Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Sean Hanlon '80 is the CEO of Hanlon Investment Management ("HIM"), an asset management, wealth management, services and financial technology company he founded in 1999. HIM provides a fully integrated managed accounts and wealth management platform for advisors, family offices, broker/dealers and banks, along with the over 100,000 clients they serve. HIM also offers a direct-to-consumer wealth management service, serving mass-affluent, high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients.
Mr. Hanlon earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1980 and worked in engineering for three years post-graduation before he began his career in investment and wealth management. His Wall Street career started with Merrill Lynch, was recruited as the nucleus for a new office by Paine Webber, and seven years later Mr. Hanlon formed HIM.
Mr. Hanlon has been a member of the Stevens Institute of Technology Board of Trustees since 2010, has served as Chairman of the Investment Committee, is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee and is a Co-Chair of The Power of Stevens Campaign. In 2018, Mr. Hanlon was awarded the Stevens' Honor Award, recognizing notable achievement in the filed of investment and wealth management, and financial technology (fintech), at the annual Stevens Awards Gala.
Married to Cathy in 1990, they reside in North Palm Beach, FL and summer in Marmora, NJ, have two successful adult children, John and Erin, and keep numerous charitable causes in their giving, especially Stevens and the Hanlon Financial Systems Center located in the Business School at Stevens.
Graduate Commencement Speaker
J. Scott Swenson
J. Scott Swensen ’74 was the chairman of Conduit Capital Partners, having formed the company in 2003. Since graduating from Stevens, he amassed a long career in private equity investing and global finance and spent 15 years as lead investment manager of the Latin Power Funds, an investment portfolio that focused on energy and infrastructure in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
In 1993, Swensen joined Scudder, Stevens & Clark as lead investment manager for Latin Power I, the first institutional-sized private equity fund focused exclusively on Latin America. In 1998, he was made head of Scudder’s Special Investments Group that included $5 billion invested in private equity, private debt, closed-end funds and hedge funds. When Deutsche Bank AG acquired Scudder in 2002, he joined DB Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Deutsche Bank with €10 billion under management.
In 2003, Deutsche Bank decided not to sponsor new private equity funds, prompting Swensen and the Latin Power team to form Conduit Capital Partners. They spun out and raised Latin Power III. The three Latin Power Funds — Latin Power I, II and III —totaled $650 million in commitments and all of them had among the highest internal rates of return in private equity for their respective vintage years. As Latin Power III has now sold its remaining portfolio, Swensen has started a consulting business to help investors make investments in the energy sector in Latin America.
Swensen has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology since 2014. He was chairman and chief executive of the Latin American Venture Capital and Private Equity Foundation and a member of the Board of the Latin American Venture Capital Association. He has served on the boards of many portfolio companies in his 23 years as a private equity investor.
Swensen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering with high honors from Stevens and an MBA (ABD) degree from New York University. In 2011, he received the Stevens Honor Award for his business achievements.
First in Class - Undergraduate Ceremony
Devin Dragon of Point Pleasant Borough, New Jersey graduates with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering with a 4.0 GPA. He is a Pinnacle Scholar, president of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, a member of the American Chemical Society and American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and belongs to Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon and the Stevens Order of Omega.
He gained valuable work experience from a summer internship at Merck, working in the pharmaceutical giant’s IT department, and as a teaching assistant for professors Patricia Muisener and Mahmood Sohrabi in general chemistry and multi variable calculus classes, respectively. He also gained a meaningful research experience in green infrastructure by investigating sustainable solutions to stormwater runoff in urban locations.
After graduation, Dragon will begin a rotational program at Princeton-based medical device company Integra LifeSciences.
Devon Leslie of Cherry Hill, New Jersey graduates with a bachelor’s in marketing innovation and analytics with a 4.0 GPA. She belongs to Gear and Triangle Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma, serving as vice president for the business honor society. She is also a student ambassador for the School of Business, resident of the Lore-el Center for Women's Leadership and member of the entertainment committee and Alpha Phi Omega (APO).
A Pinnacle Scholar, Leslie gained experience in information systems at a nonprofit in Lisbon, Portugal, with support from The Lawrence T. Babbio '66 Pinnacle Scholars Program. Other work experiences include providing tutoring services at the Writing and Communication Center at Stevens and a summer internship with public relations firm Ketchum in New York City.
After graduation, Leslie plans to take some time to travel and prepare for the GMAT exam.
Christopher Liu of Nutley, New Jersey graduates with a bachelor’s in business and technology. He is a Pinnacle Scholar, belongs to the Stevens chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society, and is a member and former vice president of the Stevens Christian Fellowship.
With support from The Lawrence T. Babbio '66 Pinnacle Scholars Program, Liu gained valuable research experiences working closely with School of Business faculty Jeffery Nickerson, an expert in collective intelligence, and Don Lombardi, a distinguished researcher of healthcare management.
He will join the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. (DTCC) in Jersey City, New Jersey, in the firm’s Business Transformation Office after graduation. The fulltime position comes after an extensive internship that began last summer and continued throughout his senior year, enabling Liu to gain experience in product management and cyber resiliency.
Victoria Stabile of Hackettstown, New Jersey graduates with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and master’s in environmental engineering. She is a Pinnacle Scholar, a recipient of the Presidential and Martha Bayard Stevens scholarships, and belongs to Tau Beta Pi and Omega Chi Epsilon honor societies.
At Stevens’ Center for Environmental Systems (CES), Stabile gained a significant lab research experience helping to investigate methods for growing algae, a primary source of renewable biofuels.
Among her extracurricular activities, Stabile has been a member of the Running Club, the Environmental Engineering Professional Society and the Stevens Concert Band (flute). Additionally, Stabile served as a resident assistant and member of the Stevens Honor Board.
After graduation, Stabile will join Merck as an associate scientist in the area of vaccine process development. She interned at the pharmaceutical giant last summer working in vaccine manufacturing.
Kristen Tan of Staten Island, New York graduates with a bachelor’s in software engineering. She is a Pinnacle Scholar and belongs to Gear and Triangle and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. She is also a founding member of the Alpha Phi sorority at Stevens.
Through a summer research experience, Tan explored the integration of robotics in smart homes and elder care facilities with systems and software professor Gregg Vesonder. Additionally, she served as a teaching assistant for computer science professor Brian Borowski and mechanical engineering professor Alexander De Rosa.
She gained industry experience through summer internships at Citigroup in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Comcast NBCUniversal, where she worked in cloud engineering. Tan’s career with the media conglomerate will continue when she begins a two-year rotational program at Comcast NBCUniversal as a CORE Technology associate after graduation.