Stevens Institute of Technology Inaugurates Dr. Nariman Farvardin as Its Seventh President

10/15/2011

 

Hoboken, N.J.– With an audience of nearly 1,000 well-wishers looking on, Dr. Nariman Farvardin was inaugurated today as the seventh president of Stevens Institute of Technology. Numerous dignitaries joined the faculty, staff, students, and alumni assembled for Dr. Farvardin’s installation, including Dr. Steven Chu, the U.S. energy secretary, Dr. Jeong Kim, the executive vice president of Alcatel-Lucent and president of Bell Labs, Kim Guadagno, the lieutenant governor of New Jersey, and Dawn Zimmer, the mayor of Hoboken.
 
In his address, Dr. Farvardin urged the university community to embrace its legacy of applied research and innovation and to raise its level of engagement in the most complex challenges facing society, including the nation’s future prosperity.
 
“Stevens is enriched with a 141-year legacy of educating engineering leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who have gone on to have a profound impact on our country.  The university maintains a crucial responsibility to create a technology-savvy workforce to ensure the well-being and economic prosperity of future generations, with an urgent mission to generate knowledge and devise innovative solutions to address even more complex societal problems,” Dr. Farvardin said. “Today, I pledge to work with my colleagues at Stevens and our partners outside to help reignite the nation’s economic engine through our contributions to a technology-centered education and research program.”
 
Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr., chairman of the Stevens Board of Trustees, called Dr. Farvardin’s installation “a truly momentous occasion for Stevens as we install only the seventh president on Castle Point since the Institute was founded 141 years ago.” 
 
He added, “Dr. Farvardin’s presidency affirms the enduring traditions and core values that define us.  He is an innovator and an entrepreneur, passionately committed to excellence in everything we do, from expanding our programmatic frontiers to seeking new arenas for our engagement and service.”
 
“We are thankful and excited to have President Farvardin join the Stevens community, a community with great pride for the people that it serves,” said Dr. George P. Korfiatis, the university’s provost.   “Almost 70 years ago, the Stevens community answered the call to help serve America during World War II, and today we have been called for the war on global competiveness. The Stevens community under President Farvardin’s leadership will answer that call once more. “
 
Formerly the provost at the University of Maryland, President Farvardin is an accomplished electrical and computer engineer, professor and entrepreneur who led his own technology startup company.  He became president of Stevens on July 1.
 
Inauguration day began with an academic colloquium titled Excellence Through Innovation, moderated by Christine Lagorio, executive editor of Inc.com, and featuring Secretary Chu, Dr. Kim, and university professors Dr. Ronald Besser and Dr. Frank Fisher.  That event was followed by the processional and the inauguration ceremony at Canavan Arena.
 
The activities around the inauguration conclude October 15, with homecoming events on campus throughout the day and the Presidential Inauguration Gala in the evening.
 
About Stevens
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 accredited baccalaureate, masters, 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, 3,600 graduate students and almost 450 faculty members. 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.

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