TechQuest Innovation Competition


TechQuest Competition, sponsored by Jim Stevenson Foundation, promotes and rewards innovation among NJIT undergraduates.  Participants must be in good academic standing and be enrolled full-time during the fall and spring semester of their year of entry.   Students may form teams consisting of undergraduates from any NJIT department. There is no limit to the number of members on a team, but small interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Teams are responsible for organizing themselves and must designate a contact person.  Teams may have an advisor, a  NJIT faulty member or other person associated with NJIT. 

NJIT undergraduates individually or as a team may enter the 2016 innovation competition and be eligible for awards and stipends totaling up to $17,500.

Questions on the eligibility of an advisor should be referred to Dr. Atam Dhawan. Class projects, including those for design courses, Undergraduate Research and Innovation Program (URI), and research projects by undergraduates may be entered in the competition. Projects entered in TechQuest may build on prior projects, but the presenting team must identify its unique contribution to the presented work.  Previous TechQuest award winners are not eligible to enter the same project in the competition again. 

In the preliminary round of judging, eight finalists will be selected from entrants based on a five-page written report due on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  In the final round of judging, the eight finalists (individuals or teams) compete in the oral presentation on Monday, March 28, 2016. TechQuest winners will be announced on Innovation Day, Friday, April 15, 2016.

For more information about the TechQuest competition and how to participate, please download the TechQuest Awards 2016 Information and Guidelines file.


2015 TechQuest Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all TechQuest Innovation Competition winners and finalists.   Winners and Finalists, NIAC Winners and  McNair Scholars were recognized on the NJIT Innovation Day on March 25, 2015.  You can download the 2015 Innovation Day Program with the list of winners and participating students.  Innovation Day was also featured in the Start-Ledger and NJBIZ magazine

First Place:

Anthony SanFilippo
Project: The Trans-Palperbral Self-Tonometer: An Innovative Solution to Glaucoma Monitoring and Diagnosis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Gordon Thomas, Department of Physics

Second Place:

Sahitya Allam
Project: A Novel Biomimetic Scaffold for Enhanced Neural Regeneration
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michael Jaffe, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Third Place:

Cristian Marcel, Megan Dellavalle, Michael Gendy, Maryam Haque
Project: Pulse-Portable UV Light Sterilization Equipment: A Stethoscope Sterilization Device
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Gordon Thomas, Department of Physics


Lydia Paradiso
Project: Computation Reproducibility of Bioinformatics Tools for Gene Network Inference
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jason Wang, Department of Computer Science

Ryan Heinz
Project: Oasis: Clean Water Solutions
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jay Meegoda, John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dima Aref, Raj Jain, Mohammad Nawaz, Siddharth Thiruvalluvan
Project: Cancer Prediction Web Server Using Bioinformatics and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Usman Roshan, Department of Computer Science

Umar S. Rao, Aditya Rawal, Einreb Funda, Nahian Basith
Project: Tech Vault
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Mohammed Feknous, Helen and John C. Hartmann Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Steve Susanibar, Theresa Wagner
Project: Vibration Powered Impact Recorder (VPIR) for Damaged Ammunition Round Detection
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Gordon Thomas, Department of Physics


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