4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Deans’ Seminar Series: Peter Shainin, The Shainin Group - Engineering Problem Solving Beyond Math - Almost

Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio 122

Abstract: Engineers are taught to build mathematical models of the problems they face and then solve the math. It is a strategy that works well as the primary basis for design, but not in product development or manufacturing. This talk will examine how creative thinking and statistics can play a central role in solving problems on the production end of the equation.

Biography: Peter Shainin ‘66 is Chairman of the Shainin Group, a group of engineering consulting companies in the United States, Europe and China. The group offers services in new product development, product and process reliability, engineering problem solving and training for client’s engineering staffs in these areas. Most of the group’s reliability and problem solving technologies were developed internally and are famous throughout the manufacturing world for their effectiveness. The group’s client list consists of many of the world’s most sophisticated manufacturing companies.

Mr. Shainin graduated from Stevens in 1966 with the degree of Mechanical Engineer. He started his career at Pratt & Whitney working on development of the F-100 engine fuel systems. He has held positions in product design, product development, architecture and heavy construction - becoming a registered professional engineer (1970). In 1984 he went to work for his father’s one-man consulting business and eventually grew the Shainin Group to its current worldwide reach.

Attendance for this event is open to all Stevens faculty, students, staff and invited guests. Immediately following the lecture, a reception will take place in the Babbio Atrium.


4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Provost's Lecture Series on Women in Leadership

Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio 122

The Provost’s Lecture Series on Women in Leadership is designed to showcase the achievements of prominent and successful women and to motivate the next generation of leaders. It provides an opportunity for women to share their individual experiences and to analyze the unique strengths, challenges and opportunities they face. The women selected for this series are true visionaries from which we can all learn.

This fall, Linda Sanford, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Transformation at IBM, will join the list of Stevens' distinguished speakers presenting her talk The Transformative Leader: Strategies for Leading in Times of Change.

In the past several years advances in technology and a sustained period of sluggish economic growth have disrupted industry landscapes permanently. And yet this period of discontinuity is also a period of opportunity – for exceptional leaders. New leaders are emerging who have the ability to guide their organizations through a challenging period and arrive stronger on the other side. 

What characteristics do these leaders share? How are they applying technology creatively to make smarter decisions? How are they inspiring their people to accomplish game-changing innovation in a time of uncertainty?  

Linda Sanford – who rose through the engineering ranks to become a senior leader at IBM – will reflect on her own experience leading major change efforts inside her organization and working with change leaders at organizations around the world.

Attendance for this event is open to all Stevens faculty, students, staff and invited guests.

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4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Deans’ Seminar Series: Roger Gurnani, Verizon - Leveraging Technology to Create Competitive Advantage

Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio 122

Abstract: Technology has become the center of our daily lives and this digital transformation continues to disrupt business models across industries. Armed with information, customers have higher expectations and freedom to choose alternative products and services. Much of this digital transformation is fueled by Verizon’s Fiber Optic and Wireless broadband services, Global IP networks and Cloud Computing platforms. How do businesses win customers in this new world of digital competition? How do we digitally empower employees to meet and exceed customer expectations? What should the next generation of technologists and engineers prepare for? Roger Gurnani, EVP & CIO at Verizon will share his thoughts on these topics.

Biography: Roger Gurnani is executive vice president and chief information officer, responsible for the information technology strategy, systems development and operations for Verizon Communications. Before being named to his current position in October 2010, Gurnani was senior vice president of new product development for Verizon Wireless and was responsible for the innovation, development and commercialization of consumer and business products. From 2005 to 2008, Gurnani served as the president of the West area for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the company's operations throughout the western United States.

Gurnani was one of the founding officers of Verizon Wireless. Until 2005, he served as vice president and chief information officer, helping to oversee and complete the integration of the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE at the company’s inception in 2000. He had previously served as vice president and chief information officer at Bell Atlantic Mobile.

Gurnani is a graduate of Auburn University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering.

Attendance for this event is open to all Stevens faculty, students, staff and invited guests.  Immediately following the lecture, a reception will take place in the Babbio Atrium.


9:00 am to 5:00 pm

13th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research

Stevens Institute of Technology

March 17-19, 2015
Hoboken, NJ, United States


The 13th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER 2015) invites authors to submit papers that push the boundaries of systems engineering research and respond to new challenges for systems architecting and engineering. Since its inception, CSER has become the primary conference for disseminating systems engineering research and germinating new research ideas.

Current and prospective doctoral students are also invited to attend the Systems Engineering & Architecting Network for Research (SEANET) workshop on March 17, 2015. Research challenges and strategies for success in graduate research will be discussed.


We invite original research papers addressing any aspect of systems engineering, to include:

  • Theoretical Foundations of Systems Engineering
  • Trade Space Exploration
  • Innovations in Systems Engineering Education
  • Resilience and Flexibility
  • Innovations in Modeling and Simulation
  • Systems Science
  • Trusted Systems
  • Complex Logistical Systems
  • Digital Thread

Papers are especially solicited for the following applications areas of systems engineering:

  • Transportation Systems
  • Healthcare Policy and Delivery
  • Financial Systems and Systemic Risk
  • Urban Systems and Infrastructure Resilience
  • Defense and Aerospace Systems
  • Sustainable Energy Policy and Systems
  • Non-Domain Specific Foundational Topics


All Day

Undergraduate Reading Day

Undergraduate Reading Day