Academic News – December 2020
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Message from the Provost

Thank You for Your Dedication and Warm Holiday Wishes

As we approach a holiday season like none we have ever experienced, I would like to thank everyone in the Stevens community for enabling us to reach the end of the fall 2020 semester successfully.

I offer my best wishes to those students, staff and faculty members who contracted COVID. At the same time, I am proud that we have been able to avoid the sorts of disruptive outbreaks that have affected other campuses. Continue Reading>

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Philip Odonkor, Assistant Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises

Sandra Clavijo, Director of Core Education, School of Engineering & Science

Faculty Awards | Research | Grants

Selected Faculty Honors and Achievements

Hady Salloum, STAR Center (SES), was awarded a $3.3 million contract by iModal Ground, LLC, to develop an underwater acoustic security system that will protect ports, waterways and waterfront properties from surface and underwater intruders.

Elaine Henry (SB) was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation.

Antonia Zaferiou, Biomedical Engineering (SES), is one of four researchers to be awarded The Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Research Career Development Program (IRE-K12) grant in movement and rehabilitation sciences this year.

Yi Guo, Electrical & Computer Engineering (SES), was appointed editor-in-chief of IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine, beginning in 2021.

Chang-Hwan Choi, Mechanical Engineering (SES), was recently appointed to the advisory board of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.

David A. Vaccari, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering (SES), was elected vice president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Ye Yang (SSE) was awarded the ACM Distinguished Paper Award at the 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering, which took place virtually.

Philippos Mordohai, Computer Science (SES), along with colleagues from three other institutions, was awarded a $1.3 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project that will develop a system of co-robots collaborating with a human operator to map underwater structures.

"Untitled (Monument)" by Nancy Nowacek (CAL) is now on view at the Mana Contemporary Sculpture Garden in Jersey City, part of an exhibit featuring New Jersey artists who explore urgent issues.

Largest New Research Awards, September-November 2020

  • October 9: Thomas McDermott (SERC) – Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, $368,130 – WRT-1033: Transitioning Mission-Aware Concepts and Methods to Evaluate Cost/Risk Decisions for Security Assurance Design
  • October 5: Kishore Pochiraju, Mechanical Engineering (SES) – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, $1,439,276 – AIMED: Artificial Intelligence Managed Exploration of Designs
  • October 1: Hady Salloum, STAR Center (SES) – iModal Ground LLC, $3,300,000 – Research for the Commercialization of the Passive Acoustic Underwater Intruder Detection System
  • October 1: Jun Xu, Computer Science (SES) – National Science Foundation, $596,034 – (Collaborative Research) SaTC: CORE: Medium: Rethinking Fuzzing for Security
  • October 1: Philippos Mordohai, Computer Science (SES) – National Science Foundation, $331,777 – (Collaborative Research) NRI: INT: Cooperative Underwater Structure Inspection and Mapping
  • September 30: Dinesh Verma (SERC) – Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, $644,045 – WRT-1032: Critical Program Information (CPI) Protection Through Software Anti-Tamper
  • September 30: William Shepherd (SERC) – Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, $415,841 – WRT-1035: SE Capstone Marketplace 2020-21
  • September 30: Dinesh Verma (SERC) – Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, $2,206,301 – Center for Acquisition Excellence (CAE) Program Management
  • September 21: Dinesh Verma (SERC) – Department of Defense, Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, $447,233 – ART 018: Characterization of Potting Materials in Military Environments
  • September 15: Abhishek Sharma, Chemistry and Chemical Biology (SES) – National Institutes of Health, $462,600 – R15: Modular Approaches to Unusual Borylated Heterocycles Using Novel Acylborons and Alpha-Hydroxyborons as Enabling Tools
  • September 15: Dinesh Verma (SERC) – Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, $690,099 – WRT-1022: Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) and Cyberattack Resilient Systems
  • September 15: Junfeng Liang, Chemistry and Chemical Biology (SES) – National Institutes of Health, $462,600 – Membrane-Acting Peptides
  • September 2: Knut Stamnes, Physics (SES) – NASA, $450,057 – Laser Beam (Lidar) Propagation in the Atmosphere-Ocean System in Support of Active Remote Sensing from Space
  • September 1: Paul Grogan (SSE) – National Science Foundation, $500,000 – CAREER: Understanding Strategic Dynamics in the Engineering of Decentralized Systems
  • September 1: Antonia Zaferiou, Biomedical Engineering (SES) – National Science Foundation, $822,200 – CAREER: Adaptive Sonification to Improve Balance During Everyday Mobility

Workday Student

Workday Student continues to move ahead toward its March 2021 launch!

  • From November 16-20, more than 60 students, faculty and staff tested the new system and offered feedback during Mock Registration simulations.
  • In December, more data is being shifted to the Production Workday environment that connects with Workday HCM, including academic plans, academic requirements and transfer credit rules.
  • The Workday Student team is building training plans for faculty, staff and students. The first components are available now.

Workday Student is Stevens’ comprehensive new student information system. It will replace legacy systems and streamline many of the tasks students, faculty and staff need to perform from the time of enrollment through commencement. Workday Student is an extension of the Workday HCM (Human Capital Management) platform that Stevens faculty, staff and student workers already use to manage all their human resources tasks. Workday Student brings a host of additional functions to Workday and places everyone at Stevens on one modern platform that can be accessed with a single login.

Keep up with everything related to Workday Student!

Academic Faculty and Staff Changes

September 30 through December 10, 2020


Charles V. Schaefer Jr., School of Engineering & Science

  • Jongyoun Son, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Mechanical Engineering

Office of the Provost

  • Bryan Lugo, Business Analyst, Workday Student
  • Melissa McCoy, Training Lead, Workday Student

Office of Research and Innovation

  • Vanessa Singletary, Contract Grant Specialist


Office of Research and Innovation

  • Debbie Del Valle, Associate Director of Research and Administration
  • Jessica Grady, Associate Director of Research and Administration

Recent News

New Shulman Chair Trusts Instincts for Innovation in Designing the Future of Work

Dr. Jeffrey Nickerson leverages industry experience and research insights in preparing the next generation of business leaders at Stevens.

A Quieter Place: Stevens Students Tackle Noise in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Stevens biomedical engineering students’ flexible noise reduction solution for incubators was selected to be presented at the 2020 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition.

Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Announces New Graduate Certificate Programs

The department has created new graduate certificates in two key areas of rapidly evolving global importance: machine learning and energy and sustainability.

Stevens Hosts the 2020 Fall Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic Section

ASEE, a non-profit providing leadership in innovative programs and services in engineering and education, held this year’s Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Meeting in a virtual format, with Stevens serving as the event’s host.

Stevens Biology and Chemical Biology Programs Boast 100% Student Acceptance Rate to Medical Schools

With strong preparation in science, research, and hands-on experience, Stevens graduates are a tier above competing medical and dental school applicants.


December 16

Virtual Salon: Happy Birthday Beethoven!


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