Please support one of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) pioneering researchers in her pursuit of a highly competitive award for work on concussion diagnosis and VISION therapy. Voting ends Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The Researcher: Tara Alvarez, professor of biomedical engineering and founder of NJIT’s Vision and Neural Engineering Laboratory, who has designed a novel test and therapy device for a vision disorder that has potential as a biomarker for concussion. The device, which employs virtual reality, is being tested in hospitals across the country and Alvarez and her alumni NJIT students have started a company to commercialize it.

The Award: Alvarez has been nominated for the Women XR Laureate award, which honors a collaborative project by a female researcher or project manager in the field of extended reality (XR), real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables.

The Sponsors: IEEE, VR First, AWE and XR Circles

The Competition: Stanford, Harvard, NASA, Audi, Dell, Princeton, BMW, MIT, Mercedes, Cornell, Columbia, Berkeley, Brown and dozens of other nominated teams.

Why vote? The award would bring international recognition to NJIT and the university’s interdisciplinary approach toward research and development, combining engineering, computer science, architecture, business and the talents of our students, including from Albert Dorman Honors College. Online voting counts toward her score.


(In fairness to our competitors, view all projects in the contest HERE)

For more information on Dr. Alvarez’s work and awards, see links below:

Can Eye Therapy Be Fun?" 

As Athletes Collide in Arenas This Fall, NJIT Concussion Experts Look to Assess and Heal

Biomedical Engineer Tara Alvarez Wins an Edison Patent Award for her Novel Vision Test

Tara Alvarez is Named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

NJIT Presidential Research Model 2017 Award