Stevens Presidential Inauguration

Since 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology has educated and inspired students and researchers to lead and advance scientific discovery in the creation, application and management of technology to solve complex problems and build new enterprises. This proud legacy of the Stevens family has begun an historic new chapter as Dr. Nariman Farvardin was inaugurated as the seventh president of Stevens on October 14, 2011.

Prior to joining Stevens, Dr. Farvardin served as Provost at the University of Maryland. There he was the chief academic officer, overseeing 13 academic colleges and schools offering 127 undergraduate majors and 112 degree programs to more than 37,000 students from 3,000 full-time faculty members and nearly 1,000 part-time faculty. Prior to becoming Provost, Dr. Farvardin served as Dean of the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, and before that, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer p. He was also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Inauguration launched a significant period for the University as Dr. Farvardin worked closely with all members of the community to chart the future trajectory of Stevens and begin work towards a bold new vision that honors the University's long and exceptional legacy. To commemorate this significant moment in Stevens history, alumni, family, and friends joined our community to take part in a special celebration October 13-15, 2011.

Read a Recap of the Inauguration Events

Inauguration Events

Student Research Colloquium 
An open forum showcasing undergraduate and doctoral students' summer research findings from Stevens scholars and fellowship programs
Babbio Center
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Graduate Students Meet & Greet
All graduate students are invited to this informal reception to meet Dr. Farvardin and mingle with other students.
Babbio Center Patio
5:00 to 6:30 pm

Academic Colloquium
The Academic Colloquium, Excellence Through Innovation, will focus on the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship, exploring how technology transfer and its consequential entrepreneurial skill set, read more ... 
DeBaun Auditorium
9:00 am to Noon 
Special Guest Speakers: The Honorable Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Jeong Kim, Executive Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent and President of Bell Labs, and Christine Lagorio, Executive Editor of
A limited number of tickets are available for this event.

Inauguration Ceremony
The official swearing in of Dr. Nariman Farvardin as the seventh president of Stevens Institute of Technology.
Special Guest Speakers: The Honorable Kim Guadagno, Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, The Honorable Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken and Dr. Jeong Kim,  Executive Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent and President of Bell Labs.

Canavan Arena
2:00 to 4:00 pm
A limited number of tickets are available for this event.

Dr. Farvardin Address to Freshmen Parents
Parents of the Class of 2015 are invited to participate in this special address as the new president of Stevens welcomes the newest members of the community.
DeBaun Auditorium
9:30 am

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch
Bissinger Room, The Wesley J. Howe Center, 4th Floor
10:30 am

President’s Reception for Freshmen Parents and Alumni
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Samuel C. Williams Library
Stevens Student Performances

Presidential Inauguration Gala
A formal dinner dance celebrating Dr. Nariman Farvardin, Stevens 7th President, Edwin A. Stevens Society members, and two distinguished alumni: John G. Puente ’60 presented with the 2011Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. Entrepreneur Award and J. Scott Swensen ’74 presented with the Stevens Alumni Association Honor Award.
The Westin Hotel, Jersey City
7:00 pm

Homecoming Events (throughout the day)

Community BBQ

Soccer/Volleyball/Field Hockey Games

Greek Open Houses


For more Presidential Inauguration videos:

The Complete Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. Nariman Farvardin 
Chariman Lawrence Babbio's Remarks 
Community Congratulates President Farvardin on his Inauguration
Carmen Balthrop Performs at the Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Nariman Farvardin
Presidential Inauguration Choir Performances
Presidential Inauguration Orchestra Performance
Presidential Inauguration Historic Montage
Academic Colloquium - Excellence Through Innovation
Academic Coloquium Remarks - Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
Academic Coloquium Remarks - Dr. Jeong Kim, President, Bell Labs
Academic Coloquium Remarks - Dr. Besser and Dr. Fisher

Inauguration Remarks

President Farvardin Inauguration Remarks
Chairman Babbio Inauguration Remarks
Dr. Kim Inauguration Remarks
Richard Sanchez, Inauguration Remarks

Announcements & News

A Historic Three-Day Inauguration Weekend at Stevens
Stevens Institute of Technology Inaugurates Dr. Nariman Farvardin as Its Seventh President
Stevens Names Nariman Farvardin Seventh President
The Stevens Community Welcomes Dr. Nariman Farvardin
A Day of Presidential Events
Dr. Nariman Farvardin Takes Office as the Seventh President of Stevens Institute of Technology
The Stevens Community Welcomes Dr. Nariman Farvardin to Campus as Seventh President

As part of Inauguration Weekend, the University will also be hosting Freshman Parents Weekend and Homecoming. Freshman Parents Weekend gives parents a chance to see their children settled into the Stevens environment, participate in campus events, and learn more about how the Stevens community supports their students. Homecoming 2011 will feature eight different Duck teams in action as well as a variety of other exciting events for alumni, students, staff, faculty, parents, fans, and friends of Stevens Athletics.

Interview with Dr. Nariman Farvardin

Nariman Farvardin was appointed the seventh president of Stevens Institute of Technology in January 2011. He joins Stevens from the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the faculty for twenty-seven years. He served as that institution’s Acting President for two months in 2010, during his tenure as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, positions he held since 2007. Dr. Farvardin is an accomplished researcher in the areas of information theory and coding, multimedia signal compression and transmission, high-speed networks, and wirel