Stevens Awards Winners 2014
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. Entrepreneur Award
Albert E. Sisto '71
Al Sisto is founder and general partner at Sixth Bridge LP, an angel investment firm focusing on the security software and semiconductor industries. He is also a director of Tern, Plc., a London Stock Exchange Investment Company focused on the cloud and mobile technology sectors; a venture partner at Nauta Capital, an early stage VC firm focused on mobility, security software and e-commerce; and serves as a senior adviser for Centaur Partners, a merger and acquisition, private placement and transaction advisory firm. Mr. Sisto served as a director of HIFN since its IPO in 1998 and as its chairman from 2006 until its merger with Exar Corp. in April 2009. Previously, this prolific entrepreneur spent six years as president, chairman and CEO of Phoenix Technology Ltd., a provider of Internet platform-enabling software. During his tenure the company made several acquisitions and spun-off a division as inSilicon Corporation, a provider of connectivity semiconductor intellectual property; inSilicon was later acquired by Synopsys.
Distinguished Alumni Award - Academia and Government
Fernando Fernandez ’60, M.S. ’61, Hon. D.Eng. ’01
Dr. Fernando (Frank) Fernandez is a member of the board of directors of several companies and leads a consulting company with clients in both the defense and civilian research and development sectors. Prior to this, he was a distinguished research professor in systems engineering and technology management at Stevens. He was the creator and first director of Stevens’ Institute Technology Initiatives, before retiring in 2005. Dr. Fernandez was appointed as director of DARPA on May 10, 1998, and is currently director emeritus. DARPA is the principal agency within the Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of concepts, devices and systems that provide highly advanced military capabilities. Previously, Dr. Fernandez served as president and chairman of the board of directors for AETC Inc., which he founded in 1994; and president and chairman of Areté Associates, which he formed in 1976. He earned a Ph.D. in aeronautics from California Institute of Technology.
Distinguished Alumni Award – Business and Finance
Dwight B. Massey ’53
Dwight Massey co-founded Massey Quick & Co., LLC (MQ), a wealth management firm, with his son, Stewart, and Leslie Quick in 2004. Barron’s has identified Massey Quick as one of America’s top 100 independent advisors, with more than $2.6 billion under its management. Mr. Massey has enjoyed an incredibly successful 60-year career in all phases of financial market management. After serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps at the end of the Korean Conflict, Mr. Massey joined the Rionda Group, an American-based owner of several Cuban sugar plantations. After the Castro regime expropriated the company’s properties, he played a major role in the conversion of the Rionda Group into a world-class marketing firm which functioned as merchant and broker to sugar producing and consuming countries around the world. He later served as managing director of Rionda’s European subsidiary in London. A former member of the Stevens Board of Trustees, he holds an M.B.A. from New York University.
Distinguished Alumni Award - Engineering
Jack Lipinski ’72
Jack Lipinski currently serves as president and CEO of CVR Energy, Inc., an energy holding company; CVR Refining LP, a petroleum refining MLP; and CVR Partners LP, a nitrogen fertilizer MLP. He has more than 40 years of experience in the petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer industries. He began his career with Texaco Inc. and, in 1985, joined The Coastal Corporation, eventually serving as vice president of Refining. Upon the merger of Coastal with El Paso Corporation, he was promoted to executive vice president of Refining and Chemicals. He later became a managing director and partner of Prudentia Energy, an advisory and management firm he helped form. In 2005 Mr. Lipinski, in partnership with his management team and investment affiliates of Goldman Sachs and Kelso & Company, successfully acquired Coffeyville Resources LLC, a midcontinent petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer company. A Licensed Professional Engineer, he holds three U.S. patents. Mr. Lipinski received a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law.
Friend of Stevens Award
Richard P. Widdicombe
From 1966 until his retirement in 2007, Richard P. Widdicombe deeply influenced generations of students and life at the university. As Library Director and F.W. Taylor Curator at the S.C. Williams Library at Stevens, he helped Williams Library to become the first library on the East Coast to utilize online searches of academic literature. He also played a major role in introducing a “no journal” library to Stevens that created a database for periodicals. His love and support of the arts also influenced many students and enriched campus life. He created a long-running concert series as well as art shows and photo exhibits. Three important period rooms inside the library, the Taylor Room, da Vinci Room and the Mary Stevens Room, were created under his leadership. But Mr. Widdicombe is proudest of his mentoring of students and alumni through senior design projects, student organizations and student trips. He earned a B.A. in English and music at Alfred University and an M.S.L.S. from Syracuse University.
International Achievement Award
Sang-Beom Han M.S. ’85, Ph.D. ’91
Dr. Sang-Beom Han currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of LG Display, the world’s largest LCD panel maker, headquartered in Seoul, Korea. He is one of the world’s leading IT experts, with more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and display sectors. Dr. Han has been credited with leading LG Display’s IT and TV business units to positions of worldwide prominence during his career with the company. As head of the IT unit in 2007, his team succeeded in developing the company’s monitor and notebook PC panels into best-selling LCD products. As head of the TV unit in 2010, Dr. Han successfully launched FPR (Film Type Patterned Retarder) 3D technology.
Lifetime Service Award
A. Joseph Schneider ’46
Joseph Schneider is truly a faithful Stevens son, attending and supporting a wide variety of Stevens’ events on a regular basis, and has been a Stevens Alumni Association decade representative for more than 40 years. He is currently treasurer of the Stevens Metropolitan Club. Mr. Schneider has given generously to Stevens consistently throughout the years. He owns an embroidery shop in Guttenberg, N.J., which was founded in 1941 by his aunt and uncle. He began working in the shop in 1946 and took over ownership of the business in 1953. At age 90, Mr. Schneider continues to work in the factory every day.
Lifetime Service Award
Robert W. Bosse ’50
Robert W. Bosse has been an active supporter of Stevens and the Alumni Association for over five decades. Mr. Bosse served as a member of the Stevens Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1983, as the Stevens Alumni Association president from 1979 to 1980 and as an SAA trustee for 25 years, retiring in 2013. He was a longtime member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Machine Systems Group and served on the Stevens Fund Committee and on various SAA committees. He is a faithful member of the Stevens Metropolitan Club. Mr. Bosse was president of Metfast Engineering Co., in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., a company he founded in 1980 that manufactures metal fasteners. A Licensed Professional Engineer, he holds 12 U.S. patents and numerous related foreign patents. He earned an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Young Alumni Achievement Award
Cristina Vieira Martinez ’94, M.Eng. ’96
Cristina Vieira Martinez is a senior associate with Thornton Tomasetti and, since joining the firm in 1998, has worked on high profile projects such as the Times Square Tower and the redevelopment of Rockefeller Center. She was promoted to her current position in 2011. For her achievements, Ms. Martinez was named to Engineering News-Record New York’s “Top 20 Under 40,” in 2012, honored among the top young architecture/engineering/construction professionals under the age of 40 in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ms. Martinez, who emigrated with her family from Portugal at age 13 and entered Stevens at 16, serves as board president of the ACE Mentor Program of New Jersey, a mentoring program that encourages under-represented students to enter the architecture, construction and engineering careers. The New Jersey chapter serves about 200 students per year; nationally, since 1994, ACE has served more than 60,000 students and awarded more than $12 million in scholarships. Ms. Martinez also serves on the Board of Directors of the Newark Regional Business Partnership and Leadership Newark and is active with the Engineering Advisory Board for the Newark Public Schools.
Stevens Honor Award
David J. Farber ’56, M.S. ’61, Hon. D.Eng. ’99
David J. Farber, who is known as the “Grandfather of the Internet,” was the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, before retiring. He is now the Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies. Mr. Farber is also a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the University of Delaware and also worked with the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications, and at the University of California at Irvine. At UC Irvine, Farber and several colleagues hit on the idea of the distributed computer system (DCS): multiple microcomputers running software and sharing data and software with one another remotely, using pioneering “'token ring”' technology — an early forerunner of present-day cloud computing. At Delaware, he and a team created CSNet and NSFNet, two networks that connected computer science and other university science departments nationwide for the first time. NSFNet’s technology later formed the methodology and original physical backbone of the Internet. Mr. Farber’s career also included positions at Bell Labs, the Rand Corporation and Xerox Data Systems. A former Stevens trustee, he is currently trustee emeritus.