On May 7 on the Hoboken waterfront, as part of the festivities surrounding the launch of the new Power of Stevens fundraising campaign, the university also announced the creation of a new Hall of Achievement to honor "the highest of the high achievers" among its alumni.
"The Hall of Achievement honors the university's alumni, faculty and staff whose professional accomplishments have contributed in a significant and lasting way to the advancement of society, the economic sector, academic endeavors, and/or to Stevens itself," noted NBC Today anchor Natalie Morales, announcing the Hall's creation. "Enshrined members will have demonstrated leadership and ingenuity and a record of discovery, innovation, enterprise and influence."
The Hall will reside in a campus location to be determined, as well as online.
Five inaugural inductees were announced at the event: internet pioneer David Farber '56 M.S. '61 Hon.Eng. '99, Wharton School economist Elizabeth Bailey M.S. '66 Hon.Eng. '00, former Verizon vice chairman and president Lawrence Babbio '66, and two posthumous inductees, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frederick Reines '39, Hon.Eng. '84 and General Motors co-founder Charles Stewart Mott (Class of 1897, Hon.Eng. '37).
"The inaugural inductees of the Stevens Hall of Achievement exemplify the extraordinary impact of a Stevens education across diverse fields and generations," said President Nariman Farvardin. "These five individuals have literally made history and made the world a better place. They serve as an inspiration and a model for the power of Stevens."
A new group of inductees will join the Hall once every five years. The Stevens Awards Gala will also continue to celebrate high-achieving alumni and friends of the university on an annual basis, except during Hall of Achievement induction years, added Farvardin.
Video tributes to the five inaugural inductees:
Charles Stewart Mott, Class of 1897
David Farber '56 M.S. '61
Lawrence Babbio '66
Elizabeth Bailey M.S. '66