2020 Stevens Awards Honorees

  Hermes González-Bello ’89 M.S. ’95
  International Achievement Award

  Hermes González-Bello is president of HACH, a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation. HACH is a global leader offering a comprehensive set of products, chemistries, services and digital solutions in drinking, waste and industrial water applications, employing over 5,600 associates worldwide. Gonzalez-Bello held prior responsibilities as president of PALL Industrial, and vice president and general manager of Danaher Water Quality Platform, Latin America. He was also an active member of the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee within the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  Robert H. Grieser, Jr. ’88 M.Eng. ’93
  Outstanding Contribution Award

  For more than 30 years, Robert Grieser has recruited upwards of 150 Stevens alumni, faculty, staff and students as volunteers for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, during which he leads them in inflating, piloting and managing the balloons down the parade route. Alumni each year come back from all over the world to participate in the parade, and Stevens has received unprecedented national recognition. In gratitude, Macy’s has donated more than $250,000 to Stevens for scholarships and athletics. In 2017, the company named Grieser as Macy’s Volunteer of the Year, an award rarely given to a non-Macy’s employee. Grieser previously coached men’s fencing at Stevens.
  Thomas J. Moschello ’63 M.S. ’65
  Lifetime Service Award

  As president of the Stevens Alumni Association (SAA), Tom Moschello led the association in signing a new Memorandum of Understanding with the university, and in rewriting the SAA constitution and bylaws, enabling the SAA to modernize further in many ways. Moschello continues to serve on the SAA’s executive committee, and he is co-captain of his class fund and an alumni participation leader with the Ad Astra Ambassadors. Moschello enjoyed a long career with Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T and Lucent Technologies.
  Sheila Xuan Sun ’06 M.S. ’06
  Young Alumni Achievement Award

  Sheila Sun is a strategy and operations tech executive with experience across four continents. She founded CommonHealth, a health information management tool for parents to track and share critical information. She also co-founded Peak Investment Capital, an African private equity firm investing locally. Inspired by her daughter, Sun’s newest venture, E-Em-Em-A, focuses on girls and women. She is a career adviser at Harvard Business School (HBS), where she earned an MBA, and teaches for the HBS Club of Buffalo.
  The Ansary Family
  Friend of Stevens Award

  Cy and Jan Ansary are prominent members of the Washington, D.C. community. He is an international lawyer, financier and philanthropist. Their sons, Jeff, Brad, and Doug are managing directors of the Ansary family office, and directors of the Cy and Jan Ansary Foundation. In 2019, the family endowed prize money for the Ansary Entrepreneurship Competition at the Stevens Innovation Expo. On campus, Jeff is a member of the President’s Leadership Council, while Brad is on the Advisory Board of the School of Business.
  Aimiende I. Negbenebor Sela ’04
  Distinguished Alumni Award for Arts and Humanities

  A native of Nigeria, Aimiende Negbenebor Sela moved to New York City in the late 1990s and earned degrees in computer engineering and literature from Stevens. She left IT work after several years to pursue her passion for the arts. She is currently developing a feature-length version of her autobiographical short film, Asa, A Beautiful Girl, which won multiple awards at festivals in the United States and internationally. Her company, Sela Films, promotes movies written, directed and produced by women.
  Frank J. Effenberger ’88
  Distinguished Alumni Award for Engineering

  As a vice president of Futurewei Technologies, Frank Effenberger leads the U.S.-based research and development for Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant. In 2011, Huawei selected him as one of only six fellows among 75,000 employees. As an expert in broadband optical networks, Effenberger has secured 120 patents with dozens more in progress, and he has written more than 150 technical papers and several book chapters. Effenberger earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida.
  Richard E. Blahut M.S. ’64
  Distinguished Alumni Award for Science and Technology

  Richard Blahut has a 60-year career in information theory, digital communications and military systems. A 30-year member of the National Academy of Engineers, Blahut is an IBM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He received the IEEE’s Claude E. Shannon and Alexander Graham Bell awards. The author of ten textbooks, Blahut led the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. He also taught at Cornell, Princeton, South China University of Technology and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and he currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
  Henry Morton
  Hall of Achievement

  As the first president of Stevens, Henry Morton set an enduring foundation at Castle Point. He established the university’s standard for a broad and rigorous curriculum that has prepared thousands of alumni to succeed in an array of fields. Morton also birthed a thriving culture of philanthropy by funding capital improvements, scholarships and a faculty chair. He is the namesake of an academic building and a teaching award. Before Stevens, Morton chaired the chemistry department at the University of Pennsylvania.


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