Kenneth J. Altorfer Academic Complex Groundbreaking Ceremony

HOBOKEN, N.J. - A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Kenneth J. Altorfer Academic Complex was held on June 2nd, 2010, in honor of Stevens Institute of Technology class of 1950 alumnus Kenneth J. Altorfer.

The Stevens community joined Mr. Altorfer’s surviving family members, including his wife Mrs. Mary Altorfer, in honoring his extraordinary life and his love for Stevens. University President Dr. Hal Raveche, Chairman the Board of Trustees, Lawrence T. Babbio, Provost and University Vice President Dr. George P. Korfiatis, and Dean of the School of Engineering and Science, Dr. Michael Bruno all spoke during the day’s ceremony which celebrated the launch of this hi-tech facility as well as remembered one of the institute’s most generous and extraordinary alumni. “Ken Altorfer's love for Stevens and generosity serve as an illuminating example for the entire alumni community.” - Dr. George P. Korfiatis

The Kenneth J. Altorfer Academic Complex begins construction in early July and is expected to be completed before the New Year. It will be a 5 story, 13,500sq ft space, located on the southern half of Stevens campus. Initially used for faculty offices, eventually the first two floors will be for classrooms and a graduate student research center. As enrollment continues to expand and prestigious new faculty join Stevens, space is at a premium. This new complex will be a vital resource in providing for these ever expanding capacities and ensuring an optimal learning environment.

Mr. Altorfer was a major contributor in infrastructure enhancements on campus. His gracious endowment for the Babbio Center Auditorium has hosted countless students and prestigious speakers from around the world. Thanks to Ken, Stevens students have been able to receive scholarships they truly need and deserve. He has also helped make it possible for faculty to continue their research and the Institute to introduce campus improvements.

The Kenneth J. Altorfer Academic Complex Groundbreaking ceremony was held on what would have been Mr. Altorfer’s 84th birthday.

As a World War II Veteran, he carried with him a dutiful sense of purpose, maturity and work ethic. During his years at Stevens, Ken joined the Math Club, ASME, the Stevens Dramatic Society and the Gym Club. After graduating from Stevens in 1950, Ken worked as a development engineer with Air Reduction Company, Inc., a manufacturer of welding equipment, in Union, N.J. He worked in product development and, later, marketing. During his time with the company, he earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Stevens in 1958.

Ken earned two U.S. patents and published a number of professional articles. He was a member of the Edwin A. Stevens Society, the Institute’s premier annual giving society, a member of the Stevens Metropolitan Club and a volunteer fund agent for Stevens, helping with fundraising.

He was also a strong supporter of the Metuchen Edison YMCA in central New Jersey and Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, N.J. - organizations that, like Stevens, strongly support young people.

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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 and