Celebrating 150 Years of Passion, Purpose and Growth
At 150 years old, Stevens Institute of Technology is stronger today than it has ever been, our impact steadily increasing in both its breadth and intensity. Now is an auspicious time for our community to celebrate our roots, our journey and our future.
Stevens has always been committed to leveraging technology and innovation that drive progress. Launched on February 15, 1870 as America’s first college of mechanical engineering and beginning with a student body of 21 students, the university today is a premier technology-focused university with global impact educating more than 7,000 students. Join us as we celebrate the passion that has fueled our purpose for 150 years.
Join the celebration! Feel the excitement!
This 150th celebration is packed with activities, tributes and opportunities. Make this website your go-to hub for engagement and enjoyment of all things Stevens 150 as we salute the past, proclaim the present and secure the future.
Some ways you can get involved in the celebration:
- Scan, read and share Our Stories — 150 stories of Stevens.
- Visit our interactive timeline to journey back from our origins to the present.
- Follow and share Stevens 150 content all year long through dedicated anniversary Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.
- Learn about the “150for150” student service project, which will bring 150 hands-on STEM workshops to local K-12 students.
- Attend our events. From our kickoff historical soiree to an academic symposium showcasing our passion and purpose, please visit the calendar for activities through Spring 2021 you’ll want to attend. The events page will evolve as we progress through the celebration, so check back often!
- Show your pride with 150th swag available online and on campus through the Stevens Bookstore.
- Watch for a special issue of The Stevens Indicator, our university’s magazine, in Fall 2020.
All are welcome —alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends — as we proudly look back at our achievements and eagerly press ahead for innovation that supports a better world.
The Mark of Progress and Celebration: Our 150th Anniversary Logo
To project a unified look to the many aspects of this milestone year, the Division of Communications & Marketing engaged in a months-long process to create a brand mark to celebrate our 150th anniversary.
Alumni, students, faculty and staff were involved at every step along the way as we solicited input via discovery sessions and focus groups. We designed and revised countless logo possibilities. This effort yielded a mark grounded firmly in Stevens’ roots, leveraging existing iconography and reflecting our course toward a bright future.
Meaning and Symbolism
The Stevens 150 brand mark characterizes the university’s journey, our spirit and our promise:
- The use of the iconic “Stevens red” is a nod to tradition and provides consistency with all other university materials.
- “Stevens” is displayed in the university’s brand font, Trade Gothic, which is used in parts of the current Stevens logo and wordmark.
- “150” leans forward, as if anticipating the future. It represents the forward-thinking character of Stevens, our vision for research and education and the spirit of our people.
- Bursting through the “150” is a gold star inspired by the “Moon and Stars” sculpture gracing the entryway to the Samuel C. Williams Library. The same star also appears in the shield artwork in the current Stevens logo.
- The trail of light created by the shooting star creates a sense of motion, reaching upward, not yet crested — symbolizing Stevens’ promising future. The star and its trail connote the promise of the university motto: Per aspera ad astra — “through adversity to the stars.”
The Stevens 150 logo defines the energy of a venerable yet modern university with its sights trained on the horizon, pursuing progress with the steadfast determination that defines a culture of innovation.
The 150th Anniversary Committees
In July 2017, President Nariman Farvardin appointed a 150th Steering Committee whose charge was to solicit community input and recommend a series of programs and events befitting this milestone. Members of this committee included:
- Mr. Brodie Remington, Former Vice President for Development (Co-Chair)
- Mr. Edward Stukane, Vice President for Communications and Marketing (Co-Chair)
- Dr. Seth Cluett, Former Assistant Professor of Music and Technology
- Mr. John Dalton ’60
- Mr. Owen Jappen ’13
- Ms. Leah Loscutoff, Head of Archives and Special Collections Librarian
- Ms. Beth McGrath, Vice President for Government and Community Relations/Chief of Staff
- Mr. Samuel Reckford, Stevens Trustee and descendant of the Stevens family
- Ms. Lauren Sachs, Class of 2020
The mantle was then passed to a 150th Implementation Steering Committee, charged in August 2018 with finalizing the activities, ensuring inclusion, and overseeing the rollout of this celebration. Members of this committee, whose work continues throughout this celebration year, include:
- Dawn da Silva, Associate Vice President for Development (Chair)
- Jason Chlus, Undergraduate Student and Former President of the Student Government Association, Class of 2020
- Nina De Marco, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Planning, Office of the Provost
- Mariana Fleming ’19
- Edward Friedman, Emeritus Professor, College of Arts and Letters
- Lucas Gallo, Undergraduate Student and Former President of the Student Government Association, Class of 2020
- Anastasia Greene, Assistant Vice President for Communications & Marketing
- Robert Harari, Teaching Associate Professor, College of Arts and Letters
- Sara Klein, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
- Leah Loscutoff, Head of Archives and Special Collections Librarian
- Michael Lucic, Ph.D student
- Mercedes McKay, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President
- Michelle Nunez, Director of Development and Alumni Events, Division of Development and Alumni Engagement
- Leo Pedraza, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Life
- Keith Sheppard, Professor and Senior Advisor to the Dean, Schaefer School of Engineering and Science
- Joan Tubungbanua, Undergraduate Student, Class of 2022
- Vicky Velasco ’04, President of the Stevens Alumni Association
- Nathalie Waite-Brown, Director of Graduate Student Life
- David Zimmerman, Executive Director of University Events
The university is grateful for all committee members’ time, diligence, thoughtfulness and effort that yielded this magnificent celebration of our past, present and future.