New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Attend Stevens Institute of Technology Homecoming on Oct. 4, 2013

Governor to Laud Stevens’ Technology Infrastructure Enhancements as Enablers of Economic Growth

10/2/2013

Hoboken, N.J.—New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be the guest of honor at a special Stevens Institute of Technology event to mark the launch of two innovative technology projects to spur science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and fuel innovation and economic growth.  The event, which will take place during Stevens’ 2013 Homecoming celebration, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. on the lawn in the center of the Stevens campus in Hoboken, N.J.

Gov. Christie will be welcomed by Stevens President Nariman Farvardin and Chairman Emeritus Larry Babbio to the pre-Homecoming celebration. “Enabling Innovation” is the theme of the event, which will focus on the impact a recent $7.25 million award from State of New Jersey bond funds will make on enhancing the information technology infrastructure at Stevens. The funds will support two pioneering IT infrastructure projects, the Unified Communications and Collaboration Environment (UCCE) and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will have a transformative impact on faculty and student capabilities to engage with course content, collaborators, and graphic- and computing-intensive technology applications for learning. These upgrades will position Stevens as a national leader in delivering STEM education using state-of-the-art technology tools.

Stevens is a leader in educating the next generation of technology talent for New Jersey’s workforce. Home to three national research centers of excellence, the university was recently ranked seventh in the nation and first in New Jersey in the percentage of STEM degrees awarded as well as seventh in the nation and first in New Jersey in the number of engineering master’s degrees awarded.  PayScale recently ranked Stevens third in the nation and first in New Jersey for mid-career salaries of graduates and ninth in the nation and first in New Jersey for return on investment of a college education.

“The link between technological innovation and economic growth is well known,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin.  “Stevens is proud to be known as ‘The Innovation University,’ grateful that the State of New Jersey is investing in our future, and delighted to welcome Governor Christie to our campus. Through these projects, Stevens will create a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure befitting the next generation of technological innovators who will fuel our state’s and nation’s economy.”

The Stevens community—students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents—as well as other invited guests are welcome and encouraged to attend the Enabling Innovation event with Governor Christie.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.