Rob Ranalli – AKA Teacher of Philosophy!

Classes get to be a burden, at some point. I have 18 credits – exactly half of which are for my masters – and while the discussions are interesting, the work can get to you. Today in my History of Science and Technology class, we argued about the Stevens Tech Strategic Plan. Without disseminating too much about the discussion (and trying not to get myself into trouble), it was a lively debate about whether managerial hierarchies actually listen to feedback, or if their attempts to open lines of communications are merely a public relations move. (more…)

Sebastian Castrillon – Greek Life, Turning 21, and Soccer!

Hello Stevens community once again, this is Juan Sebastian Castrillon, and it has been awhile since the last time we were able to chat. Hence, we have started a new semester, basically starting all over again from zero. Still, this time we have new professors, new classes, new projects, new material and, most importantly, new experiences that can enrich our previous knowledge. (more…)

Rob Ranalli – Like a Chicken With No Head

The past few weeks I have running around trying to find something big to do this summer. I have already been rejected (insert Dikembe Motumbo meme here) by a Fellowship at UC Berkeley, and am currently applying to an internship back in DC. Last year I was in Georgetown University’s Semester in Washington Program, but this year – hopefully – I’ll be staying at George Mason for the Engalitcheff Institute for DC Internships. This is an economic and public policy opportunity, which is something near what I am interested in after law school. I also have an interview with the ACLU of New Jersey sometime in March or April to interview for a position in August or in the fall. On top of that, I may call my high school headmaster and ask to teach a course during summer session (St. Benedict’s, my high school in Newark, NJ, runs from August to June). So, I have to juggle three possible opportunities (if I get them), or none! Sometimes it’s good to be paranoid. (more…)

Valentino Ivezaj – Greek Life at Stevens

Hey everyone! It has been a while since my last blog post, and a bunch of stuff has changed since then. However, I’m not going to focus on every little detail, so you will be disappointed if you’re hoping I’ll discuss the music I’m currently listening to, my current favorite TV show, or if I thought the world would actually end on December 22nd. What I will talk about here is something almost every college kid wonders about: Greek life. (more…)

Juan Rios – Following Your Instinct

Hi everyone!

The end of last semester was fun. I got to play with Arduino, a very friendly open-source prototyping platform, and built a controller made with lasers, IR filters and heart beat sensor, that produced sound, and controlled things such as volume, pitch, frequency swiping, etc. It was a very interesting experience. I recommend you to experiment with it. It is great. I am working on a blog on my website explaining how I did it and what did I use. (more…)

Virginia Keating – New Semester Resolutions

Welcome to a new semester, Stevens students!  Well, technically we’re three weeks into the semester, but you know what I mean.  It’s a new beginning:  new classes, new schedules, new tests about which to worry, etc.  Whatever mistakes you made or regrets you have from last semester are in the past. (more…)

Sebastian Castrillon – Finals Week

Hello again Stevens community this is Sebastian the Colombian soccer player. Last time I posted it was right after hurricane Sandy, which for some of us was a great break, but for others like myself it was horrible because it basically ruined the rhythm of my everyday agenda. Hence it was really hard to come back to the everyday hustle after a week and a half of break, especially when you are involved in sports, clubs, fraternities, and the hard classes we have every day here in Stevens.         (more…)

Rob Ranalli – End of Semester Time!

Crunch time. With less than a week and a half, I have no less than 4 papers (ranging from 4-20 pages), 2 final exams and meetings. As much as I am working to get all of that done, I’m really looking forward to going to Texas – El Paso, specifically. I’m spending the holiday with my girlfriend’s family. I will have to do extra to be ready for my finals, but I think it’ll be well worth it. (more…)

Introductions – Valentino Ivezaj

If you are reading this blog you are probably looking for some information about Stevens Institute of Technology. Look no further! My name is Valentino (Tino) Ivezaj, and I am currently a Sophomore in the Art & Technology major, originally from Fairview, NJ. For the next few months, I will give details on my experience so far at Stevens and give you a student’s perspective. My blog posts might make you laugh, they may even make you cry, but continue reading otherwise I’ll be out of a job. (more…)

Introductions – Juan Rios

Hello Everyone!

My name is Juan Manuel, I am originally from Peru and I came to the US 10 years ago. It was pretty difficult because I did not know anyone and I have to build myself up to where I am now. I feel blessed. I am currently a Senior in the Music Technology Program at Stevens.  I am following both the composition and sound design and production concentrations. Also, I am trying to get a minor degree in Computer Science. (more…)