technotes - Stevens Institute of Technology

technotes - Stevens Institute of Technology

TECHNOTES APRIL 2014 News and Highlights from The Innovation University ®    Hoboken, NJ   [email protected] Advancing Women in STEM Above...

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News and Highlights from The Innovation University ® 


Hoboken, NJ 

 [email protected]

Advancing Women in STEM

Above: In February, “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at Stevens brought about 40 middle school girls to the campus from Hoboken, Verona and Branchburg, N.J. They collaborated in hands-on engineering activities and toured Stevens’ facilities, to spark their interest in science and engineering.

Stevens receives $550,000 NSF grant Stevens is engaged in a comprehensive effort to expand and advance the role of women in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. From programs designed to nurture interest in STEM opportunities among middle school girls and highschoolers, to a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program to retain and advance female faculty in STEM, the push is on to enhance diversity and inclusion at Stevens. Stevens President Nariman Farvardin explained, “Unless we as a society do everything we can to harness the talent of women – as well as others who are underrepresented in the technical fields – we are under-utilizing resources sorely needed to solve the complex challenges the U.S. faces in the 21st century.” The NSF grant, for $550,000 over five years, “provides resources to facilitate efforts to eliminate

Upper left and left: Female faculty and students are working and studying at the leading edge of many STEM fields at Stevens, thanks in part to the institutional expansion of programs to support their engagement in tech-based areas of opportunity and challenge. bias, primarily unintended bias, present in the minds of men and women and embedded within policies and practices of organizations that make it more difficult for women to succeed in STEM fields in academia,’’ said Susan Metz, director of diversity and inclusion at Stevens and principal investigator of the grant.



Classes and labs are just the beginning for student entrepreneurs.


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Accolades: Recent achievements by Stevens faculty and staff.

Student Entrepreneurship, Stevens-Style At the intersection of innovation, education and enthusiasm you’ll find entrepreneurship. Witness the exciting events and achievements of these Stevens students who have recently stepped into the limelight.





Dan Zambrano ’14 balances his Stevens education in visual arts and technology with his own production company, DZ Productions. Most recently, he worked on VH1’s Super Bowl Blitz before, during and after the network’s live broadcast of six shows in six nights.

Business and technology senior Gino Mazzarella’s startup,, sells iPhone cords in a wide variety of lengths, colors and prices that are way cooler than Apple’s ordinary-looking cables. Mazzarella is charging ahead with other i-device accessories, and plans to add Android offerings soon.

When tech reviewer Marques Brownlee ’15 discusses technology on his MKBHD YouTube channel, more than one million people are alerted. His subscriber base has attracted advertising from major tech brands like Cisco and GoDaddy, and Marques has been named one of the top 30 young people in tech media by The Guardian.

By empowering sales reps to offer instant product options and pricing comparisons on the fly, three Stevens students took home top honors and a $2,000 prize from a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Computer science major Vania Nettleford ’15, working with biomedical engineering majors Ruchika Sharma ’14 and Jen Trinh ’13, created the novel iOS app.

Intel exec will discuss economic competitiveness on April 23 Dr. Craig Barrett, retired CEO and Chairman of Intel, will address Stevens faculty, students, staff and invited guests at 4pm Wednesday, April 23 regarding the long-term changes in the world’s free economic system. Speaking as part of the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Barrett will emphasize that the U.S. research university, which was the most important national innovation in the 20th century, is especially central to U.S. competitiveness going forward. Attendees may link to the event’s free registration page at



High finance for high schoolers: Hanlon lab hosts trading competition On April 25, Stevens’ Hanlon Financial Systems Laboratory will host participating high school students in the 2014 Trading Day competition, in partnership with the New Jersey chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. Students will use the lab’s Bloomberg terminals and leading-edge software packages to access market data in real time, attempting to generate the highest returns by trading stocks and equities. They will get a taste of the real world of financial markets, and compete for prizes and Stevens scholarship opportunities.

Engaging pharma industry, Stevens opens new biotech/drug discovery lab Stevens’ Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) has launched a new enterprise with deep roots in pharmaceutical and biotechnology R&D. The Biotechnology and Drug Discovery Laboratory was established in part with a generous donation of equipment and supplies from Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. and support from the New Jersey Department of Labor. Seven former Roche personnel have joined Stevens as faculty and researchers in the initiative. According to Dr. Peter Tolias, professor and director of CHI, the laboratory serves as “a center for research in the areas of preclinical gene cloning and purification of therapeutic proteins, assay development and robotic drug screening. It also provides industry collaborators with a local academic partner for research and workforce training.” In addition, he said, “it furthers efforts to nurture entrepreneurship, contributes to maintaining New Jersey as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology hub, and positions Stevens as a premier research university and industry partner for biotechnology and drug discovery.”

ACCOLADES Dr. Russell Ford M.Eng. ’91 Ph.D. ’03, a Stevens adjunct professor of environmental engineering, received the Pioneer Award at the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year ceremony. The award honors individuals of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering approaches to major challenges in STEM. Dr. Alan F. Blumberg, director of Stevens’ Davidson Laboratory, is part of the design team that was selected to participate in Rebuild by Design, a competition that focuses on bringing innovation in design to advance resilience in the Sandy-impacted region of coastal areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Stevens researchers have received a patent for a new mass spectrometric technique that enables sampling of materials under ambient conditions without the molecules first being vaporized and electrically charged as in other methods. Stevens has signed a licensing agreement for further development of the approach.

Preparing for controlled responses when disaster strikes New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has collaborated with Dr. Jose Ramirez-Marquez, Associate Professor in Stevens’ School of Systems and Enterprises, to develop intelligent systems for the rapid distribution of lifesaving medical countermeasures to exposed populations in response to a bio-terrorist attack or disease outbreak. The effort will increase the scientific basis on which public health emergency response planning is built. The Stevens research team will develop advanced modeling and simulation programs to support optimized resource allocation when disasters happen. According to Dr. Ramirez-Marquez, “the ultimate goal is to advance the city’s capability to prepare, respond, and recover from disasters.”

Student athletes at Stevens earned national recognition for their outstanding service to the people of Hoboken in response to the devastation from Superstorm Sandy. This is the third time Stevens received the Jostens Community Service award from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. David Dodd, Stevens’ Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology, has been recognized as CIO of the Year–Non Profit by the New Jersey Technology Council. Dodd led Stevens’ IT response to the challenges posed by Superstorm Sandy.

Stevens has been selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon for the third consecutive time. The Stevens team will compete against 19 schools to build a solarpowered, energy-efficient home that combines affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence.

Nexus research magazine relaunched online

Nexus is a publication of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science for people interested in learning more about engineering research and news in the areas of: energy & environment; systems & security; nano-technology & multiscale; and biomedical & health. The Spring issue is the first to showcase a new site design that’s more visual and user-friendly, and includes more technical research articles than before. Subscribe at April 2014, TECHNOTES   

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Rethinking urban design in the wake of Superstorm Sandy Alexandros Washburn, formerly chief urban designer of New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has joined Stevens as industry professor and founding director of the University’s new Center for Coastal Resilience and Urban Xcellence  (CRUX).   CRUX is dedicated to the proposition that cities can increase their resilience to extreme events while simultaneously improving their quality of life.

“Stevens is a unique platform to accomplish real-world goals with tools I could only dream of when I worked at the Department of City Planning,” said Washburn. “At Stevens, we have the best data on the problem. The Davidson Lab has an unparalleled network of sensors and research vessels in New York Harbor monitoring the water. We have the best tools and faculty to analyze that data. It’s my job to put these resources together using the discipline of urban design in order to bring about change.” Improvements in decision making, governance and complex system analysis are just a few of the issues Washburn’s team will tackle. Under his direction, Stevens students will learn how to juggle technical matters like zoning, building codes, national flood insurance underwriting criteria and constructability issues, while simultaneously preserving and enhancing the quality of civic life through best practice techniques of urban design. “Alex brings to Stevens a unique perspective on urban design and planning, gained through years of experience and accomplishments in New York City and around the world,” said Michael Bruno, Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science. “He will provide leadership in expanding our efforts to develop and implement new tools and approaches to urban coastal resiliency, both here in the New York metropolitan region and internationally.”

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