Posted June 18th, 2014
BROOKLYN, New York—Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to empower America’s students and entrepreneurs to invent the future—and in conjunction with the first-ever White House Maker Faire being held today—the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering announced its participation in the National Day of Making Activities (#NationOfMakers). It joined more than 150 universities signing a letter proclaiming the importance of makers to society.
From the Panama Canal locks to the Brooklyn Bridge cables, from semiconductors to cordless phones, the “makers” of the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have been making and remaking the world long before the Maker Movement became a proper noun. NYU School of Engineering’s makers have had a hand in the creation of ATM machines, bar codes, radar, penicillin, polymers, elevator brakes, light beer, and more.
Today, the school celebrates the #NationOfMakers.
“Whether entrepreneurs or scholars, the Maker Movement has enabled our community to visualize and commercialize their creativity,” said Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, president and dean of the NYU School of Engineering.
“Making” is part of the school’s DNA, as evidenced by student clubs, makers’ spaces, robotic fish and other cutting-edge research displayed during the annual Research Expo—a celebration of each academic department’s accomplishments, many of which include the hard work of young makers.
The NYU School of Engineering will participate in the national day of making through events involving two of its nationally recognized initiatives: Its Center for K-12 STEM Education and its startup business incubator network.