NJIT Innovation Day, an invention-packed showcase of cutting-edge, student-led research, design and development across programs and disciplines, will take place Monday, April 8, at the Campus Center.

Around 70 student projects – from autonomous lawn care equipment, to lightweight solar arrays for solar vehicles, to a tornado water filtration bottle, to a platform that provides visual feedback on human balance control – 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 Ballroom A of the Campus Center with welcoming remarks, followed by a panel discussion on research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Panelists will include research scientists from the Dow Chemical Company and the BASF Corporation; Govi Rao, co-chair of NJIT’s Undergraduate Research and Innovation advisory board and co-founder and managing partner of Carbon Group Global, will moderate.

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:

Ballrooms A and B, Campus Center

9 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.:     Welcome Remarks and Speaker Introduction

                                    Fadi Deek, Provost and Senior Executive Vice President

                                    Atam Dhawan, Senior Vice Provost for Research

9:10 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Introduction to Govi Rao, Co-Chair URI Advisory Board 

9:15 a.m. - 10.10 a.m.: Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion  

                                      Moderator: Govi Rao, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Carbon Group Global


                                      Paul Doll, Lead Technical Scientist, Advanced Materials Division

                                      The Dow Chemical Company

                                      Melinda Einsla, Research Scientist

                                      The Dow Chemical Company

                                     Lucas Dorazio, Team Leader- Gasoil Technologies

                                     Refinery Catalyst R&D, BASF Corporation


10:10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Introduction to Innovation Day

                                        Announcement of Winners of TechQuest Innovation Competition

                                        Jim Stevenson

10:15 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.:  Student Project e-Poster Presentations