Stevens opens new Washington, D.C. location

The Innovation University adds graduate offerings in industry and government for busy professionals

9/20/2010

HOBOKEN, N.J. - One of the nation’s top research universities is opening up a new location for graduate studies in the nation’s capital. Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken, N.J. will have classroom, office and research facilities at the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Based just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, Stevens Institute of Technology is regularly ranked by US News and World Report among America’s top 100 colleges and universities. For years, Stevens has partnered with industry and government sponsor organizations, such as major aerospace and defense industry contractors, to deliver Stevens’ top-ranked engineering graduate education courses at their worksites.

“The new Washington, D.C. location is an outgrowth of our on-site course offerings,” said Ralph Giffin, Associate Provost of Graduate Programs Enterprise. “The new location will allow those courses to continue in a more spacious environment while also allowing additional working professionals to enroll in courses that were previously unavailable to outside students. In this, Stevens’ 140 th year, it is a natural time to expand our graduate programs in the Washington, D.C. area, which contains one of the largest concentrations of organizations, enterprises and individuals whose educational objectives are aligned with our programs.”

“Stevens D.C. classes excel at the cross-section of academia, research and industry,” said Dr. Dinesh Verma, Dean of the Stevens School of Systems and Enterprises and the Executive Director of Stevens Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). “Students can learn from faculty members who have academic roots combined with practical, real-world experience from many of the same industries where the students are employed. It makes for a powerful combination and immediately relevant application for students.”

The location offers eight, four-course certificate programs. Students can earn a graduate degree by completing six additional courses beyond their initial certificate.

“When it comes to providing high-level technological instruction, Stevens truly walks the walk,” said Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens. “We are helping our sponsors solve problems of critical national significance through the development of technologies with applications in homeland security, cyber security, port security and other high-level fields. The D.C. location offers industry professionals access to this expertise with the flexibility to accommodate their busy schedules through our unique modular classroom format.”

Stevens’ convenient modular format allows students to fulfill all the requirements of a graduate course without the need to be physically present at any time or place over an extended period of time. For example, a course that meets weekly over the course of a traditional 13-week semester is offered at Stevens with course lecture time concentrated into a single week of classroom participation. Classes will be held, in some cases, at night and on weekends to ensure that students will be able to meet their professional and personal obligations while also working on their classwork.

Homework and class projects are then completed outside of the classroom by students who continue to interact with faculty via an e-learning environment.

All classes offered at the Stevens D.C. location are also available online through the school’s award-winning WebCampus.

At the outset, there are a total of 55 classes scheduled at the Stevens D.C. location. Classes will contain 15 to 20 students each.  The initial programs are:

Systems Engineering
Project Management
Space Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering Security
Software Engineering
Systems-Centric Software Engineering
Applied Project Management
Maritime Systems and Security
The university’s presence in Washington, D.C., was significant prior to the opening of Stevens’ D.C. location.

In January, Stevens hosted a Global Cybersecurity Policy Conference at its D.C. location that was broadcast on C-Span. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has selected Stevens as a National Center of Excellence in the area of Port Security, resulting in the creation of the National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce.  Stevens has also been recognized as a National Security Center of Excellence by the National Security Agency in the area of Information Assurance.

Furthermore, the new Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) at Stevens is the first Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Center focused on Systems Engineering Research in the United States, and is an acknowledgment of the many contributions Stevens has made to date in close partnership with government and military actors in this area. 

To mark the official opening of its D.C. location, Stevens held an Open House on April 15 -- bringing together business and government leaders, students and alumni and leading faculty and researchers. Stevens plans to host more public meetings, events, and lectures in the coming months.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University TM , lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/press.