Coming to the Heart of Brooklyn: Deep Research Plus Family-Friendly STEM Exhibits at NYU Tandon School of Engineering Research Expo

Research Expo 2017 demontration

BROOKLYN, New York – NYU Tandon School of Engineering will showcase its most significant academic research alongside family-friendly STEM projects at its 2017 Research Expo. The annual exhibit — free to the public — will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the MetroTech Commons, 5 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

This year’s expo will feature more than 70 exhibits, representing research from every academic department of the school and illustrating the breadth of engineering and the applied sciences. The highly interactive demonstrations will bring alive long-term faculty research and student innovations, as well as projects developed for and by youngsters in NYU Tandon’s many K12 STEM Education programs that will be of interest to educators, parents, and youngsters.

Highlights include:

  • A rover with breakthrough communications that is being developed for a NASA student contest to mine the surface of Mars
  • An autonomous submarine for NASA that could explore the liquid hydrocarbon seas of Saturn’s largest moon
  • A method to probe the deep web to fight human trafficking
  • A chance to print 3D architectural features using ultra-high-performing concrete
  • An app that advises how to invest in futures markets, and a demonstration of a new, probabilistic method of picking stocks and commodities
  • One virtual reality (VR) game that probes preconceived ideas about queerness and another that turns building maintenance into an immersive challenge
  • VR experiences showing brain growth, degenerative diseases, and stories of marginalized populations
  • Research that exposes bugs lurking in software
  • A demonstration of how a new algorithm makes cell phone calls clearer and can help those with hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Highly engaging middle school math and science lessons that use low-cost LEGO robotics
  • Model electric vehicles running on advanced batteries and novel propulsion systems
  • A game that explains state-of-the-art DNA diagnostic biosensors
  • Visualization in real time of a new method of developing and manufacturing chemicals
  • A model that allows visitors to predict demand for New York taxis and services like Lyft and Uber
  • A password storage system that is virtually un-hackable
  • Digital games that respond to users’ abilities
  • Mobile phones that let users experience the quality of calls in various regions of the country
  • Cutting-edge research into swarming robots, robotic fish, and a TotBot for toddlers with special needs
  • New smart electroactive materials that can harvest energy

See a full list of exhibits.

Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan explained that the annual expo is an opportunity to show the scope and importance of the students’ work at the School, especially to young visitors who might not have considered a career in a STEM discipline. “Engineers and applied scientists develop practical solutions to critical problems faced by society – and our hope is that the work demonstrated at the Research Expo will light a spark of interest in other students to become creative inventors, innovators, and technology entrepreneurs.”

Vikram Kapila, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU Tandon and a lead organizer of the event added, “The Research Expo will open a window into the future and will be enjoyable and educational for everyone, from the most seasoned technologists to the youngest visitors. From robotics to augmented reality to the latest in bioengineering, the Research Expo will demonstrate just how many incredible developments are taking place right here in Downtown Brooklyn at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.”

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About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country’s largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit