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  1. 1. NON PROFIT ORG. US POSTAGE PAID HOBOKEN, NJ PERMIT NO. 4Stevens Institute of Technology Castle Point On Hudson Hoboken, NJ 07030-5991 There’s more on our website! Stevens Institute of Technology Castle Point on Hudson Hoboken, NJ 07030 USA Director, Office of Institute Communications Patrick A. Berzinski Editor Stephanie Mannino Manager, Stevens News Service Meagen Henning Contributing Editors Jessica Blumberg, Claudia Pope-Bayne Photographer Jim Cummins Designer - Web & Print Randolph Hoppe, Contact information + All content, images and related information is the property of the Stevens News Service, Office of Development and External Affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology. Any unauthorized use or replication is strictly prohibited. Copyright 2006 Stevens Institute of Technology. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Technogenesis Today Winning Views Stevens previews a high-tech future at Senior Projects Day Meehan receives first-team academic All-America honors On Wednesday, April 26, the Canavan Among the impressive technology Engineering students Neha Desai, Ryan Stevens senior outfielder Tim Meehan ’06 process, he was named the Skyline Arena played host to an exciting array of presented at this year’s Senior Design Donovan, Mike Freeman, Robert Hoar, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Conference Player of the Year and earned student high-tech demos and displays dur- Projects Day was the MicroSpy BioChip Thomas Presutti and Oliver Smith. The Academic All-America baseball first-team, in first-team honors as he batted .423 with 37 ing Senior Projects Day 2006. TM. The student team of Ali Saaemi and team’s device was designed to assist the College Division by the College Sports RBI and 50 runs scored. Meehan was also Approximately 60 senior design groups Manish Modi, from the Electrical and women lacrosse players practice their Information Directors of America on May 30. selected as a first-team all-star on the NCAA presented their projects during an event Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, draw, a critical element of a lacrosse Meehan is the first member of the Stevens Division III Baseball ABCA/Rawlings All-New open to the Stevens community and the devised this lab-on-a-chip system created game. The training device takes the place baseball program to be named to the York Region Team and New Jersey Collegiate public. to provide a microbial detector that can of the player’s opponent, enabling her to Academic All-America first-team. Baseball Association All-State Team. sense the presence of bacteria and other improve her skill at the draw without the “Tim has exemplified what it means to The Ducks’ all-time leader with 13 career microbes, with implications for detection aid of another person. Their portable be a student-athlete throughout his four years home runs, Meehan ranks second in career of contaminants in the air and in the food device has adjustable skill levels, which at Stevens,” said head coach John Crane. hits, runs scored, total bases and RBI at supply, from packaging all the way to the help quicken a player’s reaction time. “His numerous accomplishments in the class- Stevens. He also owns the school’s single-sea- store shelf. Their project sponsors include Coaches often encourage players to prac- room and on the baseball field are a testa- son records for runs scored (50) and total the Center for Applied Genomics (CAG), tice during the off-season, and this device ment to his dedication, work ethic and desire bases (95) – both marks were set in 2006. the Public Health Research Institute – would eliminate the need for another play- to be the best at whatever he sets out to do. Meehan retained a 3.74 cumulative Tuberculosis Center, and the Stevens er to be present. Professors Richard Berkof Being named an Academic All-American is a grade-point average during his four years at Microstructure Research Center. Their and Bernard Skown served as the group’s great accomplishment for him and for our Stevens. In May, he earned his Bachelor’s Faculty advisor was Professor Hong Man. advisors. – SM program. I consider myself fortunate to have Degree in Biomedical Engineering as well as a The Emergency Communications had the opportunity to coach him.” Master’s Degree in Technology Management. System (ECS) project was a collaborative Meehan had a remarkable 2006 season. In the fall, he will attend the University of effort from students from the ECE He lead the Ducks to the most wins in school Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. – SM Department and the Business and history with a 27-12 overall record. In the Technology Program. ECE students Tim Meehan “Senior Design Projects Day is a fes- Shamim Akhtar, Ravi Amin, Ndiritu Muriuki tive event that celebrates the inventive- and Imtiazur Rahman worked with BizTech ness, creativity and entrepreneurship of students Joel Perez, Nick Mabunay, Sarah Stevens’ students,” said Dean of Quinn and Praveen Tanguturi (a Ph.D. can- Engineering George P. Korfiatis. “From didate) on a project that seeks to improve Athletes make three-day journey to aid hurricane victims in Louisiana new kinds of implants and prosthetics emergency communication between blood developed by biomedical and materials banks and local agencies. Six student-athletes from Stevens in Migliore discussed how she felt about work- engineering teams, to advanced computer “During the past year the students June made a three-day journey to Louisiana ing on the house. “Taking a look at the applications for the next wave of hand- have baselined the operations procedures to assist in the revitalization effort of areas work we accomplished compared to the held wireless consumer entertainment and protocols for communications damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. state we had first found her home in was devices, to smart robots, this day provides between these agencies during routine The students worked together as a relief astonishing,” she said. “It was overwhelm- a detailed look at the kinds of technolo- operations and for emergencies,” said the The Emergency Communications System team by helping the United Methodist ing to step back and recognize all that we gies these young scientists and engineers group’s advisor, Audrey Curtis. “The group project team worked to improve emergency Church Storm Recovery Center rebuild a had contributed to the project in just a day will be pursuing upon graduation from determined the gaps in preparedness for communication between blood banks and house that had immeasurable damage. and a half of work.” Stevens.” communicating during an emergency and local agencies. Brian Granata, Stevens’ Assistant “When I first found out that I had been designed new procedures and identified Athletic Director for Sports Information, and selected to represent Stevens Athletics on some technologies/services that would Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach Ryan the trip to Louisiana, I was very excited to be help fill those gaps. After reviewing this Wellner supervised students Josh Coffing given the chance to make a difference in the information with the agencies involved, (Men’s Volleyball), Alex Heckman (Men’s lives of unfortunate individuals,” said they then designed the drill to test them in Lacrosse), Brandon MacWhinnie (Wrestling), MacWhinnie. “As we walked through a gym use.” Jessica Megill (Field Hockey), Nicole Migliore in the church that we stayed at on our first In early April, the team held a drill (Women’s Soccer) and Grace Sack (Women’s night, a man announced to a group of peo- that simulated a communications system Lacrosse), and also helped the relief team. ple doing Jazzercise why we were here. They failure at the Bergen County Community “When we arrived at the house that we immediately ceased their exercise routine Blood Services center. The drill required were scheduled to work on, I was really and gave us an amazing round of communication and coordination between taken aback. This house was in shambles applause,” he said. the center and The Valley Hospital, and the resident was living in a FEMA-issued “The director of the storm relief organi- Hackensack Hospital , St. Joseph ’s trailer in front of her home” said Coffing. zation informed us that our work was not Hospital, Paramus police, Paramus Office “The students immediately began tack- only appreciated but was needed by those of Emergency Management and the ling the exterior of the home. They tried to suffering,” said Migliore. Alex Heckman The Emergency Communications System Ridgewood OEM. do whatever they could to help out,” wished he’d been able to do more. “I regret project team worked to improve emergency Attendees were able to try out the The Women’s Lacrosse Skill Development Granata said. “The group had one goal in that we couldn’t spend more time here help- communication between blood banks and Women’s Lacrosse Skill Development Training Device has adjustable skill levels, mind – to finish scraping, priming and paint- ing these wonderful people,” he said. – JB local agencies. Training Device, from Mechanical which help quicken a player’s reaction time. ing the entire outside of the home.” Page 11
  3. 3. Feature Story Bruno, Blumberg, and Boswell elected Fellows of the American Society of Civil Engineers Davidson Laboratory’s famous towing tank reopens Dr. Michael S. Bruno and not just for us personally, but for Stevens as well. We could not Throughout the past 70 years, the Davidson Laboratory at The funding for the renovations has been significant. Director Dr. Alan F. Blumberg from have achieved this level of success without the support of a strong Stevens has been one of the world’s leading centers for research of the Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering Department, Stevens’ Department of Civil, institution,” said Blumberg. and education in the areas of Naval Architecture, Ocean Alan Blumberg, said “We have been lucky to receive a very gener- Environmental and Ocean Bruno is the Director of Stevens’ Center for Maritime Engineering, and Marine Environmental Engineering. During the ous grant from the US Navy to expand the tank. Now the scien- Engineering, and Stevens Systems, which encompasses the Institute’s historic Davidson past 16 months, the lab’s famous Towing Tank, also known as Tank tists and engineers of Davidson Laboratory can build on the leader- Trustee, Dr. Stephen T. Boswell, Laboratory. “ASCE has played an important role in my career and #3, has been undergoing a complete renovation. Everything from ship role that they have enjoyed over the past many, many years.” were recently honored as the career of countless Stevens’ students through the years, mak- the design of the tank to the installation of the wave maker and Blumberg also believes that students will find the facility much Fellows by the American ing this honor especially meaningful to me. Joining the ranks of beach structures are being redone. “The new towing tank will be more user-friendly and “will take great pride working in a world- Society of Civil Engineers such accomplished professionals – including our own Professor the most advanced facility of its kind in the United States, provid- class wave/towing tank.” (ASCE) for their achievements Blumberg and Dr. Boswell – is both exciting and humbling,” said ing Stevens with exciting new capabilities to perform both funda- The Davidson Lab also received a prestigious Department of in civil and related engineering Bruno. Defense University Research Instrumentation Program professions, as well as for their In addition to serving as a Stevens Trustee, Boswell is the (DURIP) award which allowed for the purchase of a commitment to the ASCE. This President and CEO of Planer Motion Mechanism (PMM). The DURIP awards are honor is one of ASCE’s highest, Boswell designed to improve the capabilities of US institutions of with only six percent of their Engineering. He higher education with degree granting programs in sci- current membership elected as holds a doctorate ence, math or engineering, to conduct research and to Fellows. Bruno, Blumberg and and a double educate scientists and engineers in areas important to Boswell join Stevens’ Vice Master’s degree national defense. The increased width of the Towing President for Facilities, Henry P. from Stevens. Tank has allowed for the installation of the PMM, which Alan F. Blumberg Dobbelaar, who was elected a “Alan, Mike superimposes lateral motions on a towed model that is Fellow of the ASCE in 1999, in and Steve are advancing at forward speed. Maneuvering tests in the this distinction within the exemplars to the past had been conducted in Tank #2, the Rotating Arm Stevens community. profession of engi- Tank facility. The PMM will enable exciting new model Blumberg currently serves as the Chair of the CEOE neering and lead- maneuvering studies. Department at ers in their fields of The Towing Tank has been an important part of the Stevens and direc- endeavor,” said history of the research conducted in the Davidson tor of the New George P. Korfiatis, Laboratory. The tank is primarily used for experimental York Harbor Dean of The marine hydrodynamics research, which includes the test- Observing and School of ing of scaled models of all types of ocean going vessels; Prediction System. Engineering. “We both in calm water and in a wave environment. It is also “I am quite congratulate them used to design new technologies that will help prevent pleased to learn on this recognition coastal beach erosion and coastal flooding. Currently, that my peers rec- of their superb the Davidson Laboratory has a project supported by ognized the value work that has so Michael S. Bruno funding from the Office of Naval Research to study multi- of my work by enriched our institu- hull vessels. “Tank testing,” said Datla, “is a major part electing me as a tion and the engineering world at large.” of the project. We will also continue to test for the small Fellow. When I ASCE Fellows occupy the society’s second-highest member- craft industry and their new high speed planing hull learned that my ship grade, exceeded only by Honorary Members. There is no mental and hydrodynamic research, and applied naval architecture designs.” The Davidson Lab also works with the design of close friend and direct admission to the grade of Fellow, and the standard required and ocean design studies,” said Michael Bruno, Professor and advanced vessels such as America’s Cup sailing yachts. Most colleague, Michael for advancement is broad responsibility for engineering work of Director of Maritime Systems. recently, the lab has been working with Team Oracle. – JB Bruno, was also major importance. – JB The old tank’s measurements were 12 feet x 5.4 feet, elected a Fellow, I whereas the new cross-section is 16 feet wide x 6.8 feet deep, was even more resulting in a 65% increase in the cross-sectional area. This pleased. This news allows the faculty of the Davidson Lab to test bigger models was outstanding without “worrying about the blockage effects, such as the influence of tank sidewalls and the bottom on the model,” said Raju Datla, Research Associate Professor, Davidson Stephen T. Boswell Laboratory. “The significantly increased size of the tank will allow us to study ships, structures and ocean physics at much larger scale than in the past,” said Bruno. A viewing area has been incorporated near the center of the tank. The area’s glass windows, which span the full water column, enable flow visu- alization studies of the test models and greatly enhance studies of coastal waves and sediment transport. The towing tanks renovations include everything from its design to the installation of a wave maker and beach Page 3
  4. 4. Latest News Faculty News Herrington reports on ‘State of the Shore’, Bruno and Stevens honored by Jersey Becker appointed to advisory panel by German Science Foundation Shore Partnership Kurt Becker, Director/Associate Director for The countries for up to two years after completion of Center for Environmental Systems – Physics and their degrees. Selection criteria include – in addition On May 22, Professor Thomas increasing coastal population, changes in Stevens were honored with the Engineering Physics, has been appointed to an to the caliber of the applicant – the reputation of Herrington of the Civil, Environmental, and land use and global climate changes all Outstanding Partner Award by the Jersey Advisory Panel for Graduate Schools and Research the US host university,” said Becker. “DFG considers Ocean Engineering Department and threaten the long-term sustainability of Shore Partnership for their active involve- Centers by the German Science Foundation, Stevens an internationally competitive research uni- Associate Professor of Davidson ocean and coastal resources. To address ment in researching and evaluating meth- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The estab- versity. Stevens has increased its visibility in the eyes Laboratory, presented his annual report on issues of non-sustainability including over- ods of shore protection, coastal storm lishment of the Graduate Schools and Research of German students wanting to pursue a doctorate the state of New Jersey beaches for the exploitation and degradation of coastal monitoring and coastal hazard education Centers at selected German Universities is part of the abroad and as a result, we may be able to attract NJMSC/NJ Sea Grant Marine Extension resources and habitats, the US and prevention. “The award was in recog- “German Excellence Initiative” launched by the DFG many high-quality doctoral students from Germany.” Program. Herrington is the Coast Process Commission on Ocean Policy has called for nition of the Center for Maritime Systems to strengthen research and graduate education at Education and advancement of young scientists and Specialist and the event was sponsored by prioritizing uses, minimizing conflicts, pro- and our role in helping to preserve the German Universities. These centers aim to integrate early-career academics through access to state-of- Stevens Institute of Technology and the tecting resources and ensuring that uses New Jersey Shoreline,” said Bruno. “It is a doctoral education with cutting-edge research. the-art research facilities are a particularly high priori- New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. are compatible.” great recognition of our faculty and stu- “The DFG awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to ty for the DFG. – JB Both Herrington and Jon Miller, Research “The current bi-weekly storm/calm dents’ efforts to develop new understand- recent German Ph.Ds to work in the US and other Assistant Professor of the Civil, cycle signals the transition to milder sum- ing of coastal erosion and flooding, and Kurt Becker Environmental and Ocean Engineering mer conditions that will help rebuild the new understanding of coastal erosion and Department presented their finding in beaches. Overall, it is expected that much flooding.” Sandy Hook, N.J. The report is an “annual of the sand eroded from the beach during Since the devastating storm of 1993, assessment of the condition of the beach- es based on an analysis of the storm con- this past winter is currently being stored offshore in sandbars. Given an extended Stevens has been actively involved in researching and evaluating methods of Datla named Chair of SNAME Planing Craft Committee ditions and measured erosion along the period of calm weather, this sand should shore protection and structures that will coast,” said Herrington. “We utilize our eventually work its way back on shore, prolong beach replenishment. Stevens Professor Raju Datla, Research Datla will be heading the planing-craft automated coastal monitoring network to ensuring everyone a spot on their favorite provided technical assistance to shore Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental panel, which “deals with research related provide the data so there are lots of angles beach as the summer progresses,” said municipalities to study problems of shore & Ocean Engineering Department (CEOE) to the high speed planing-craft. According you could look at. Dr. Jon Miller does the Herrington and Miller. protection and to find alternatives to pro- and Davidson Laboratory, was appointed as to Datla, he will be responsible for the bulk of the analysis.” Following Herrington’s report, the tect beaches and property from storm Chair of its Planing Craft Committee by the panel membership, meetings and report “It is becoming increasingly obvious annual Summer Celebration was held at damage. The Institute works with New Society of Naval Architects and Marine submissions. The society has an extensive that while large waves and powerful storm Merri Makers, located at Water’s Edge, Sea Jersey Sea Grant on educational and out- Engineers (SNAME). The committee con- technical and research program that is surges are both capable of inducing signif- Bright, N.J. “A Taste of the Sea” marked reach programs on shore issues. It also is ducts reviews of state-of-the-art technolo- guided and implemented by various com- icant beach erosion, it is when both condi- the kick-off of summer by featuring delica- a leader in the integrated coastal observ- gy, advises the larger design community as mittees and panels. The program involves tions occur simultaneously that the conse- cies prepared by the shore’s best chefs. ing and monitoring system that provides to future research needs and awards more than 1,000 individuals who are vol- quences are the most extreme,” wrote Michael S. Bruno, Professor and Director of hourly information on the coast, shoreline research funding to universities. “Raju’s untary members and permanent staff Herrington and Miller in their report. The The Center for Maritime Systems, and erosion and beach action. – PB/JB leadership role will significantly elevate our working in cooperation with the govern- standing in the community,” said Michael ment and regulatory agencies, scientific Bruno, director of the Center of Maritime and research laboratories, academic institu- Systems, “and should lead to additional tions and the marine industry. – SM sponsored research in high-speed planing- craft design.” McCusker appointed Dean of The Howe School Raju Datla Lex McCusker has been appointed to “In his eight months as Acting Dean forward to working with him in his new Dean of The Wesley J. Howe School of of The Howe School, McCusker has pro- position and to a bright future for The Technology Management. His appointment is the culmination of a search for a new vided strong leadership to The Howe School and the Institute, and he has laid Howe School in the years ahead.” McCusker brings a long history of Kintala serves as General Chair at DSN 2006 dean that began in August 2005. out a clear roadmap for The Howe high-level technology management McCusker previously served as Acting School’s continued growth in reputation responsibilities and project oversight, prin- Chandra Kintala, Distinguished Industry dependable, reliable, and trustworthy, and thus Dean of The Howe School, and prestige,” said cipally in the field of telecommunications. Professor in the Electrical and Computer make our businesses, homeland and society a position that became President Raveché. “He has He is an expert in the fields of operations Engineering Department, was the General safer and more secure? Dependability is a vital vacant June 1, 2005, maintained and expanded and logistics; general management and Chair of the 2006 International Conference on attribute of computing and communication when Dean Jerry Hultin upon the excellent progress change management; strategic planning, Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN systems that pervade every aspect of our daily departed to assume the made by The Howe School analysis and implementation; and organi- 2006). The program offered a keynote talk by lives. “As we are increasingly relying on reli- presidency of Polytechnic in establishing new pro- zational development and communica- a business and technology leader, research able and secure functioning of these systems University in New York. grams and new relation- tions. – SM papers, industry sessions, panels, tutorials, and networks, there have been increasing con- Prior to that, McCusker ships, and has helped to workshops, fast abstracts and a student forum. cerns about malicious exploitation of imperfect had served as Associate advance an exciting new The focus of the conference was on topics systems and networks as well as the traditional Dean for Administration vision for the field of tech- relating to the question: How can we make concerns for inadvertent or accidental faults, at The Howe School. nology management. I look our computer systems and networks more errors and failures,” said Kintala. – SM Lex McCusker Chandra Page 9
  5. 5. Stevens People Faculty and alumni donate time to Stevens’ committees VP Wisniewski hosts series of Disruptive Technologies Roundtables Many faculty and alumni support Ruesterholz, Class of 1983, will play a key and past member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski, Vice President “We intend that these roundtables Stevens by taking the time to serve on var- role in guiding the society’s efforts. He Magee will work closely with the Major for University Research & Enterprise become important monthly forums at ious committees. Spring and summer 2006 brings with him many years of industry Gifts staff in the Office of Development Development, in June hosted the first in a Stevens,” said Wisniewski. “Research at the saw a number of new appointments to experience; prior to his retirement, he was and External Affairs, as well as other dedi- series of monthly “Disruptive Technologies Institute is producing amazing disruptive Institute committees, which depend on senior vice president at ABB Lummus Crest cated alumni volunteers and donors. Roundtables” at Stevens. technologies with surprising applications of alumni and faculty participation for their (now ABB Lummus Global, Inc.). Marty P. Valerio, Class of 1968, has The programs are by-invitation round- great interest to business and government. continued success. Among the new Previously, he served as president, chief been elected as the new Reunions Chair of table discussions, and the inaugural June 28 We want to take advantage of our proximity appointees: executive officer and treasurer at H.R. the Annual Giving Council. Marty has featured topic was “Ultra-Sensitive Sensors to the business center of the world in New Ronald P. LeBright, Class of 1955, will International. LeBright, from Sea Bright, been a long-time donor at the Edwin A. for Perimeter Security and More.” The dis- York City to raise awareness of these oppor- serve as the new Chair of the Edwin A. N.J., remains actively involved at Stevens Stevens Society level, and is an active vol- cussion focussed specifically on technologies tunities, along with related issues, among Stevens Society, a network of industry and last fall was appointed a Charter unteer with both the Office of that form the basis for the Stevens the research, venture capital and commercial leaders, inventors, business professionals, Trustee to Stevens’ Board of Trustees for a Development and the Stevens Alumni Technogenesis ® start-up company, Castle products communities.” entrepreneurs and educators who make three-year term. Association. “Marty brings a great deal of Point Scientific, LLC, formed at Stevens by The second in the series of Disruptive substantial annual contributions to Constantin Chassapis, Director and experience and knowledge to his role as the office of University Research and Technologies Roundtables, concerning Stevens. LeBright, who will take over for Professor of Mechanical Engineering Reunions Chair,” said David Berkner, Enterprise Development along with the tech- another Technogenesis start-up, Stevens outgoing Chairs, alumni Virginia and Kevin Department and Bernard Skown, Director, Annual Support Programs in the nology inventor, Professor Hong-Liang Cui. Proof of Concept (SPOC) – a biomedical Distinguished Service Professor and Office of Development & External Affairs. Castle Point Scientific’s mission is to commer- technology application for muscle-pain Program Director of the Business and Valerio has held a number of prior roles, cialize technology developed at Stevens for detection – was scheduled for late July at Technology Program, were elected to sit including President of the Alumni next-generation fiber optic-based ultra-sensi- Stevens. on the Board of Trustees committee. “I am Association and Class Fund Captain for his tive sensing systems, which have demon- In addition to licensing intellectual prop- proud to support the work of the Board of own class. strated superior performance and promise to erty successfully and launching start-up com- Trustees Fund Efforts at Stevens,” said As the Reunions Chair, Valerio will be a revolutionary approach for a diversity of panies, Stevens has had several successful Skown. “To me, it is critically important help mobilize and support the efforts of sensor-based applications. liquidity events, such as the sale to major Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski that all of us, as part of the Stevens com- Class Fund Captains, who will be celebrat- The presentation included discussions of corporations of two of its Technogenesis munity, contribute not only in terms of ing a significant anniversary, by assisting the technology, the applications and the start-ups, HydroGlobe and PlasmaSol. – PB financial support, but where appropriate them in set up for their class committee, business case and demonstration. also with our time and effort to help pro- recruiting other class volunteers for their vide the financial flexibility for Stevens to effort, and setting fundraising targets and maintain the highest standards of excel- goals for the class gift. Valerio will be a lence in education and leadership in tech- nology management.” key member of the Annual Giving Council. John C. Rizzuto, alumnus of 1989, is Developing Events Kevin M. Ryan, Distinguished the new Stevens Fund Chair. He will be Associate Professor of Management, is the working with Ron Mahaffey, also a gradu- new faculty representative to the Annual ate of ’89 and the Chair of the Annual Highlights from Development and External Affairs Giving Council from The Wesley J. Howe Giving Council, where they both will help School of Technology Management. Ryan lead the drive for unrestricted annual sup- The Office of Development and External Affairs had a Art previously purchased a number of works from the American will be bringing enthusiasm and leadership port for Stevens. “John has been a faithful dynamic second quarter of 2006. It began with the Annual Modernist collection and will be exhibiting them in the near as an Edwin A. Stevens Society member so donor and member of the Edwin A. Scholarship Brunch, an opportunity for scholarship donors and future. he can help lead the fundraising efforts of Stevens Society. He brings a wealth of recipients to come together to share common experiences about The Major Gifts team proudly hosted the Edwin A. Stevens The Howe School. Developing and organizational and strategic expertise to Stevens and to explore the importance of philanthropy. Speakers Society Faculty and Staff Reception at Lola’s Wine and Tapas Bar strengthening the base of support among his volunteer role,” said Berkner. “As for the day included Meghan Tennyson ’09 and members of the in Hoboken, N.J. Departing EAS Chairpersons Kevin ’83 and Stevens’ faculty and staff is an important Chair, John will help to align our core ’57 Scholarship Committee. Virginia ’83 Ruesterholz thanked faculty and staff for their sup- part of the Institute’s overall annual giving fundraising volunteers, Class Fund The Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) sponsored a port of the Society. All faculty and staff members who donate at success. Ryan will lead the school’s Captains and Agents, and support the tour of the newly completed Babbio Center. On hand as tour the appropriate level are invited to join the Society. efforts, working closely with Dean Lex efforts to generate budget relieving annual guides were Lou Laucirica, Associate Dean & Director of Rounding out the quarter was the 4th Annual Golf Outing McCusker, the Council and the Office of gifts from alumni donors.” Rizzuto will be Undergraduate Studies and Audrey Curtis, Project Director of to benefit the Stevens Student Athletes chaired by Hank Development and External Affairs. an instrumental leader and a resource for Telecommunications Management Program. Remarks were also Dobbelaar, Vice President for Facilities and Support Services. The Richard S. Magee, Class of 1963, has the Development Office’s Annual Support given by Ron Mahaffey ’89 and Jim Behnke ’02 regarding outing took place at the Arcola Country Club in Paramus, N.J. taken on the role of Scholarships Program team, where he will help analyze giving Associate Membership in the Edwin A. Stevens Society. Attendees enjoyed lunch, golf, cocktails and dinner. Chair, a new role within the Annual Giving trends, alumni participation, and will help The Development office along with Eric Kunhardt, Dean of Future events for the Development office include the annual From top: Council. As the Scholarships Program set annual giving goals and objectives. the Imperatore School of Sciences and Arts sponsored an art G.O.L.D. Summer Beach Party to be held at Jenkinsons Inlet Ronald LeBright, Chair, Magee will help lead the efforts for – JB/SM exhibit of American Modernist works donated by Arthur E. Restaurant in Point Pleasant N.J. Arrangements are also being Constantin Chassapis, strengthening scholarship support, utilizing Imperatore. The month-long exhibit, which was held at a gallery made for the Annual Edwin A. Stevens Society Gala to be held in Bernard Skown, his breadth of experience and knowledge in New York City, was kicked-off with an invitation-only cocktail December 2006. If you would like to learn more about these Kevin Ryan, as an Edwin A. Stevens Society donor, a reception. Amy Gilman, of the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, events, please contact the Development office at (201) 216- Marty Valerio, member of the Stevens Alumni Association Ohio, gave a brief presentation on the works and the importance 5241. – CPB John Rizzuto of the American Modernist movement. The Toledo Museum Page 5
  6. 6. Special Events Commencement 2006: Stevens graduates largest class to date On May 25, 2006, Stevens graduated a class of approximate- P. Neupauer Full ly 380 seniors during an outdoor commencement ceremony. This Tuition Scholarship, year, in addition to Stevens’ 134th graduating class – the largest and his name class ever – members of Stevens’ 50-Year Reunion Class of 1956 appeared on the also marched in the procession. Dean’s List in all The students, their families and guests, administration and semesters. While at faculty were addressed by President Harold J. Raveché, Harriet Stevens, he was a Mayor Fulbright, who received an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy member of the Ski Hon. in Physics, and Valedictorian Nicholas Iacoviello. and Ice Hockey Albio Sires Iacoviello, a Business and Technology (B&T) major in Stevens’ Clubs and participat- Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, is the first ed in Intramural progress, September 11, 2001 and its impact, and life as a cancer humankind.’ If you embrace the idea of genuine collaboration, fol- Valedictorian to emerge from Stevens’ groundbreaking B&T pro- Football, and was a daily visitor to the fitness training area of the patient. low your passion and focus on your vision, you will make far more gram, founded in 2000, which graduated its third class of seniors Schaefer Athletics Center. Iacoviello began work full-time as a Before Fulbright spoke, Stevens’ President Raveché read a let- than your family and President Raveché very proud people. Rest this year. Business Analyst within the Program Management Office at ter from former President Bill Clinton, congratulating her on assured that I will also be cheering you on.” After recognizing and thanking his friends and family, Citigroup on July 1. His future goals include attending a top-tier receiving her honorary degree. The honorary degree recipients and speakers for the after- Iacoviello said, “I want to wish all my fellow classmates sincere graduate business program and achieving a strategic marketing Fulbright began her commencement address by expressing noon graduate ceremony were Hon. Albio Sires and Dr. Sheo congratulations for making it to this important milestone in their and management degree, leading to an executive career in the her appreciation for being selected as an honorary degree recipi- Singh. Sires has been a representative to the New Jersey General lives. Some of us will move directly to higher education, some will field of global equities. ent. “The gratitude Assembly since 2000, where he represents go straight to work, some will continue the job search, and some Harriet Mayor Fulbright, the honorary degree recipient, shares that I feel standing the 33rd Legislative District. He served as are already pondering a month-long nap, starting tomorrow. a historic and familial link to Stevens: Her great-grandfather, here before you is the Speaker of the Assembly from 2002- Whatever the case may be, I have nothing but confidence that we Alfred Marshall Mayor, was the founder and first director of the immense, and I am 2006 and was the first Hispanic to serve will continue to grow both in wisdom and in maturity, on our Stevens Physics Department, serving from 1871 to 1897. Fulbright humbled by the honor as New Jersey’s Assembly Speaker. Sires journeys to success. Spend this day with those you care about, has spent the majority of her adult life in the fields of education that you have has been the Mayor of West New York, and be sure to thank those who have helped you along the way. and the arts. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the bestowed on me,” N.J., since 1995. The last thing I ask of President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, whose she said. “It is an even Singh is a Director and Head of you is to stay in mission is to encourage partnerships between the public and pri- greater thrill to be Natural Products Chemistry at Merck touch with the vate sectors in order to enhance cultural life in America. Prior to here as Stevens Research Laboratories, Rahway, N.J, where friends you have that she served as “Unofficial Ambassador” for the 50th anniver- Institute of Technology he is responsible for biological evaluations made here at sary of the Fulbright Program. In that capacity she traveled to recognizes my great toward the development of natural prod- Stevens, because if numerous countries on all five major continents and throughout grandfather, who ucts for advanced pharmaceuticals trials. you do, you will no the US to speak about the importance of international education would feel such pride Singh has co-discovered a number of doubt have an elite exchange and the pivotal role played by the Fulbright Program. in having his name on pharmaceutical compounds that are in network of people Fulbright shared with her late husband, Senator J. William an award to a student advanced stages of human clinical studies to converse with, Fulbright, a dedication to the search for peaceful solutions to con- for creativity and for treatment of cancer. – SM and party with, your flicts throughout the world. In 1987 she became the Executive excellence in physics.” whole lives.” Director of the Fulbright Association, where she served for three She offered Iacoviello, who years. For the last decade her lecture tours have been worldwide. praise, encourage- hails from Staten She has been invited to give talks on such diverse topics as the ment and words of Island, N.Y., was a vital role of international education exchange, arts education and wisdom to the Class of recipient of the Ann its importance, the life of Sen. Fulbright, leadership and human 2006. “You, the gradu- Harriet Mayor Fulbright and President Harold J. Raveché ating class, have just completed four years at one of the best institutions of higher learning where you have learned to set up studies, examine the facts, and report the results of your research and use well-honed analytical skills for the benefit of us all, to influence the scientific and nonscientific world through your invaluable knowledge and understanding, to provide organizations and communities with the leader- ship needed to give all citizens a chance to reach their full potential in a peaceful world,” she said. “As [my late husband, Senator J. William Fulbright] wrote toward the end of his Nicholas Iacoviello life: ‘Our future is not in the stars but in our own minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education, which in fact go together, are the first requirements for a hopeful future for Harriet Mayor Page 7