Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Giovanni Caforio, M.D., is Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Under Dr. Caforio’s leadership, BMS is delivering innovative medicines to treat patients with cancer, auto-immune diseases and cardiovascular disease, and is advancing one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry. Dr. Caforio leads a diverse global workforce dedicated to the company’s mission of discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.
Dr. Caforio was appointed CEO in 2015 and elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2017. As part of Bristol Myers Squibb’s strategy to combine the agility of a biotech with the reach and scale of an established pharma company, Dr. Caforio led the company’s acquisition of Celgene in 2019. Today the company is a leading biopharma company focused on transforming patients’ lives through science. He has developed a strong patient-focused culture, with teams who are passionate about the work they do to help address some of the most challenging diseases of our time. He has led BMS’drive to promote an inclusive culture where employees are encouraged to challenge the status quo and bring forward solutions.
Dr. Caforio is an active champion for a policy environment that values healthcare innovation and supports patient access to medicines. Reflecting his advocacy, in 2015 he joined the Board of Directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA, and in 2019 was named Chairman.
Prior to becoming CEO, Dr. Caforio served as chief operating officer with responsibility for leading a fully integrated worldwide commercial organization and the companywide functions of Enterprise Services and Global Manufacturing & Supply. This was preceded by appointment as the company’s chief commercial officer.
Born and educated in Italy, Dr. Caforio received his medical doctorate from the University of Rome.
Graduate Commencement Speaker
Allan E. Goodman
Dr. Allan E. Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute of International Education, which marked its Centennial in 2019. IIE promotes the exchange of scholars and students, rescues scholars, students, and artists from persecution, displacement, and crises, conducts research on international academic mobility, and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State, as well as over 200 other corporate, government and privately-sponsored programs. U.S. Senate Resolution 146 passed unanimously in April 2019 commending IIE for its work in all these areas.
Dr. Goodman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), and serves on the selection committees for the Rhodes and Schwartzman Scholars and the WISE and Yidan Prizes. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of the Education Above All Foundation. Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University, and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Canadian, European, Japanese, UK, and US universities. He received decorations for his work in promoting educational exchange and scholar rescue from the governments of France, Germany, and Norway; he received the first Gilbert Medal from the Universitas 21 Organisation.
Before joining IIE, Dr Goodman was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor at Georgetown University. His books on international relations are published by Princeton, Harvard, and Yale University presses. He has served at the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.
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.