Robbie Cohen

Teaching Professor

School: School of Systems and Enterprises

Building: Altorfer

Room: 404

Phone: (201) 216-8561

Fax: (201) 216-5541


  • PhD (1973) University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (Sociology)
General Information

Robbie Cohen joined the full-time faculty of Stevens’ Software Engineering program in 2009 after spending 30 years in the telecommunications industry. There she held positions ranging from technical contributor to executive. While most of her telecom career was spent with Bell Laboratories, she also did multi-year stints at the Paradyne Corporation and Telcordia Technologies, as well as serving as an independent consultant. Prior to joining Bell Laboratories in 1979, Robbie was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.


1973-1979: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

1979-1991: Member of Technical Staff, Technical Supervisor and Department Head, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel and Lincroft, NJ

1991-1996: Director, General Manager and Vice-President, AT&T Paradyne and Paradyne Corporation, Middletown, NJ, and Largo, FL

1996-2001: Director, Lucent Technologies, Holmdel, NJ

2003-2006: Acting Senior Vice-President, Telcordia Technologies,Piscataway, NJ

2007-2008: Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology

2009 - Present: Industry Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology

Institutional Service
  • CAL Expanded Promotion and Tenure Committee Member
Honors and Awards

Distinguished Fellow, Tele-Management Forum, In 2003, became the sixth Distinguished Fellow of the TMF, in recognition of technical leadership and founding activities provided the Forum at its inception and during its first several years of operation.

Lucent Patent Award, 2000, for Patent 4,837,798.

Lucent Business Communications Systems awards including Outstanding Teammate Award (1997) and the Trailblazers Award (1998).

Inaugural winner (1997) of the Dan Stokesberry Memorial Award, presented thereafter at each biennial International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (Sponsored by IFIP and IEEE) to an individual who has made a particularly distinguished technical contribution to the growth of the field of Network Management.

Professional Societies
  • Telemanagement Forum Fellow
  • IEEE Computer Society Member
  • IEEE Communications Society Fellow
  • IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Member
  • TeleManagment Forum Fellow
  • IEEE Member
  • IEEE Communications Society Member
  • IEEE Computer Society Member
Patents and Inventions

U. S. Patent 4,837,798: Communication System having Unified Messaging. June 6, 1989. Patents the integrated message notification and delivery functions of a unified messaging application for voice, data and other media messages.


SSW 540 Fundamentals of Software Engineering

SSW 565 Software Architecture and Component-Based Design

SYS 672 Desing of CPS: Ensuring Systems Work and Are Robust