Friend of Stevens Award
In contributing his experience and expertise, Emilio Fernandez continues to be a great friend of Stevens.
A university trustee, Mr. Fernandez envisioned and supports [email protected], a program to spot instinctive future engineers in high school who have the potential for innovation and entrepreneurship, but whose grades may not meet admission standards. Students in the iSTEM program receive help with admissions and holistic support during their entire undergraduate time at Stevens, including dedicated faculty and peer mentors.
Mr. Fernandez was introduced to Stevens through his friendship with President Nariman Farvardin, which began at the University of Maryland, where Mr. Fernandez graduated and later became a trustee, and where President Farvardin previously held several positions.
Like the students he now supports in the iSTEM program, Mr. Fernandez began brainstorming while he was in college. Before graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Fernandez and a colleague formed Pulse Electronics, to design electronic monitors and control systems for railways. Pulse was later acquired by Wabtec, where Mr. Fernandez has served as vice chairman. The group has evolved to be the largest provider of high-tech train safety systems, with development labs and manufacturing facilities around the world.
Mr. Fernandez also founded other companies that range from medical technology to residential energy-efficiency systems. In addition, he is the managing director of Pulse Capital, an early-stage private fund established to invest primarily in technology companies.
Mr. Fernandez holds 25 patents involving applications mostly in the transportation field. One, in computer technology, defined e-reading devices such as the Kindle and became the most cited U.S. patent.
Mr. Fernandez earned a master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University, where he later served as a trustee. Mr. Fernandez was inducted into Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame. He also received that university’s Distinguished Alumni Award in Engineering and the Glenn L. Martin Medal, and he received the Engineer Alumni Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from George Washington University. He is also the recipient of civic and philanthropic awards.
Mr. Fernandez has sat on numerous cultural, academic, and corporate boards, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Foundation for a Creative America, the Hispanic Leadership Council, and the Hispanic Business College Fund. He has also chaired the George Washington University Hospital board.
Mr. Fernandez continues to nurture technology-based companies and help new entrepreneurs establish their first company. He enjoys traveling with family and friends and hunting from California to Burgundy for that exceptional bottle of pinot noir.