Capitalizing on its current momentum, the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology and President Farvardin have set the course for transforming the university into an internationally recognized center of excellence in education, research, and technological innovation.
Members of The President’s Leadership Council
MANAGING DIRECTOR, ANSACO LLC AND CEO & PRESIDENT, THE ANSARY FOUNDATION, INC.
Jeff Ansary is Managing Director of Ansaco LLC, a private merchant bank organized in 2014, and focused on the middle market in manufacturing, technology, and commercial real-estate. His prior experience includes twenty years in finance, M&A and hospitality & real estate development, with his last 10 years at Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Marriott International.
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Steven I. Bandel
FORMER CO-CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF THE CISNEROS GROUP OF COMPANIES
Steven I. Bandel is the former Co-Chairman and CEO of the Cisneros Group of Companies, one of the largest privately held media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products organizations in the Hispanic world.
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David M. Bonifacic, Sr.
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, WB ENGINEERS+CONSULTANTS
David Bonifacic is CEO of WB Engineers+Consultants. He founded the firm in 1999, as a mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEP) engineering firm, with the vision of elevating the role of the consulting engineer in the business community by providing quality work and building trusted advisor relationships.
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Marques K. Brownlee
INDEPENDENT WEB VIDEO PRODUCER
Marques Brownlee — also known as MKBHD — is a video producer, host, tech-reviewer, and Internet personality best known for his technology-focused YouTube channel (16m+ subscribers), one of the fastest growing channels on the platform. Mr. Brownlee started uploading to YouTube 13 years ago while still in high school and combines a deep devotion to his viewers with an easy-to-understand style to make technology accessible to anyone.
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PRESIDENT AND CEO, GO!FOTON
Simin Cai serves as President and CEO for Go!Foton – an optics/photonics technology company he founded in 2009 through a management buyout with operations in US, Japan, Philippines and China. Go!Foton brings innovation to the market with its expertise in optics and photonics to solve real world problems for its customers. Simin’s strategy of vertical integration downstream with core competencies helps Go!Foton to grow rapidly in optical communication market serving brand name customers ranging from equipment vendors to Tier 1 service providers. Go!Foton also serves customers in medical devices market.
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RETIRED EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, STRIDE, INC.
Nate Davis, retired executive chairman and CEO of the board of directors of Stride, is a seasoned leader of transformational technologies which he applied in telecommunications, media, education, and software application companies. He has a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and strengthening relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities.
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CEO, RITCHIE BROS.
Ann Fandozzi joined Ritchie Bros. in 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Ms. Fandozzi was CEO of ABRA Auto Body and Glass from 2016 to 2019, and previous to that role, from 2012 to 2016, was CEO of vRide, a carpooling platform that works with private and public employers. Prior to these CEO roles, Ms. Fandozzi served in several executive positions for Whirlpool, including eBusiness, Direct-to-Consumer, and Sears/Kenmore. Ms. Fandozzi joined Whirlpool from DaimlerChrysler, where she led the Global Family Vehicle business and is credited with the invention and development of the Stow-N-Go fold flat seats.
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Frank M. Fawzi
Frank Fawzi is chief executive officer at IntelePeer, a cloud communications platform company based in San Mateo, CA. He has been a guiding force in driving the company’s efforts to become a leading innovator of communications services and applications. As a result, the company has received numerous awards for its products, customer service and leadership over the past several years, including being named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing U.S. companies and to the Deloitte Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50 Rising Star list.
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Alan M. Huffenus
RETIRED CHAIRMAN AND CEO, PRECISION ENGINEERED PRODUCTS
Alan Huffenus is the retired Chairman and CEO of Precision Engineered Products, a manufacturer of surgical instruments and electrical control products with 1,500 employees in 12 facilities in the US, China, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Huffenus retired in December 2015 after a 41 year career with the company, where he started as an engineer in 1975. In 1987, Mr. Huffenus was appointed Divisional President of Brainin, a subsidiary of Precision Engineered Products. In 2003, he became a shareholder of Precision Engineering Products with private equity partners and was elected to the Board of Directors. In 2010, Mr. Huffenus was appointed Chief Executive Officer.
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PRESIDENT, MERRITT CAPITAL CORPORATION
George Jenkins is president of Merritt Capital Corporation, a private investment vehicle. From 1987 to 2006 he served as general partner and chief operating officer of Apax Partners LLP, a private equity investment group. Mr. Jenkins began his career in the banking industry at Midlantic Bank, where he served as vice president and representative for Midlantic Bank in Europe, based out of London, and subsequently headed its activities in Asia. Upon returning to the U.S., he served as division head of the Special Industries and Technology Group and was responsible for one of its three principal commercial lending groups, its business as an intermediary and its investment in private equity limited partnerships.
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Christopher D. Levendos
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CROWN CASTLE
Chris Levendos is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Crown Castle’s Network Organization, responsible for the oversight of their national fiber and small cell infrastructure network. Crown Castle’s comprehensive portfolio of towers, small cells, and fiber gives people and communities access to essential data, technology and wireless service and opens the door to countless opportunities and possibilities. Chris is based in Houston, TX.
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ELECTRONIC WARFARE PRESIDENT, L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES
Jennifer Lewis is President of Electronic Warfare for L3Harris Technologies. Lewis is responsible for strategy, financial performance, execution excellence and growth for the Electronic Warfare sector. The portfolio includes electronic and radar systems across the airborne, maritime and ground domains.
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FORMER PRESIDENT & CEO, CVR ENERGY, INC
Jack Lipinski is the retired president and chief executive officer of CVR Energy, Inc., an energy holding company, and CVR Refining LP, a petroleum refining M.L.P. He also served as the executive chairman of CVR Partners LP, a nitrogen fertilizer M.L.P. He was the lead on taking all three companies public on the NYSE.
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Christine Ann Miller
PRESIDENT AND CEO, MELINTA THERAPEUTICS
Christine Ann Miller has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of Melinta Therapeutics since August 2020. Ms. Miller is a global pharmaceutical veteran with more than 20 years of experience in life sciences. Ms. Miller also serves on the Board of Directors of IVERIC bio, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for retinal diseases.
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SENIOR TECHNOLOGIST, JANE STREET
Brian Nigito is senior technologist at Jane Street. In this role, Brian has worked on all aspects of trading systems and currently runs a group focused on low latency systems.
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John W. O'Donnell
CEO, SAFRAN AEROSYSTEMS
John O’Donnell is the CEO of Safran Aerosystems. The company is a leading player in a variety of fields of application in aviation and space safety. From individual items of equipment to comprehensive high added value systems, Safran Aerosystems works with all the major civil and military aircraft and helicopter manufacturers as well as with airlines, armed forces, airports and space organizations.
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MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS CAPITAL GROUP
Howard Oringer is the Managing Director of Communications Capital Group, a consulting and venture capital business. During his 35 year career in the Telecommunications Industry, Mr. Oringer focused his energies in the newly emerging wireless segment. Beginning with AT&T and ending as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for TeleSciences, he was instrumental in developing new technologies and markets benefiting from the mobility afforded by wireless systems.
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RETIRED AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE EXECUTIVE
Joe Rambala is former president of electronic warfare for L3Harris Technologies' Space and Airborne Systems segment. Space and Airborne Systems covers an extensive portfolio of solutions in intelligence, surveillance, small satellites, electronic warfare, avionics including carriage and release systems, wireless solutions and C4I systems.
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Lori Staffin Traweek
ENERGY INDUSTRY BOARD MEMBER AND SENIOR ADVISOR
Lori Staffin Traweek currently serves on three energy industry boards, following her career as the Chief Operating Officer at the American Gas Association where she worked in various capacities for 33 years.
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Mark L. Villamar
CEO, PEGASUS PARTNERS LLC
Mark Luis Villamar has worked in Hoboken real estate continuously since 1978, and is the CEO and a founding partner of Pegasus Partners LLC. Having its offices in Hoboken, Pegasus has been the developer of mixed use residential, retail and commercial projects in Hudson County, New Jersey.
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Paul von Autenried
BOARD MEMBER AND ADVISOR
Having four decades of experience across high-tech, biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, manufacturing, and consumer goods, Paul von Autenried has been focused on strategically leveraging information technology and digital innovation to drive superior performance. As an experienced board member and CEO advisor, he offers valuable insights on executive leadership, corporate governance, digital innovation, technology, data privacy and cybersecurity to boards and CEOs of enterprise software and services companies.
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IN ADDITION, STEPHEN BOSWELL, CURRENT CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, SERVES AS A LIAISON BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL.
Stephen T. Boswell
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
PRESIDENT AND CEO, BOSWELL ENGINEERING
Stephen T. Boswell is a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Boswell is the President and CEO of Boswell Engineering, a multi-state, multi-discipline civil and environmental consulting firm.
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