Center for Healthcare Innovation Will Benefit 

Stevens Institute of Technology has received a generous philanthropic gift from alumnus Frank Semcer ’65 and his wife, Mary Jane Semcer.

The funding will establish a new Multi-Disciplinary Tissue Engineering Lab as part of the Center for Healthcare Innovation, as well as a faculty chair within the Center and scholarships for student researchers.


At the June 2 event, the Semcers received two gifts – a framed painting of the Theta Xi house (the Keuffel House) and a photo album from the current Theta Xi brothers.
At the June 2nd event, the Semcers received a framed picture of the Theta Xi house.

Semcer’s gift was announced at a campus event on June 2, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. His gift is part of a recently launched three-year fundraising campaign, “The Power of Stevens,” which is designed to expand upon the university’s historic legacy, educate the leaders of tomorrow’s workforce and develop new problem-solving technologies and innovations.

The campaign will support student scholarships, infrastructure improvements, faculty recruitment and continued growth of a significant university research enterprise in critical areas including healthcare, defense and homeland security, coastal sustainability and financial systems.

“We are honored by this generous gift and grateful for the continued dedication to Stevens from Frank and Mary Jane Semcer,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “The Semcers’ enduring loyalty to Stevens is inspiring and admired throughout the campus.”

Frank Semcer Sr. is chairman of MICRO, a Somerset, New Jersey manufacturer of precision metal and plastic components and devices, with global clients in the medical device, automotive, aerospace and electronics industries. Among various industry and civic awards, he has received the Harold R. Fee ’20 Alumni Achievement Award in 1985 and the Stevens Honor Award in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2010.

The recent gift for the Center for Healthcare Innovation is the latest in the Semcers’ philanthropic legacy at Stevens. They have also supported the Class of 1965 Scholarship, the Historic Preservation Fund, and funds benefitting the Theta Xi fraternity and house. Frank Semcer is also a member of the Stevens Board of Trustees.

Frank Semcer responded by expressing gratitude for his lifelong connection to Stevens. “The four years I was at Stevens gave me the foundation for my career. Hard work gave me the opportunity to graduate from this wonderful college, which I absolutely love. Giving back to Stevens and standing here today is a pleasure and an honor for Mary Jane and me.”

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