The Way Forward

The history of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science is marked by technological innovation that addresses societal challenges. As technology becomes more intricately woven in human endeavor, engineering and science students are poised to take more crucial leadership roles in society. The Institute therefore continues to partner with industry, government and universities around the world to ensure that students have every possible opportunity to excel. Pre-college programs help promote strong STEM education early on, and green initiatives contribute to sustainability, ranging from those with a local focus, such as on campus, to those with the potential for global impact.

In order to reinforce the position of Stevens as a premier, student-centric technological research university, situated in one of the most vibrant metropolitan areas of the world, the Board of Trustees has completed and approved a 10-year Strategic Plan, entitled The Future. Ours to Create. Its implementation is well under way, and as the largest academic unit in the university, the Schaefer School of Engineering & Science will lead many of the initiatives identified in the Strategic Plan. Early successes and highlights include the interdisciplinary program in BioInnovation, new programs in Sustainable Engineering, a cutting-edge facility for Advanced Design and Prototyping, and renewed participation in the America's Cup.

Center for Healthcare Innovation

Advancing medical technology and improving healthcare delivery are some of the world’s most urgent and complex societal challenges. The Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) seeks interdisciplinary solutions to these challenges through education, research and partnerships in the fields of biology, engineering and computer science. The major goals of the CHI are to advance existing activities in healthcare at Stevens and to develop and guide new research and educational initiatives to drive further healthcare innovation.

Sustainable Engineering

New programs in Sustainable Energy continue to thrive. For the second time in three years, Stevens is 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.

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.