High Tech Research At NJIT: Making A Better World
With a $1 million grant from the state of New Jersey, NJIT researchers
are conducting a comprehensive study of current and emerging technologies
that have the potential to be utilized in the manufacture of personalized
weapons. The legislature indicated that if current technologies
were inadequate, the university should work to develop effective
and safe personalized weapons technology. The NJIT team has examined
existing and proposed solutions such as mechanical trigger and holster
locks activated by radio transmitters and magnetic rings worn by
the user, finding no existing technology to be completely adequate.
The project team is focusing on the use of MEMS biometric sensors
to provide working solutions the identification and operational
problems that have prevented previous attempts to develop operational
Enriching Biomedical Research
NJIT will equip six laboratories for state-of-the-art biomedical
research as part of a statewide effort enhance New Jersey's position
as a national and global leader in high technology research. The
university received a grant of more than $700,000 from the New Jersey
Commission on Higher Education as part of a state initiative to
build research capacity in biomedical and other high technology
research areas at New Jersey's colleges and universities. Researchers
project that new laboratories, which build upon NJIT's existing
strengths in biomedical engineering research, will stimulate New
Jersey's rapidly growing medical device industry and contribute
to the creation of a national center of excellence in biomedical
engineering based in Newark's University Heights.
Building for Health
Ground was broken early in 2000 for the International Center for
Public Health (ICPH), the first major research facility in University
Heights Science Park in which NJIT is a founding participant. The
new 161,600 square foot research building will house a world class
infectious disease research complex, anchoring the Park's bioscience
and biotechnology cluster. The new building is expected to be ready
for occupancy early this year. The ICPH complements the multi-institutional
New Jersey Center for Biomaterials and NJIT's Enterprise Development
Center II, which border the NJIT campus and Science Park.
- Neuron Patterns:
With grant support from the National Science Foundation, Farzan Nadim,
assistant professor of mathematical sciences, is working to understand
the electrical signals produced by complex networks in the central
nervous system. To better understand the rhythmic patterns generated
in the central nervous system, his team at the Center for Computational
Biology and Bioengineering is focusing on the neuron firing patterns
that activate muscles in the stomachs of lobsters and crabs to grind
and digest food. By studying the nature of the interaction between
the fast and slow rhythmic nerve impulses that activate muscles in
this relatively simple nervous system, Dr. Nadim hopes to gain insights
into neurological disorders such as epilepsy.
Over the next decade, intermodal container freight traffic in New
Jersey is projected to double and increase six-fold by 2040. This
increase in freight activity will create thousands of jobs in transportation,
warehousing, packaging, assembly and other support services. But
the increase also could compound roadway congestion, consume precious
open space in rural and suburban areas, worsen the region's air
quality and disrupt life in the region's communities.
In 1999, USDOT awarded NJIT and the North Jersey Transportation Planning
Authority, two grants for a total of $1.5 million to explore ways
to channel new or expanded freight-related businesses into the region's
numerous abandoned or idled industrial brownfields.
The New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology
R&D excellence program partially builds upon the work of the W.M.
Keck Foundation Laboratory for Electro-Hydrodynamics of Suspensions,
headed at NJIT by Nadine Aubry, F. Leslie and Mildred Jacobus. Professor
of mechanical engineering, Professor of mathematics, and Acting Chair
of the Mechanical Engineering Department, and Boris Khusid, Associate
Professor of mechanical engineering. The laboratory is funded by a
$500,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The New Jersey MFC Center
is led by Professor Aubry.
NJIT is a public research
university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students
in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering,
New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts,
the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research
initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation,
computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and
science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo!
Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired
public university for three consecutive years.