An open house and robotics demonstration of cutting-edge manufacturing processes will showcase the new Vincent A. Stabile Laboratory at NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE). On Feb. 20, 2008 from 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. potential applicants, the campus community and public are invited to tour the laboratory, the central resource for graduate students and faculty researchers of the Stabile Systems Engineering and Management Program. The Stabile program is NCE’s flagship master’s level program emphasizing innovation, entrepreneurship and strong management skills.
Located in the Stabile wing of the university’s Guttenberg Information Technologies Center, a companion robotics laboratory features 10 experimental stations, the Festo System, which gives students “hands-on” training in solving practical problems using robotics for today’s automated manufacturing.
Gifts totaling $2 million from the Stabile Foundation created, and now support, the laboratory group, the graduate program, the Vincent A. Stabile Endowed Graduate Scholarships and the Stabile Memorial Lecture.
Tailored for both full-time students and part-time working professionals, the program set sail in fall 2007 with 56 new students on board for the M.S. in Engineering Management, the principal degree associated with the Stabile program. The department of industrial and manufacturing engineering administers the program.
At the lab’s opening this fall, Stabile Foundation trustee Paul Redfern, NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch and NCE Dean Sunil Saigal dedicated the lab and wing to the late entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist Vincent A. Stabile. The innovation that Stabile patented for “Dispensing of Retaining Rings” simplified the handling and application of retaining rings — industrial fasteners used in innumerable products from automobiles to household appliances. This manufacturing breakthrough led to the success of the business Stabile started in 1950, Industrial Retaining Ring Company.
“The gift from the Stabile Foundation, and a million-dollar matching contribution from NJIT, will support education and research in disciplines that offer the prospect of significant personal success for students, and which are vital for the economic growth of our nation,” indicated Altenkirch in thanking the foundation.
Saigal explained, “Students in the Stabile graduate program are encouraged to channel their engineering creativity toward the development of patents and intellectual property in their respective fields. In keeping with the legacy of Vincent A. Stabile, the coursework emphasizes innovation, entrepreneurship and strong management skills.”
One million dollars in Stabile endowed scholarships will support high-achieving students, some of whom lack the financial means to pursue a graduate degree. To become a Stabile scholar, students must be enrolled in the Stabile program as well as demonstrate high achievement in studies and professional work experience. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens. “We hope these funds will support NCE’s mission to encourage more domestic students to pursue graduate level degrees on a full-time basis and contribute to our region’s economic development,” Saigal said.
Vincent Stabile, who passed away in 2002, was an outstanding engineer who used his talents to support this mission. His family-owned Industrial Retaining Ring Company, based in nearby Irvington, contributed to New Jersey’s prosperity for many years, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. As a successful entrepreneur and manufacturer, Stabile also had much in common with those business leaders whose vision and generosity enabled the founding of Newark Technical School in 1881 as NJIT’s earliest predecessor institution. They clearly understood that the prosperity of NJIT’s home city and the State of New Jersey depended on individuals educated in the emerging technologies of the era, and that such capabilities must be nurtured regardless of a student’s personal financial circumstances.