SAA DINNER AND A FORUM - WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

EVENT DETAILS

Date:
Monday, March 16, 2020

Time:
5:30 - 6:30pm - Dinner
6:15 - 8:30pm - Meeting

Location:
Bissinger Room
4th Floor
Wesley J. Howe Center

Attendance:
This event is open to all Stevens Alumni and their guests.

This evening's webinar, The Power of Virtual Distance, is being postponed for a future date. The alumni office will work with Dr. Lojeski on rescheduling for another date this summer. We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Edward Yao, Director of Alumni Engagement, at eyao@stevens.edu.

View the Speaker's Bios

An Update on Stevens Events

As you may know, last night Governor Murphy announced that a case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Bergen County, New Jersey. While there have been no cases of coronavirus reported to Stevens’ Student Health Services, the Stevens leadership team is taking precautions to ensure the health and well-being of our community and visitors to our campus.

Unfortunately, Stevens will be suspending gatherings and events that are discretionary in nature for internal and external groups.  As such, we will not be able to host the Scholarship Luncheon (March 7th), Rewriting the NFL's Playbook (March 9th), as well as the Hidden Figures author event (March 11th), the OnStage@Stevens concert (March 12th) and Dinner and a Forum (March 16th).    All upcoming events are currently under review, and additional cancellations may be announced. We will be in touch with you regarding rescheduling of any events, if applicable.

For up-to-date information, please refer to Stevens website https://www.stevens.edu/directory/student-health-services/health-advisory-update

If you have any questions related to any events please contact Michelle Nunez at mnunez3@stevens.edu or 201-216-5246, or Matt Gwin at mgwin1@stevens.edu or 201-216-3346.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Office of Development and Alumni Engagement

Featured Panelists 

Cindy Chin ‘05
Associate Provost
Stevens Institute of Technology
(Moderator)

Cindy Chin is the Associate Provost at Stevens Institute of Technology. She manages the strategic, administrative and financial operations for the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs, reporting directly to Provost Christophe Pierre, and serves as his chief of staff.

Cindy and her team are responsible for the Office of the Registrar and for overseeing and ensuring progress on a variety of ongoing operations, strategic initiatives, special projects and priorities including, but not limited to: resource allocation, financial planning, and budgeting; human resources for both staff and faculty; administration, management, and office operations; technology implementations; space management and planning; academic communications and events; and monitoring progress on strategic goals for the academic enterprise. 

Cindy also serves as an advisor to the provost, the Office, and as a liaison to academic and administrative units across the university. She is responsible for coordinating the functions of the provost’s team with other offices across the university and developing strong working relationships with academic and administrative leaders and with faculty governance bodies. She also provides research, analysis and advice on policy and operational issues.

Cindy started her career in the financial services industry at Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase where she held a number of positions in the cash management and global private banking businesses. Cindy was also previously a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7 and 63 licensed private banking associate. She later moved into the non-profit sector working for the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy as a senior research analyst and eventually joined Stevens in 2012 in the Undergraduate Admissions office. Cindy held several roles in Undergraduate Admissions including admissions counselor, associate director of operations and interim director. She later joined Technolutions, a company that provides software for managing higher education admissions processes, before returning to Stevens in 2017 in the Office of the Provost.

Cindy is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School. Cindy graduated from Stevens with high honors, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business and Technology with a minor in economics and a Master of Science in Management. Cindy is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education from the Johns Hopkins University in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education.

Clarelle DeGraffe ‘84
Director and General Manager
Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)

Clarelle DeGraffe is the Director and General Manager of the PATH rail transit system and is responsible to carry out PATH’s critical mission of moving people across the Hudson by safely and effectively. With the help of over 1,100 employees, she oversees the daily operation of the railroad as well as the department’s ambitious capital program to upgrade a legacy system including the rebuilding of tunnels severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy, and completing the remaining phases of a signal modernization project.  In addition, Clarelle has spearheaded  PATH’s Improvement Plan which was rolled out in June 2019 and is aimed at system capacity growth, reliability, and enhanced customer experience.

 

Clarelle has served at the Port Authority for 30 years, most recently as the Deputy Director of Rail Transit since 2015. In this role, she oversaw day-to-day operations and supported the Director in delivering a safe, reliable and dependable trans-Hudson transportation service for the New York and New Jersey region. Prior to being named Deputy Director, Clarelle oversaw PATH’s $3.5 billion capital program and was responsible for the development, funding, and delivery of PATH’s Sandy Recovery Capital Program. She has also held project management roles in World Trade Center Construction and the Priority Capital Programs Department, and was a driving force in delivering major projects including the Vehicle Security Center and several packages in the redevelopment of the WTC Transportation Hub.

Clarelle is a recipient of the 2008 Harlem Black Achievers in Industry Award; 2013 Honoree at Professional Women in Construction Dinner Dance Gala and recipient of the 2016 Port Authority Network of Black Employees Executive Leadership Award and 2018 recipient of the Congressional Certificate of Merit from Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Antonia Zaferiou, PhD
Assistant Professor
Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Zaferiou earned her B.E. in Mechanical Engineering at The Cooper Union and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. After her doctoral studies, she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining Stevens Institute of Technology, she was an Assistant Professor and director of a biomechanics lab in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Zaferiou is also a dedicated educator and mentor in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education activities.

Dr. Zaferiou’s research focuses on understanding and improving movement mechanics used during everyday mobility and athletic maneuvers. Specifically, Dr. Zaferiou is interested in (1) identifying strategies people use to achieve the mechanical objectives of turning maneuvers and (2) developing real-time sonified biofeedback (sound/music conveying biomechanics metrics) as movement training technology. Dr. Zaferiou has studied a wide-spectrum of movements performed by individuals spanning across clinical populations (e.g., older adult fallers, pre-and-post-operative shoulder patients, etc.) to elite athletes (e.g., professional dancers, professional pitchers, etc.).

Dr. Zaferiou is a recent recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in recognition of her exemplary service as both an educator and scholar. The award includes a federal grant for five consecutive years that funds innovative research that is transformative and includes an impactful educational component that is meant to broaden participation among women and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Her NSF Career Award is the largest in Stevens’ history.

Joan Tubungbanua
Sophomore, Software Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology

Joan is currently a sophomore majoring in software engineering and minoring in computer science. This past summer and fall, she had the opportunity to intern at IBM, conducting work that mixed the idea of gamification and cloud technology.

She discovered her true passion for computer science during her sophomore year in high school. The following summer, she was accepted to the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at American International Group (AIG) in New York City. There, she spent seven weeks learning the foundation of game development with Python, robotics with Arduino, and web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. A project she worked on during her summer program was “Untitled”, a platform that encouraged reading and the frequenting of local libraries. Her long-term goal is to continue creating impactful things using code.

As part of the Stevens’ 150th Anniversary, Joan is co-leading the “150for150” student service project, which will bring 150 hands-on STEM workshops to local K-12 students.

During her spare time, Joan enjoys working as a freelance graphic designer for a local dance studio in Hoboken. Additionally, she has a passion for singing and has had notable performances at Guitar Center Times Square’s flagship store opening and Carnegie Hall.    

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