Presidential Initiatives

Capitalizing on the momentum of Stevens’ previous 10-year Strategic Plan, The Future. Ours to Create., the new 2032 Strategic Plan, Inspired by Humanity, Powered by Technology, continues to focus on enhancing our students’ experience and success, amplifying our impact through research and innovation, elevating our academic reputation and strengthening and connecting our community. These strategic priorities undergird President Farvardin’s key initiatives.

Key Initiatives

"The Power of Stevens"

“The Power of Stevens,” a historic, $150 million capital campaign advances three critical priorities – Student Success, Faculty Excellence, and A Vibrant Campus – to position Stevens’ to realize the ambitious goals set forth by the Strategic Plan. The campaign leverages increased alumni engagement, rising rankings and recognition, and growth in size and impact to accelerate the university’s progress forward. The campaign surpassed its initial goal more than six months ahead of schedule, leading President Farvardin to increase the campaign goal to $200 million and expand the timetable to coincide with the university’s 150th anniversary in 2020-21. 

Student Success

An array of exceptional academic programs and experiential learning opportunities helps Stevens to attract some of the brightest students from around the world. Scholarships, support services, and other programming enable all students to take advantage of Stevens’ rich educational offerings and vibrant community. Stevens will equip students to thrive personally and academically, cultivating top technical talent and innovative leaders with stellar career outcomes. Under President Farvardin's leadership, programs such as Pinnacle ScholarsClark Scholars, and Stevens ACES (Accessing Careers in Engineering and Science), and iSTEM@Stevens have been established to attract and support talented students. 

Faculty Excellence

Stevens faculty nurture the bright minds of the future and pioneer high-impact research in areas of significant consequence for the future of society. Faculty members advance Stevens’ expertise in domains of critical societal need, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity; data science and information systems; complex systems and networks; financial systems and technologies; biomedical engineering, healthcare, and life sciences; and resilience and sustainability. Stevens faculty are also exemplary teachers and mentors who provide unparalleled research and learning experiences for students. Stevens will continue to expand and support its faculty through resources and development opportunities that will enable faculty excellence across teaching, research, and career growth.

A Vibrant Campus

Stevens faculty and students require a modern and supportive academic environment where innovation and state-of-the-art teaching, learning, and research can thrive. Stevens is undergoing a number of important campus infrastructure projects that will overhaul learning and living environments and provide cutting edge physical and information technology infrastructure. Priority projects include the construction of the first new academic facility in more than a decade, the Academic Gateway Center, a magnificent building which opened in the fall semester of 2019, and construction of a modern University Center and Student Housing complex, a spectacular 21-story set of buildings that will overlook the Manhattan skyline. Numerous upgrades have transformed aging classrooms, laboratories, and student facilities into modern, high-technology enabled spaces, and extensive landscaping and external improvements have created a beautiful and inviting campus. Stevens’ campus will evolve to increase interdisciplinary collaboration, support pioneering research technologies, facilitate continuous learning, and provide dynamic shared spaces for academics, community building, and recreation.

Accelerating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Technological innovation and entrepreneurship is a hallmark of Stevens’ education and research programs. Interdisciplinary academics infuse innovation and entrepreneurial thinking across the programs within Stevens’ three schools and one college, and core learning experiences such as the IDEaS program and the Innovation Expo encourage students to bring their research and new business ideas to life. Dedicated resources at Stevens, such as the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, provide students, faculty, and alumni with guidance from concept to commercialization, and the Stevens Venture Center completes the entrepreneurship ecosystem, connecting Stevens start-ups to networking opportunities, funding, and other resources critical to accelerating growth.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A broad range of ideas, a diverse set of cultures, and ample opportunities for success enrich the environment for advancing innovation and excellence at Stevens. The Strategic Plan outlines significant efforts to “expand and diversify our learning community,” including increased gender and ethnic diversity among students, faculty, and the administration; diversity in the states and nations represented in the student body; and diversification of the educational programs offered. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, launched by the President in 2013, spearheads numerous efforts to build a diverse community representative of the top talent in technology, engineering, and beyond, and an academic culture that cultivates value, respect, and support for all members of the community.