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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Innovation Day 2014 at NJIT on April 11

The deep range of innovative talent and entrepreneurial skills possessed by NJIT students across programs and disciplines will be on display at the university’s second annual TechQuest and Innovation Day to take place on Friday, April 11 in the Campus Center Atrium.

Inventions that improve lives, novel business ideas, thrill-packed computer games, and fundamental scientific research will all be showcased as part of Innovation Day. Projects range from a sensor device to help the visually impaired navigate, to an in-home sleep study device, to methods for producing hydrogen using solar power, to a self-checkout shopping cart, to chocolate-filled campfire marshmallows. Prizes will be awarded following judging in industry-sponsored contests such as the TechQuest undergraduate invention competition and the S&P Capital IQ Big Data Visualization Challenge.

“The ingenuity and the entrepreneurial drive of our students, as well as the extraordinary range of their talents, are truly impressive,” says Judith Sheft, NJIT’s associate vice president of technology development. “It is wonderful to have a showcase that allows us to see the breadth of achievement on campus. Innovation Day is quickly becoming a signature event for NJIT.”

More than 40 students will present their research, inventions, business concepts, and creative works from the following programs, among others:

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaurete Achievement Program, which assists students to receive awards for their research presentations and enrollment 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.

Numerous hackathons, game development weekends, and industry-sponsored business plan and poster pitch competitions, including the TechQuest undergraduate invention competition and the new Big Data Visualization Challenge.

The TechQuest competition has been sponsored by Dr. James Stevenson and the new Big Data Visualization Challenge has been sponsored by S&P Capital IQ, a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial, Inc.

Lou Eccleston, the president of S&P Capital IQ, will speak that day about the critical partnership between business and technology. Innovation Day will include a mid-day ceremony celebrating the profusion of inspired ideas and inventions coming out of university programs ranging from the Interdisciplinary Design Studio, to the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge, to the Global Game Jam competition, to the undergraduate Biophysics Program.

Schedule of Events:

9:20 – 9:30 a.m.     
Welcome and Introductions

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.     
Poster Presentations and Big Data Judging

11:45 a.m.                      
Lou Eccleston, President, S&P Capital, a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial, Inc.    

12:30 p.m.                     
TechQuest and Big Data Visualization Awards

Light refreshments will be served.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.