Excellence at Stevens

Employee Highlights

Excellence Files

The Excellence Files provides a forum where contributing Stevens faculty and staff members share practical insights and reflections to reinforce our mindset of “excellence in all we do”. It is our hope that these thought-provoking articles will help to focus, engage, and align our employees with our mission, values, and strategic priorities. If you are interested in submitting an article, please contact Melanie Murtha (mmurtha@stevens.edu) or Maria Ouckama (mouckama@stevens.edu)

Stevens Professor Hang Liu Awarded Four Grants Totaling $356,335

These awards will support seven Stevens master’s and Ph.D. students of electrical and computer engineering.

Read about Dr. Lui Grants
Professor Lui

Johannes Weickenmeier Receives $837,467 as Part of a NIH-Funded Research Program Led by UC Davis to Examine the Link Between White Matter Lesions and Cognitive Decline

The project contributes to the understanding of the mechanistic origin of vascular damage causing white matter degeneration during brain aging.

Read More about Dr. Weickenmeiers NIH Research
Johannes Weickenmeier

Previous Award Recipients





Creating a Connected Community (New Category)

Lainie Fefferman, Faculty

Jaquion Gholston, Staff

Excellence in All We Do

Lindsey Swindall, Faculty

Natalie Lebert, Staff

Maryam Mirza, Elizabeth O’Connell, & Jean Lee

Kishore Pochiraju, Carl Russell & Michael zur Muchlen

Stevens Brand Ambassador

Matthew Libera, Faculty

Harry Ortiz, Staff

Greg Townsend, Dan Buehring, & Thania Benios

Jeff Nickerson, Xiaojiang Du & Koduvayur Subbalakshmi

Student Success Champion

Frank Fisher, Faculty

Phil Gehman, Staff

Mary Newell, Linda Beninghove, & Lindsay Hartelius

Johannes Weickenmeier, Amy Wolf & Paul McClelland

Innovation Powered by Technology

Sarah Goodman, Faculty

Ashley Chillar, Staff

Louis Oh, Rafat Azad, & Dariel Bobadilla

Jesus Candiotti, Kristen Conti & Kunal Batra

Through Collaboration, Impact

Hongjun Wang, Faculty

Rekha Manohar, Staff

Ashley Lytle, Albeirys Francisco & Jenna Nimar

Kristyn Karl, Brian Rothschild & Luis Cueva

Transformative Teamwork

Transformative Teamwork:

International Education Month Committee

Susi Rachouh

Vicky Orlofsky

Courtney Walsh

Chloe Bergman-Ray

Samaneh Jafari

Nathalie Waite

Jillian Ryan

Zach Balog

Dereck Persaud, Hammad Ali, Jayson Viray, Luis Quispe, Mauricio Castano & Ted Vallejos

Faculty Handbook Working Group Leaders Dibyendu Sarkar & David Zeng

Lifetime Achievement Award

David Vaccari, Faculty

Erol Cesmebasi & Tim Koeller

James McClellan & Nuran Kumbaraci

Leading By Example (New Category)

Gregory Prastacos, Faculty

Dawn da Silva, Staff

Employee Excellence

Each year we acknowledge faculty and staff who are doing exceptional work in advancing our strategic goals in one of the categories outlined below:

Award Categories


Awarded to those who have been working at Stevens in increments of 5 years


Student Centricity

Student success is our highest priority.  Employee consistently goes above and beyond what is required for a particular position. Employee displays the Stevens values of embracing innovation, diversity and technology as drivers for the inspiration, education and long-term success of our students.

Excellence In All We Do

Employee embraces the Stevens objective for excellence in all of their work.

Technology at Our Core 

Our legacy is built on technology.  Employee demonstrates technology innovation as a hallmark of our education, research, technology transfer, co-curricular or administrative operations.

Through Collaboration, Impact

Stevens seeks out and excels in partnerships that expand our reach and impact.  Employee adds value to collaborative educational, research or community enterprises, across industry, government or educational domains.

Strengthened Reputation, Increased Prestige

Stevens must continue to build its reputation in education, research and service.  Employee promotes the Stevens reputation and prestige through personal and collaborative efforts.

Transformative Teamwork

This award recognizes cross-functional, interdisciplinary, or intra-office/intra- departmental teams comprised of faculty and/or staff who have worked together in an exemplary manner on a project, process, initiative, or other significant effort that advances departmental goals, organizational goals, and/or the university’s mission and institutional vision.