​Capitalizing on its current momentum, the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology and President Farvardin have set the course for transforming the university into an internationally recognized center of excellence in education, research, and technological innovation.

 The President’s Leadership Council, a distinguished cadre of extremely accomplished thought leaders from academe, industry, and the non-profit sectors, has been established to complement and propel the work of the Board of Trustees. Members of this Council will lend their varied perspectives and broad and deep expertise to provide guidance to the President and the Board as they navigate the abundant opportunities and ongoing challenges that lie ahead for the university. The President’s Leadership Council will work alongside President Farvardin with liaison to the Board of Trustees and frequent communication on a broad range of strategic and “over the horizon” issues. Its members serve as advisors, counselors, and guides to the university with the goal of agility and innovation toward significant progress for Stevens.

Members of The President’s Leadership Council

Jeff Ansary HeadshotJeff Ansary

Managing Director, Ansaco LLC and CEO & President, The Ansary Foundation, Inc.

Jeff Ansary is Managing Director of Ansaco LLC, a private merchant bank organized in 2014, and focused on the middle market in manufacturing, technology, and commercial real-estate. His prior experience includes twenty years in finance, M&A and hospitality & real estate development, with his last 10 years at Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Marriott International.  
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Steven I. Bandel HeadshotSteven I. Bandel


Steven I. Bandel is the former Co-Chairman and CEO of the Cisneros Group of Companies, one of the largest privately held media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products organizations in the Hispanic world. 
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David M. Bonifacic, Sr. HeadshotDavid M. Bonifacic, Sr.

Managing Principal, CEO and Co-founder, WB Engineers+Consultants

David Bonifacic is managing principal of WB Engineers+Consultants, a mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEP) engineering firm. He oversees the business strategy for all four of the firm’s offices. Under Mr. Bonifacic’s leadership, the firm has grown organically from three to 125 team members and has expanded beyond its core services of MEP engineering to include civil engineering, commissioning, technology consulting, and real estate transactions.
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Marques Brownlee HeadshotMarques K. Brownlee

Independent Web Video Producer

Marques Brownlee — also known as MKBHD — is a video producer, host, tech-reviewer, and Internet personality best known for his technology-focused YouTube channel (6m+ subscribers), one of the fastest growing channels on the platform. Mr. Brownlee started uploading to YouTube nine years ago while still in high school and combines a deep devotion to his viewers with an easy-to-understand style to make technology accessible to anyone. 
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Claude R. Canizares HeadshotClaude R. Canizares

Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Claude Canizares is the Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT since 1971, he has served as vice president (2013-2015), vice president for research and associate provost (2006-2013), associate provost (2001-2006), and director of the Center for Space Research (1990-2002). He oversaw the MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 2001 to 2014. Professor Canizares is a principal investigator on NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and associate director of its science center. He has also worked on several other space astronomy missions and is author or co-author of more than 230 scientific papers.
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Mary Anne Cannot HeadshotMary Anne Cannon

Vice President, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Programs

Mary Anne Cannon is Pratt & Whitney's Vice President Commercial Programs including the PW4000, PW2000, PW6000, JT9D and JT8D engines and is responsible for developing and managing the product line life-cycle strategies and ensuring customer requirements are met. Cannon has more than 29 years of experience at Pratt & Whitney across the Engineering, Quality and Operations organizations.
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Pam Cheng HeadshotPam Cheng

Executive Vice President of Global Operations & IT, AstraZeneca

Pam Cheng joined AstraZeneca in June 2015 as Executive Vice President of Global Operations & IT, after having spent 14 years in Global Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Commercial roles at Merck/MSD. Pam was the Head of Global Supply Chain Management & Logistics for Merck from 2006 to 2011 and led the transformation of Merck supply chains across the global supply network. More recently, Pam was President of MSD China, responsible for MSD’s entire business in China.
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Nate Davis HeadshotNate Davis

Executive chairman of the board of directors, K12

Nate Davis, executive chairman of the board of directors of K12, is a seasoned leader of transformational telecommunications, media and software development companies, with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and strengthening relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities.
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Manuel Escobedo HeadshotManuel S. Escobedo

CEO, Peña Verde, S.A.B.

Manuel S. Escobedo is CEO of Peña Verde, S.A.B. and chairs the Boards of Directors of Reaseguradora Patria, General de Seguros and General de Salud. He is also President of the Mexican Atomic Pool (PAM), responsible for organizing the insurance of civil nuclear risks in that country. He held the chair for the Americas on the Executive Committee of the International System of Nuclear Pools (ISNP) from 2010 to 2012 and has been the reviewing Chairman of the ISNP since 2015.
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Frank M. Fawzi HeadshotFrank M. Fawzi

CEO, IntelePeer

Frank Fawzi is chief executive officer at IntelePeer, a cloud communications platform company based in San Mateo, CA. He has been a guiding force in driving the company’s efforts to become a leading innovator of communications services and applications. As a result, the company has received numerous awards for its products, customer service and leadership over the past several years, including being named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing U.S. companies and to the Deloitte Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50 Rising Star list.
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Hermes Gonzalez HeadshotHermes O. Gonzalez

President, HACH

Hermes González-Bello is the President of HACH in Loveland, Colorado. Since its founding in 1947, HACH has been committed to helping our customers find innovative solutions to manage their water more efficiently and accurately. HACH is a global leader offering a comprehensive set of products, chemistries, services and software in Drinking, Waste and Industrial Water applications. HACH’s operational and commercial footprint is global in nature with over 5,600 associates worldwide.
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Alan M. Huffenus HeadshotAlan M. Huffenus

Retired Chairman and CEO, PRecision Engineered Products

Alan Huffenus is the retired Chairman and CEO of Precision Engineered Products, a manufacturer of surgical instruments and electrical control products with 1,500 employees in 12 facilities in the US, China, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Huffenus retired in December 2015 after a 41 year career with the company, where he started as an engineer in 1975.  In 1987, Mr. Huffenus was appointed Divisional President of Brainin, a subsidiary of Precision Engineered Products.  In 2003, he became a shareholder of Precision Engineering Products with private equity partners and was elected to the Board of Directors.  In 2010, Mr. Huffenus was appointed Chief Executive Officer.  
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George Jenkins HeadshotGeorge Jenkins

President, Merritt Capital Corporation

George Jenkins is president of Merritt Capital Corporation, a private investment vehicle. From 1987 to 2006 he served as general partner and chief operating officer of Apax Partners LLP, a private equity investment group. Mr. Jenkins began his career in the banking industry at Midlantic Bank, where he served as vice president and representative for Midlantic Bank in Europe, based out of London, and subsequently headed its activities in Asia. Upon returning to the U.S., he served as division head of the Special Industries and Technology Group and was responsible for one of its three principal commercial lending groups, its business as an intermediary and its investment in private equity limited partnerships.
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Gustav H. Koven HeadshotGustav H. Koven

Co-Founder, Savano Capital Partners

Gustav Koven is a founding partner and managing director of Savano Capital Partners. With more than 25 years of experience in the private equity business, Mr. Koven has extensive hands-on experience in leveraged buy-outs, as well as early-stage and expansion-stage investing. Additionally, Mr. Koven has more than a decade of experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions and business development.
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Ralph LaRossa HeadshotRalph A. LaRossa


Ralph A. LaRossa was elected president and chief operating officer of PSEG’s merchant generation business, PSEG Power, effective October 2017. Before being elected to his current position, Mr. LaRossa served as president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). In addition, Mr. LaRossa served as Chairman of the Board of PSEG Long Island. Previously he was vice president - electric delivery for PSE&G.

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Christopher Levendos HeadshotChristopher D. Levendos

Vice President, crown castle

Christopher Levendos is vice president of Fiber Operations for Crown Castle’s national fiber and wireless infrastructure network. Crown Castle’s comprehensive portfolio of towers, small cells, and fiber gives people and communities access to essential data, technology and wireless service and opens the door to countless opportunities and possibilities. Chris is based in White Plains, NY. Chris recently was executive vice president of Field Operations for Frontier Communications where he was responsible for service delivery across twenty-nine states. Prior to joining Frontier, Mr. Levendos was an executive of Google Fiber (Alphabet), where he led Network Deployment and Operations and helped expand Google Fiber’s network operations from three cities to ten cities.
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Jack Lipinski HeadshotJack Lipinski

President and CEO, CVR Energy, Inc

Jack Lipinski is president and chief executive officer of CVR Energy, Inc., an energy holding company, and CVR Refining LP, a petroleum refining M.L.P. He also serves as the executive chairman of CVR Partners LP, a nitrogen fertilizer M.L.P. All three companies are publicly traded on the NYSE. He is a member of the board of Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
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Simon Nynens HeadshotSimon Nynens

Vice President of Business Incubation & Executive Director of Commercialization, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Simon Nynens is Vice President of Business Incubation & Executive Director of Commercialization at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Previously, he served twelve years as Chairman and CEO of Wayside Technology Group. He started his career at Ernst & Young in Amsterdam, Holland.
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John W. O'Donnell HeadshotJohn W. O'Donnell

CEO, Safran Aerosystems

John O’Donnell is the CEO of Safran Aerosystems. The company is a leading player in a variety of fields of application in aviation and space safety. From individual items of equipment to comprehensive high added value systems, Safran Aerosystems works with all the major civil and military aircraft and helicopter manufacturers as well as with airlines, armed forces, airports and space organizations. 
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Howard Oringer HeadshotHoward Oringer

Managing Director for the Communications Capital Group

Howard Oringer is the Managing Director of Communications Capital Group, a consulting and venture capital business. During his 35 year career in the Telecommunications Industry, Mr. Oringer focused his energies in the newly emerging wireless segment. Beginning with AT&T and ending as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for TeleSciences, he was instrumental in developing new technologies and markets benefiting from the mobility afforded by wireless systems.
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Laura Overdeck HeadshotLaura Overdeck

Founder, Bedtime Math and Chair, Overdeck Family Foundation

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is the founder of Bedtime Math, a nonprofit organization that aims to help young children love math. In addition to being a social entrepreneur, she chairs the Overdeck Family Foundation, which supports math/science education reform.
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Winslow Lorenzo Sargeant HeadshotWinslow Lorenzo Sargeant

Managing Director, S&T, LLC

Winslow Sargeant is managing director of S&T, LLC, a firm supporting investment and business development for early-stage growth companies in cybersecurity, energy, communications, capital formation, and energy. He was chief counsel for advocacy in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. Prior to that appointment, he served as managing director for Venture Investors, LLC, and was program manager at the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Office.
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Albert Sisto HeadshotAlbert Sisto

Founder and General Partner, Sixth Bridge LP

Albert Sisto is founder and general partner at Sixth Bridge LP, a strategy and angel investment firm focusing on the security software, Internet of Things (IoT) enablement and semiconductor industries. Since March 2014, he has served as a partner and director of investments and North American operations of Tern PLC, a London Stock Exchange listed investment firm focused on the cloud and mobile technology sectors. He is also senior advisor, IT security and infrastructure, at Centaur Partners, a leading, boutique technology investment banking firm and at Nok Nok Labs, an authentication infrastructure company for mobile and web applications.
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LoriTraweek HeadshotLori Staffin Traweek

Chief Operating Officer, American Gas Association

American Gas Association (AGA) Chief Operating Officer Lori Staffin Traweek is in her 29th year at AGA and is committed to leveraging and utilizing American’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs. Ms. Traweek is directly responsible for overseeing AGA operations. AGA was named one of the top 15 trade associations in the United States in the APCO Worldwide TradeMarks survey of over 300 leading policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. In addition, AGA was recognized as a Top Workplace for the fourth consecutive year by the Washington Post.
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Mark Villamar HeadshotMark L. Villamar

CEO, Pegasus Partners LLC

Mark Luis Villamar has worked in Hoboken real estate continuously since 1978, and is the CEO and a founding partner of Pegasus Partners LLC. Having its offices in Hoboken, Pegasus has been the developer of mixed use residential, retail and commercial projects in Hudson County, New Jersey.
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Paul H. von Autenried HeadshotPaul H. von Autenried

Senior Vice President and CIO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Paul von Autenried is senior vice president and chief information officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He is responsible for the global business services which support company-wide operations. He leads a global team of finance, marketing, human resources, facilities and information technology professionals and external partners to create capabilities and deliver services that enable and accelerate the work of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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In addition, Stephen Boswell, current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology, Virginia Ruesterholz, Trustee and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Larry Babbio, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, serve as liaisons between the Board and the President’s Leadership Council.

Stephen Boswell HeadshotStephen T. Boswell

chairman of the board, stevens Institute of technology
President and CEO, Boswell engineering

Stephen T. Boswell is a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Boswell is the President and CEO of Boswell Engineering, a multi-state, multi-discipline civil and environmental consulting firm. 

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Virginia P. Ruesterholz HeadshotVirginia P. Ruesterholz

Trustee, Stevens Institute of Technology

Virginia Ruesterholz is a trustee and former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. She was the first woman to hold the post of chairman of the Board of Trustees in the University’s history. She is a former executive vice president and president of Verizon Services Operations, a global, shared-services business group that operates Verizon’s wireline network as well as the finance operations, real estate, and supply chain services that support all Verizon companies.

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Lawrence T. Babbio HeadshotLawrence T. Babbio

Chairman Emeritus of the Board, Stevens Institute of Technology

Lawrence Babbio is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Mr. Babbio is the former vice chairman and president of Verizon, who had responsibility for the Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business units. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Verizon Wireless. Mr. Babbio is a senior advisor, TAP Advisors, LLC and was previously a senior advisor to Warburg Pincus.
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