Center for Corporate and Professional Education

“The illiterate of the 21st Century are not those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

- Alvin Toffler

In a highly connected, rapidly changing world, lifelong learning is not just about professional enhancement; it is critical to organizational and career success. The Center for Corporate and Professional Education (CCPE) at Stevens Institute of Technology partners with private corporations and government to optimize organizational and individual potential through education and skills development. Stevens’ world renowned faculty works closely with public and private sector organizations to confront some of the world’s most formidable business, technical and scientific challenges. We are changing the way the world innovates -- one leader, one organization at a time.

Custom Learning Solutions

CCPE’s philosophy is profoundly collaborative. We take an interactive approach to understanding our partners' culture, operating environment, strategic objectives and business challenges before starting the learning design process. Working at the intersection of management, finance, science and technology, CCPE programs draw upon cutting-edge research but are designed for practitioners to solve real world problems. We begin program design by understanding an organization’s desired outcomes and then work backwards to develop curricula that deliver impact. CCPE programs focus on driving innovation and transformational change through customized and contextual learning solutions.

Broad Portfolio of Programs and Formats

CCPE employs diverse learning methodologies and pedagogical techniques to deliver breakthrough educational programs. Stevens currently serves over 1,000 students in corporate and government programs delivered by faculty from our three professional schools:

Schaefer School of Engineering & Science

School of Systems & Enterprises

School of Business

Program formats include:

  • Seminars, Workshops and Lectures – non-credit courses developed around narrowly focused topics delivered by expert faculty and practitioners, typically 1-5 days in length.

  • Graduate Certificate Programs – Stevens offers 168 specialized certificates consisting of 4 courses each (12 graduate credits). Credits earned in certificate programs may be applied to master's degrees for students opting to continue their studies.

  • Master's Degrees – Partners can select from among 45 master's degree programs offered in highly specialized engineering, systems innovation and technology management disciplines.

  • Continuing Education Units for Licensed Professionals – CCPE provides in-company continuing education (CE) courses required for professional engineers to maintain and update their licenses. Programs are adapted to meet state licensing requirements and participants receive a certificate attesting to having completed CE units.

About the Center for Corporate and Professional Education


Building upon Stevens' mission to inspire, nurture and educate leaders in tomorrow’s technology-centric environment, the Center for Corporate and Professional Education focuses on providing lifelong learning opportunities. Through the School of Business, the School of Engineering & Science, the School of Systems & Enterprises and the College of Arts and Letters, the center offers access to the breadth and depth of graduate and professional education at Stevens through a variety of learning modalities that can be customized for an entire business enterprise to educate and train their workforce down to the individual needs of a single student.

The center has a long history of providing graduate education and professional education programs to Fortune 500 firms, federal labs and government agencies, plus niche programs for smaller ventures. These partnerships have allowed Stevens to impact the careers of working professionals. Additionally, we continue to learn as to how we can best serve the technical workforce. This has become evident in how we structure our programs to meet the varied schedules of professionals with on-campus programs in the evening or weekend, on-site at your location, at the Stevens campus in Washington, DC, and through online programs to accommodate the student across the Hudson River and world-wide.

Michael Nowlis, Dean

Michael Nowlis serves as dean at the Center for Corporate and Professional Education at Stevens Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Stevens, he served as director of the Senior Executive Program at London Business School (University of London) and director of the TIO International Executive Program at IFL (Stockholm School of Economics). Nowlis also served as director of the international MBA program jointly operated by Cornell University and the ESSEC Business School in Cergy-Pontoise, France. In addition to his administrative roles, he was a faculty member during his 14 years with Cornell in France and the U.S. Nowlis has guest-lectured at more than 40 universities and has held adjunct and visiting faculty appointments at schools in France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Chile.

Paul Easterling, Assistant Dean

Paul Easterling is responsible for the operations and execution of the university's off-campus, part-time and online graduate programs for working professionals. He builds and maintains strong corporate and government relations related to graduate education, training and professional development.  Paul works with faculty and university administrators to offer programs in engineering, technology and business, as well as specialized programs in fields that are in high-demand. He also works with corporate and government partners to determine lifelong learning needs for their employees so they may maintain a highly effective workforce.

Prior to coming to Stevens, Paul was director of educational development and communication in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. Paul worked to provide graduate degree programs and professional development programs primarily for working engineers through on-campus, distance and online graduate programs. Degree programs developed since Paul joined Maryland include online programs in project management, energetic concepts, bioengineering and reliability engineering and new programs in sustainable energy engineering, nuclear engineering and technology venturing and innovation. Prior to coming to Maryland in 2004, he was the graduate program director at The University of Akron (Ohio) in the polymer science department. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The University of Akron. Paul has taught in a Department of Education-sponsored Upward Bound Math/Science program, taught at the university level, served on Department of Commerce International Trade Sub-Committee for the Plastics/Polymer Industry as an education specialist, was a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Education Foundation Board, a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineering’s Corporate 100 Forum, served on the Intelliworks Strategic Advisory Council and recently served on the State of Maryland’s Governor’s Workforce Investment Board for Higher Education. Paul is a member of AFCEA International and the American Society of Engineering Education.