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Dean Jean Zu Named Cabinet Member for ASME’s Newest Campaign

The appointment is the newest of a longstanding tradition of collaboration between Stevens and the professional engineering organization

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Dean Jean Zu has recently been named a cabinet member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME’s) new Campaign for Next Generation Engineers Leadership. The campaign aims to “inspire, engage, and empower a new generation of problem-solvers to build a brighter future for all of us” by “[supporting] a scalable arc of programs that enhance learning at every stage of an engineer’s journey, from early inspiration to career engagement and leadership.”

ASME and Stevens have a long history of collaboration that Dean Zu is confident will be strengthened by her new appointment.

Founded in 1880, ASME is a nonprofit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME’s very first formal meeting was held at Stevens, naming Robert Thurston, Stevens’ first professor of mechanical engineering, as its president—thus beginning Stevens’ and ASME’s long history of partnership.

Zu hopes to strengthen Stevens’ visibility and continue to attract prominent speakers to the university with this appointment, which will open up avenues for additional collaborations between the school and engineers across the nation.

“I’m pleased to deepen the Schaefer School’s partnership with ASME, which serves as a vital organization for engineers across the country, and provides students and faculty with opportunities to further their learning and career development,” said Zu.

The Schaefer School’s ongoing involvement with ASME includes Souran Manoochehri’s, E.H. Yang’s, and other Stevens faculty’s work as ASME Fellows, among numerous other appointments that faculty have held with ASME. Other faculty have served as editors for ASME’s high-ranking journals. Each year students participate in ASME events, including conferences, which serve as important opportunities for learning and achievement.