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Stevens Institute of Technology Announces Commencement Speakers

Maggie Wilderotter, a renowned communications executive, and Spyros Polemis '61, chairman and managing director of one of the world's leading shipping companies, will address the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2014 at the University’s 142nd Commencement, which will take place Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Mr. Polemis is a member of the Stevens Board of Trustees. Mrs. Wilderotter received her bachelor's degree in economics from Holy Cross College. Both speakers will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree, honoris causa.

“Maggie Wilderotter and Spyros Polemis exemplify the highest standards to which our graduates should aspire in their lives and careers.  Their leadership of complex organizations that rely on technology to advance human progress provides a model for future engineers, technologists, and leaders of business,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin.  “Stevens is delighted to welcome Mrs. Wilderotter, a technology pioneer and role model, into the Stevens community with an honorary doctor of engineering degree, and to recognize the accomplishments of Mr. Polemis, a Stevens alumnus and Trustee, with an honorary doctor of engineering degree.”

Mrs. Wilderotter, the Undergraduate Commencement speaker, is chairman and chief executive officer of Frontier Communications Corporation, one of the nation's largest independent providers of communications services. Her notable career in the telecommunications industry includes positions as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft; President and CEO of Wink Communications Inc., leading efforts to develop low-cost, end-to-end e-commerce systems; Executive Vice President of National Operations for AT&T Wireless Services Inc.; Chief Executive Officer of AT&T's Aviation Communications Division; and a Senior Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications Inc.

Mrs. Wilderotter serves on the boards of Xerox Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company and a number of non-profit organizations. On October 16, 2012, she was designated Chair of President Obama's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). The designation follows her service as Vice Chair from October of 2010 to 2012. She is serving her second term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Catalyst, the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business. She is a member of the Directorship100, the Board of Advisors of Boardroom IQ, the WomanCorporateDirectors Global CEO Task Force and the Committee of 200.Since 2009, FORTUNE magazine has included her in its annual ranking of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business." Mr. Polemis '61, the Graduate Commencement speaker, is Chairman and Managing Director of Seacrest Shipping Co., Ltd., the London representative of a large group of shipping interests with a history of more than 200 hundred years in the industry.  He also serves as Chairman of the American Bureau of Shipping U.K National Committee; a member of the ABS Council USA; a member of the International Marine Industries Forum; a member and former Chairman of the Board of the North of England P&I Association; former Chairman of the Newcastle P&I Association; former Chairman of the International Dry Cargo Shipowners Association; and former Director of the Hellenic Mutual War Risk Association.

Mr. Polemis is the Immediate Past Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Association for merchant ship owners concerned with all regulatory, operational and legal issues related to shipping, and also of its sister organization, the International Shipping Federation, the organization responsible for labor affairs and training issues for seafarers. These two organizations represent the collective interests of ship-owner associations from 36 countries, including the United States, more than 80 percent of the world’s merchant fleet. As head of ICS, Mr. Polemis worked with shipping associations worldwide, as well as government ministers and governmental agencies including the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment, and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), another UN agency with responsibility for labor affairs.

The Graduate academic procession will start at 9:45 a.m. and at 2:45 p.m. for the Undergraduate. Mr. Polemis' speech will occur at 10 a.m. and Mrs. Wilderotter’s at 3 p.m., each followed by the conferment of degrees to the Stevens Class of 2014.

Approximately 10,000 are expected to attend the ceremonies, including approximately 550 students earning bachelor’s degrees and approximately 1,100 students earning master’s and doctoral degrees.

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