School-wide, Multi-faceted Initiatives
Convergence of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
NYU Tandon School of Engineering's CIE Institute supports initiatives that help faculty and students reach greater heights by harnessing important technologies and reimagining business ideas. We catapult these ideas into advanced, problem-solving innovations to address society’s greatest problems.
Our mission is to increase diversity and multidisciplinarity in STEM entrepreneurship and provide guidance as well as resources for STEM innovators to start-up.
The school of Engineering hosted its first ever undergraduate senior capstone competition on April 27, 2016. Around 15 undergraduate teams, along with their capstone projects sent their applications for the competition. Five teams were selected for the final round and they got the chance to pitch their projects in front of a very reputed judging panel. Tandon School of Engineering’s inaugural capstone competition was a huge success and it has laid down the foundation for such competitions in the coming years. The aim of this competition is to hone the entrepreneurial skills of the engineering students while they are working on their senior year projects. It gives the engineering students, a huge incentive to work hard on their projects by competing with their friends and showcasing their business acumen and presentation skills.
Urbanomino explores how a city building game, like SimCity, might function when the people, the businesses, and developers of a city have a stake in shaping their city. By using a voting system, Urbanomino introduces an element of organic unpredictability to simulating the growth of a modern urban environment.
Matthew Conto, BS in Integrated Digital Media, May 2016
MEG is a wearable muscular exercise guide for physical therapy assistance including patients suffering from Lymphedema. It provides real-time feedback to customers on their exercising patterns to improve their technique and thereby enhance muscle growth.
Meshal Alhathal, BS in Electrical Engineering, May 2016
Devorah Shira, BS in ECE, May 2016
Traditional 3D printers have enabled increases in the complexity of the shape of parts but cannot produce functional or smart systems directly. This capstone project is aimed to create a 3D embedded systems manufacturing robot, which can incorporate electronics and energy harvesting systems directly into the final part in one step.
Steven Eric Zeltmann, BS+MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Matthew Lemanski, BS+MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
William Peng, BS+MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Shawon Rabidas, BS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Sandy Shen, BS+MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Avitosh Totaram, BS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Formal capstone courses, typically taken in a student’s senior year, are organized for the following majors:
We have developed guidelines for dealing with intellectual property (IP) issues in capstone projects.
NYU Tandon is commited to help emerging companies transform into thriving businesses through its incubator programs:Admission is through a competitive application process, which includes vetting by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. In their first five years, the incubators created nearly 1,300 new jobs, giving back to New York City $352.4M in economic impact. Half of the incubated businesses are faculty- or student-affiliated.
The incubators are also responsible for a unique program called SPIKE, short for Skill-based Program for Incubator Knowledge and Employment. SPIKE is a graduate-level fellowship program designed to empower students in start-up environments. In addition to the hands-on work they do to support the incubated companies, program students attend regular seminars focused on themes the students might not otherwise encounter: entrepreneurship, skill development and professional growth.
The incubators are home to several NYU Engineering faculty engineers-in-residence: faculty who leverage their entrepreneurial experience to assist start-ups through knowledge sharing about their own start-up efforts. These faculty assist incubated companies where there is affinity with their academic work or entrepreneurial background. They also offer periodic lectures at the incubators and serve as mentors to the start-ups, SPIKE participants, and other student organizations.
To support these efforts, the school is undertaking a development plan to include more opportunities for students to create entrepreneurial ventures in their courses. There are already a variety of current entrepreneurial-focused courses across the school for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Along with entrepreneurial finance, strategy, growing enterprises, intellectual property, marketing and sales, history of technology and innovation, and corporate entrepreneurship, the school has also adopted a mandatory course for first-year undergraduates that encourages them to think innovatively and gives them the chance to create an entrepreneurial venture.
Hosted by the NYU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Association, InnoVention is the engineering school’s signature prototyping competition for our student entrepreneurs. The 12-week competition challenges them to use their technical and scientific expertise to prototype and pitch commercially viable ideas in software and hardware. Through progressively intensive weekly sessions, students learn about IP, prototyping, monetization, pitch skills, and much more. They are mentored by successful alumni, faculty and NYC entrepreneurs. The event concludes in a final-round pitch and demonstration day.
Our students are intensely passionate about pursuing their entrepreneurial endeavors and enjoy the opportunity to network with one another to expand upon their ideas. Student clubs focused on entrepreneurship are an ideal way for this to take place, while giving them the opportunity to hone their leadership skills. Here are a just few clubs that provide such opportunities:
Underscoring the efforts of many of our entrepreneurship-focused student clubs is the Greenhouse. This flexible work and meeting space in Rogers Hall, designed by students, for students, features programming run by students with support from a faculty advisor. Students use the space to develop their new ventures, perfect their competition entries, or host workshops with industry experts and community partners. Since its opening in January 2013, more than 8,000 students have worked in the space and nearly 1,400 have engaged in its programming.
The new NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace is a collaborative workspace and lab that provides even greater opportunities for students and faculty to engage in innovative and entrepreneurial activities. In addition to providing access to modern tools, from advanced software to milling machines to 3D printers to integrated manufacturing facilities, it functions as a stimulating environment which fosters collaborative learning and hosts guest lectures and special events.
Ifeoluwa Lawal (BS, Integrated Digital Media). Ife feels he has the experience to know what is needed to bring change to entrepreneurship. As both a student of color and an immigrant to the United States, he not only wants to bring the change of inclusivity in entrepreneurship to provide such a space for traditionally underrepresented groups like himself to grow, but also to lay the groundwork to inspire the potential business model of diverse entrepreneurs as a booming concept so it may create space for those the model has misplaced.
Eddilene Cordero (MS, Management of Technology). Eddilene is from Colombia, South America, and her background is mainly in innovation and development projects in the area of naval systems for the government, a rigid and structured environment. Since she arrived in NYC one year ago, she has been faced with countless challenges as a master student, like thinking out of the box, the generation of concepts, getting out of the comfort zone and producing innovative ideas, interacting with different cultures and backgrounds. All of these have provided her with a whole new way of thinking and reinforcing her belief that a diverse and inclusive environment boosts any initiative and idea generation. She is 100% committed to the creation of a diverse and inclusive environment at NYU where innovation meets with the entrepreneurial spirit of thousands of NYU students.
Peixuan Wang (MS, Management of Technology). As an international student in STEM, Peixuan embraces technology innovation and truly understands the ever-globalized spirit of entrepreneurship. With her past experience on the Internet, as well as her expertise in Go, she witnessed the prosperity of innovation and is convinced of its infinite potential. Joining the MakerSpace, she will devote herself to helping create a more inclusive environment for the university and encourage more people to explore innovation and entrepreneurship.
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