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Appropriate for a family of pioneering engineers, the first college in America dedicated to mechanical engineering carries the Stevens name.

Edwin Augustus Stevens died in 1868, leaving a legacy of innovation and successful business management. His will provided for the establishment of a technical university, the first of its kind in America. In 1870, the Stevens Institute of Technology opened its doors to students. The university offered a rigorous course of study in engineering, scientific principles, and humanities leading to the degree of Mechanical Engineer.

Edwin A. Stevens Hall, facing Fifth Street at the corner of Hudson Street, was the main building on campus. The federally registered historic landmark was designed by Richard Upjohn. To commemorate the Institute's 125th anniversary, a 40 foot spire was added to the center.

The Stevens Institute ensured that the family's legacy of innovation would say grounded in Hoboken. The Institute has grown to a university hosting more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 350 faculty members.

 

Sources

Campus Guide, Stevens Institute of Technology. http://www.stevens.edu/sit/sites/default/files/Stevens-3D-map.pdf

History, Stevens Institute of Technology. http://www.stevens.edu/sit/about/history.cfm

Jim Hans, 100 Hoboken Firsts. 42.

Pamela Mack, "Engineering Education in the 19th Century." http://www.clemson.edu/caah/history/FacultyPages/PamMack/lec122/eng19.htm

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