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Celebrating Our Rich Academic Heritage

On April 6, 2013, Stevens celebrates a long tradition of leadership and innovation. From the founding family to Nobel Prize winners and present-day leaders in many technical and engineering fields, Stevens will be honoring a few whose contributions have set the standard in excellence, dedication and service in the inaugural Stevens Awards Gala.

“As we look towards ever-greater heights in the coming decades,” says Dean Michael Bruno, Schaefer School of Engineering and Science, “We are profoundly inspired by the accomplishments of thirteen remarkable individuals who have left an indelible imprint on both Stevens and our society. Please join us in toasting their success.”

Stevens faculty and staff are encouraged to attend, and will receive discounts on ticket pricing for this special evening.

To learn more or to register, please visit: /sit/stevens-awards-gala

The winner of the President’s Leadership Award will be announced at the Gala. 

President’s Leadership Award
Announced at the Gala on Saturday April 6, 2013.

Join us for the unveiling!

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. Entrepreneur Award
Mr. David E. Hershberg MMS '68
David Hershberg founded satellite firm GLOBECOMM Systems in 1994 and has served as CEO and Chairman of its Board of Directors since. He previously served as President and CEO of Satellite Transmission Systems. Mr. Hershberg is a member of the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame. He also holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Academia and Government
Dr. William W. Destler  '68
William W. Destler is president of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He previously served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maryland at College Park, where his 30-year career also included time as a Dean of the engineering and graduate schools and as Vice President for Research. He is an international authority on high-power microwave sources and advanced accelerator concepts, known for pioneering work in the development of large orbit gyrotrons and rotating beam free electron lasers. He also holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Cornell University.

Distinguished Alumni Award – Business and Finance
Ms. Gina M. Addeo '86
Gina Addeo was the first woman in New York City to be granted a master electrician’s license. She is the CEO of ADCO Electrical Corp in Staten Island, a company founded by her father; Scholes Electric and Communications in New Jersey; and GMA Electrical Corp, a company she founded in 1993. She also serves as Secretary of the the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry, a labor-management organization affiliated with IBEW Local Union No. 3, and served as the first woman President of the National Electrical Contractors Association, New York Chapter from January 2006 thru December 2007.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Engineering
Mr. William E. Witowsky  '79
William Witowsky retired in 2009 from Texas Instruments, where he was a Senior Fellow and served as Chief Technical Officer of Systems and Software Architecture for the DSP Systems Group. He joined TI in 1999 when the company purchased Telogy Networks, the firm Mr. Witowsky co-founded in 1989. Mr. Witowsky holds a number of patents and is a member of IEEE and ACM. He also holds a master's degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Extraordinary Community Service or Humanitarian Service
Mr. John H. Hovey  '57
After a long and successful career in industry, John Hovey has passionately dedicated himself to a number of nonprofit organizations in the Paterson area including the Paterson YMCA, where he continues to serve as a trustee; St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where he served as chairman of the foundation board for five years; and Memorial Day Nursery, where Mr. Hovey was instrumental in the construction of a new structure to accommodate the growing need for space to educate local 3- and 4-year-olds. In addition, Mr. Hovey was a key player in the founding of a charter school in Paterson, the first of its kind. This school, now known as Alexander Hamilton Academy, successfully operates within the Paterson public school system and enrolls approximately 500 students. Mr. Hovey has also generously created a foundation to provide scholarships for graduates of the Academy.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Science and Technology
Mr. Mark R. Crispin '77 (Deceased)
Mark Crispin authored the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), which made email accessible and efficient for users worldwide, in 1986 while working at Stanford University. IMAP allowed users to access email from multiple computers or mobile devices; improved handling of email attachments; and created the ability to organize and search email messages without downloading them. He later worked as a software engineer for the University of Washington for 20 years. Mr. Crispin passed away in December 2012.

Friend of Stevens Award
Mr. Robert Somerville 
Robert D. Somerville is the Chairman of the Board for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a not-for-profit marine classification society headquartered in Houston, Texas. Mr. Somerville also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the ABS Group of Companies, a technical consultancy organization and a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS. Throughout his career, Mr. Somerville has been active in helping to develop the next generation of maritime leaders. During the past decade he has spearheaded an initiative to increase grants and other contributions to maritime universities and institutions across the globe. Mr. Somerville holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and completed the Harvard Business School’s program for management development in 1987.

International Achievement Award
Mr. Tony T. Wang MMS ’73
Ta-Tung “Tony” Wang is the former president of Franchise Investment Corporation of Asia, a subsidiary of American International Group (AIG) and a pathbreaking franchiser of American restaurants in China. He previously served as Vice President of Southeast Asia and China for KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken. Mr. Wang is a native of Sichuan, China and holds an engineering bachelor's degree from Chung-Yuan University in Taiwan.

Lifetime Service Award
Mr. Warren G. Wells '42
Warren Wells co-founded and operated Allied Transmission, Inc., which created the first silent automated stage sets for Broadway theater productions. His name graces the Warren and Ruth Wells Engineering Design Lab in the Mclean Building. In 2010 Mr. Wells generously made a significant gift to help establish the Biorobotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery Research Lab. He has long been active with the Stevens Alumni Association and as chair of the Theater Restoration Committee; as a member of the 125th Anniversary Committee; as a supporter of athletics programs and facilities; and part of an effort to reestablish the Stevens Yacht Club.

Outstanding Contribution Award
Mr. John A. Schepisi '65
John Schepisi is the founder and President of Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A., a widely respected legal firm with offices in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and Union Square in New York City. His clients have included CNBC, Home Depot, and New Jersey’s largest utility contractor, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. Mr. Schepisi has served on the Stevens Board of Trustees since 2005, frequently volunteering his own time and legal service on behalf of Stevens.

Young Alumni Achievement Award
Mr. Mark R. Biamonte '01
Mark Biamonte is Chief Systems Engineer for the Space Systems division of UTC Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). He began his career as a systems analyst specializing in the thermodynamic and fluid dynamic modeling and optimization of active thermal control systems for aerospace and defense applications. Mr. Biamonte remains extremely active with his alma mater, recruiting and mentoring a number of Stevens students and alumni.

Stevens Honor Award
Dr. Norman N. Li  ScD '63
Norman Li is president of NL Chemical Technology, Inc. in Mount Prospect, Illinois, which develops advanced technologies for water purification and seawater desalination. During a distinguished 50-year career in the chemical and petroleum industries, he has made major  contributions to chemical science and engineering, particularly to membrane science and technology. Prior to establishing  NL Chemical Technology, Dr. Li served as a senior scientist with Exxon Research and Engineering Co. and director of research for UOP Co. and AlliedSignal Co. (now Honeywell). He also served as a consultant for NASA's Apollo Moon Landing Project. Dr. Li was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1990. He received the Perkin Medal from the Society of Chemical Industry in 2000; the Founders Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2006; and the Alan Michaels Award in 2011. Dr. Li  holds 45 U.S. patents, has edited 20 books, and published more than 100 papers on chemical science and engineering. He holds an honorary doctorate from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

"Per aspera ad astra"
Through adversity to the stars