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Stevens Announces Fall 2019 Sustainability Seminar Series Speakers

Stevens connects students with industry leaders in sustainable technologies

Students listening to seminar speaker

From the development of sustainable technologies in the lab, to academics and research in sustainability, Stevens is equipping students to create a greener future. At the Fall 2019 Sustainability Seminar Series, students will hear from sustainability experts and network with leaders in the field.

The seminar series begins Wednesday, September 11 at the Stevens’ campus in Hoboken, New Jersey. It is the fifth series offered by the sustainability management master’s program. Last spring attendance at this popular series was full, so students are encouraged to RSVP early.

“We have invited 11 local leaders who are all ‘movers and shakers’ to speak this fall. Anyone who is interested in learning how to make our world more sustainable is invited to attend,” says professor Dibyendu “Dibs” Sarkar, coordinator of the series and founding director of the program. "We are thankful to our sponsor, the Hugo Neu Corporation, and our co-sponsors, BEM Systems, Brown and Caldwell, Geosyntec Consultants, and H2M Architects and Engineers. Their generous support is allowing us to continue to address important areas of sustainability in this seminar series.”

Sarkar adds, "We are live webcasting the seminars for any interested in learning how to make our world more sustainable. They will also be archived on the Schaefer School of Science YouTube channel. Students attending the seminars in person are encouraged to engage in a 'meet and greet' with the speakers before the seminars. The speakers are all local and regional leaders in sustainability, and many of them are interested in working with our students in a mentorship capacity."

Job placement is a priority of the sustainability management master's program, which is why the November 6 seminar will focus on career possibilities. Last spring there were 12 graduates of the program, and all 12 have since been placed in industry, government, and academia positions. These seminars are just one avenue of networking that the program provides.

Speakers scheduled for Fall 2019 are:

  • September 11 - Angelo Falabella, Sustainability Analyst, NYCDEP: “Sustainability at Stevens: Your Potential Impact”
  • September 18 - Katherine Lawrence, AICP, PP, Sustainability Director, City of Jersey City “Moving Towards Sustainability in Jersey City”
  • September 25 - Michael Tumulty, H2M Architects and Engineers: “Stronger and More Resilient Infrastructure to Address the Effects of Climate Change”
  • October 2 - Erick Ford, New Jersey Energy Coalition: “Sustainable Future of Energy”
  • October 9 - Dave Himmelheber, Ph.D., PE, Principal Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants: “Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediments”
  • October 16 - Prerna Chatterjee, Sustainability Manager, BASF: “Sustainability and Digitalization in the Beauty Industry”
  • October 23 - Sanjay Neve, Team Lead – Corporate Environment, Tata Power: “Sustainable Development Goals: An Indian Perspective”
  • October 30 - Cade Hobbick, AICP, LEED-AP, Senior Environmental Planner, STV Inc.: “Working with Planners | Resilience Projects and Environmental Review”
  • November 6 - Pam Sammarco, President & CEO, founded Green Training Associates LLC: “Exploring Career Possibilities for Sustainability Professionals”
  • November 13 - Keith Lemnios, Founder/CEO, Sun Coffee Roasters: “Sustainable Coffee: From Bean to Cup”
  • November 20 - Dr. Yeganeh Hayeri, Asst. Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology: “Vehicle Automation: Energy and Environmental Impacts”

The seminars will be held every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Altorfer Academic Complex. Attendance is free, but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected] Refreshments will be provided.

The series is sponsored by the Hugo Neu Corporation and co-sponsored by BEM Systems, Brown and Caldwell, Geosyntec Consultants, and H2M Architects and Engineers. It is organized by the sustainability management master’s program within the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science.

More information about these speakers and the series is available on the Sustainability Seminar Series page. For those unable to attend seminars in person, the seminars will also be live webcast by Stevens's WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate and archived on the Schaefer School of Science YouTube channel.

For more information on the seminar series, contact Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]