The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens is the oldest department at the university, with globally-recognized experts in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, biomechanics, neuromechanics, and nanotechnology.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is not only the cornerstone of Stevens Institute of Technology, but the first in the United States to offer a bachelor’s degree in the field. While we remain dedicated to traditional broad-based mechanical engineering education, we offer cutting-edge areas of focus, such as robotics and autonomous systems, bioengineering, additive manufacturing, sustainable energy, and micro-nano technology. We take pride in being the first in the nation to create the Center for Neuromechanics. We offer a diversified platform of undergraduate and graduate programs.
Message from the Chair
From its role as the birthplace of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to our proud history of innovative curricular enhancements and current cutting-edge research programs, our department has long been a pioneer in the field of mechanical engineering.
Over the last decade, the mechanical engineering department has been at the forefront of innovation and continuous growth. Recently, the department is expanding in many different directions, including research, undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, and number of faculty. By increasing our tenure-track faculty to over 30 percent in the past three years, the Department of Mechanical Engineering boasts 25 nationally-recognized and “rising star” tenured and tenure-track faculty. Many of our faculty members are among the prestigious list of NSF Career and ONR Young Investigator Award recipients, with over $10 million dollars in active research funding.
We support interdisciplinary research and development with focus in robotics and autonomous systems, micro/nano technology, product design and manufacturing, composite materials, biomechanical engineering, additive manufacturing, wearable rehabilitation devices, hypersonic flows, computational fluid mechanics, and energy and sustainability.
Stevens’ mechanical engineering department strives to educate the complete engineer. In addition to our emphasis on scientific and engineering proficiency, we instill in our students the values of professionalism, leadership, entrepreneurship, and ethics. Our students also receive extensive training in communication, learning how to effectively present technical information orally, visually, and in written form.
Culminating with industry-level capstone senior design projects, our annual Innovation Expo provides real-life experience for our seniors. They conduct and participate in major industry-level design projects from creative concept realization to working prototype development. They focus on problem-solving; multidisciplinary thinking and teamwork; and preparing elevator pitches to compete in a high-stakes contest to persuade prospective investors to help them turn their senior design projects into effective businesses.
Our graduate-level programs enable students to focus intensely on their specialties, conduct advanced research projects, solve complex problems, and write theses using the resources of broad course offerings and faculty strengths, resulting in a field of burgeoning career possibilities.
Students support faculty research in emerging technologies, their fabrications methods, and infrastructures that support manufacturing and product development. They have access to and utilize innovative labs such as the Center for Neuromechanics (CFN), a first of its kind in the nation with a primary focus on the mechanical behavior of the neural system, the Design & Manufacturing Institute (DMI), a research and development center focused on realizing cost-effective and high-performance products and systems with cross-disciplinary research spanning knowledge-based design, advanced materials and manufacturing process sciences, and intelligent systems integration technologies, the Micro-Device Laboratory (MDL), a multiuser facility whose mission is to provide cutting edge nanofabrication and characterization facilities.
A Stevens degree in mechanical engineering has long empowered our graduates to be well-positioned for addressing the challenging social, global, economical, and ethical implications in mechanical engineering and to become first-rate engineers of the 21st century. We invite you to join us in making history!
Dr. Souran Manoochehri
The Department of Mechanical Engineering Strategic Plan summarizes the future goals of the department and focuses on how to achieve that progress over the next five years.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering Annual Report summarizes the current state of the department and focuses on progress and achievements over the 2022-2023 academic year.
The information presented in the report was collected from official Institutional data sources and the SES community.
Previous Annual Reports
The Department of Mechanical Engineering external advisory board is made up of notable Stevens alumnae and industry experts from across the globe.
Advisory Board Members
Mark Biamonte '01
Director of Engineering, 787 AMS Program, Collins Aerospace
Mark Biamonte is responsible for nine different Environmental Control and Protective Systems for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Mark joined UTAS in 2001 after he graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Computer Engineering. He also holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Space Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Mark spent the first nine years of his career at UTC as a Systems Analyst and Systems Architect developing and optimizing system level and component level models of active thermal control systems for Space & Defense programs. He took over the group in 2011 as the Chief Systems Engineer for ISR & Space, WL. In that role he led several strategic initiatives to improve the efficiency & effectiveness of the Systems Engineering organization. Mark was a Director in Central Quality for United Technologies Aerospace Systems for two years (2016 – 2018) where he led the Process Excellence Organization. During his tenure he led the establishment of the Quality Fellows Program, established the Discipline Health Review Process, was a steering team member of the QLEAD rotation program, and led initiatives to drive improvements to multiple Quality Processes, including the Zero Defect Plan™ (ZDP™). Mark transitioned back into Engineering in the summer of 2018 as the Director of Engineering for the Rotating Machinery and AMS Pack Product Lines and Shared Engineering Services. He transitioned into his current role in November of 2018.
Jessica Blamick '17
Senior Systems Project Engineer, Boeing Platforms, Collins Aerospace
Jessica graduated from Stevens in 2017 with her Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, she works as a Systems Integration Project Engineer at Collins Aerospace in the Environmental and Airframe Control Systems (EACS) Business Unit. Her first role at the company was Project Engineer in Additively Manufactured Heat Exchangers, leading several projects for both military and commercial customers that included design, manufacturing, and testing of additive heat exchangers. This positioned her well for her next role as the Technology Manager for Advanced Programs in EACS, where she drove the progression of the business unit's technology projects in areas such as additive manufacturing, Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), and environmental control systems. Jessica was recently recognized with the Collins Aerospace Excellence in Customer Service Award for her contribution to extending the life of heat exchangers currently in the field. She and her teammates were critical in developing repairs and maintenance strategies to protect commercial fleet operations due to supply chain issues that resulted from a global conflict. Jessica has two patents pending in the areas of additive manufacturing and environmental control systems. She is an active board member in the Collins Black Excellence Network employee development group with a focus on DE&I, participates in mentoring as both a mentee and mentor, and seeks networking opportunities through company activities and sports. She has a genuine passion for the people around her, and strives to cultivate strong relationships for the betterment of herself, those around her, and the overall company culture.
Jim Breen '83
Vice President, Lead Biologic Expansion, Janssen Pharmaceutical Johnson & Johnson
Jim Breen joined Johnson & Johnson in 1997 in Shanghai, China and has progressed through a variety of roles in project management, manufacturing, and engineering in the biologics, pharmaceutical, and corporate groups. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Master of Business Administration from Drexel University and Master of Engineering in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Byrd '93
Executive Vice President and President, Interventional Segment Becton, Dickinson and Company
Richard Byrd serves as executive vice president and president of the Interventional Segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. In this role, he is responsible for driving the global operational, commercial and financial performance of the three business units that comprise the Interventional Segment, including BD Peripheral Intervention, BD Surgery and BD Urology and Critical Care. He is also a member of the BD Executive Leadership Team. Byrd most recently served as the worldwide president of BD Medication Delivery Solutions within the Medical segment. In that role, Byrd advanced BD’s leadership in Vascular Access Management, completing the integration of the Bard portfolio and driving a strong innovation pipeline. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he oversaw BD’s role in enabling global COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, including commitments of more than two billion injection devices worldwide. He also advanced BD’s “One-Stick Hospital Stay” vision to eliminate multiple needlesticks for in-patients and drive a new standard of care in vascular health. Since joining BD in 2004, Byrd has demonstrated a proven track record of leveraging his strength in technology and innovation to drive growth while prioritizing customers’ needs, delivering operational efficiencies and developing talent across the globe. He previously held leadership roles within BD Life Sciences segment and Research and Development. Byrd earned a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Claire Griffin '16
Program Manager & Senior Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Shipboard Instrumentation and Systems Calibration Aircraft Carrier Program
Claire is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division, within the Shipboard Instrumentation and Systems Calibration (SISCAL) department. In her work, she has collaborated with technical experts, active duty sailors, governmental representatives, and a variety of other entities to ensure that all systems installed onboard US Navy ships are properly calibrated and maintained by providing technical and programmatic support. She has been the Program Manager for the Aircraft Carrier SISCAL program since 2018, working to support the Aircraft Carrier fleet in regard to calibration needs, installed instrumentation documentation, and overall system health. In her time working for the US Navy she has worked aboard over 70 ships, including every aircraft carrier in the fleet. Claire graduated from Stevens in 2016 with a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics and a minor in Science Communication.
Vice President, SC Solutions
Dr. Mahantesh Hiremath has over 30 years of wide range industry experience in space, energy, transportation and infrastructure. He is among a handful in the world to have designed and analyzed complex systems in four environments – deep underground strategic petroleum reserves, off-shore oil platforms, high-rise buildings and high-flying geosynchronous satellites. Dr. Hiremath served as the 140th President of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for term 2021-22. He is the first Asian and Indian to be selected for this honor. Additionally, he is a recipient of the 2023 College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Currently, he is the Vice President at SC Solutions, a premier engineering consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area; and an Adjunct Faculty in Civil and Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. Dr. Hiremath is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was also selected as ASME’s Congressional Fellow and in 2013-14 served on Capitol Hill as Technical Advisor to the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives. Dr. Hiremath received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University; and earned a Certificate in Systems Engineering from Stanford University.
Calvin Kinsel, Jr. '77
Director, Project Engineering Management, United E&C Inc. (United)
Calvin "Cal" Kinsel joined United Engineers & Constructors, an United E&C Inc. legacy company, as a mechanical systems engineer supporting nuclear power projects in 1977 after receiving a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ. In 1989 Cal Kinsel was first assigned as a project engineering manager and through 2005 managed multi-discipline Engineering teams on projects associated with the design and construction as well as the modification and maintenance of nuclear power plants, fossil power plants and metals industry facilities, all within United legacy companies. In 2002 Kinsel received his MS in Engineering Management from Drexel University. In 2006 he left his project engineering management role and was assigned as the discipline manager for all mechanical engineering within the Engineering & Construction division of AECOM (the United E&C Inc. predecessor) responsible for the discipline engineering work processes as well as the on-going development of the engineering staff. In September 2019 Kinsel was named director of project engineering management for all nuclear services work performed within United.
Patrick Marks '91
Director of Engineering Services, Global Applied Products, Johnson Controls
Pat Marks has worked in HVAC and Noise and Vibration control engineering for almost 30 years. He is currently responsible for managing the Engineering Services Group which includes Heat Transfer, Systems Ratings and Modeling, Sound and Vibration and Structural Analysis for Johnson Control’s chiller product lines. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning Engineers and currently serves as the Chair of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Technical Committee on Sound. He has nine patents in HVAC noise control and heat transfer applications.
Carlton Peters '99
Associate Division Chief, Instrument Systems and Technology Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Carlton Peters started his career in heat transfer within the Thermal Engineering Branch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) shortly after receiving his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration on Heat Transfer from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1999. Presently Mr. Peters serves as an Associate Division Chief in the Instrument Systems and Technology Division where he was competitively selected for this role in June of 2021. Prior to this role, Mr. Peters supported the Thermal Engineering Branch where he led the thermal design and thermal subsystem for several instrument and spacecraft developments, including the Anti-Coincidence Detector (ACD) on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument successfully flown on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Mr. Peters most recently served as the Lucy Mission Thermal System Lead (2018) into Phase B of mission development. He has worked all phases of missions in his time at GSFC from phase A to Phase E including formulation, design, development, Integration and Test as well as launch and early operations for both in-house and out-of-house developments. In addition to these roles, Mr. Peters served on the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) industry-wide Passive Thermal Technical Discipline Team that is chartered with assessing thermal technologies, risks and trends across the discipline.
Regina Pynn '11 M. Eng. '11
Sr. Product Manager for Additive Manufacturing, Hexcel
Regina Pynn is Sr. Product Manager for Additive Manufacturing at Hexcel. In this role she has responsibility for industry and customer relationships, including NCAMP qualification, entry into service on the F-35 platform, and commercial customer adoption. She also manages next-generation materials development and design-for-producibility services. Hexcel is a leader in advanced composite materials for aerospace and defense and the HexPEKK® material family is an industry leader in flightworthy, high performance thermoplastic Powder Bed Laser Fusion (PBLF) 3D printing. Before joining Hexcel in 2017 Regina worked for UTAS where she led development through Entry Into Service activities for hydromechanical and electromechanical control systems on commercial and defense platforms. Regina holds a B.Eng. from Stevens in Mechanical Engineering and an M.E. from Stevens in Systems Engineering.
Raymond C. Rossi, PE '65
Chief Mechanical Engineer, Energy/Construction Division, United (Retired)
Raymond (Ray) Rossi joined EBASCO Services Mechanical Engineering Department as an Assistant Mechanical Engineer in 1965, after receiving a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Although the company/engineering team was purchased 8 times over his 50+ year career he has remained with the same engineering group. He received a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1973 and presently holds 11 Professional Engineering Licenses. In 1965, as assistant ME he was assigned to a team designing systems and specifying equipment for several oil-fired power plants in Japan and Spain. In 1967 nuclear energy became a major part of the power business and over the next 20 years was associated with overall plant layouts, designs and specifications of mechanical systems/piping/equipment for the Japanese Tsuruga, Tokai and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants, with responsibilities growing to Project Engineering Manager. As these projects were completed, he was assigned to numerous coal fired, fluidized bed, flue gas desulfurization, gas/oil fired combined cycle and nuclear power plants designing/managing similar tasks as described above, on projects in the United States, England, Canada, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic where he held roles of Mechanical Supervisor, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Chief Mechanical Engineer.
Joe Yaccarino '88
President/CEO, MTF Biologics
Joe Yaccarino has served as the President and CEO of MTF Biologics since June 2018. He recently received the Leadership Award for large businesses in NJ for the Top Workplaces in 2020. Joe joined MTF in 1997 as its first processing engineer, creating new spinal grafts, which led to significant growth for the organization. He later served as EVP of processing operations, overseeing departments including processing, distribution, engineering, spinal product development, logistics and supply chain, which employ more than half of the organization's total workforce. Joe's service at MTF is marked by accomplishments including leading engineering and development teams through more than 25 successful new product launches, heading the expansion of new demineralized matrix tissue forms, developing technologies for aseptic processing and machining, and leading teams to create groundbreaking technologies for cartilage, dermal, adipose, amniotic, and cell-based tissues. A native of New Jersey, Yaccarino received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing/Finance from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Prior to joining MTF Biologics, Yaccarino was a production engineering supervisor at MicroSurgical Components.