Convergence of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
School-wide, Multi-faceted Initiatives
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.
For the latest news and events, visit the Convergence of Innovation and Entrepreneurship website.
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.
Formal capstone courses, typically taken in a student’s senior year, are organized for the following majors:
- Civil Engineering: CE 4812 and CE 4822
- Computer Engineering: EE 4313 and EE 4323
- Computer Science: CS 4523
- Construction Management: CE 4543
We have developed guidelines for dealing with intellectual property (IP) issues in capstone projects.
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:
- Design for America of NYU (DFA)
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association (EIA)
- Patent Pending
View our Club Directory to find out more about these and other clubs at Tandon
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.
Inclusive Innovation Fellows
Christina Moazed (MS, Bioinformatics)
As a biotechnological student in STEM, Christina has a keen eye for converging genetic compositions with computer science and statistics. Christina will be conducting data analysis for the fellowship, in addition to writing articles published for CIE. Having been a Commentary Staff Writer during her 4 years in college and the News Editor for her high school newspaper, Christina is able to bridge complex ideas and topics through written articles and publications. In her free time, Christina scuba dives and plays the piano and flute. As a Graduate Assistant and Team Lead for CIE, she will bring her leadership, data manipulation and consumer insights to the forefront while also publishing stories for CIE events throughout the year.
Meghna Sahay (MS, Computer Engineering)
As a graduate student, Meghna’s area of concentration includes Cyber Security Development. In CIE, Meghna will be a data analysis Fellow, working on analyzing various survey results. Meghna believes that working firsthand with new and upcoming startups is a great way to tap into the current technological spurt. She hopes to learn throughout her journey and be able to provide value to the CIE team.
Manish Devjani (MS, Executive Management of Technology)
Manish is so fortunate to be part of the largest private university in the US. NYU offers a great number of resources that innovators and entrepreneurs can tap into it. There are so many workshops, hands-on training, coaching, mentoring, and a variety of startup competitions that the NYU community can engage in. Manish is an IT professional and enjoys working on innovative and exciting projects in the field. Create space to innovate is one of the core beliefs of our organization. Manish is grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the CIE program.