Lifetime Service Award

From the classroom to the boardroom, Richard Magee has impacted his alma mater in numerous ways.

As a professor, Dr. Magee taught mechanical engineering to several decades of Stevens students. He received the Stevens Alumni Association (SAA) Outstanding Teacher Award in 1979 and 1984, and the 1988 yearbook was dedicated to him. Since 2007, the Magee Leadership Excellence Award is given annually to a mechanical engineering senior, and in 2011, the Magee family scholarship was established.

Dr. Magee is a former university alumni trustee, and he served as a trustee and president of the SAA. He has chaired or been a member of numerous SAA committees, including the classes, awards, and long-range policy and planning committees, as well as participating as an active member of the Class of 1963 reunion and fund committees. Dr. Magee is a charter member of the Ad Astra Taskforce of volunteers who conduct outreach to fellow alumni, and he is a co-founder of the SAA Fishing Club.

Dr. Magee has represented Stevens during a distinguished career. After earning his doctorate through a NASA fellowship, he chaired several committees for the National Research Council (NRC), and as one of the world’s foremost experts in incineration, he advised the United Nations and NATO on the destruction of chemical weapons, including during an assignment in Iraq. In the United States, Dr. Magee’s NRC committees provided the technical oversight to destroy the military’s chemical weapons. He testified before Congress eight times.

Dr. Magee currently serves as executive director of the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, providing environmental technology assessments for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a national associate of the National Academies, and a BCEE (Board-Certified Environmental Engineer). From his alma mater, Dr. Magee received the Harold R. Fee ’20 Alumni Achievement Award in 1978, the Stevens Honor Award in 1990, the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. Award from the School of Engineering and Science in 2002, the Thurston Circle Hall of Achievement from the mechanical engineering department in 2007, and the Stevens Alumni Award in 2009.

Dr. Magee and his wife, Janet, have two children and four grandchildren. Dr. Magee has served on the boards of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Market Street Mission, a community non-profit in Morristown, New Jersey. He currently serves on the board of Deerfoot Lodge, a Christian wilderness camp for boys, and he is an elder at Maplewood Bible Chapel. Recreationally, Dr. Magee most likely will be found on a lake or the ocean with a fishing pole in his hand.