Stevens Announces Line-up for Commencement 2011

Hoboken, NJ – Two innovative leaders in education and industry will address graduates at Stevens Institute of Technology’s 139th Commencement ceremonies to be held Thursday, May 26, 2011 on the University campus in Hoboken, NJ. In addition, several members of the Stevens community will be honored and the undergraduate ceremony will feature a very special musical performance.

Stevens will celebrate its Class of 2011 with separate undergraduate and graduate ceremonies. The undergraduate ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m., and the graduate at 4:30 p.m. The complete undergraduate ceremony will be held at the DeBaun Athletic Complex immediately following the traditional procession of graduates. The graduate ceremony will begin the same way, but this year will feature smaller break-outs by individual school; the School of Engineering and Science, the School of Systems and Enterprises and the School of Technology Management will each have their own ceremony for degree conferment.

At the undergraduate ceremony, Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin currently serves as the Vice Chancellor or President of UKM, the National University of Malaysia. She is credited for developing the quality assurance system of higher education in Malaysia.

As Vice Chancellor, she has initiated a transformation plan focused on research, innovation and commercialization that will take UKM to greater heights of excellence as a research university by 2018. She has launched several outstanding projects which have become national benchmarks such as outcome-based education, the development of a national code of good university governance, and academic entrepreneurship in collaboration with Stevens Institute of Technology. To date, UKM has launched 33 start-up companies from its intellectual property.

After she addresses the crowd, Dr. George P. Korfiatis, Provost and Interim President of Stevens, will be honored with an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree as well. Dr. Korfiatis, who has led the University since he was installed as Interim President on July 1, 2010, has been integral in moving Stevens forward during a crucial time of transition.

Dr. Korfiatis joined Stevens in 1983 as an Assistant Professor. In 1987 he founded the Center for Environmental Engineering, a research center that he directed until September of 2002 when he became the Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer Jr., School of Engineering. In his role as Provost, Dr. Korfiatis oversees of all faculty hiring; presides over faculty meetings; manages the Research Enterprise and the National Research Centers and leads other major strategic initiatives.

Following Dr. Korfiatis’ address, Carlos Alomar will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Arts degree. Alomar is a world-renowned rock music legend, recording and touring the world as David Bowie’s music director and guitarist, and playing guitar for a Who’s Who of pop/rock royalty from Paul McCartney to Simple Minds. His address with include a performance for the crowd.

After five years as guitar instructor in the Music and Technology Program at Stevens Institute of Technology, Carlos Alomar was appointed Distinguished Artist in Residence in the College of Arts and Letters in fall 2010 — a first in the history of the University. In this capacity Alomar is pioneering the use of digital technology as a means of giving young musicians the tools to change the way music is made, taking as his theme and mantra: “Technology is the future of music.”

The final address at this year’s undergraduate Commencement will be from Steven Schwartz, who will address his approximately 450 fellow graduates as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2011. Schwartz, a student of Chemistry who will graduate with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, is focused on synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry, and has a minor in Literature.

Schwartz has been an active member of the community during his time at Stevens. He has served as the captain of the Graduate Genetics Team, a math and science tutor and has participated in the Computer and Console Gaming Society, the Stevens Choir and the Stute-Aires Chamber Choir. Schwartz is fluent in three languages – English, Spanish and Hebrew – and proficient in Arabic and Mandarin. He received the CRC Press Award for excellence in Chemistry in fall 2008, a national award that recognizes top students at the end of their first year of study. In the fall, Schwartz will join Columbia University as a Faculty Fellow while pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry.

At the graduate ceremony, Sandeep Mathrani will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree before addressing the more than 700 ME, MS, MBA and Ph.D. students. Mathrani serves as the Chief Executive Officer of General Growth Properties, the country’s second largest shopping mall owner/developer and real estate investment trust (REIT).

Mathrani is a real estate industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to his Master of Engineering and Master of Management Science degrees, Mathrani holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, all from Stevens Institute of Technology.

More information about Stevens Institute of Technology’s 139th Commencement can be found here.  All media inquiries should be directed to Danielle Woodruffe, at [email protected] or 201-216-5139.

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 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 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 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