David S. Rose and Jeffrey J. Wilcox to address Stevens’ graduates

HOBOKEN, N.J. - Two influential technology leaders will address graduates at Stevens Institute of Technology’s 138th Commencement ceremonies, to be held on the university campus, Thursday, May 27, 2010.

David S. Rose, the CEO of Angelsoft and a leader in technology investing, will deliver the address at the Undergraduate Ceremony. Jeffrey J. Wilcox, corporate vice president for engineering at Lockheed Martin, will be the featured speaker at the Graduate Ceremony. Both speakers will receive honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees.

Commencement ceremonies will take place on the field of DeBaun Athletics Complex on the Stevens campus.

(Note to reporters and photographers: Media attending must contact Stephanie Mannino, [email protected]. edu, for press parking – no exceptions. Satellite-feed trucks will not be allowed on campus.)

As in past years, the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will be held separately. The undergraduate ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m., and the graduate at 4:30 p.m.

Undergraduate ceremony – 10:30 a.m.

The undergraduate class will be addressed by David S. Rose. Rose was described by BusinessWeek Magazine as a "world conquering entrepreneur" has founded or funded over 75 pioneering companies that are helping to define the future.

He is also managing partner of Rose Tech Ventures , a leading seed stage investor; chairman of New York Angels , the largest and most active business angel investment group on the East Coast; chairman of private equity firm Egret Capital Partners ; and track chair for Finance and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University , the Google/NASA-sponsored graduate program training the next generation of technology leaders.

He is a member of the boards of directors of KoolSpan, Pond5, Comixology and Magnify Networks, and serves as an active early stage investor in companies including Ambient Devices, BioScale, CE Interactive, DropIO, eJamming, Mashery, Panjiva, Space Adventures, VideoEgg and over four dozen other early stage ventures.

“Rose is a perfect fit for this year’s commencement exercise,” said Stevens’ President Harold J. Raveche. “As someone who has dedicated his career to investing in technology, his passion will inspire graduates to maximize their degrees and push the boundaries of what is possible.”

A native New Yorker, Rose received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia University Business School. He is an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University, a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board of Columbia Business School, and a Lifetime Professional Member of the World Future Society.

Graduate ceremony – 4:30 p.m.

Addressing the graduate class will be Jeffrey J. Wilcox. Wilcox is Lockheed Martin’s corporate vice president for engineering. At Lockheed Martin, Wilcox is responsible for developing and executing strategy for the Lockheed Martin Engineering Enterprise and its 71,000 engineers and scientists. He collaborates with Business Area leadership to ensure the right people, processes, tools and technology are in place to successfully deliver solutions to customer’s most complex challenges.

Prior to this position, Wilcox was the corporation’s vice president for systems and software engineering. He was responsible for directing the development and implementation of enterprise-wide systems and software engineering processes, tools, technology, and training with special emphasis complex, software-intensive systems.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Wilcox enjoyed a successful career at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where in his last position as a senior vice president, he led business planning and analysis for the multi-hundred million dollar Technology and Advanced Systems business unit. During his tenure at SAIC, he progressed through the executive ranks and held positions of increasing responsibilities in areas such as advanced weapon systems engineering and the integration of complex sensor systems.

A native of LeRoy, N.Y., Wilcox holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Stevens is celebrating its 140 th anniversary this year, with a number of events highlighting it as The Innovation University. Commencement is a chance to showcase the many achievements and initiatives that have made Stevens a top choice for technology and engineering students and a destination for world-class faculty.

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.