Thrice Honored: Presidential STEM Recognition for Professor, Women's Programs, Education Innovation Center
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, exemplify the nation's commitment to education and STEM program development. These are the highest national mentoring awards given by the White House, recognizing exceptional STEM mentoring by individuals and organizations of groups historically underrepresented in STEM sectors and the STEM workforce.
And Stevens has received the award three times to date.
1998 — The Office of Women's Programs
(OWP) was a unit of the Stevens Office of Student Life that provided math, science and engineering programs for more than three decades, working to increase awareness of women’s issues and maintain a supportive, dynamic campus environment. It served as a national model for mentoring and increased representation of women in engineering, with programming that included professional development, guest lectures, health and wellness seminars and social opportunities. Today the university's Lore-El Center for Women's Leadership continues to carry out its mission.
1999 — Ajay Kumar Bose, a chemistry professor at Stevens from 1959 until 2007, was known for research in the pharmaceutical sciences, particularly antibiotics, natural products and microwave-assisted chemistry, which led to his pursuit of solvent-less “green chemistry.” He was also well known for his work mentoring both pre-college students and high school teachers, conducting summer research programs and “Equipment of the Month Club” through which he loaned advanced scientific equipment out to area schools. In 1972, Bose founded the Undergraduate Projects in Technology and Medicine (UPTAM) research program to enrich career opportunities for hundreds of undergraduates — eventually, high school students as well — and directed the program for 32 years.
2011 — The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens works to leverage and strengthen STEM disciplinary and pedagogical expertise through research on teaching and learning, professional development for educators, and curriculum design. Since 1988, CIESE has collaborated with K-12 educators and higher education faculty in multiple states and countries and developed and fostered the use of such products as the Savvy Cyber Teacher professional development program and the WaterBotics underwater robotics curriculum. The Presidential Award was given in recognition of the Center’s excellence in mentoring underrepresented students and encouraging their achievement in science, mathematics and engineering.