Stevens Honored as Employer Supportive of Strong National Guard and Reserve

Dr. Kate Abel Accepts the Patriot Award on University’s Behalf

1/19/2012

Hoboken, NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology has been honored as an employer which supports a strong National Guard and Reserve force by the Hudson County chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a U.S. Department of Defense organization that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers stand behind and value the military service of their employees.

On January 31, the University received the Patriot Award in recognition of its leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve. Dr. Kate Abel, Director of the Engineering Management program in Stevens’ School of Systems and Enterprises, accepted the award on behalf of Stevens.

The award was based on the nomination of Frank DeGeorge Jr., a Reserve officer and Financial Engineering graduate student at Stevens who has held a graduate teaching assistantship under Dr. Abel since Fall 2010, his first semester at Stevens after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. DeGeorge is Executive Officer of the 250th Financial Management Detachment who is currently an Army First Lieutenant on active duty in Kuwait.

Before his second semester at Stevens, DeGeorge had to postpone his studies to take an obligatory three-month Financial Management Officer Course at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Soon after, he was called to active duty for deployment, originally missioned for Iraq, and missed two additional months of study and work for pre-deployment training.

“With Stevens support, I was able to put my academic career on hold, freeing me from any time limit to complete my master’s degree,” said DeGeorge. “Dr. Abel understood my obligations and was more than accommodating to my ever-changing situation.”

Dr. Abel allowed DeGeorge to return to his graduate teaching assistantship position between his pre-deployment training and his deployment to Kuwait. She has also guaranteed him his position when he returns to Stevens.

“Stevens embraces leadership and supports the Reserve as well as all branches of military service, and the University deserves recognition for that,” said DeGeorge.

“I am honored to accept the Patriot Award and proud of Stevens’ unwavering commitment to going above and beyond in support of students and employees who are called to military service,” said Dr. Abel.

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Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.