Stevens Institute of Technology Announces Telecommunications Leader, Engineering CEO as 2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Speakers

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Stevens Trustees and Alumni Lawrence T. Babbio and Stephen T. Boswell to Speak at University’s First Off-Campus Commencement Ceremonies

Dr. Lawrence T. Babbio, a renowned telecommunications executive, and Dr. Stephen T. Boswell, president and CEO of a civil engineering consulting firm, will address the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2013 at the University’s 141st Commencement, which will take place on May 23, 2013, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Both alumni of Stevens, Babbio (1966) is the Chairman and Boswell (1989) is a member of the Stevens Board of Trustees.

Babbio, the Undergraduate Commencement speaker, is a senior advisor at the financial services firm TAP Advisors LLC. His notable 40-year career in the telecommunications industry includes positions as President and Vice Chairman of the board of Verizon, where he played a pivotal role in the firm's $8.4 billion acquisition of long-distance carrier MCI, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Bell Atlantic, where his strategic oversight helped to substantially increase the size and scope of the firm’s domestic and international wireless holdings. Babbio is widely recognized for his technology leadership, earning numerous prestigious honors for his achievements, including an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens in 2001. He earned his B.E. from Stevens and his MBA from New York University.

Boswell, the Graduate Commencement speaker, is President and CEO of Boswell Engineering, a civil and environmental engineering consulting firm which was founded by his grandfather in 1924. The company, which is headquartered in South Hackensack, N.J., is renowned for its design and management of roadways, bridges, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. A licensed professional engineer in 28 states, Boswell is the appointed municipal, planning and zoning board of adjustment engineer for more than 30 communities in northern New Jersey. He is also an elected fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies. Boswell holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.S. from William Paterson University, and a double M.S. and Ph.D from Stevens.

Both Babbio and Boswell have made an impact on the University in a multitude of ways. Babbio’s generosity helped inspire and support the Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. Center for Technology Management, the signature leading-edge structure on the lower campus that bears his name. Boswell’s philanthropy to Stevens has included support for athletics programs, the Kenneth J. Altorfer Academic Complex, the Babbio Center, and a scholarship fund that provides financial support for the studies of undergraduate engineering majors, particularly civil engineers.

Boswell’s speech will occur at 10 a.m. and Babbio’s speech at 3 p.m., followed by the Graduate and Undergraduate academic processions and the conferment of degrees to the Stevens Class of 2013.

With approximately 7,000 people expected to attend the ceremonies, including approximately 500 students earning bachelor’s degrees and approximately 1,000 students earning master’s and doctoral degrees, 2013 marks the first time in the 143-year history of Stevens that Commencement will be held off-campus, reflecting the University’s steady growth and upward progress.

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About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

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