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Stevens President Nariman Farvardin Selected Educator of the Year by Research & Development Council of New Jersey

Stevens President Nariman Farvardin Selected Educator of the Year by Research & Development Council of New Jersey

(HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY) - The Research & Development Council of New Jersey will honor Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin as Educator of the Year during the 37th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception on November 3, 2016, at the Liberty Science Center.   

During President Farvardin’s five-year tenure, Stevens has won top prize at the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, risen dramatically in U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation’s top universities, and been ranked as high as #3 in the U.S. for return on investment. 

The R&D Council will also honor Nokia Bell Labs President and Nokia Corporate Chief Technology Officer Dr. Marcus Weldon and former New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Caren Franzini for their unique contributions to research and development, business and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.

Additional winners will be recognized for innovative patent work spanning 11 R&D categories, including agriculture, biotechnology, defense, drug delivery technology, enabling technology, energy, industrial process, industrial product, medical device, medical technology and telecommunications. 

About Stevens Institute of Technology 

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 145 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 300 full-time faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, maritime security, STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

About the Research & Development Council of New Jersey

For more than half a century, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey has been dedicated to cultivating an environment supportive of the advancement of research and development in New Jersey. Established in 1962, the Council was created to serve as a unified voice for the three R&D sectors — industry, academia and government — to work with the State to create an environment R&D could thrive in. The R&D Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose membership includes representatives from academia, government and industry, including several Fortune 500 companies. More information can be found at the R&D Council’s website: