Stevens to Host Discussion Giving Engineering Students the Business Knowledge they Need

Major Companies will speak to Engineering Students about How Entrepreneurial Thinking Sets Job Candidates Apart

Hoboken, NJ – On Friday, April 11, 2014 Stevens Institute of Technology will host executives at the best-performing corporations who will speak with engineering students – yes engineering students not business majors. These executives believe entrepreneurial thinking is as critical a skill in today’s workplace as reading or writing. Stevens is excited to welcome senior R&D executives from Avon, BD, ExxonMobil, P&G and Stryker to discuss how entrepreneurial thinking sets job candidates and new employees apart.

Entrepreneurial thinking isn’t just for people who want to start their own companies. It’s a way of thinking and discovering new opportunities and innovations in ways not constrained by current dogma. It also involves addressing problems through the perspective of an entrepreneur, who looks at challenges from a holistic perspective: What are the customer needs? What business models are needed? How much money do we need? Is the team functioning correctly? What is the benefit? What different solutions are available? What risks are involved?

That’s obviously a critical skill set for a small startup. Learn why these skills are important to the largest corporations, too.


Where: Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ

When: Friday, April 11, 2014 (2 sessions

10am – 12:00pm

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Who: Speakers to include the following:

Pete Abitante, vice president of R&D and business development at Stryker. Pete helps identify and deliver products and technologies that create value for the health care system through the Reconstructive division at Stryker.

Jose Adams, vice president of global product development and new product engineering. Jose leads the R&D team for Avon’s $4 billion global Fragrance and Color Cosmetics business

Nazeer Bhore, planning executive, ExxonMobil. Nazeer is responsible for shaping some of the strategic programs at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering that cover basic sciences, R&D, manufacturing and marketing support, and capital projects.

Rick Byrd, vice president and general manager, Becton Dickinson. Rick is responsible for the performance of BD’s global Injection Systems business, with more than $1.2 billion in worldwide revenues.

John Leikhim, chief of staff to the chief technology officer, P&G. John is responsible for new business creation strategy, new innovation capability methodology and operations of the worldwide R&D function.

Media wishing to attend should contact Danielle Woodruffe, Director of Public Relations or (201) 216-5139.


About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of TechnologyThe 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, STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university 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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