Stevens Institute of Technology Annual Report 2004-2005
A N N U A L R E P O R T 2004-2005Stevens Institute of Technology 201•216•5000 • www.stevens.edu Castle Point on Hudson Hoboken, NJ 07030 USA
“Stevens Institute of“Clearly, the Stevens Technology is on an mission for education upward trajectory, and research is going and its destination is forward with tremendous among the very best energy and a vision that research institutions looks beyond the in the United States near horizon.” and the world.” Chairman Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. President Harold J. Raveché
AI N S IW EP O I N T O N H U D S O N NE D cover: New Babbio Center looks out onto an interconnected world. ANNUAL REPORT 2004-2005 2 Message from the President 3 Message from the Chairman 4 A NEW POINT ON HUDSON • Stevens Launches Balloons for Homeland Security • Old Schooner With High-Tech Sensors Protects NY Harbor • SINTEL Draws on Interdisciplinary Research to Guard Against Threats • Attila Technologies is Latest WinSec Success Story • Center for Environmental Systems’ Surface, Water Decontamination • Howe School Efforts are Bearing Fruit • Biz Tech Graduates Attract Attention 26 IT TAKES AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM TO SOLVE TODAY’S PROBLEMS • Center Delves Into Decision Making Process • Uniting to Battle for Cybersecurity • Systems Engineering Program is Largest • Undergraduate Engineering Aims to be More Flexible • Big Steps in Nanotechnology 38 MAKING OUR PRESENCE KNOWN, ON THE GROUND AND THE WEB • Stevens Makes Its Mark in China 40 STEVENS STUDENTS STAND OUT AS ACHIEVERS AND LEADERS • Institute Marks Graduation Milestone • Athletics Program has Standout Year • Year of External Recognition • Feeling the Pain with Team MeCCo • Research, Awards and AchievementsSTEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY • New Faculty • An Incubator Company Grows Up • New Leadership • Development and Facilities ANNUAL REPORT 2005 ANNUAL REPORT 2005 • Faculty Profiles 52 2005 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 14 24 29 33 43 49 • Report of the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
PRESIDENT HAROLD J. RAVECHÉ CHAIRMAN LAWRENCE T. BABBIO, JR. Message from the President Message from the Chairman The important work of our faculty, the impressive Our collective goal is to continue to nurture the The Stevens Board of Trustees’ responsibilities include for achieving prominence and garnering a deserved rep- achievements of our students, the professional dedi- Institute’s distinct educational and research envi- evaluating opportunities for growth and, together with utation as a national – and global – asset. During this cation of our staff, and the exemplary commitment of ronment. campus leadership, charting a path that keeps Stevens time, many alumni and friends made gifts of significance our alumni have all contributed to a most successful Technogenesis® cultivates that high degree of competitive and ensures our ability to continue to edu- to help us move forward. 2004-05 academic year. I am honored to serve as pres- inventiveness which enables faculty and students to cate top students for promising careers. Two back-to-back, five-year capital campaigns set ident at this exciting time in the ascent of Stevens connect the pioneering progress they achieve in their A decade ago, we recognized that unless we could high goals for modernization of facilities and growth. among the nation’s top research universities. I am fields with products and services that are valued by strategically grow Stevens, our ability to continue as a Stevens now boasts academic and research faculty that especially proud of those extraordinary individu- business, industry and society as a whole. In the year source of excellence in research and education would be are competitive with the nation’s finest. Private philan- als that contribute to our campus as a just passed, Technogenesis has shown its value- severely hampered. To a large degree, that meant thropy at Stevens continues to grow in support of these dynamically vibrant center for learning and added impact for our students, faculty, industry part- investing in our physical facilities and infrastructure. new programs and facilities. creative activities. ners, the Institute itself, and the world at large. It is no The new and renovated facilities include a dozen The initiative to grow the student body has paid off Sponsored research of the faculty con- accident that Stevens was ranked in late 2004 by The undergraduate engineering labs; the Center for Maritime handsomely, too, with aggressive recruiting of new and tinued to grow in the 2004-05 academic Princeton Review as standing among the nation’s Systems and the rebuilt Davidson Lab; major new athlet- better-prepared constituencies at both the undergrad- year, reflecting the recognition of the schol- “most entrepreneurial campuses.” ics facilities, coaches and training personnel, resulting in uate and graduate levels. arly work of the Institute’s faculty among gov- Students and young alumni continued to apply for a meteoric rise for Stevens teams in the NCAA Division III Achieving these goals required major investments ernment agencies, private foundations and patents in technology applications that they helped ranks; new research centers focused on technology and unprecedented fund-raising efforts. As a result, the industry. It is a privilege to be to create through the Senior Design and problems in national security; new student dorms to quality of an education at Stevens has not gone unno- associated with these out- Technogenesis Scholars programs. Impressively, one accommodate the growing population; and The Babbio ticed: The number of undergraduate applications has standing faculty who are pio- biomedical device for detecting sources of pain in the Center for Technology Management, which will house the increased more than 26 percent in 10 years. And we have neers in their fields of body is expected shortly to undergo clinical trials at a administrative center of The Wesley J. Howe School and become increasingly selective: Improving from 71 percent research and who are con- New York City medical center. launch the next phase of growth for our management to 49 percent over this same 10 year period. In addition, tributing, through their The culture of the Scholar-Athlete at Stevens con- programs. Faculty in the three schools increased by one- even more students are applying for early-decision. research, to the rapid ascent tinued to expand and acquire new dimensionalities, third during this time to build upon specific, strategic Between 1995 and 2005, Stevens’ overall undergraduate of the Institute among the as our academically outstanding Division III athletes areas of our strength. enrollment has climbed nearly 37.5 percent. nation’s top universities. experienced their most successful season ever, with a The Institute has a long tradition of innovation and Our graduate programs are not only prominent region- In the recent US first-year student bringing home Stevens’ first excellence. It stands at the forefront of engineering, ally, but also globally. The Information Systems and Systems News & World Report National Championship in Equestrian Competition. technology advancement and scientific accomplish- Engineering programs are among the largest and finest in rankings for national As a testimony to our alumni, annual giving to ments; but we must continue to grow in order to compete the world. WebCampus.Stevens now reaches 43 states and universities, Stevens Stevens reached new highs, with the Edwin A. Stevens and keep pace with changes around us. 40 countries and was named among the best online gradu- climbed ten positions to Society breaking the 500-member barrier for the first It is impossible to get ahead – and stay ahead – by ate programs in 2005 by the US Distance Learning #71 - rising farther, faster, than time in its history. standing still. Further progress will ensure that current Association, having been similarly recognized in 2003 by the any other university in the Stevens Institute of Technology is on an upward students – as well as future incoming classes – receive Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2005, Stevens awarded 848 National Top 100. In 2005, trajectory, and its destination is among the very best the highest quality education, and are fully prepared as master’s degrees, one of the largest classes ever. retention and graduation research institutions in the United States and the they begin their careers. Institutional success will enable Clearly, the Stevens mission for education and improved significantly, con- world. future alumni to continue the Stevens tradition of lead- research is going forward with tremendous energy and a tributing to the higher standing. ership in the competitive global workforce. vision that looks beyond the near horizon. When readingSTEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Stevens is now, in the category of Actual During years that witnessed the dot-com implosion, these pages, I am certain that you will be infused with ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-2005 Graduation, ranked 58, up from 83 in 2004. Ranked the 9/11 attacks, and a jolted and slowly recovering US this sense of the Institute’s mission and the spirit that 39th in SATs, Stevens continues to attract the most economy, Stevens has sought to fulfill its stated goals drives it. talented students in the nation. 2 3
INTRODUCTION A New Point on Hudson From the countless windows of occasion was capped with the “Stevens knows the skyscrapers of Manhattan, convening of two expert panels business and the view of Stevens has changed. that considered Technology technology. The red brick of our heritage is Convergence in Security and That is our still visible, as is the square Telecommunications, the first ‘secret solidity of The Howe Center. The of what Stevens expects will be weapon.’ We’re bluff of gray stone on which many such high-level events at striving to be Stevens is situated remains unal- The Babbio Center. The keynote seen as the tered. Anchored in that bedrock, speaker was Pat Russo, CEO of technical however, is a new structure which Lucent Technologies. commands the attention of the It’s especially fitting that university of city, the harbor and the world in a the new building houses The choice for way no previous building has: The Howe School, notes President business and Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. Center for Raveché, because “Stevens industry.” Technology Management. knows business and technology. –President Harold The six-story, 95,000 square That is our ‘secret weapon.’ We’re J. Raveché foot Babbio Center is a beacon, striving to be seen as the techni- signaling the resolve of Stevens’ cal university of choice for busi- students, faculty and adminis- ness and industry.” trators to meet the needs of the wider world with At The Howe School in The Babbio Center, research and leadership. As the new headquarters Stevens’ dedication to meeting the needs of an of The Wesley J. Howe School of Technology ever-more-complex world will be realized with the Management, it is a glass-and-steel symbol of the cultivation of leaders able to mesh diverse disci- Institute’s commitment to “excellence for a pur- plines successfully to achieve solutions to prob- pose,” in the words of President Harold J. Raveché, lems in homeland security, health care, the envi- “a place where we can tailor and customize pro- ronment and other critical areas. grams, where faculty members can work together This is the dynamic environment described as in an interdisciplinary fashion. In today’s integrat- Technogenesis®, the educational frontier where fac- The six-story, 95,000 square foot Babbio Center is a beacon, ed and highly competitive world, they can’t just ulty and students work with colleagues in industry signaling Stevens’ resolve to meet the needs of the wider world stay in one field.” and government to nurture the conception, design with education and research leadership. As the new headquarters Stevens marked the official dedication of the and marketplace realization of new technologies. of The Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, it is a center on historic Castle Point on October 7 & 8 The melding of Technogenesis with the mis- glass-and-steel symbol of the Institute’s commitment to with an invitation-only gala and alumni reception sion of The Babbio Center enables Stevens “excellence for a purpose,” in the words of President Harold J. Raveché, “a place where we can tailor and customize programs, honoring the building’s benefactor and champion, Institute to chart a new direction in the twenty- ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-2005 where faculty members can work together in an interdisciplinary Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr., Class of 1966 and first century and to add another dimension to the fashion. In today’s integrated and highly competitive world, they Chairman of Stevens’ Board of Trustees. The structure of higher education. can’t just stay in one field.”4 5
A NEW POINT ON HUDSON Stevens Launches Balloons for Homeland Security Balloons wafting on an August breeze against the Coulter from Argonne National Laboratory also one of many “targeted research programs focused its extraordi- backdrop of Midtown Manhattan may not bring to deployed a radar wind profiler from the Stevens on key elements of homeland protection and secu- nary research, “The goal is to mind serious research to protect US homeland campus and used Stevens as a launch site for free- rity,” notes Dr. George P. Korfiatis, dean of The technology make a model security. But the “Urban Dispersion Program” is just flying balloon-borne instrument packages called Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering. and entrepre- of where the one of the latest – and most visible – of many proj- radiosondes. The Stevens site was selected not only These high-tech applications for homeland neurial vision. gas is going ects Stevens has designed for that purpose. because of its location west of Manhattan but also security and defense have been of particular inter- She reports that to go.” And, in spite of its serious intent, “We’re having because of the Institute’s role in meteorological est to government science and technology agen- FY 2005 research a lot of fun with this project,” says Dr. Alan F. modeling. cies, adds Dr. Helena Wisniewski, vice president for expenditures were – Dr. Alan F. Blumberg Blumberg, director of the Department of Civil, “We released weather balloons on the Stevens university research and enterprise development. nearly triple those of FY Environmental and Ocean Engineering. campus to measure wind speed and direction from “Our highly developed expertise in computer sci- 2000 – boding well for With funding from the US Department of the surface up to about seven miles. We measured ence and engineering, maritime systems, systems loftier future targets. Dr. Alan F. Blumberg (above) Homeland Security and the US Defense Threat the temperature of the air, humidity, pressure, and engineering and nanoscale technologies has and colleagues launch Reduction Agency, and support from the New York dew point. So when we study the gas data, we’ll resulted in major growth of instrument packets attached to weather City Office of Emergency Management, non-toxic have an idea of the forces that pushed the gas. The funded research.” balloons as part of the perfluorocarbon tracer gases were released in a goal is to make a model of where the gas is going to Wisniewski is well “Urban Dispersion series of tests in Manhattan. “Then, about 150 peo- go. The data comes in in real on the way to her Program,” August 2005. ple with backpacks with sensors measured where time,” Blumberg says. All this goal of ensuring the gas went.” Blumberg says. In addition, sensors allows researchers to project what that Stevens is were posted on city streets. might occur if terrorists released recognized as a Blumberg and colleagues Larry Berg from toxins into the air. national resource, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Richard The Urban Dispersion Program is just sought after by gov- ernment and industry forSTEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-2005 ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-2005 6 7
A NEW POINT ON HUDSON Old Schooner with High-Tech Sensors Protects New York Harbor A 120-year-old schooner has been pressed into service and the environmental monitoring being done by wirelessly via cellular connections to the Stevens Davidson Lab Still Making to study and protect New York area waterways. The the scientific community. Students can go home oceanographic and meteorological data repository; Waves in Ship Design “Stevens has ship, the Pioneer, now carries the latest technology in and see the state of the water, plot trends and stay they are then assimilated into the operational fore- become a the form of a computerized water monitoring system as in touch with the water even when they’re not phys- casting data stream,” according to Blumberg. The “Designing small, high-speed national leader part of the Urban Ocean Observatory/NYHOPS. ically, literally at the water’s edge.” modeling system consists of a three-dimensional ships is what Davidson Lab is in the In partnership with the New York Department of A June voyage that set sail from South Street circulation model, an atmospheric model and a famous for,” Professor Blumberg development Environmental Protection, the system measures water Seaport on the Pioneer celebrated this new tech- wave model. It is designed to provide reliable and notes. of sensor temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen in New York nology/education partnership. timely meteorological and oceanographic “now- Stevens’ ship design facilities technologies Harbor from the Pioneer as it conducts its public sails. The Urban Ocean Observatory/NYHOPS is built casts” and forecasts for the New York Harbor region. have come a long way since 1931, and data analysis The data is fed via a wireless network to CMS computers. around three main components: observations, Stevens also has become a key player in devel- when small models were tested in and integration.” The CMS is playing a leading role in this area, accord- numerical modeling, and information distribution. oping the Integrated Ocean Observing System, which a 60-foot swimming pool on campus. The Institute is ing to Dr. Michael S. Bruno. “Stevens has become a The observation system consists of in situ measure- is directed through the National Oceanic and nearing completion of a major renovation of Davidson – Dr. Michael S. Bruno national leader in the development of sensor technolo- ments that are acquired in real-time to provide Atmospheric Administration. Lab’s high speed towing tank. The original tank was built knowledge of present conditions and to “We have a system of weather sensors across during World War II, “and had not been touched since,” directly support the modeling effort. Stevens the United States and we hope to have similar according to Bruno. This undertaking increases the size has formed a partnership with the US Navy, ability in coastal ocean and estuaries,” Bruno of the tank, nearly doubling its cross-sectional area, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric says. Such a system could warn of tsunamis, pro- and enhances its electronics and instrumentation. Administration and state agencies to create vide maritime security and pollution data. Originally 313 feet long, 12 feet wide and 6 feet deep, it a modeling/observation system that func- Several observatories are already in place, he adds, will be 320 feet long, 16 feet wide and 8 feet deep. tions as both an operational product and a along the New Jersey coast and in New York Harbor. An important aim of the renovation is to allow more research tool. The Department of Homeland “Plus,” says Bruno, “we have an exciting interna- access for classroom instruction and outreach, Bruno Clockwise from above: Security is also working with the experts in tional project, ACCESS – the Atlantic Center for the says, because “if we are really serious about producing The Davidson Lab towing the NYHOPS program to study the tracking of Innovation, Design and Control of Small Ships – which is the next generation of ship designers it has to start tank in the 1970’s; potential hazardous agents released in the being funded by the Navy” says Bruno. This joint project from an early age.” To encourage the next generation Pioneer crewmembers; New York and New Jersey urban environment. with the Office of Naval Research is developing tech- CMS now works with the Center for Improved Science (left to right) Dr. Michael This comparatively new research field nology to identify and track small vessels and predict and Engineering Education. “We have found the ocean S. Bruno, Dov Kruger, Dr. George P. Korfiatis, known as operational oceanography brings whether such vessels pose a threat. is a very powerful vehicle for inspiring youngsters in Howie Goheen, Brian together expertise in ocean physics, coastal All these efforts involve experts from a variety of math and science,” Bruno says. Fullerton and Douglas engineering and computer science, Professor disciplines. “These projects are trans-disciplinary Stevens is also building the curricula and partner- Meding. Alan Blumberg explains. “Real-time oceano- because some of what we are trying to develop does not ships to create the next generation of Navy ship design- gies and data analysis and integration – data fusion with graphic information within New York Harbor is obtained exist in any one discipline. We are almost creating new ers, he says. “We’re developing the knowledge and tools the purpose of enhancing maritime security.” using various sensors placed at strategic locations to disciplines that draw on the expertise” of professors that will lead to real, radical innovation in ship design.” The new partnership between Stevens and South monitor the current state of the estuarine environment.” and students throughout Stevens, Bruno says. “There Stevens also has created a new program – theSTEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Street Seaport Museum, which owns the ship, is In addition to the Pioneer, these locations does not exist a realistic laboratory in which one can Naval Engineering Program – and has just accepted the ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-2005 ideal, Bruno says, “because the museum is focused include shore, offshore mooring and commuter- develop and test maritime security technology; but we first class. “We have an exchange agreement with The on education, and the Stevens instrumentation ferry-based conductivity and temperature sensors. have at our doorstep the laboratory right here – one of University College London and welcomed the first two provides a direct connection between the vessels “All of the sensors transmit their data in real-time, the busiest harbors in world.” students in August,” Bruno says. 8 9
A NEW POINT ON HUDSON SINTEL Draws on Interdisciplinary Research to Guard Against Threats Argus, a monster in Greek mythology, had many eyes, “Defending against the asymmetric threats to our Navy making it the almost-perfect guard creature. Stevens forces at home and abroad constitutes the primary has brought together its wealth of research resources to research, modeling and development business of SIN- form the Secure Infrastructure Technology Laboratory TEL.” The benefits of SINTEL include automated deci- (SINTEL), a many-faceted guard to protect against ter- sion aids providing rapid responses to threats and the rorist threats at home and abroad. capability to act prior to attack; sensor placement The unique research facility debuted in July with the optimization; and the ability to monitor and ods currently available. Stevens is located on the announcement of an initial grant of $6.8 million from determine threats in a foreign or home port. “To achieve our goal we will take advantage of our edge of the world’s greatest port security lab the US Office of Naval Research (ONR). An additional $6 An imagery sensor modeling system will be able to realistic maritime environment, and develop systems – New York Harbor. million is earmarked for FY 2006. resolve small-scale surface ocean motions and to which integrate real-time mobile and remote ocean Bottom: The renovation of President Raveché sees SINTEL as “a synthesis and provide bottom topography – providing force pro- sensor capability, ocean forecast models, wireless net- the Davidson Towing Tank expansion of Stevens’ already vast expertise in the area tection and situation awareness. working, and automated decision aids; and advanced in progress. of homeland security technologies. It will serve the SINTEL’s applications include effective solutions to human/computer interfaces will provide a secure needs of the US Navy and others by leveraging several environment surveillance, data management, decision infrastructure technology research and development existing research centers, which are already engaged in support and latency problems. It will provide knowl- enterprise unequaled in the United States,” says Dr. Naval Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection work, as well edge of bottom topography from underwater Michael S. Bruno, who co-founded SINTEL and will serve as infrastructure security research.” autonomous vehicles, small planes or other platforms as SINTEL’s interim director. Bruno is also a professor Those existing research centers at Stevens include: for force protection and situation awareness that and director of the Center for Maritime Systems, which would be difficult or impossible to acquire with meth- houses the historic Davidson Laboratory. • The Center for Maritime Systems • The Urban Ocean Observatory/New York Harbor Observing and Prediction Center (NYHOPS) • The Design and Manufacturing Institute (DMI) • The Wireless Network Security Center (WiNSeC) “SINTEL is an interdisciplinary laboratory for real-time systems development for the protection of maritime infrastructure. It tests and analyzes threat scenarios in the realistic environment of the New York Harbor,” says Wisniewski, to whom the director of SINTEL reports. “The goal is to provide each member of the ship’s crew with automated, real-time situational information for the entire ship, in a hand held device. This information includes threat assessment and automated decision aides.”STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Protection of Naval infrastructure against terrorist attack is extremely critical, she continues. ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-200510 11
A NEW POINT ON HUDSON Attila Technologies is Latest WiNSeC Success Story Attila Technologies LLC, a Stevens Technogenesis Company, was launched in July by Vice President Helena S. Wisniewski to meet the vital needs of first responders in emergency situations. Attila Technologies is a wireless commu- nications company that provides continuous broadband, on-demand commu- nication devices and services that function despite saturated airways. Attila’s technology is critical to developing a communication system that cannot be interrupted, or jammed, resulting in ultra-reliable, high- speed communications. Attila’s products are based on patent-pending, breakthrough technology that was developed at WiNSeC by Dr. Patrick E. White, director of WiNSeC, and researcher Nicholas Girard, with funding from the National Science Foundation. White and Girard“The two most are co-founders of Attila. important John E. Bischoff, the former vice president of operations and finance of AOL, was named first problems faced by CEO of Attila Technologies. Before joining AOL in the early days of the company, Bischoff had long first responders experience at IBM. He also served a stint with a successful start-up company, Aurora Biometrics, are continuous where he acted as COO during the start-up phase and served on the board for more than two years. communications Wisniewski serves as Attila’s chairman of the board. and The new company’s initial market will be first responders, because Attila solves “the two interoperability.” most important problems faced by first responders – Vice President in a disaster, as stated by gencies. Until now, in situations such as the the military market.” For the military appli- Above, left to right: Helena S. Wisniewski President Raveché, the Department of Homeland 9/11 terrorist attacks and the hurricane in cation, the Attila radio will enable front-line Dr. White, Vice President Security – continuous com- New Orleans, this has proved a critical short- troops reliably to receive and deliver high- Wisniewski and Stevens munications and interoper- coming. resolution situational awareness data. graduate students discuss ability,” Wisniewski says. “Additional applications of Attila include “Looking to the future,” Wisniewski says, the Attila radio prototype. Interoperability is a critical delivery of high resolution mug shots to “Attila has the capability to provide high- Far left: need in a disaster situation patrol cars operating in the field, or trans- speed Internet access to users, thus turning Close-up of an Attila radio because it provides the abil- mission of crime-scene videos to headquar- wherever they are into a virtual hot spot.” prototype. ity to interconnect diverse ters command centers,” White says. “Both can Stevens has become established as a first-responder groups such be done efficiently and at low cost without major center for research on cognitive radio, as federal, state and local having to build an entirely new infrastruc- White adds, noting, “We have gotten more agencies, police depart- ture.” grants in this area from the National Science ments and fire depart- Raveché praises “Attila’s dynamic trans- Foundation than any other school.” This past ments that are taking mission security, which also prevents jam- year WiNSeC received its fourth straight grant STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY action during major emer- ming and eavesdropping, making it ideal for from NSF. ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-200512 13
A NEW POINT ON HUDSON Center for Environmental Systems’ Surface and Water Decontamination The Center for Environmental Systems (CES) is charge short pulses that generate chemical of using chlorine. But “the prob- exploring new surface and water decontami- radicals and ultraviolet radiation for sterili- lem with ozone is that it has to be nation projects. The CES’s multifaceted zation and surface decontamination, says generated one place, then trans- research covers topics ranging from waste Dr. Kurt Becker, director, Physics and ported and stored. We’re trying to treatment processes, ground-water modeling Engineering Physics, and associate director generate ozone on demand, in and remediation, and monitoring of contami- for CES. Becker is working on the project with situ, right in the water where it is nants in inland and coastal waters, to resi- research professor Dr. Abe Belkind. needed,” Becker says. dential water conservation, flushability and The two also have been working with This process can be used for drinking water safety. Picatinny Arsenal on water disinfection using chemical and biological decont- The center is working with the US Air Force pulse electrical discharge. Water can be dis- amination of water. In principle to find ways to use di-electric barrier dis- infected by bubbling ozone through it instead it might be used to clean the family swimming pool, “but I’d advise against it,” Becker says. “We’re not trying to replace large because the initial scientific concept is Above: Experiments in treatment plants; these could become being nurtured by faculty, students and progress. Left: The portable units,” he says. The goal is industry and the technology is being trans- James C. Nicoll “to size it down, not scale it up.” formed into a product that can be patented Environmental Lab. This project fits nicely into the and eventually sold. Technogenesis model, he adds,STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-200514 15
A NEW POINT ON HUDSON Howe School Efforts are Bearing Fruit The Wesley J. Howe School of Technology McCusker, acting dean of The Howe School, sees a Deluxe, highly-networked Management’s efforts to educate technology man- maturing of the program and recognition by busi- lecture halls, equipped for The Howe multimedia instruction, agers to lead and innovate in business in the United nesses that The Howe School’s innovative approach distinguish The Babbio School was States and around the globe are bearing fruit for is well suited to their needs. Center for Technology cited among the school itself, for its students and for the busi- “The school now has a national reputation. Management. the world’s ness community at large. Business knows that Stevens is the place to turn. elite research Seven years after the school was started, Lex We’re quick, responsive. Whatever is hot in industry, institutions in we have an offering,” he management says. “Technology is of technology. changing everything. Exploit technology,” is McCusker’s motto. It has been a year of external recognition for The Howe School, one in which the school has received numerous high-level awards (see page 34). Among those, The Howe School was cited among the “World’s Elite Research Institutions in Management of Technology.” responsibilities and project oversight, mainly in the research centers through The This, McCusker says, is field of telecommunications. Prior to joining Howe School: the capstone in Stevens’ Stevens last year McCusker served as professional • The Center for Decision continuing mission, “to services vice president/ general manager at AT&T Technologies (see page 20), carry the school’s visions Laboratories. He oversaw the day-to-day opera- which explores new ways to aid and offerings to an tions of the internal consulting practice of 450 human decision making. expanding global audience, technical professionals, providing a wide range of • The SAP/IDS Scheer Center to nations that actively consulting services to the organization. of Excellence in Business Process Innovation focus- seek new ways to manage Among the school’s other accomplishments, es on how technology can help redesign business the ever-changing technol- “we created a different kind of MBA,” he says. The processes and how business processes can be man- ogy landscape to the bene- executive master of technology management aged using technology. fit of all members of socie- degree went from “being a glimmer in someone’s • The Center for Technology Management forSTEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ty.” eye to graduates in two and a half years,” showing Global Development analyzes the intersection of Stevens’ agility and ability to respond to market global development and technology management. ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-2005 McCusker himself has a long history of high-level needs. technology management Stevens also has established three new16 17
A NEW POINT ON HUDSON Biz Tech Graduates Attract Attention The Howe School’s between theory and reality. This brings them to the Business and Technology reality. They really see how the pieces come A Pharmaceutical Management Cure “We held one big meeting and went through the “Students learn undergraduate program together.” whole thing. We had follow up emails and conference all the pieces continues to bear fruit Business and Technology students work with The problem? In the words of one pharmaceutical calls,” he says. After that came the internal process of a company as well, graduating its engineering students on projects, “almost as con- company executive, too many managers in the at Stevens; the program was approved in late spring. and actually second class and estab- sultants, ” he says. “The engineering students have industry who are “an inch wide and a mile deep.” Dobbs himself had spent about 25 years in the write a lishing its graduates as a problem to solve. They have to make the widget. Stevens’ prescription? The new graduate pro- pharmaceutical industry before coming to Stevens. business plan. sought after in the Our students look at costs, look at what the com- gram in Pharmaceutical Technology Management He was vice president of research information serv- They really see marketplace. petition is doing. They look at what it costs the offered by The Howe School. ices and global IT strategy and compliance for “Nationally, the competition to make a widget.” Dr. Joel Dobbs, who joined Stevens full time at the Schering–Plough Corporation. In this capacity, he how the pieces starting salaries of busi- The first honors program began this past spring. beginning of the year, began working on the new pro- was responsible for all come ness majors tend to be considerably less than those In keeping with the program’s real-world focus, gram last fall. The first step was a survey of more information technology together.” of engineering and science graduates. However, at students chose the Ford Motor Co. for a case study. than a dozen senior-level pharmaceutical company for the Schering-Plough “[Companies] – Associate Dean Stevens they are very much on par with engineering executives, a half dozen leading industry consultants Research Institute as need people who Louis F. Laucirica and computer science majors, given an average and a handful of Stevens faculty members. well as for strategy and communicate (right) The experts looked at the challenges the indus- starting salary of $54,000,” says Louis F. Laucirica, IT regulatory compliance well and associate dean and director of undergraduate try faces today – the explosion of new technology, globally. Prior to joining understand studies in The Howe School. In fact, Laucirica the rising cost and complexity of R&D, patent expi- Schering-Plough he when a new notes, a Business and Technology graduate in the rations and regulatory pressures. They also consid- spent 12 years with Glaxo technology Class of 2005 (who earned a concurrent master’s ered the managerial challenges – pharmaceutical Inc. in various manage- should be degree) received an offer package that included a companies engage in strategic alliances and part- ment and executive positions in regulatory affairs, embraced and signing bonus and totaled $80,000. nerships, which almost always involve the sharing medical services and information services. He also and management of advanced technologies as well when it “These new graduates are valuable because spent one year with Glaxo Wellcome as worldwide as complex intellectual property issues. director, information management and analysis. He shouldn’t.” they combine technical knowledge with a broad- minded approach to business management; they’re “The answers were fairly consistent,” Dobbs has served on the Compaq Computer Corporation – Dr. Joel Dobbs able to bridge the critical gap between business says. “They say they really need people who have a Pharmaceutical Advisory Board, the Digital (left) and technology in today’s highly competitive broad understanding of pharmaceutical business. Equipment Corporation Pharmaceutical Advisory world,” he says. Folks tended to understand their area very well, but Board, the PhRMA/FDA Information Management The program is made of up 20 percent “techies” not understand the broader industry.” Working Group, the PhRMA CIO Forum, the PMA and 80 percent students who want to know how to “They also need people who communicate well Information Management Steering Committee, the use the technology. They all receive a well-round- and understand when a new technology should be Documentum Advisory Council, and the PMA Safety ed education that includes the humanities and sci- embraced and when it shouldn’t, people who know Surveillance Committee. ences. They learn accounting and marketing. But how to develop and execute strategy,” Dobbs says. In all, he’s proud of how the new graduate pro-STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY the real “spine” of the Business and Technology Stevens put together an industry advisory board gram was designed: “It was done in a logical fash- of about 15 members to help develop the curriculum ion, with a great deal of input from people in the ANNUAL REPORT • 2004-2005 program, Laucirica explains, is the business plan. Students learn “all the pieces of a company and and provide feedback. industry.” actually write a business plan. There’s a tension18 19
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