A Variety of Ways to Contribute
Stevens Engineering and Science alumni have many options for staying involved with the alma mater. As working professionals, alumni may recommend their companies to submit projects for Senior Design, directly benefiting current students while also promoting the name and quality of the Stevens degree to regional employers. Alumni in supervisory or hiring positions are invited to work with the Office of Career Development to schedule on-campus recruiting, participate in a career fair, or request a resume book for skilled entry-level scientists and engineers from Stevens.
The Way Forward
These are exciting times on Castle Point. The 10-year Strategic Plan was completed and approved by the Board of Trustees, and its implementation is well under way. As the largest academic unit at Stevens, the Schaefer School of Engineering & Science will lead many of the initiatives identified in the Strategic Plan. Here are several early successes and highlights:
- BioInnovation – The Stevens program in BioInnovation brings together faculty and students from across virtually every engineering and science department, as well as colleagues in the Howe School, the School of Systems and Enterprises, and the College of Arts and Letters. Together, they are seeking nothing less than radical change – by employing engineering principles to solve healthcare problems and reduce healthcare costs and much progress has been made. Three outstanding new faculty members have been hired, undergraduate teaching labs in biomedical engineering have been overhauled, and an exciting new partnership with Hackensack University Medical Center was recently announced.
- Sustainable Engineering – The new programs in Sustainable Energy continue to thrive and grow. Stevens is once again a finalist in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition, with the final round to be held in Irvine, California. The home produced for the competition two years ago was recently dedicated as a two-family home in Washington DC, a great source of pride for the entire Stevens community (see the video).
- Advanced Design and Prototyping – With a generous gift from the American Bureau of Shipping, the Schaefer School of Engineering & Science is preparing plans for a state-of-the-art facility to support multi-department undergraduate instruction and hands-on training in prototype development and evaluation. This facility will house students and faculty from the Mechanical, Civil, and Naval Engineering programs. It will be designed to encourage and facilitate undergraduate projects that take designs from concept to reality, giving students the opportunity to experience real innovation first-hand, with commercialization opportunities just a step away.
- The America’s Cup! – Stevens is once again a key member of the design team for one of the syndicates in the America’s Cup. The races will be held in San Francisco Bay, using a brand new class of sailing yacht – a sleek, fast catamaran design that promises to produce the fastest and most challenging racing in the Cup’s long history. The Challenger Series begins in early July and the finals will be held in September. Look for news and Stevens events in the months ahead.
Ways to Make a Gift
Stevens provides alumni with many opportunities and ways to support Stevens with a gift. Whether large or small, one-time or ongoing, all gifts contribute to more than the bottom line.
Kenneth DeBaun '49 is one of many alumni whose philanthropy has enriched the Stevens campus, curriculum, and the student experience.
Alumni participation in giving directly influences Stevens credit rating and the university's position in national rankings, regardless of the amount given. Some employers and member organizations are generous enough to match alumni gifts, and both the individual's gift and the matching amount may be claimed on the donor's tax return. The Office of Development provides detailed information about gift options and annual fundraising events.
Engineering & Science Educational Funds
The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science is relying on the generosity of alumni and friends to sustain the excellence in its programs. Currently there are two ongoing funds that could use support.
- The Graduate Fellowship Fund provides for scholarships to graduate students who are participating in teaching and research programs.
- The Engineering Design Laboratory Fund provides resources to enhance the design experience of undergraduate students.
If you would like to contribute for another initiative at the Schaefer School please use the same form and let us know of your wishes.
Dean Michael Bruno