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The Fourth Annual NJIT Innovation Day

NJIT Innovation Day, an invention-packed showcase of cutting-edge, student-led research, design and development across programs and disciplines, will take place Friday, April 15, at the Campus Center.

Around 70 student projects –from  a microbial fuel cell-powered lighting system for mobile toilets, to a micro biochip for diagnosing pneumonia, to an autonomous snow-removal device, to a battery-free  device for “connecting everything” to the Internet through light – will be on display. Broadly, the event will feature inventions that improve lives, novel business ideas, computer games and fundamental scientific research.

The NJIT community – students, faculty, staff and friends of the university – is invited to the event, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center Atrium with poster exhibits, followed by the announcement of awards for winning projects and inventions from several competitions.

“This year’s projects are notable for their focus on translating innovative ideas into applications that address societal needs. Each one targets an important problem in diverse areas, from nanomedicine, to energy storage to the expansion of our democracy through social networking,” said Atam Dhawan, vice provost for research.

Innovation Day assembles the university’s key undergraduate research and innovation programs and competitions. These contests and programs are designed to help students become researchers and innovators with the know-how, technical savvy and experience to identify and address important unmet societal needs.

The programs include:

TechQuest, an undergraduate invention competition sponsored by James Stevenson, a retired Honeywell scientist and consultant at Stevenson PolyTech LLC.

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, which helps students compete for awards for their research presentations and enroll in graduate programs.

The Undergraduate Research and Innovation Program, which enables students to become researchers and to select projects that will address societal problems, enhance our quality of life, and contend with global challenges.

The Student Innovation Acceleration Club, which gives students the forum to develop business concepts utilizing a lean start-up methodology.

The Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge, a collaboration between NJIT and Capital One Bank, which aims to ignite business development in Newark by empowering budding entrepreneurs.

The NSF I-Corps Sites Program, which provides specialized training and mini-grants up to $3,000 to teams interested in exploring the commercial viability of their ideas for products and businesses that are based on their own inventions, University intellectual property or any STEM-related technology.

Schedule of Events:

9:30 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions, Basil Baltzis, Vice Provost

9:35 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks, Joel Bloom, President

9:45 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.: Announcement of Awards from the TechQuest Innovation Competition, James Stevenson

9:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: Networking and Poster Session

11:50 a.m.- Noon: Closing Remarks, Fadi Deek, Provost