Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Giovanni Caforio, M.D., is board chair and chief executive officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). 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. 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 served as chairman in 2019.
Prior to becoming CEO, Dr. Caforio served as chief operating officer with responsibility for leading a fully integrated worldwide commercial organization and the company-wide 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 and more than 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, U.K. and U.S. universities. He received decorations for his work in promoting educational exchange and scholar rescue from the governments of France, Germany and Norway and he received the first Gilbert Medal from the Universitas 21.
Before joining IIE, Dr Goodman was executive dean of the School of Foreign Service and a 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
Sarah Bertussi of Pearl River, New York, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. She graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering with a 4.0 GPA. She will also receive her Master of Engineering with a concentration in robotics and control.
Bertussi is a Pinnacle Scholar, editor in chief of The Link yearbook and a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society, Gear and Triangle and the Archery Club. As a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) she served as K-12 co-chair and founded Stevens STARTS, a STEM outreach initiative demonstrating various aspects of STEM to over 100 first-through-eighth-graders and their families.
Bertussi gained meaningful experience in various roles during a cooperative education assignment as a lab technician at Newell Brands and as both a college program intern and a professional intern in integrated facility planning at Walt Disney World.
She is pursuing a position in robotics, control or automation engineering after she graduates, and hopes to return to work at Walt Disney World at some point in her career.
Ivana Bozinovska of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. She graduates with a Bachelor of Science in business and technology with a 4.0 GPA.
As a Pinnacle Scholar, Bozinovska has served on the Pinnacle Planning Committee, organizing trips and cultural events to enable students to connect with each other socially. She took advantage of her Pinnacle Scholarship to study in Rome during the summer of 2019. She is also a member of the Gear and Triangle honor society and the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.
Bozinovska served on the executive board of Stevens Women in Business in 2019-20, and was a member of the Entertainment Committee. She also participated in Glamour Gals, visiting with residents of local retirement homes, and serves as an ambassador for the School of Business.
She will intern at Panasonic Corporation of North America this summer and intends to complete her master’s degree in finance at Stevens in 2022.
Michael Di Pentima
Michael Di Pentima of Oakland, New Jersey, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. He graduates with a Bachelor of Science in quantitative finance with a 4.0 GPA.
A Pinnacle Scholar and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society, he has worked as a tutor for the university's Academic Support Center and as a teaching assistant in computer science. He was also involved in the Stevens Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), working on the quantitative investment solutions team, which created the fund's current factor model, and served as the fund's first head of factor model development.
Di Pentima gained valuable experience while working with faculty researching high-frequency options pricing and creating new sectors for the market, as well as on small-cap compensation effects; he also independently studied IPO performance in their first year. In the summer of 2020, he interned with J.P. Morgan Multi-Asset Solutions.
After graduation he will continue to work with J.P. Morgan Multi-Asset Solutions as an analyst on the Global Tactical Asset Allocation Team.
Alexis Fryc of Jackson, New Jersey, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. She graduates with a Bachelor of Science in quantitative finance with a 4.0 GPA.
A Pinnacle Scholar, Fryc is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and belongs to the Sigma Delta Tau sorority, serving on its executive board as the vice president of scholarship through the spring and fall of 2020. She was also involved in the Stevens Women in Business professional honor society and the university's club volleyball team. In 2019, she studied in Poland.
Fryc will intern at Merck in summer of 2021 in the IT Program, working in a role related to data science or data analytics. She plans to continue her education in data science at Stevens through the Accelerated Master’s Program.
Kevin Gmelin of Center Moriches, New York, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. He graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering with a 4.0 GPA.
A Pinnacle Scholar, Gmelin is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He also serves as president of the Stevens SAE Baja competition team and speaker of the Student Government Association. He has gained valuable experience as a research assistant with Stevens’ Advanced Robot Manipulators Lab, as a design engineering intern at Biodex Medical Systems, and as an engineering intern at Tebbens Steel.
After graduation, Gmelin will pursue a master’s degree in robotic systems development at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ian Kruithof of West Deptford, New Jersey, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. He graduates with a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics with a 4.0 GPA.
Kruithof is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society and belongs to the Sigma Nu fraternity, where he served as risk reduction chairman, chaplain and as a member of the Judicial Board.
Kruithof has gained meaningful professional experience from two internships at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, New Jersey. He worked in software integration and testing for digital signal processing equipment and in systems integration for a laser weapon system.
His third internship in summer 2021 will place him in the Advanced Combat Systems Group at Lockheed Martin. Kruithof is on track to complete his master’s in engineering physics at Stevens in December of 2021 with a concentration in applied optics. He plans to pursue a career in the defense industry in combat systems and technology.
Ryan Ludemann of Sauquoit, New York, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. He graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering with a 4.0 GPA.
A Pinnacle Scholar, Ludemann is an academic advisor for the varsity swim team, president of the Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society, initiation chair for the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and grand master of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Ludemann has completed internships at Utica Metal Products and H.J. Brandeles Corporation, and will intern at Stryker during the summer of 2021.
After graduation he will pursue his master’s degree in manufacturing at Stevens and plans to continue on to a career in pharmaceutical manufacturing. He also hopes to volunteer as an assistant alumnus advisor for the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Stephen Lysak of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. He graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in music and technology with a 4.0 GPA.
Lysak is a Pinnacle Scholar, a commuter student and is active in the Audio Engineering Club. He sang with the Floctaves in his freshman year and served as vice president of the Philosophy Club in his sophomore year. Lysak twice won first prize for poetry in the Stevens Creative Writing Contest, first in 2019 and again in 2020.
Through the university's study abroad program, he gained valuable experience as an intern at a radio station in Galway, Ireland. While at Stevens, he has worked as a tutor at the Writing and Communications Center and tutored locally in addition to teaching piano and working sound for events for the city of Hoboken.
Lysak has continued tutoring full-time since completing his degree in December 2020, and is pursuing a position in sound design or scoring for media.
Ian Mauser of Morris Township, New Jersey, is first in the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2021. He graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering with a 4.0 GPA.
Mauser serves on the executive board of the Society of Automotive Engineers, working on the Baja SAE car competition. He is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society.
He has gained valuable experience through his work as an intern with Booz Allen Hamilton.
After graduation, he will complete his master’s in mechanical engineering at Stevens and plans to pursue a career in the defense industry.