Engineering Together | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Engineering Together

Great ideas don't just come from one mind — they're made when brilliant people come together to make the impossible possible.

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Breaking down silos

It’s rare to come across a tech project that doesn’t require some combination of engineering disciplines: electrical, computer, mechanical, civil — they often all play a part, and that’s not to mention the non-technical team members who might be required. The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program allows NYU Tandon students to choose from dozens of real-world hands-on projects and knock down silos by collaborating with peers from other majors.

Building ground and aerial robots, using data science to track global dietary trends, or exploring the world of autonomous vehicles — there’s a project for almost any interest.

Our VIP students are actively:

  • Deploying Computer-Aided Design, 3D printing, circuit fabrication, and biomedical research to create a better way to preserve and transport donor lungs for transplant recipients.
  • Prototyping customizable, low-cost orthotics for patients with limited mobility.
  • Designing and building off-road vehicles from the ground up — and then racing them.
  • Creating robots capable of navigating the surface of Mars and a lot more.

Dismantling department walls

No one denies that engineering disciplines have their own individual language and conventions. A barrier can exist, for example, between chemical or environmental engineers, who describe transformation of matter in the form of chemical reactions, and electrical engineers, who use complex mathematical formulations to describe the interaction of the electricity network with its physical components.

Still, three of Tandon’s assistant professors are finding common ground and establishing themselves as early career pioneers of interdisciplinary research, according to the journal iScience. Environmental engineer Andrea Silverman, electrical engineer Yury Dvorkin, and chemical engineer Miguel Modestino are combining their knowledge to tackle complex societal problems at the intersection of their fields. Case in point: their provisional patent application for grid-integrated electrosynthetic hydrogen generators, which serve as building blocks of a larger vision to synergistically integrate water-electricity-chemical networks.

Something for everyone

If you ever wanted to view New York City from a rat’s perspective, explore the secret life of yeast, or learn how to foil intrusive facial recognition software, the 2020 Integrated Digital Media (IDM) Showcase was a must-see.

This year, for the first time ever, the event was held virtually; while that change of plans was necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis, few people are more prepared to make a leap of that type than IDM students, who, after all, possess talents ideally suited to an electronic arena.

All of the projects can be viewed on the page, but if you’re interested in ...

  • Social justice, check out Life Like Mine, a narrative game by Brittney Mc
  • Urban history, download Metro ARchive, an app created by Sammy Levin and McCoy Zhu
  • Children’s literacy, try ABCs of the Galaxy, an AR experience by Lauren Owen
ABCs AR children literacy project
AR interactions from one of this year's IDM Showcase projects, ABCs of the Galaxy