Message from the Provost: February 2023

A Great Place to Work

We are now well into my second academic year as Provost and I could not be more excited about the progress we have been making together to create a better and stronger academic enterprise at Stevens.

Provost Jianmin QuDr. Jianmin Qu, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

The cornerstone of this effort is the new strategic plan, Stevens 2032, Inspired by Humanity, Powered by Technology. Completed at the close of the last academic year, with input and insights from every segment of the Stevens community, the plan sets an ambitious course for the next decade. It challenges us to make Stevens a national and global leader in technology-centric education and research, a magnet for exceptional students from all backgrounds who will fuel the innovation economy and a home for world-class faculty who will create knowledge and technologies that transform the future.

I look forward to working with the academic leadership, the faculty and the administration to achieve these goals in the coming years.

To that end, we continue to build on our already strong foundation. The undergraduate class we welcomed last fall was our most accomplished yet, and graduate students are choosing Stevens in record numbers.

We added more than 30 new faculty members for 2022-2023, all of whom will add to our reputation as a place for outstanding research and teaching. Among them is Dr. Eve Riskin, our new Dean for Undergraduate Education, who has hit the ground running in a quest to improve resources and support for our students. Also joining us is Dr. Ed Synakowski, who is working diligently to continue the university’s remarkable rise as a research institution.

Our faculty has continued to distinguish itself, earning numerous awards and recognition from peers in their diverse academic fields. It was my pleasure to join our Trustees and members of the Stevens community in honoring some of our most accomplished faculty members just before the semester break at a dinner celebrating our newly invested endowed professors and chairs from the past two academic years, plus several rising faculty stars.

The world is taking notice of our success. Our campus and StevensOnline programs have achieved recognition in recent rankings. Last month, it was reported that Stevens ranks in the top six of U.S. engineering schools for early and mid-career salaries of engineering graduates holding bachelor’s degrees from the university.

I am looking forward to some exciting initiatives in the coming months. We will be working closely with the Division of Enrollment Management and the Division of Student Affairs to help us achieve our strategic goals and keep our students front-and-center.

Finally, I would like to welcome Sin Ouckama to Academic Affairs. Sin, who began serving as Associate Provost on March 1, brings knowledge, energy and a love of Stevens to the position and I am excited about having her on my team.

Stevens recently earned certification as a Great Place to Work and I could not agree more. I look forward to continuing to work here to help this university reach its full potential.