one reason for taking online classes. “You don’t have and technology graduate certifi- cess of Stevens’ e-learning pro- to change your school even if you’re transferred,” says cates. The online programs paral- The e-learning gram is the honor bestowed on Zotti. “You can switch from face-to-face to online if lel those offered on campus and Professor Steven R. Savitz, who your schedule changes or you’re traveling. You can take at corporate sites. program has reached directs WebCampus’ gradu- courses when you go out on maternity leave. That’s the WebCampus marked its ate technology management beauty of the online concept; you can come in from 10,000-enrollment milestone an impressive program. Savitz received what wherever and join the classroom.” with an autumn celebration is billed as the world’s most The online classroom itself has evolved since 1999. at the school’s Babbio Center, milestone–12,000 prestigious distance-learning In place of the old bulletin board, which stored notes featuring A. Frank Mayadas, prizes from the US Distance and presentations, the new system provides real-time program director of the Alfred enrollments. Learning Association (USDLA) conferencing. P. Sloan Foundation, who noted for his three-year study showing “Students can tune into live lectures with voice that Stevens is “a national leader that once faculty gain deep experi- and visuals,” says Zotti. “Instructors can lecture, mark in online education.” Sloan has sup- ence teaching online, student posi- up slides and have live question and answer sessions. ported WebCampus with nearly $1 tive response increases substantially; Student teams can also present their projects in real Robert Zotti directs online learning at Stevens. million in grants since the program was in some cases leading students to call time. Everything is recorded, so students can replay a first launched in 1994. their online experience better than face-to- lecture if they miss class or need to review a point.” Those close connections start during orientation At the celebration, Gaius “Gus” Mount face instruction. Savitz, Executive in Residence Students get to work with top instructors. “All are week, when teachers phone students about the class. shared his perspective as an online student, work- in the Howe School, teaches online and mentors new either full-time or adjunct professors, and most have “Some people start out believing that online education ing to complete his graduate certificate in Pharmaceutical online instructors. 20 to 25 years of experience in their field,” says Zotti. is impersonal, you just log in and never see or talk to Manufacturing Practices. Calling WebCampus “the cure for the Stevens Institute is also strengthening its ties to China on “While most teach on campus, we’re also able to tap anyone,” says Zotti. CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 common career cold,” he praised its “great reputation, broad the ground and online, “carving a niche market in a country the experience of the best talent from around the “We try to make it personal. The instructor calls you S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY course selection and great online continuing educational oppor- with huge potential demand for technology education and US country.” up, tells you what to expect, and maybe finds out some- tunities.” Mount, a process controls metrology supervisor at degrees,” says John R. Bourne of the Sloan Consortium. Zotti insists online programs are not stripped down thing about you. Many students probably wouldn’t finish ImClone Systems, is pursuing a Stevens master’s in Engineering The Chinese Ministry of Education has just recently granted classroom courses. “Our studies show the amount of the course or program if they felt disconnected.” Management, also online. approval to Stevens’ master’s degree in Project Management, time people spend on online classes is a bit more than Online courses may never replace regular contact Ubell agrees that WebCampus is a boon to mid-level employ- now being delivered in cooperation with Central University of on face-to-face courses,” he relates. “There’s lots of with professors and fellow students, yet they make it ees who otherwise would not have time to enroll in career Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing. CUFE is the principal discussion, just like in a conventional class. And profes- possible for many students to take advanced classes enhancing programs because of family and work obligations. academic route to top positions at the Chinese Ministry of sors tend to spend more time conducting online courses Thanks to new technology, today’s virtual classrooms But, he says, it’s also the best kind of real-world work expe- Finance and at China’s leading banks. reading postings and getting into intensive discussions engage students far more readily and personally than rience. “One of Stevens’ strengths in online education is the Stevens also offers graduate programs in partnership with students about assignments and feedback.” Stevens’ first online bulletin board. intimate interaction among students and between students and with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), one of China’s Equatue magnim nulla consectet ullaoreetue commodi onummod dolor acinis nos nonsectet irit, si. Gait vel erilla feugait lum vent faculty.” top engineering schools. 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    • i ecticn nec s n t e r o o nn a mtee d with BIT have also been approved by the Chinese Ministry in Dublin, Ireland, unveiled an innovative new initia- of Education. Other agreements have been concluded with tive to create an International Center for Pharmaceutical Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Beijing University of Posts and Education (ICPE), which will provide a full range of Telecommunications in Beijing. Stevens’ programs in China are technical education and training, granting degrees and Taming the Cognitive regionally accredited in the US by the Middle States Commission qualifications to the pharmaceutical/healthcare indus- Cell Phone Jungle on Higher Education. try worldwide. Stevens’ e-learning unit, WebCampus, Stevens’ courses in China are delivered one-third online by will be delivering Tallaght’s courses online worldwide. Over the past decade, it has grown possible to hold wire- Stevens’ faculty, another third Stevens’ faculty visiting China, less conversations from all but the most extreme deserts and another third by Chinese faculty at the host institution. ● Stevens was awarded a $100,000 grant from the US and mountains. But today cell phones are also transmitting While Stevens provides instruction, not only in Beijing but online Agency for International Development as part of its more and more data, from text, pictures, e-mail, and web- from Hoboken, Stevens’ partners provide classrooms, computers Capacity Building for Training High Level IT Professionals sites to music, videos and even credit card information. and marketing, as well as local faculty for one-third of the cur- in Bulgaria and South Eastern Europe program. The grant That means trying to squeeze more data through a riculum. All courses are taught in English. helps implement a joint Master of Science in Information limited amount of radio frequency spectrum. So far, wire- “We believe that Stevens’ programs, using advanced tech- Systems (MSIS) with the Sofia University in Bulgaria. less companies have found ways to maximize throughput. nologies and advanced ideas in management, have prepared While voice requires continuous bandwidth to prevent our students at the highest global levels,” comments Ubell. Once students from around the world make the connec- unnatural pauses and breaks, engineers can break text, “Our graduate programs have been recognized by international tion with Stevens, their desire for engagement often expands. pictures and other digital information into chunks and as well as by local companies in China.” Ubell manages Stevens’ Individuals may take online classes in their home countries transmit those segments whenever there’s some spare education and training programs in China with Vice President and decide to enroll, says Jennifer Marsalis, Director of the bandwidth. Maureen Weatherall. International Student and Scholar Services. And “international The cracks in this approach are already showing. It While students at Chinese institutions often do not get students and alumni act as Stevens’ ambassadors back in their takes only seconds to send a photograph to another cell placed in careers that match their education and training, home country. People say, ‘my sister went here, my brother phone when wireless traffic is low, but minutes when it Stevens’ graduates from its China programs have all secured went here’” and want others to come also. is high. And traffic is exploding as more people subscribe positions at Fortune 500 corporations and notable Chinese Stevens now has 740 international students on campus. to such digital services as on-demand music, video, e-mail industries matching their talent. Some have been accepted to Most are from India and China. “International students are and Internet. Professor Comaniciu Ph.D. programs in Hoboken or other noted schools in China an drawn to Stevens’ great location, its sense of community and its Right now, cell phones have only one way to reach elsewhere. renowned cooperative program,” Marsalis says. “Many interna- those services: brute force. In the digital jungle, they grab What is the right balance of throughput, transmission In addition to collaborating with institutions of higher learn- tional students who complete their masters’ here return to earn their share of the spectrum by boosting transmission power delay, energy consumption and security? ing in mainland China, Stevens is forging links with academic their Ph.Ds.” to drown out other cell phones. Since every other caller is “There are many protocols that favor one or several communities in other parts of the globe: doing the same thing, cell phones must roar even louder to objectives, but no one has developed a way to optimize be heard on the network. multiple objectives,” says Comaniciu. She hopes to do that ● In Taiwan, Stevens has signed an agreement with Enter Cristina Comaniciu, Assistant Professor of by looking first at how different device layers - systems that several universities and research organizations. Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an investigator control power, applications, and network interface - inter- in the revolutionary field of cognitive radio. She hopes to fere with one another. ● In the Dominican Republic, Stevens is offer- tame cell phones by teaching them to cooperate and share Comaniciu plans to use information on crosslayer ing a master’s of science in information sys- unused spectrum. This would not only help transmit more interference to model cognitive networks and optimize tems, a Master of Science in Computer Science data, but do it faster while using less power. the trade-offs between multiple objectives under differ- and a Master of Engineering in Computer “Cell phones use only a small band of the total radio ent conditions. “By knowing which knobs to turn, we can Engineering at a new facility in Santo spectrum,” Comaniciu explains. “Although much of the design simpler, faster, and smarter algorithms for cognitive CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 Domingo. Also, Stevens, Universidad Central spectrum is already licensed for other uses, many bands devices.” S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY del Este and Universidad Autónoma de Santo - like television, pagers and citizens band radio - are The use of “devices” rather than “cell phones” is Domingo have formed the Joint Center for underutilized. Cognitive radio distributes intelligence to intentional. The same optimization algorithms used for cell Pharmaceutical Research in Santo Domingo each device on the network. This enables it to sense which phones can allow any networked device - from laptop com- for doctoral studies in Natural Products for bands are open and to change its parameters to transmit puters and cell phones to homeland security sensors and novel antibiotic and anti-tumor drug discoveries. on unused spectrum.” communications systems - to share the wireless spectrum. Imposing manners on the jungle is not a simple pro- By taming the wireless jungle, Comaniciu hopes to help ● Stevens and the Embedded Systems Institute of cess. At any second, thousands or even tens of thousands usher in a new era of information that is as ubiquitous as The Netherlands have formalized an agreement of wireless devices will be vying for unused spectrum. How the air around us. of cooperation in the area of embedded-systems do we keep them from interfering with other devices? engineering research and education. Savithri Ramu, a graduate student from Bangalore, India, takes advantage of ● Stevens and Tallaght Institute of Technology wireless connectivity in the Babbio Center. 26 27
    • i ecticn nec s n t e r o o nn a mtee d Engineering Turns on K-12 Students No Borders for Engineering Students Groups of seventh graders hunch over tables at with a Cause Quibbletown Middle School in Piscataway, N.J. A sub- dued murmur percolates through the classroom as they A team of students, members of the Stevens chapter of pick through gears, shafts, motors and wheels. Slowly, Engineers without Borders, is making a connection with vehicles begin to take shape. rural inhabitants in the Dominican Republic by design- Referring to their original designs - pencil drawings ing a micro hydroelectric generator to provide electric- of gear combinations - students mount motors and spin ity to an isolated community. gears. When everything works, they rush their creations In May 2006, Stevens’ undergraduate students vis- to teacher Ed Cohen so he can time the vehicles on a ited several regions in the Dominican Republic to launch test track behind the lab bench. When gears jam or fail their senior design project. Near the city of Jarabacoa, to spin, students revise their design. they found clusters of houses lining a river through the “At the beginning of the year, they didn’t even mountains. understand that you had to connect the gears to trans- The average home “needs enough electricity for fer power from the motor,” says Cohen. only one light bulb and an appliance,” says senior Chloe The class itself is as much an experiment as the Weck, a mechanical engineering major. For most resi- students’ cars. It is a part of a pilot program to intro- Students in Ed Cohen’s Piscataway, NJ, science class. dents, electricity is too expensive or not available at all. duce K-12 students to engineering. Once, this type of To provide electricity for the region, the team is design- curricula might have targeted the school’s brightest stu- math and teamwork skills they learn in school,” says ing a micro-hydroelectric generator using parts easily dents. This class, however, aims at everyone, including McGrath. “Students can use these skills throughout maintained and replaced locally. girls and minorities now under-represented in college their lives, as workers, consumers and informed citizens “It’s cross-disciplinary,” Weck says. “One of the engineering classes and in the field as a whole. who must make decisions about increasingly technical things we’ve stressed is that we need other people “Some of them did not do well in regular science subjects.” to become involved since the project has social and classes,” says Cohen. “But when they have a chance to Founded in 1988 to improve K-12 science and math- economic aspects as well.” Weck, a member of the learn by building and testing, they pay better attention ematics education, CIESE received one of the nation’s team, works together with civil engineering student and learn more.” first grants to develop ways to use the Internet in K-12 Greg Maietta and two other mechanical engineering “We have seen all types of students respond favor- education. Today, its educational websites attract more majors, Nick Strand and Dave Velasco. Katie Weatherall, ably to engineering activities, from elementary through than 100,000 users from 35 countries. a Stevens’ business and technology junior is also part of high school students, and from gifted and talented The emphasis on engineering is more recent. It is the team. to English language learners and special education part of a nationwide trend to interest more students in The students flew first to Santo Domingo, where students,” said Beth McGrath, Director of the Stevens engineering and to promote technological literacy for President Raveché was on hand to give them a tour of Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science all students, whether they pursue engineering careers the city. They then visited Jarabacoa and other parts of Education, which is spearheading a statewide initia- or not. Hands-on engineering classes not only promote the country. tive to expose all K-12 students to engineering. “The the value of engineering, but show how math and sci- The visit to the Dominican Republic “was culture hands-on design, the opportunity for students to be ence relate to exciting, real-world challenges. shock,” says Weck. creative and invent their own solution to a problem According to the Boston Museum of Science, a “You prepare for it but it’s a shock. It’s poor but the and the real world challenges are all key motivators for leader in engineering education and a CIESE partner, people are wonderful.” students.” students who take engineering do better in science and Founded in 2005, Stevens’ Engineers without Borders A project like the motorized car does more than mathematics and improve their problem-solving skills. chapter (www.stevens.edu/ewb) has more than 20 stu- teach the theory of mechanical advantage. It lets stu- CIESE’s Engineering our Future New Jersey program CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 dent members with two faculty advisors, Professors dents apply the theory and math of gear ratios to a real is laying the groundwork to bring engineering to every S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY Leslie Brunell and M.G. Prasad. challenge. Instead of test scores, students show what school in the state. This starts with teaching teachers to Kenneth L. Nilsen, Dean of Student Life, serves as they have mastered by racing a car up an incline. teach engineering and developing curricula. the Administrative Advisor to the group. “Working with They also learn to continuously improve their CIESE works with some of the best educational les- the students has been personally very educational and designs while developing a deeper understanding of sons available. The Society of Automotive Engineers, rewarding,” he says. “The students’ interest in changing the scientific principles behind their operation. In other for example, developed the vehicle kits used by Cohen’s the lives of an entire village is an example of how engi- words, they learn the scientific and engineering process - class. The Boston Museum of Science’s elementary neering can make a difference in this world.” theory, test, revise and test - as well as facts. school curriculum helps students build water filters, “Engineering design and problem solving help windmills and other engineering solutions to real world Photos courtesy Engineers Without Borders - Stevens students look at the world and apply the science, problems that young children can relate to. 28 29
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    • s e cat li lo n n a m e m Characterization knowledge about Big Benefits from a Small World I n s t r u m e n t (NMECI) will pro- biofilm resistance and promote the vide nanometer- research on infec- resolution, scan- tious disease pre- ning electron vention. Big advances in engineering are coming from small sources. that happen on the nanoscale. It’s a distinction between min- microscope com- The National Pioneering faculty and students at Stevens “are making iaturization versus taking advantage of novel properties that patible manipula- S c i e n c e enormous contributions and are creating new knowledge in are available below the microscale,” Fisher says. tion, and enabling Foundation (NSF) the frontiers of multiscale engineering. Research in carbon Fisher knows whereof he speaks. He is an expert in the critical nano- has awarded an nanotubes, piezoelectric fibers, nonmaterial, enable photon field; his primary research area is the mechanical modeling of scale experimen- interdisciplin- sensors nanopowders for environmental applications, micro polymer nanocomposites with a focus on carbon nanotube- tal investigations ary team of five chemical reactors and nanobiomedical applications are a reinforced polymers (NRPs). He heads the Nanomechanics spanning many Stevens Institute sample of the exciting work carried out in our laboratories,” and Nanomaterials Group of the Mechanical Engineering key emerging of Technology says Dr. Korfiatis. Department, which nano/microtech- researchers a Research in this studies the behavior nology areas at four-year, $1 area “is a likely launch of advanced mate- Stevens. These million grant to pad to a new tech- rial systems at the will include nano- Professor Sukhishvili works with a student. develop “smart,” nological era,” says nanoscale. Particular materials develop- self-assembling President Raveché, material systems of m e n t / c h a r a c t e r- nano-biomateri- “because it focuses interest include poly- ization, nano/micro sensors and actuators and micro-chemical/ als that can control whether bacteria will adhere to synthetic on perhaps the final mers and polymer mechanical systems. surfaces, allowing for carefully targeted control over micro- engineering scales nanocomposites, as Fisher says his group’s research efforts “will benefit great- scopic processes that occur within the human body. that people have yet well as thin film and ly from the NMECI’s controllable three-dimensional nanoscale “Technically speaking, this project centers on the design to master.” piezoelectric mate- manipulator and simultaneous visualization capabilities.” and self-assembly of nanohydrogels that will either be adhe- But the field is rials of interest in Stevens received a research grant from the National sive to cells or repulsive to cells,” said Professor Matthew not yet well under- MEMS applications. Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Functional Polymers Libera, Principal Investigator on the project, which was fund- stood by the general The group’s research Modified Surfaces with Biofilm Sensitizing Ability.” Jun F. ed under the umbrella of the NSF’s Nanoscale Interdisciplinary public, and even by efforts include micro/ (James) Liang, Associate Professor in the Department of Research Teams (NIRT) initiative. “We are making families of dif- some popular sci- nanomechanics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will serve as the project’s ferent polymer nanoparticles and developing new ways to coat ence writers, who processing-structure- Principal Investigator. their resistance to antimicrobial agents these onto surfaces.” use the terms nano- properties of polymer and the host immune system attacks. Bacteria living in biofilms “The real challenge is to create so-called differentially and microtechnology nanocomposites, and can exhibit up to 1,000 time greater resistance to antibiotics than adhesive surfaces, ones that will be adhesive to certain types interchangeably. piezoelectric approac- planktonic bacteria. of cells in the body but which will simultaneously repel bac- “Microtechnology es for energy harvest- “As the widespread use of implants in the medical diag- teria.,” said Libera. “Practically speaking, successful develop- typically refers to ing applications. nostics and therapies for persons with disabilities, implant ment of these materials will enable us to create biomedical feature sizes on the The National caused infections now account for 80% of hospital infec- implants that are more resistant to infection and, hence, order of one micron, Science Foundation tions. Regardless what anti-biofilm methods are used, the more able to do the job for which they were designed.” whereas nanotech- (NSF) has recognized success rates are very limited and biofilms will nevertheless Joining Libera as Co-Investigators in the NIRT project nology refers to Fisher for his work in CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 form on implanted devices. In most cases, biofilm related are Professor Woo Lee, who directs the New Jersey Center feature sizes on the nanotechnology and infections can only be cured by a high cost and undesirable for MicroChemical Systems at Stevens; Professor Svetlana S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY order of a nanome- mutli-scale engineer- proc edu re through the removal of the implants. In this proj- Sukhishvili of Stevens’ Department of Chemistry & Chemical ter,” explains Dr. ing, awarding him ect, we propose to fight against biofilm from a new direction Biology; Professor Hongjun Wang of Stevens’ Department of Frank Fisher. “To put a Major Research by directly dealing with formed biofilms. We will construct Chemical, Biomedical & Materials Engineering; and Mercedes that into perspec- Instrumentation (MRI) functional polymer modified surfaces that can prevent bac- McKay of Stevens’ Center for Innovation in Engineering & tive: the width of a grant. Acquired in terial adhesion and sensitize formed biofilms for antibiotic Science Education, a highly respected K-12 outreach orga- human hair is about collaboration with Dr. treatment,” said Liang. nization, which will bring ideas and activities related to 100 microns. In nan- Henry Du, Dr. Yong Biofilm associated nosocomial (hospital acquired) infec- infection control and biomaterials into high-school chemistry otechnology, on the Shi and Dr. Zhenqi tion and disease is currently the fourth leading cause of and biology curricula as part of the NIRT project. “This is a other hand, we’re Zhu, the Nanoscale death in the United States, behind only heart disease, cancer great group of people with impressive abilities,” said Libera, interested in exploit- Manipulation and stroke. Study of bacterial adhesion and biofilm sensitiz- “and they bring to the NIRT project a substantial portfolio of ing novel phenomena and Experimental ing mechanism on polymer modified surfaces will enrich our research related to developing infection-resistant biomateri- 32 33
    • s e cat li lo n n a m e m Simple Machines Pave Way to which shows a strong piezoelectric effect. Apply voltage Tomorrow’s Nanomachines and it moves; move or deform it and it generates an electri- als and new ways to HydroGlobe the rights cal signal. study how infection of exclusive use of the For most people, “nanotechnology” evokes images of Using a process developed at Stevens, Shi creates a occurs on synthetic technology. infinitesimally small machines. Yet today’s nanotech industry suspension containing PZT precursors, called a sol-gel, and surfaces.” Funding from produces only very small particles or carbon tubes. spins it under a high-voltage electrical field. This yields PZT The Stevens NIRT the NSF for a SEM- To see some of the world’s first true nanomachines, you nanofibers and nanotubes with diameters ranging from 50 team held a kick-off compatible nano- would have to visit the laboratory of Yong Shi, an Assistant to 250 nanometers. meeting and presenta- manipulator and Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Shi’s devices may not Applying current to the fibers turns them into nanoreso- tion about the research from the US Army have gears, motors or switches, but they do have moving nators that vibrate at a specific frequency. Shi then coats the project in November. TACOM-ARDEC for parts. nanofibers with antibodies that absorb specific antigens, They were joined the development of Shi calls the devices nanoelectromechanical systems, or proteins or other substances. When even a small number of by Stevens Dean of a 500-square-foot NEMS. The acronym is similar to MEMS, or microelectrome- antigens stick to the surface, the change in mass significant- Engineering & Science Class 100 Clean Room chanical systems. MEMS are microchip-scale machines with ly alters the frequency at which the structure resonates. Michael Bruno, as well for a Microdevices simple moving parts. They are used to trigger automobile “We can use this as a medical sensor to look for dis- as Stryker Orthopaedics Laboratory in the Design air bags and antiskid systems, print high-quality photos and ease,” says Shi. “MEMS resonators do the same thing, but representatives Joseph and Manufacturing even project images on television screens. nanoresonators are orders of magnitude more sensitive Zitelli and Marc Long. Institute (DMI) is pro- MEMS parts - cantilevers, combs, diaphragms, proof because it takes only a few molecules to change their fre- Stryker has partnered viding additional masses - are measured in microns, or millionths of a meter. quency.” Shi is also developing nanosensors for hazardous with Stevens to pro- experimental capabili- They are clearly visible under a microscope. NEMS parts are industrial and chemical weapon gases based on nanofibers vide support through ties to the group. DMI measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter. They are because of their unique high surface-to-volume ratio. board participation is an interdisciplinary best viewed with an electron microscope. In addition to NEMS, Shi is also working on conventional and internship oppor- center that integrates Despite differences in scale, both NEMS and MEMS rely MEMS. Among the most impressive is a MEMS switch. Like tunities for students at product design, mate- on integrated electrostatic, electromagnetic and piezoelec- any other surface, the contact surfaces of MEMS switches its manufacturing and rials processing and tric sensors and actuators that respond to changes in physi- are never flat but full of peaks and valleys called “asperi- corporate facility in manufacturing exper- cal conditions. Shi often works with nanoscale piezoelectric ties.” After thousands of contact cycles, these asperities Mahwah, N.J. tise with modern soft- sensors and actuators made of lead zirconium titanate (PZT), begin to fracture into particles that prevent good electrical One exemplar ware and embedded contact. of the success that systems technologies libera Shi solves the problem Stevens has already for defense and com- by building an undulated achieved in nanotech- mercial applications. surface on one side of nology is HydroGlobe, Inc., a Technogenesis company incubated Dr. Kishore Pochiraju, Director of DMI, notes that the institute the switch. “By introduc- at the university. By applying nanomaterials to water treatment, is achieving success not only in its work with nanomaterials, but ing precisely controlled HydroGlobe produces products for the removal of heavy metals - also with light-weight materials and materials that can withstand friction between the two including lead and arsenic - from water. A patent from HydroGlobe high temperatures in harsh environments. “We can simulate the contact surfaces, we can won the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for Technology performance of these materials after 20 or 40 years of aging.” sweep away the fracture Transfer from the Research and Development Council of New The light-weight materials can be used instead of metal, says particles like a broom,” Jersey. The original patent is owned by Stevens, which has given to Dr. Pochiraju, in places where “light is money.” he explains. Such switch- es can be used in sat- ellite communication, radar systems and even CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 cell phones to optimize S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY the performance. Shi is also working on MEMS biological and medical devices. Although these small devices are relatively sim- ple, they are a giant step on the road to true nano- Dr. Yong Shi develops the nanomachines of the future. machinery. 34 35
    • s e cat li lo n n a m e m Putting Nanotubes on the Scales “Nanotubes have enormous surface area relative to their vol- New Research to Reduce ume, so surface effects dominate how they interact with other molecules,” says Fisher. Intermolecular forces that are hardly Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and For decades, carbon fibers have reinforced polymer com- posites used for everything from aircraft and racing cars noticeable in larger fibers cause nanotubes to clump together. Implant Infection Nanotubes also bind to nearby polymers, making polymers to wind turbine blades and golf clubs. Yet when engineers too syrupy to flow freely around the fiber in a composite. “Over the past 50 years, we’ve been putting man-made substitute another form of carbon, nanotubes, for fibers, Chemists overcome these problems by modifying nan- surfaces into the body to fix all sorts of problems associated they must rethink everything they thought they knew about otubes surfaces. Unfortunately, this changes nanotube with trauma, injury and disease. But these surfaces pro- composites. behavior. “If nanotubes bond too loosely to the surrounding vide a lovely place for bacteria to grow,” says Woo Young “The problem has to do with scale,” says Frank Fisher, polymer, there’s no reinforcement,” says Fisher. “If they bond Lee, Director of the New Jersey Center for Microchemical an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, whose too tightly, the polymer becomes brittle and cracks.” Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology. research seeks to unravel how nanotubes behave in com- So how do researchers know which modification is just Today, physicians use metals, ceramics and polymers to posites. Carbon nanotubes less than 100 nanometers in right? Like Goldilocks, they must laboriously sample each repair spinal injuries, drain cerebrospinal fluid and immobi- diameter - 1/10,000th the width of a human hair - behave mixture. Or they can try modeling. lize fractures, among many other clinical problems. These very differently from thicker carbon fibers, he explains. Unfortunately, Fisher explains, conventional composite materials are also used for hip and knee implants. While Like diamonds, nanotubes consist of precisely aligned models have two problems. First, they fail to capture the sur- the risk of infection is as low as 0.3 percent for hips and carbon atoms. Such atomic-level perfection makes each face-dominated properties of nanotubes. Secondly, they make one percent for knees, the consequences of implant infec- nanotube orders of magnitude stronger and stiffer than many assumptions because researchers have been unable to tion are high. carbon fibers, whose larger carbon layers contain frequent measure directly the properties of such small objects. “If you have an infection, the only solution is to remove misalignments. Fisher hopes to change that. Armed with a National and replace the implant,” explains Matthew Libera, Lee’s Some manufacturers have already put nanotubes to Science Foundation major instrumentation grant, he is mak- collaborator and Director of the Stevens Laboratory for work. The addition of only one to two percent nanotubes ing direct measurements of nanotube properties. Eventually, Multiscale Imaging. “This substantially amplifies both the reduces cracking dramatically in conventional composites. the data will let him build more accurate models, instead of cost and the time for recovery.” Once embedded in a composite, nanotubes form a maze of relying on trial-and-error experiments, to optimize composite Together with Professors Svetlana Sukhishvili and Dr. Woo Lee is Director of the New Jersey Center for Micro- tiny barriers that stop cracks from spreading. properties. Hongjun Wang, Lee and Libera are exploring several new chemical Systems at Stevens. Unfortunately, dispersing nanotubes poses problems. To make the measurements, Fisher uses a nanoma- implant-coating ideas to reduce implant infection. This is nipulator with four positioners that are not easy, because these coatings must repel bacteria but is developing new microreactor technologies to rapidly precise within half a nanometer. When still allow muscle and bone tissue to adhere. The research assess coating combinations under realistic physiologic-like the positioner probe touches a nanotube, team just received an important $1-million grant from the conditions. the nanotube’s surface attraction causes it National Science Foundation. “When cells are confined to a flat Petri dish, they grow to stick. Fisher cements the nanotube to “Most implant infections are caused by bacteria living differently than when they are unconstrained,” says Lee. the probe by decomposing carbon atoms in biofilms,” says Lee, referring to plaque-like bacterial Microreactors enable cells to grow in all three dimensions, around them in a vacuum chamber. He then colonies. Biofilms grow on implants because the body’s so they develop the complex structures found in the body’s attaches the other side of the nanotube to a blood supply cannot deliver enough antibiotics and white bone, muscle, and organ tissues. second, springier probe. blood cells to suppress them. “By creating a more realistic microenvironment, we “When we pull the two probes apart, The low levels of antibiotics that get through kill some can improve both the predictability and speed of screening the softer probe deflects like a fishing but not all the bacteria. “As long as one cell survives, it can procedures,” he says. CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 pole and measures the force,” says Fisher. pass on its antibiotic-resistant genes,” says Lee. “This is a The results also come quickly. Each microreactor can S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY “We can measure how far the nanotube front line in the battle against antibiotic resistance.” contain an array of test sites that are rapidly screened stretches before it breaks. By comparing To tackle this problem, Lee’s group is developing a fast- by a variety of high-sensitivity analytical tests. Such rapid force with elongation, we can derive stress/ er, more realistic and far less expensive method to screen screening lets researchers quickly hone in on promising strain curves. future implant materials that will enable less dependence materials combinations and reduce the overall cost of coat- “These types of experiments will even- on antibiotics. ing development. tually enable us really to understand and Using traditional approaches to optimize infection-resis- The result will not only benefit those who receive model nanotubes so we can use them in a tant implant coatings could take years and cost as much implants, but everyone who worries about infection in a Dr. Frank Fisher’s research in nanotubes is funded by a major instrumentation much wider range of applications,” Fisher as $300 million. “Developing new approaches is a real world that is very rapidly developing new and lethal strains grant from the NSF. concludes. engineering challenge,” says Lee. 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    • e sn ctt iroe par e n e u r i a l w o r l d e n n me CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY 38 39
    • entr pr n ur s e c t ieo n en aem e i a l Competing Successfully in Today’s Students built a mechanical arm that simulates a “draw” move in Technologies Roundtables.” Led by Dr. Helena Wisniewski, these Innovative, Entrepreneurial World roundtables examine exciting development technologies that are women’s lacrosse and allows a player to practice alone. ready for commercialization or are the basis of a Technogenesis And the student team of Ali Saaemi and Manish Modi, from start-up company. the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, devised SPOC is just one of the Stevens speedy success stories that a lab-on-a-chip system to provide a microbial detector that can Hazelwood is involved with. A project that assists in the process of sense the presence of bacteria and other microbes. At Stevens, examples abound of students, SPOC was conceived at Stevens as a endotracheal intubation won the Senior Design Technogenesis Award, professors and companies working togeth- er - researching, developing and launch- “ We had a senior design project in Hazelwood’s bio- medical senior design class. went immediately into trials, and a patent application has been filed. Another project in the pipeline is the facemask removal tool, Teaching How to Commercialize ing new businesses based on the intel- good strategy. We SPOC incorporates two technol- a special knife that slices through an injured football player’s face- Technology lectual property of the institute in con- had good cooperation ogies, one of clinical methodology mask more effectively than other tools. It can remove the facemask cert with its external partners. and one of device technology, for a 30 to 45 seconds faster than the fastest tool available today, and Stevens students can learn about the process of commercializing Dr. Vikki Hazelwood, a Professor in with the physicians in combined diagnostic package that it does so with substantially less movement to the head and neck technology “from soup to nuts,” says Dr. Elliot Fishman, Industry the Chemical, Biomedical & Materials developing the allows for a revolution in the accuracy than the “most careful” tool currently available, Hazelwood says. Associate Professor of Management at the Howe School. The for- Engineering Department, is expert and precision of muscle pain diagno- Of course not all innovative projects are in the fields of biomed- mer venture capitalist is teaching a pilot course on protecting and at shepherding projects through the products.” sis. The first is a diagnostic method icine or engineering. Two Business and Technology undergraduates financing inventions, getting products out of the R&D lab, and Technogenesis process. She brings developed by leaders in pain manage- took second place in the 2006 East Coast Student Entrepreneur realizing the economic value latent in early-state technology. together engineering researchers and Dr. Vikki Hazelwood ment. Dr. Marcus’ patented version of Awards for their company, Sell Center LLC, a consignment opera- Students write a commercialization plan for real Technogenesis clinical care providers to successfully move this methodology allows for the diagnosis tion that assists businesses in selling items online. inventions coming out of Stevens’ labs. these projects “from bench top to bedside.” of muscles in a dynamic, natural state to Anthony Latona and Adam Morris created the profitable, “I believe Stevens is the first college in the country to system- Along the way, “I work with the students and increase the precision of the diagnosis, while the customer-focused business that offers a physical relationship to atically teach students how to exploit the commercial value latent make sure they collaborate with the physicians. Their unique methodology provides isolation of the pain the virtual marketplace. For a percentage of the sale price, Sell in early-stage technology,” Fishman says, noting that the course worlds are so different, they have to learn to communicate,” generator, increasing accuracy. The device was developed by Center (www.sellcenter.net) takes care of all aspects of each sale. demonstrates the inter-school cooperation involved in teaching she says. SPOC and incorporates leading technology for trans-cutaneous- Every item is photographed, prepared for sale, listed and mar- Technogenesis. One revolutionary product she has been working on with stu- electroneural stimulation, a safe, effective and proven way of keted globally online, and packaged and shipped to the buyer. “PlasmaSol is the model for success,” he adds. “If we equip dents eliminates unnecessary surgery by finding the overlooked stimulating muscle. The patented Dr. Marcus method and the They also are making employment and training opportunities students with the skills and knowledge to spin out companies, and source of back and neck pain. The product, which has been SPOC device are inherently linked, a powerful innovation in the available to other Stevens students, and plan to offer Sell Center’s then every few years students participate in successful spin-outs like featured on CBS-TV, Eyewitness News and MedStar Network, management of chronic pain. own e-commerce management software, supported by Laris. PlasmaSol, then I think the course will be a resounding success.” is the basis for the Technogenesis start-up company, SPOC, LLC The project has moved on to clinical trials, which is remark- The Women’s Lacrosse Skill Development and Training Device The basic technology at the core of PlasmaSol Corporation is (formerly known as Team MECCo). able, Hazelwood says, because “we went into it in less than a won first place in the Web Design Presentation category at the an invention by Stevens scientists, known as Capillary Discharge SPOC was formed by the Office of University Enterprise year. Usually it takes two to five years. We had a good strategy. American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ regional competition. Non-Thermal Plasma. The company was acquired in December Development along with the technology inventors, Dr. Norman We had good cooperation with the physicians in developing the 2005 by Stryker Corporation for approximately $17.5 million. Marcus, a leading expert in the field of pain management, and products, so here we are.” “PlasmaSol is a Technogenesis success story, written at students Jeckin Shah, Ryan Stellar and Daniel Silva. SPOC was the subject of one of Stevens’ new “Disruptive Stevens Institute of Technology,” agrees President Raveché. continued on page 41 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY Far left/near left: The Mars Rover, a Senior Design project; The Unmanned Chopper, a 2008 Senior Design Project from team members Christopher Alexander, Brandon MacWhinnie, Michael Manzione, Sonal Pujji and Juan Rodriguez. The team designed and fabricated an unmanned aerial vehicle to conduct surveillance missions. Above: A biomedical engineering Senior Design project. Right: The SPOC device was the subject of one of Stevens’ new “Disruptive Technologies Roundtables.” 40 41
    • entr pr n ur s e c t ieo n en aem e i a l continued from page 39 “In 1999, a group of Stevens’ faculty members and a team of “There is a mystique around creativity. Some believe it is an abil- grad students joined together and founded a company to com- ity that only a few people have; others feel that it is a form of inspira- Majoring in Breadth mercialize a patented environmental technology invented at the tion. Creativity in itself is a discipline, however, both in the sense of Institute. Six years later, this company is recognized as a valuable a scholarly study and a systematic approach to problem-solving,” he “Some call it ‘majoring in breadth,’” says Associate Dean technology asset by a major American corporation. Technology says. “There is a considerable body of research and theory around Michael Pennotti, describing the System Design and development from laboratory innovation to marketplace imple- this topic, complemented by a great deal of practical experience Operational Effectiveness (SDOE) program he oversees in mentation - that’s what we call Technogenesis.” about how to approach the discovery side of innovation.” the School of Systems and Enterprises. Systems engineering programs have been around for decades, but SDOE stretches their boundaries. “Most sys- Clusters & Creativity tems engineering programs are specific to one domain, Mixing the Worlds of such as computers or industrial systems,” Pennotti says. Dr. M. Hosein Fallah, an associate professor at the Howe School, Music & Technology “We stress an interdisciplinary approach across a studies how technology clusters can improve innovation. A tech- higher level, such as integrating computers and industrial nology cluster is a geographical concentration of related firms Castle Point Records “has taught me so much that can’t systems. We also emphasize engineering for the entire - including competitors, suppliers, distributors and customers be taught inside a classroom. You have to be there,” says lifecycle so products are sustainable after they reach the - usually around a scientific research center or university. These Ken Bachor, a Music & Technology major and vice presi- field.” clusters offer increased levels of expertise, allow firms to draw on dent of Stevens’ own record label. System designers like SDOE’s approach. From auto- complementary skills, allow for economies of scale and enables Bachor and about 20 other Stevens students have been mobiles to cell phones, today’s products are increasingly the development of infrastructure and support services. there - meeting with music industry executives and scout- complex. Many combine mechanical, electronic, electri- Fallah, former director of Network Planning and Systems ing for recording artists.Their entrepreneurial efforts have cal, fluid, optical and other technologies. Engineers often Engineering at Bell Labs, has issued a report outlining how New resulted in a com- design these subsystems independently of one another. Jersey can develop adopt clustering to turn around its declining pilation record, Problems arise when they put them together. The telecommunications industry. “Delusions of 1999 Mars Orbiter, for example, crashed because one “Stevens is possibly the only institution with a focus on tele- Grandeur,” fea- navigation device used English measurements, the other, communications management. This is an opportunity for Stevens turing six artists. metric. Both worked fine, just not together. to lead,” Fallah says. The CD is avail- “The data were correct, but not compatible,” Pennotti Innovation and creativity are the watchwords of Technogenesis. able online at explains. “It was an integration problem. It is more likely The Howe School Alliance for Technology Management (HSATM) the Castle Point a complex system will fail due to the unforeseen interac- 2006 conference was devoted to the topic of creativity, as both Records website tion between components than the failure of any single the igniting spark of the process of innovation and the insights http://www.ste- element. that move an idea along the innovation path from conception to vensmultimedia. “The role of the systems engineer is to ensure all the Michael Pennotti commercialization. com/ and at retail pieces work together. Engineers typically learn how to “The genesis of innovation is a creative insight, one that excites stores. do this over 20 years of practice. We try to squeeze that period. They should have enough substance to provide the enterprise and stimulates it to undertake the process of imple- Students traveled to clubs, listened to demo CDs and experience into our courses.” meaningful learning, but their details should not over- mentation to achieve economic value,” says HSATM Director Dr. considered feedback from both students and others at SDOE classes teach students about both engineer- whelm students.” Larry Gastwirt. “Where, however, does the concept come from, clubs before choosing the bands for the compilation. They ing and the external forces acting on engineers. “We A typical Pennotti favorite is the design of a bank ATM and how can an organization stimulate more and better ideas? handled every step from art design to publicity. force students to consider how new technologies disrupt machine. It forces students to consider both mechanical “This album has been like our child that we’ve been markets, and how to look at the larger business and and security systems as well as the flow of data through nurturing,” Bachor says. social context in which technologies compete,” Pennotti the system. The beauty of the Music & Technology program is that explains. Stevens currently offers five SDOE graduate certificates it is truly academic, “yet involves the real world,” accord- CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 Pennotti remembers a student paper on digital pho- as well as master’s and doctoral programs. The courses are ing to founding director David Musial, listing names of S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY tography. While the first digital cameras took poor pic- given at universities, government agencies and corpora- seasoned pros who work with the students such as Carlos tures, the technology now dominates the market. “The tions around the world. Alomer, a guitarist who has worked with John Lennon, student saw the bigger picture, how technology created “What happens is that our instructors learn as much David Bowe, Iggy Pop and Duran Duran, and producer Rob opportunities for companies that did not previously make from their students as the students learn from us,” says Harari of HarariVille Studios. cameras,” he recalls. Pennotti. “In every class at every new venue, we find more The program goes far beyond traditional composition, The heart of each SDOE class is a complex project that examples we can use in subsequent classes.” theory and music history, Musial says. It “pushes music lets students apply what they have learned. “The key is Which sounds like the way to add even more breadth further, incorporating sound design and production, to a finding the right balance,” says Pennotti. Assignments to a program already majoring in it. level where music and technology mingle to create the typically take 60 to 80 hours to complete over a 10-week complex orchestrations of today’s society. Dr. Norman Marcus (left); Professor Vicki Hazelwood 42 43
    • entr pr n ur s e c t ieo n en aem e i a l Building Bridges agnosed. Muscles, the most common cause of back pain, are Across the often overlooked. Many patients spend money on treatment, medication and even surgery with no relief. SPOC will give physi- Hudson cians, physical therapists and even veterinarians a tool that will revolutionize how they diagnose and treat chronic pain.” SPOC’s From her offices in the Howe product is undergoing clinical trials and has been featured on Center, Helena Wisniewski national TV. Wisniewski raised an initial $500,000 investment for has an unobstructed view the company and recruited a proven medical device executive to across the Hudson River to head the business. Manhattan. As Vice President The initial product of start-up Attila Technologies, LLC, of University Enterprise responds to the Department of Homeland Security need for Development, her goal is to interoperable communications, so that emergency responders span that gulf. She seeks can to talk with one another anywhere, any time, even if their to link Stevens innovations communications systems are not compatible. The system turns with the New York investors all available wireless networks - cellular, wireless, satellite - into and entrepreneurs who can a seamless broadband network for increased capacity, efficiency transform them into new and reliability. It also provides two-way, real-time transmission of businesses. videos and pictures. “When it comes to The company’s first product, the Intelligent Multi-Network Technogenesis, Stevens’ Mobile Communicator, won the Federal Office Systems faculty and staff create the Exposition’s outstanding networking software award in 2006. ‘techno’ part,” Wisniewski The company is lead by the former president of AT&T Network explains. “My job is to han- Services. dle the ‘genesis,’ the creation A third business, Stevens Multi-Media, LLC, is a student- of commercial products and run music company. It has produced a CD whose songs will business start-ups.” Frank Ianna, CEO, Attila Technologies. be available on iTunes and discovered a female vocalist who Building on her own expe- was later reviewed in Rolling Stone. “This is another perfect rience as an industry execu- example of Technogenesis,” says Wisniewski. “The students tive, government national security official and entrepreneur who rapport with the faculty, encourage them to file invention get hands-on experience building a business that builds on their founded, developed and sold her own company, Wisniewski disclosures, recognize people when they receive patents, and classroom experience while working with such mentors as the helps Stevens start-ups grow. “We take them through the entire publicize successes like PlasmaSol and HydroGlobe. Most of all, vice president of the Grammy awards.” Another new start-up, business process, from writing a business plan to finding the I’ve made myself accessible to answer questions about com- InStream Media, LLC, has the potential to transform advertis- right management and seed money,” she says. mercialization and to provide development support.” ing in television and Internet and cell phone streaming videos. Wisniewski also develops exit strategies that maximize The campaign has paid off. Stevens now has well over It is based on patent pending steganography techniques that Stevens’ return on its technology spinoffs. In December 2004, 130 patent and provisional patent filings in its intellectual embed advertising information into images. When viewers click she negotiated the first sale of a Stevens start-up, HydroGlobe, property portfolio, and the number of disclosures has doubled on the image of a product, the system sends information about a developer of toxic metal water filters, to Graver Technologies to 38 over the past year. “About one-third of the patents are it to their e-mail or cell phone without disrupting the movie or for $5 million plus a royalty fee and ongoing royalties. In already licensed in some way,” she notes. Patents with limited performance. Several media providers have already expressed December 2005, she guided the $17.5-million acquisition of but useful applications are good candidates for licensing to interest. CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 Stevens startup PlasmaSol Corp. by Stryker Corp. Stryker plans established companies. Disruptive technologies with broader Additional businesses are in the works. These range from S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY to use PlasmaSol’s cold plasma technology to sterilize medical uses and larger markets are candidates for new Stevens busi- extremely precise optical sensors for border security to photo- devices. ness startups. graphic-quality security camera that work in darkness, snow For a technology to prove successful, says Wisniewski, A good example of Technogenesis is SPOC LLC. It is com- and rain and can also detect chemical agents. Both have major it must have unique, patent-protected attributes that give it mercializing a patent-pending medical device that diagnoses market potential. a competitive advantage. She has not waited patiently for the exact muscle causing back and neck pain. The technol- “We want to be known as the go-to university for innova- such patents. Instead, she has gone out to proselytize among ogy was developed by undergraduates as their senior design tive technologies and ideas,” Wisniewski concludes. “When Stevens researchers. project. investors or business people in New York ask where they can “I visit researchers in their labs and learn about their bench “This is a true disruptive technology,” says Wisniewski. go for new technologies, we want them to say, ‘Why not go models and prototypes,” she says. “I’ve tried to develop good “The source of chronic neck and back pain is often misdi- across the river?’” 44 45
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    • ach ve nam s s e c ti ieo n m e n te A World of Achievement Stevens prepares students to enter Through the assistance of pro- he served as the speaker of the assembly from 2002-2006 and “At the same time that you applied to get here, there today’s complex, interconnected fessional work associates and the was the first Hispanic to serve as New Jersey’s assembly speaker. were many others who were not accepted; you were – you world not just with theoretical class- Stevens cooperative education staff, Dr. Singh is a director and head of Natural Products Chemistry at had a great opportunity, and now you have a great degree room instruction but with hands- “I’ve earned a chance to live out Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, N.J. without question,” said Governor Codey. “Another thing on professional work experience. my dream,” says Czerechowski. you have are the things in life, the possibilities, that people “Our expectation is that all He graduated in May 2007 and before you did not.” students will have some pro- planned to continue working for Commencement 2007 The Class of 2007 Valedictorian speaker was Jorge M. fessional, practical experience” NASA upon earning his degree. DaSilva. The son of Carlos and Maria F. DaSilva of Harrison, through research opportunities, Commencement 2007 witnessed the conferral of N.J., the first-in-class student graduated with a internships or participation in the honorary doctoral degrees upon two compelling bachelor’s degree Mechanical Engineering with cooperative education program Graduation speakers: New Jersey State Senate President and a minor in Economics. DaSilva also received a before moving out into the world, former Governor Richard J. Codey, and Mihály master’s degree in Systems Engineering and a says Joseph Stahley, Assistant Vice Milestone Csíkszentmihályi, a Professor of Psychology graduate certificate in Project Management. President for Student Development. Nicholas Iacoviello, the first vale- and Management at Claremont Graduate That expectation suits both stu- dictorian to emerge from The Howe University’s Drucker School of Management, dents and employers. “Our students like School’s groundbreaking Business & who is chiefly renowned as the architect of Commencement 2008 the experience of figuring it out for them- Technology program, also knows the value the notion of “flow” in creativity. selves. They become savvy. Experiential education of Stevens’ emphasis on professional experience. “We have come to understand more The class of 2008 was addressed by New acquired at industry sites gives students a frame reference Iacoviello interned over several semesters for Citigroup, clearly than ever how dependent human life Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and Dr. Curtis that promotes the transition from adolescence to adulthood,” most recently as a Citigroup Advanced Placement Program and welfare are on other entities – the plankton in R. Carlson at Stevens’136th commencement cer- he says. “Companies like it too. Students’ résumés are tremen- (CAPP) business analyst for Global Equities Technology. He the sea, the forests of the Amazon, the subtle shifts in emony. Governor Corzine and Dr. Carlson, president dous.” also interned with Automatic Data Processing of Roseland, N.J. atmospheric temperature,” said Csíkszentmihályi. “And we and CEO of SRI International, addressed one of Stevens’ About 600 students and 150 employers are involved in Following graduation Iacoviello planned to return to Citigroup are beginning to see how our actions in turn impact on these largest graduating classes ever. Both the governor and Dr. the co-op program, in which students alternate semesters of full-time. entities that are necessary for our survival. Carlson received Doctor of Engineering degrees, Honoris Causa. full-time study with full-time professional work related to their He received the Ann P. Neupauer Full Tuition Scholarship, “The realization of this mutual dependence, and of our The graduate ceremony, held later the same day, was addressed majors and career goals. Many students are offered full-time and his name has appeared on the dean’s list in all semesters. crucial role in it, opens up enormous opportunities, as well as a by Verizon Telecom President Virginia P. Ruesterholz, who is employment with their co-op companies after graduation. He was a member of the ski and ice hockey clubs and partici- heavy burden of responsibility for each one of us. a Stevens alumna and Board of Trustees member. She also “We want students to develop capabilities for their entire pated in intramural football. “Are we going to be part of the problem, or part of the received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. life. The key is to give them experiences, to have them work On May 25, 2006, Iacoviello spoke at Stevens’ outdoor solution?” with companies where they can learn and grow...not just one commencement ceremony. The 134th class - about 380 seniors experience, but a number of internships and co-op experiences and more than 900 graduate students - was the largest gradu- so they become clearer in their minds about what they want to ating class to date. do,” Stahley says. Harriet Mayor Fulbright, who received an honorary doctor CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 Piotr Czerechowski shows just how well this emphasis on of philosophy in physics, also spoke at the undergraduate cer- S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY professional experience works. Czerechowski was selected as emony. Her great-grandfather, Alfred Marshall Mayor, was the the 2006 New Jersey Cooperative Education and Internship founder and first Director of the Stevens Physics department. Association’s Cooperative Education Student of the Year. By In her address, Mayor Fulbright quoted her late husband, J. taking part in the co-op program, Czerechowski held three William Fulbright: “Our future is not in the stars but in our different jobs throughout his college experience. He worked own minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal educa- with the Hip Team at Stryker Howmedica Osteonics, Picatinny tion, which in fact go together, are the first requirements for a Arsenal and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. hopeful future for humankind.” Czerechowski found that skills from one co-op job trans- ferred to the next and that the job at Picatinny Arsenal The honorary degree recipients and speakers for the graduate reaffirmed his decision to pursue a degree in Mechanical ceremony were Hon. Albio Sires and Dr. Sheo Singh. Sires has been Engineering. a representative to the New Jersey General Assembly since 2000; Clockwise from top left: Harriet Fulbright; Professor Mihály Csikszentmihályi; New Jersey Governor John S. Corzine; Students assemble in the Canavan Arena for Convocation 2007. 48 49
    • Equatue magnim nulla consectet ullaoreetue commodi onummod dolor acinis nos nonsectet irit, si. Gait vel erilla feugait lum vent adiam quam, conullumsan veriustionse magnis nulla facin henim doloreet vulputat. Rud esendiamet alit niam augiamcommy non vent la aliqui ach ve nam s s e c ti ieo n m e n te programs.” the first member of the baseball program to be named to III poll. Senior Nick Gkionis and freshman Terrance Johnson A Fine Ducks Season Director of Athletics Russell Rogers the Academic All-America first-team. were named to the All-Metro Region first-team. Gkionis Stevens men’s returns the praise. “Empire 8 is one He led the Ducks to the most wins in school his- also was named a first team All-American by the NSCAA In the fall of 2007, Stevens of the most well-established and tory with a 27-12 overall record and was named Skyline and was named to the D3Kicks.com All-America third- joined the Empire 8 Athletic soccer ranked 10th in respected NCAA Division III athletic Conference Player of the Year. The Ducks’ all-time leader team. Conference. The Ducks competed conferences in the nation. Stevens with 13 career home runs, Meehan ranks second in career Senior Adam Sandt (baseball) and junior Dana Bacalla the National Soccer for the first time as an Empire 8 is excited to join this outstanding hits, runs scored, total bases and RBIs at Stevens. He also (tennis) received the Irvin “Buzz” Seymour Award for Male field hockey member in the fall. As Coaches Association group of institutions, and we look owns the school single-season records for runs scored (50) and Female Athlete of the Year for 2005-06. a full Member of the Conference, forward to the many special rela- and total bases (95), setting both marks in 2006. To top Junior Heather Dean became the first Academic All- of America Stevens participated in all 22 con- tionships soon to form as a result of off his achievements, Meehan registered a 3.74 cumula- American in women’s soccer history at Stevens as she was ference sports, with the exception Division III poll. our new affiliation.” tive grade-point average. He graduated from Stevens with selected to the NSCAA/adidas Women College Scholar All- of football. Senior outfielder Tim Meehan is a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering as well as a America second-team in the college division. Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck a shining example of Stevens’ success master’s degree in Technology Management before mov- The equestrian team earned its best ever showing as a Mitrano describes Stevens as “a perfect in athletics. Meehan was named to the ing on to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New team with a second-place overall finish at the All-Region fit” for the Empire 8 family. “Stevens is a ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Jersey. Show at Briarwood Farm. The team also claimed reserved first-class university. They have an outstand- baseball first-team in the College Division by the Stevens men’s soccer team ranked No. 10 in the final champion college honors for the first time in program his- ing academic profile and field highly successful athletic College Sports Information Directors of America and was National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division tory. CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UAN N U PO RT •O RT • 20 06 S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY A L RE AL REP 2005- 2007 50 51
    • ach ve nam s s e c ti ieo n m e n te Center for the Performing Arts at DeBaun Auditorium 2006-2007 Stevens Athletic Men’s basketball (NCAA Sweet 16) Men’s volleyball (Molten Tournament) Highlights Men’s tennis (NCAA First Round) Men’s lacrosse (ECAC Metro Champions) • NINE TEAMS ADVANCED TO POST-SEASON PLAY Women’s lacrosse (ECAC Second Round) Men’s soccer (NCAA Sweet 16) Women’s soccer (NCAA First Round) • STEVENS WON FIVE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS Women’s volleyball (NCAA Elite Eight) Men’s soccer - Skyline Women’s basketball (ECAC First Round) Women’s soccer - Skyline Women’s volleyball - Skyline Men’s volleyball - NECVA Men’s tennis - Skyline Other News • Lorrie Brabender was named an NCAA All-American in swimming. • J.R. Oreskovich, Mark Bielicky and Josh Smith were named USILA All-Americans in men’s lacrosse. • Scott Stoner (men’s volleyball was named the Division III ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete of the Year. • Michael Schulte and Tomas Bochicchio were named AVCA All- Americans in men’s volleyball. • Brandon MacWhinnie narrowly missed All-America status after qual- ifying for the NCAA Tournament in wrestling. • Nick Gkionis was named a first- team All-American by the NSCAA. • Dawn Herring and Melissa Rhode Stevens students are achievers in were named All-America honorable CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 performing arts as well as on the ath- Clockwise, from above left: David Zimmerman ‘90, Executive Director for the Center for mentions by the AVCA. S TE VEN S I N ST I TU T E O F T E CH N OL O GY letic field. the Performing Arts at DeBaun Auditorium; Actors from The Theater Group perform in • The total grade-point average Involvement within the Center a recent production of Seussical at the Center for the Performing Arts OL for all varsity teams was approxi- for the Performing Arts has grown mately 3.20. by leaps and bounds, notes Executive TE Director David Zimmerman. Student membership in the con- Zimmerman says, aided by a new lighting board and new cert band and the Off-Center Comedy Troupe both grew by sprung dance floor. Quality pays off – overall attendance S TI T UT 25 percent. Membership in the jazz band and choir increased increased by 20 percent and box office receipts increased by slightly while the number of students taking music lessons 25 percent. doubled from the previous year. VE N Main stage productions have seen “a higher overall Previous page, left to right: Adam Sands; Tim Meehan; Katie Weatherall; Terrance Johnson level of quality in performance and production values,” Above: Heather Dean 52 53
    • achievements Realignment: New Deans Provost & University Vice President: management for continuous growth and accomplishment. George P. Korfiatis “I can think of no better proponent of Stevens’ vision to provide this leadership than Dean George P. Korfiatis. He In December 2006, Dr. George P. Korfiatis was appoint- is an original architect of the Stevens environment for inte- ed Provost and University Vice President of Stevens. The grating education and research with external partnerships, responsibilities of the office include academic strategy for known as Technogenesis. As a professor, research center all educational and research programs, all revenues and director, dean and entrepreneur, he has exemplified the con- expenditures related to academics, oversight for alignment cept of creative inventiveness that the Stevens family helped of the university’s revenues and expenses with priorities, to enshrine in our American culture when they founded the nurturing the continuous growth of sponsored research, Institute. advancing the development of the research thrust areas “As Stevens continues to meet the challenges of an and promoting the growth and success of the research interdependent world, Provost and University Vice President centers. Korfiatis will be responsible for ensuring the sustained “Stevens is a growing, constantly advancing technolog- ascent of the Institute’s academics and its high level of global ical university,” said Stevens’ President Harold J. Raveché. academic engagement.” “Increased interdisciplinary collaboration in engineering, Korfiatis served from 2002 as Dean of Stevens’ Charles science and technology management, as well as enhanced V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering. He served previously as multidisciplinary research centers to meet significant global the Founding Director of the Stevens Center for Environmental needs, are priorities of the Institute. Such dynamism in Systems, as well as holding the title of McLean Chair Professor education, research and technology development requires of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, nurturing at the highest administrative levels - and sound Environmental and Ocean Engineering. Dr. Michael S. Bruno was appointed Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Dr. James E. McClellan III was appointed Dean of the new College of Arts & Letters in Science in the spring of 2007 the summer of 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY Left to right: Dean McClellan, Dean McCusker, Provost Korfiatis, Dean Bruno and Dean Verma Dean Dinesh Verma (l.) hosts a delegation of partners from the Federal Aviation Administration at the School of Systems & Enterprises 55 54 55
    • ach ve nam s s e c ti ieo n m e n te A Smooth Transition into Christos Christodoulatos Stevens’ World Appointed Associate Provost for Academic Students are introduced to the riches of Stevens and the world nearby before their freshman classes even begin. Entrepreneurship In addition to a regular orientation program, the Institute offers exciting, optional Pre-Orientation opportunities. Dr. Christos Christodoulatos recently “Pre-O” allowed incoming students to experience: was appointed to the position of Associate Provost for Academic Entrepreneurship. ● City Life: A guid- In this new capacity, Christodoulatos ed tour through will work closely with the academic Hoboken and deans to advance the goals and objec- various neigh- tives of the Technogenesis (r) environ- borhoods of ment at Stevens, and the other goals and New York City, objectives in the university’s Strategic with stops at Positioning Plan. He will mentor both the Metropolitan regular and research faculty on issues of Museum of Art entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and the Museum innovation, creativity and market value of Natural of research outcomes. He will also work History, and sam- closely with faculty and students to plings of cuisine ensure the transformational success of along the way. the Technogenesis culture throughout the student body and undertake initia- ● Performing Arts: tives that instill in students both creative Insights into thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit. the performing Christodoulatos will promote and arts available at manage the creation of intellectual prop- Stevens and in erty and support faculty in developing and New York City, Jessica Blumberg ‘07 (above,center) obtaining patents, develop and sustain a with seminars served as orientation leader network of outside experts from indus- with profession- try, the private sector and government als to learn about the performing arts both on-stage to assist in advancing Technogenesis at and behind the scenes, plus a tour of Radio City Music Stevens, and develop and execute a plan Hall, a Broadway show, and immersion in acting, for enhancing the visibility of the univer- improvisation, music, dance and technical theater to sity nationally and internationally with put together a performance at DeBaun Auditorium. “Sharing an activity of common interest is a great way respect to cutting edge Technogenesis to make friends and get your college experience off to a driven initiatives. ● Sports and Fitness: On-campus fitness seminars cover- good start,” says Joseph Stahley, Assistant Vice President Technogenesis is the educational Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, Associate Provost for Academic Entrepreneurship. CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 ing aspects of weight training, aerobic and anaero- for Student Development. frontier, pioneered by Stevens, where S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY bic training, a tour of Monument Park in Yankee Orientation itself is a learning experience for upper-class- faculty, students and industry jointly nur- Stadium and a visit to the Yogi Berra Museum; men as well as for freshmen. “Forty upper-class students serve ture research concepts to commercialization and back development of intellectual property. He was the co- plus, students get a guided tour of Madison Square as orientation leaders,” says Dean of Student Life Kenneth to the classroom. It is more than technology transfer; it founder of two of Stevens’ successful companies, Garden and learn the engineering behind the games. Nilsen. “They play a central role in welcoming new students, is part of the Stevens educational experience and cre- HydroGlobe and PlasmaSol, and has worked with vari- by making them feel a part of the Stevens community.” ates a climate of innovation and enterprise across the ous faculty across departments and schools to promote ● An Outdoor Adventure: Four days and nights in the “It’s part of Stevens’ emphasis on leadership,” says Jessica campus. Technogenesis. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s High Peaks region of Adirondack State Park, New Blumberg ‘07, a senior literature major who headed up the Christodoulatos, formerly the Director of the Center degree from the City College of the City University York, with opportunities for canoeing and camping, program. “At a small school leaders have a chance to for Environmental Systems, is an internationally known of New York in Chemical Engineering, and a doctoral backpacking, mountain biking and rock climbing. shine.” Plus, she says, “It’s fun to give back.” researcher and brings a wealth of experience in the degree from Stevens in Environmental Engineering. 56 57
    • STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Castle Point on Hudson • Hoboken, NJ 07030 “In tomorrow’s BOARD OF TRUSTEES enterprise the Stevens Institute of Technology is incorporated and chartered in the name of knowledge worker “The Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology.” will be freed to release Officers of the Corporation creative energy that will result Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. Chairman in an era of enormous Kenneth W. DeBaun Vice Chairman innovation and discovery, Steven Shulman Vice Chairman fulfilling the potential and Harold J. Raveché President promise of the mind.” Randy L. Greene (Vice President of Finance) Treasurer Mark Samolewicz (Vice President of Human Resources) Secretary Frederick Winslow Taylor, 1883 Diana Colombo (Executive Assistant to the President) Assistant Secretary Frederick L. Bissinger Chairman Emeritus Other Principal Officers of the Institute Michael S. Bruno Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science Christos Christodoulatos Vice President for University Enterprise Development Henry P. Dobbelaar, Jr. Vice President for Facilities and Community Relations Fred Regan Vice President for Advancement and University Communications George P. Korfiatis Provost and University Vice President James E. McClellan III Dean of the College of Arts and Letters Lex McCusker Dean of the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management Dinesh Verma Dean of the School of Systems & Enterprises Maureen P. Weatherall Vice President for University Enrollment and Administration VOTING MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRU STEES Edward G. Amoroso ’86, M.S., ‘92 Ph.D., Katherine C. Hegmann, B.S., M.S., ’02, Steven Shulman ’62, M.E, ’63, M.S., ’02, Vice President, Network Security, AT&T HonDEng., Global Integration Executive, HonDEng, Principal, The Hampton Group Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. ’66, B.E., M.B.A., India, IBM Corporation Richard F. Spanier ’61, B.S., ’62, M.S., ’68, ’01, HonDEng, Senior Advisor, Warburg Edwin J. Hess ’55, M.E., M.B.A., Retired Ph.D., Director and Chairman Emeritus, Pincus Senior Vice President, Exxon Corporation Rudolph Research Analytical Corporation Stephen T. Boswell ’89, B.A., M.A., “89 Robert J. Hoar ‘06, B.E., Alumni Trustee, James M. Walsh ’69, B.S., ’71, M.S., M.B.A., Eng*Civil, ’91, Ph.D., P.E., President & CEO, Project Engineer, Hamilton Sundstrand Managing Principal, Walsh Advisors, LLC Boswell Engineering George W. Johnston ’72 B.E., J.D., Vice Cardinal Warde ‘69, B.S., M.Phil., Ph.D., Thomas A. Corcoran ’67, B.E., ’03, President & Chief Patent Counsel, Professor of Electrical Engineering, HonDEng, President & CEO, Gemini Air Hoffman-LaRoche Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cargo Mark LaRosa ’93, B.S., Alumni Trustee, Chloe Beth Weck ’07, B.E., Alumni Trustee, CO M BI N E D A N N UA L RE PO RT • 2005- 2007 Philip P. Crowley ’71, B.S., J.D., Assistant Vice president of Sales, Angelsoft Facilities Engineer, CB Richard Ellis General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Ronald P. LeBright ’55, M.E., Retired Senior Jerald M. Wigdortz ’69, B.S., M.S., M.B.A., S TE VE N S I N S TI T UT E O F TE CH N O L O GY Johnson & Johnson Corp. Vice President/Chief Executive Officer Former Senior Managing Director, ABN Kenneth W. DeBaun ’49, M.E., ’95, Europe, ABB Lummus Crest, Inc. AMRO Inc. HonDEng, President & CEO, The DeBaun John J. LoPorto ’46, M.E., ’54, M.S., ’58, Harold P. Wilmerding, B.A., Retired Senior World, Inc. M.S., ’97, HonDEng., President, LoPorto Vice President, United States Trust Company Edward C. Eichhorn ’69, B.E., M.B.A., Associates, Inc. of New York Alumni Trustee, President, Medilink Richard S. Magee 63, B.E., M.S., Sc.D, Compiled by the Office of Development & University Communications Consulting Group Alumni Trustee, Consultant Marjorie H. Everitt, Vice President David J. Farber ’56, M.E., ’61, M.S., ’99, Harold J. Raveché, B.A., Ph.D., D.H.L., EMERITUS TRUSTEE Patrick A. Berzinski, Director, University Communications HonDEng, Distinguished Career Professor President, Stevens Institute of Technology (non-voting) of Computer Science & Public Policy, Richard R. Roscitt ’73, B.E., M.B.A., Frederick L. Bissinger ’33, M.E., ’36, M.S., Copies of this report are available on CD-ROM by request - 201-216-5116 Carnegie Mellon University School of Chairman & CEO, SMobile Systems, Inc. J.D., ’73, HonDEng., Retired President,Allied ©2005-2007 Stevens Institute of Technology Science Virginia P. Ruesterholz ’83, B.E., M.S., Chemical Corp. Martin C. Fliesler ’65, B.E., J.D., Partner, President, Verizon Telecom Managing Editor: Stephanie Mannino Fliesler Meyer LLP John A. Schepisi, Esq., ’65, B.E., J.D., Writers: Stephenie Overman, Alan S. Brown Angie M. Hankins, ‘95, B.E., J.D., Attorney, Founder, Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A. Photography: Jim Cummins Stroock and Stroock and Lavan Design: Susan Pogany/graphics, etc. 58 59