Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) is located in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States, with one of their satellite location in Washington DC. It is a private co-educational research university that was incorporated in 1870. SIT was the first college in America that was dedicated to the study of mechanical engineering it is also known as one of the oldest technological universities in the United States. There are several buildings in the campus including a Castle Point which is the highest point in Hoboken and many other buildings in the city.
Stevens Institute was founded from the 1868 bequest from Edwin Augustus Stevens. The school enrollment comprises of more than five thousands undergraduate students that come from forty-seven states and sixty countries from various continents including Europe, Asia and Latin America. SIT also boast of being home to 3 national Centers of Excellence as conferred by the Homeland Security and United States Department of Defense. The school have had two member of their community: Frederick Reines (class of 1939), and Irving Langmuir (Chemistry faculty 1906–1909) as alumni or faculty awarded the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry respectively.
Dr. Nariman Farvardin who took office on July 1, 2011 is the seventh president of Stevens.
Stevens Institute of Technology – History
Establishment and the Stevens Family
Stevens Institute of Technology got its name from a group of accomplished engineers and inventors who took active part in the development of Hoboken from an old farm it was to the civilized and developed thriving city it is today. The land that is home to the school was bought by John Stevens in 1784.
John Stevens an inventor reversed-engineered one of the British steam locomotive to become of American standards for domestic manufacture. His innovation was later adopted by the ferries to the Manhattan which operation of Hoboken’s piers is still in existence to date.
One of John’s son, Robert Stevens, an inventor himself, invented the flanged RT rail, a rail which is commonly used today from Lackawanna Terminal of Hoboken that have a dock designed by Robert. Robert inventions did not stop here, he created America’s first commercial railroad with the help of his brother Edwin A. Stevens. The railroad is presently operating as big part of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.
There are still more inventors to come from Stevens family, his eldest son, John Cox Stevens who was the first commodore of the New York Yacht Club with his brother Edwin built the yacht America and they were on it when it recorded victory in 1851 regatta in England. Edwin was later known as the first winner of America’s Cup. The New York Yacht Club was able to defend this title until the race in 1983.
In 1868, Edwin was declared dead. He left his possessions for the establishment of an “institution of learning” in his will. He also provide his trustees with funds and land where this institution will be built. His will was carried out by surviving wife Martha Stevens who would later became a lifetime Trustee of the Institute. The bulk of family’s philanthropy for the City of Hoboken was oversaw by Martha Stevens which includes the founding of the Church of the Holy Innocents as a free Episcopal church, the Robert L. Stevens Fund for Municipal Research, a foundling hospital and birthing center at St. Mary’s Hospital, the Hoboken Public Library, Manual training schools for young boys and girls in Hoboken and Manual Training school.
Stevens Institute of Technology – Early Years
When Stevens Institute of Technology was opened in 1870, it was at dedicated to the study of only mechanical engineering. The initial course of study is just one rigorous program that was adopted from the European Polytechnic model of engineering science. The original degree offered in Stevens was “Mechanical Engineer” (M.E). Additionally, Stevens also offered Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, physics or chemistry. Between 1870 and 1900 the school granted several Ph.D.s which made it to become one of the institutions in United States to grant Ph.D.
The interdisciplinary philosophy of the school was first carried out by the founders from the first ever class to graduate from the school. Notwithstanding the name of the degree and focus in mechanical engineering, the program consists of courses in every engineering discipline at the time; civil, chemical, mechanical, and electrical. Robert H. Thurston a professor of mechanical engineering, in 1880 was nominated and become the first president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Initially when the school started, it was located on the edge of the family estate at Castle Point in Hoboken and only occupied one building which is now known as the Edwin A. Stevens Building and a Federal historical landmark. In the building you can see stone designs on the building’s facade. The design was believed to have been originated from the repeated pattern in the floor mosaic of Hagia Sophia, a great cathedral located in Istanbul which Edwin saw when he visited Turkey in the late nineteenth century.
In 1906, students created the honor system – a moral and ethical code meant to govern the life of all students at Stevens, preaching honest work and equality. This system was created under the guidance of President Humphreys and it still exists today, the system allows the accused to be tried by their peers and adequate punishment recommended to the faculty. SIT was first technical school were such honor system was first implemented.
Stevens Institute of Technology – Modern History
Stevens Institute of Applied Science during the second World war was one of the 131 universities and colleges in U.S that participated in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which provides students an opportunity to Navy commission. At this time, Stevens was honored by naming of the Victory Ship, SS Stevens Victory. The ship was a merchant cargo ship that was built by the Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard located in Baltimore; it was launched on May 29, 1945. There are also about 150 other ships named for U.S. Universities and colleges.
Stevens Institute changed the undergraduate engineering degree to the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in 1959 in order to accommodate the broad-based interdisciplinary engineering curriculum.
In 1959, the land where the forty-room Victorian mansion known as the “Castle Stevens” or “Villa on the Hudson” occupied was turned to fourteen-story administration building which was completed in 1962, it was later renamed the “Wesley J. Howe” building. The building was as a dormitory, cafeteria and office space starting from 1911. The staircase was unique that there are only such two “floating staircases” in the whole America; it was an unsupported cantilevered staircase with elegant designs.
From 1968 to 1975, about 150 students of Stevens occupied the SS Stevens which was a 473-foot, 14,893-ton ship that served as a floating dormitory. The floating dormitory became of the most popular college landmarks in the United States. However, the ship was sold later prompting the class of 1975 to present funds to the institute in order to prepare a land on Wittpenn Walk where one of the Stevens’ 6-anchors will placed in tribute to “the Ship”. The day the SS Stevens was towed away was an emotional one for the students, this was reflected the sentiments recounted by the alumni association in its journal saying “she disappeared into the fog and into our hearts”
Stevens form of the first 5 college football teams. In 1873, there was a meeting by the representatives of Yale, Princeton, Rutgers and Columbia in the New York City to form the first American intercollegiate rules for football based on the model adopted from the then London Football Association. However Stevens become disadvantaged when the game developed in the United States and slowly became more violent. The alumni Journal wrote that game needs restructuring and more training by the players to overcome the violent nature of the game, however, the recommended amount of time for training would add too much work to the already strict academic coursework at Stevens. Stevens couldn’t adjust to this prompting President Humphreys to end the football program after the 1924 season.
In 1967, the first sets of women were admitted to Stevens’ graduate program and in 1971 the Stevens undergraduate program became coeducational program. 19 women were matriculated from the class of 1975. However forty years later, women made up of twenty-five percent of those in undergraduate program in Stevens. This change in the demographic of Stevens’ students lead to the establishment of the Lore-El Center, named after Lore E. Feiler, it was established in order to improve the learning and social experience of women at Stevens.
In 1982, Stevens Institute became the first ever institution in the whole of the United States to demand that its student should buy and make use of their own personal computer. Stevens was also among the first universities with campus networks following the installation of intranet throughout the campus around 1982.
Stevens Institute of Technology – S.C. Williams Library Archives
Stevens’ S.C. Williams Library was home to the University’s Special Collections which contains the largest compendium of items that related to Frederick Winslow Taylor of class of 1883. The library also houses the best accumulations in the Western Hemisphere of manuscripts in facsimile, prints and books by and about Leonardo da Vinci. Also you can found artwork by Alexander Calder there. The Taylor’s works consists mostly of his personal and work-related correspondence for implementation of scientific management, a field where he was among the pioneer, it also consist of Taylor family’s belongings like photographs, ephemera and furniture. The other hallmark collections of “Leonardo da Vinci Room” were donated by John Lieb, of class of 1880.
The library’s archive also contains many of Stevens’ family documents and artifacts from early American and New Jersey history from the time of American Revolutionary War. The purpose of the archives and special collections was to engage students, staff, faculty, the alumni, the local and the whole global community with primary sources and artifacts. There was a 6-month exhibition on the Stevens family and their contributions to American life by the Hoboken Historical Museum which featured many of the Library’s contents. The Stevens class of 1960 early in 2015 released a documentary entitled “Stevens and Sons: America’s First Family of Engineers” which was narrated by Richard Reeves pointing out the family’s contributions.
Stevens Institute of Technology – Attorney General Lawsuit
In 2009, there was a competing lawsuits filed by both the New Jersey Attorney General after 2-years investigation and Stevens against one another. The suit filed by attorney general was against Stevens, the then-president and their chairman of the board of trustees for many claims consisting of breach of fiduciary duty and other issues relating to financial practices and the financial management of the Stevens Institute. The suit also was filed against the compensation and some loan transactions that involved the then-president. Stevens also file a suit against the attorney general contending that she had overstepped her legal boundary and authority over a private institution and ask the court that the case be pursued by confidential arbitration.
However, the following year January 15, 2010, there was an announcement by the Stevens that the institute and the attorney general’s office have settled the both law cases. Both parties agreed in the settlement to some number of changes to Stevens’ governance procedures. The court also appointed a special counsel that will oversee to the implementation of the recommended changes and prepare periodic reports on the progress of these changes. Moreover, The chairman of the board of trustees, Lawrence T. Babbio Jr and the then president Harold J. Raveche in a letter to the institute dated January 15, 2010, announced that Raveche had on his own will decided against continuing as president after June 30, 2010 after twenty years in as the president. He became a consultant to the school and was forced by the settlement to repay the remaining balance of loans that was previously given to him by Stevens. Finally, the settlement concluded without either party being declared wrong.
The special counsel appointed by the court later came out with six reports on the progress so far made by the governance of the institute to implement the changes recommended in the settlement agreement. The final report on August 2011 revealed that Stevens has completed all the agreed changes on schedule and that the “special counsel now finds Stevens to be in full compliance with terms of the Consent Judgment”. Although Stevens completed the changes on schedule, the counsel however continued monitoring it activities through February 2012.
Stevens Institute of Technology – Academics
Colleges of SIT
Stevens Institute of Technology is made of 4 academic schools: The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science, the School of Business, the School of Systems and Enterprises and College of Arts and Letters. The undergraduate majors at Stevens is 29 and about 7:1 student to faculty ratio. The programs that can be offered by graduates includes 22 Ph.D programs 122 certificate programs, 43 master’s programs and graduate-level program that was specially made for corporations.
The school also offers the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) degree in chemical, civil, electrical, biomedical, computer, mechanical, environmental, naval engineering and engineering management.
Stevens offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in bioinformatics, chemical biology, bioanalytical chemistry, cybersecurity, computational science, chemistry, computer science, information systems, engineering physics, physics, mathematical science, quantitative finance and science and law. The school also offers Master of Technology (M.T.M) Master of Engineering (M.Eng), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) Master of Science (M.S), Engineer (E.E, M.E, Comp. E, C.E and Ch.E), and also Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees in the graduate level.
The mission of Schaefer School is to tackle the challenges that engineering and science face now and into the future while staying true the founders of Stevens’ vision as one of the first dedicated engineering school in the United States. The Schaefer School also offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees with various certificates in different engineering and scientific disciplines for both the students that are full-time and those that are part-time professionals. Most doctoral works have the goal of developing technologies and solutions that provide social benefit in society’s energy, security, medicine, environmental and health care challenges. The SIT has double degree program in engineering with the New York University until the later began its own engineering school in 2008 when it acquired another well-known school of engineering called Polytechnic Institute of New York University which is situated in the New York City.
The School of Business offers undergraduate, MBA, master’s and doctoral degrees, it also offer certificates in various technology management courses. The Stevens undergraduate program put emphasis on mathematical business models, applying hard science to the concept and marketing of products, financial engineering and the case study method of business analysis. The emphasis the business curriculum is the use of technology-based business with business plan, market analysis, operations research, financial prospectus and risk analysis. Many projects have been developed into real companies.
The School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE) have faculty with government and industry experience in order to offer real-world applications to their students. School of Systems and Enterprise offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees with a combination of bachelor’s and master’s program and graduate certificate. The school also provides flexibility to the delivery of its graduate course. Students have options to choose Hoboken or Washington D.C. location at the work site or online through the Stevens’ WebCampus. The school also has education and research program that cut across many industries which includes defense, intelligence, homeland security, nuclear weapons, space, communications, finance, infrastructure and business solutions. The school adopted an open academic model which put real emphasis on the interplay of industry, academia and government.
The Colleges of Arts and Letters (CAL) encompass the humanities, social science and the arts. All the undergraduate at Stevens are mandated to take a set of humanities courses. The College of Arts and Letters offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in literature, philosophy, history and the social sciences. It was established as a different college in 2007 to become part of a larger institutional realignment. The formation of CAL followed a history of integrating humanities and liberal arts education that can be traced back to when the university was founded in 1870. CAL began offering a new M.A and graduate certificate in Technology, Ethics and Policy in fall 2011.
Stevens Institute of Technology – Cooperative Education and Career Placement
Undergraduate students in Stevens are allowed to choose cooperative education program which will extend their timeline from 4 to 5 years but will help them to gain about 18 months of increasingly progressive work experience. The cooperative education and career placement program also helps students to affirm their choice of discipline, made their interest clear and career goals while also working in paid full-time positions. More than 1/3 of undergraduate students opts to follow this program while the rest of the student engage in research, externships or internships that are done in the summer months.
By combining tasking coursework and real-world application, about seventy-three percent of students are able to finalize their path before graduation with 95% of this number getting their intended outcomes within 6 months after graduation. Across all majors, the average accepted salary is $64,150 and the maximum accepted salary is $107,000 from more than three hundred recruiting companies on the campus. Chemical Engineering, Computer Science/Cyber Security and Quantitative Finance are among the majors ranking the highest individually. There is vast application of degrees earned from Stevens which made the school ranked among the top in the nation.
Stevens Institute of Technology – Research
Stevens have research enterprise that features 3 national Centers of Excellence as awarded by the U.S government: the National Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) the National Center for Secure and Resilient (CSR) Maritime Commerce and the Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships
Stevens also have Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems and Information Assurance (CASSIA) which was made to help in the advancement of cybersecurity. The center was developed when the school was designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for the academic years 2003 and 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. It was also designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research for the year 2008 and 2013.
Stevens Institute of Technology Campus Tour
The Centers for Maritime at Stevens’ goals is to preserve and secure the America’s maritime resources and assets. One of these centers is a research facility “Davidson Laboratory” that is focused on physical modeling and computer simulation of craft designs of marine. The lab has in it a 313-foot long wave tank that has capability of recreating various wave types for maritime testing. During the Second World War, the work at the lab was dedicated to the war effort. The facility made up of one of just 2 known International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks in the U.S.
The Center for Maritime Systems also contributed to the United State Airways Flight 1549 Miracle on the Hudson recovery through analyzing the currents of the water to determine the best place to tow the plane and find the plane’s missing engine.
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) which is part of the Schaefer School offers expertise to advance K-12 science, engineering, mathematics, and technology education with the objective of increasing the number of students that are going for STEM disciplines and careers in technological fields. Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education in 2011 was honored with the Presidential Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
The Center for Environmental Systems (CES) was able to develop environmental technologies by collaborating with faculty of department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, the Department of Defense and private companies. CES core research areas consist of drinking water technologies, air pollution control, waste water treatment, environmental systems modeling and monitoring, life cycle assessment and pollution prevention and minimization.
There are also other research centers at Stevens Institute which includes Keck Geotechnical Laboratory, Wireless Network Security Center, Plasma Physics Laboratory, Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Nicoll Enviromental Laboratory, Center for Mass Spectrometry and Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises (CCCSE).
Stevens Institute of Technology – Campus Map
BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES:
1. Edwin A. Stevens Hall and DeBaun Auditorium
2. Carnegie Laboratory
3. Lieb Building
4. Burchard Building
5. McLean Hall
6. Babbio Center
7-8-9. Morton-Peirce-Kidde Complex
10. Rocco Technology Center
11. Nicholl Environmental Laboratory
12. Davidson Laboratory
13. Gatehouse (Campus Police)
14. Griffith Building
15. Walker Gymnasium
16. Schaefer Athletic and Recreation Center
17. Samuel C. Williams Library and Computer Center
18. Jacobus Student Center
19. Wesley J. Howe Center and Visitors Information Desk
27. Hoxie House
28. Alexander House
29. Ruesterholz Admissions Center
46. Kenneth J. Altorfer Academic Complex
47. 607-614 Hudson St.
50. 2 Ninth St.
51. Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education
52. Pond House
30. Chi Phi – 801 Hudson St.
31. Chi Psi – 804 Castle Point Terrace
32. Sigma Nu – 806 Castle Point Terrace
33. Beta Theta Pi – 812 Castle Point Terrace
34. Theta Xi – 805 Castle Point Terrace
35. Delta Tau Delta – 809 Castle Point Terrace
36. Alpha Sigma Phi – 903 Castle Point Terrace
37. Phi Sigma Kappa – 837 Hudson St.
38. Sigma Phi Epsilon – 528-530 Hudson St.
39. Lambda Upsilon Lambda – 831 Castle Point Terrace
40. Theta Phi Alpha – 808 Castle Point Terrace
41. Phi Sigma Sigma – 835 Castle Point Terrace
49. Delta Phi Epsilon – 800 Castle Point Terrace
20. Davis Hall
21. Hayden Hall
22. Palmer Hall
23. Humphreys Hall
24. Jonas Hall
25. Lore-El Center
26. Castle Point Hall
RIVER TERRACE SUITES:
42. 600 River Terrace
43. 602 River Terrace
44. Gibb House – 604 River Terrace
45. 606 River Terrace