Press Release

NYU School of Engineering Faculty and Students Share Their Cutting-Edge Research with the Public

Creative and Unprecedented Work will be on Display During a Fun-Filled Expo


BROOKLYN, New York—On Friday, April 24, 2015, New Yorkers will get a close-up look at the latest research in science and technology as the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering holds its third annual Research Expo in Brooklyn Tech Triangle’s MetroTech Plaza.

The highly interactive expo will showcase dozens of the most promising and exciting research projects from every academic department, as well as exhibits from the school’s New York State-designated incubators, Game Innovation Lab, and Center for K-12 STEM Education, which is dedicated to boosting science, technology, engineering, and math education in New York City’s public schools.
The event, which will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., is free of charge and open to all.

The fascinating, family-friendly activities at the Research Expo will include chances to:

  • Interact with a life-sized, humanoid robot
  • See what a megacity of the future might look like
  • Learn about the behavior of molecules by playing a computer game
  • Control a school of robotic fish
  • Walk on a bridge made of lightweight, bendable concrete
  • Experience the future of battlefield medicine with a blood-coagulating plasma spray
  • Play a game that teaches diabetic children to make smart food choices

NYU Dean of Engineering Katepalli R. Sreenivasan will welcome the public to the event to view the results of the school’s undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research. “This is an opportunity to show the scope and importance of our work, especially to young visitors who might not have considered a career in a STEM discipline,” he said. “Engineers and applied scientists develop practical solutions for critical problems faced by society, and our hope is that the work demonstrated at the Research Expo will light a spark of interest in students to become future generations of creative inventors, innovators, and technology entrepreneurs.”

Vikram Kapila, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and one of the organizers of the event added, “The Research Expo will be eye-opening and enjoyable 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 School of Engineering.” 

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.