TechQuest Innovation Competition



(Pics from 2016 TechQuest Competition. From left to right, James Stevenson with the 2016 TechQuest winners, Robert Gioia and John Vito d'Antonio-Bertagnolli, and Andrea Cano.)

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 2017 innovation competition and be eligible for awards and stipends totaling up to $18,000.

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 to twelve finalists will be selected from entrants based on a five-page written report due on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  In the final round of judging, the eight to twelve finalists (individuals or teams) compete in the oral presentation on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. TechQuest winners will be announced on Innovation Day, Monday, April 10, 2017.

Click here to view a presentation on Intellectual Property.  This will be presented on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Campus Center 240, 2:00-3:00.

For more information about the TechQuest competition and how to participate, please go to TechQuest Awards 2017 and URI Student Seed Grant Phase-2 Information and Guidelines.

Click here for the 2017 TechQuest and URI Phase 2 (Track 1) Proposal Application Form


2016 TechQuest Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all TechQuest Innovation Competition winners and finalists.   Winners and Finalists from TechQuest, URI Student Seed Grant Awards, Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge, Innovation Acceleration Club, NSF I-Corps, and  McNair Scholars were recognized on the NJIT Innovation Day on April 15, 2016.  You can download the 2016 Innovation Day Program with the list of winners and participating students.  

First Place (1st Time):

Andrea Cano (CE), Maira Valencia (BC)
Project: Portable and Scalable Microbial Fuel Cells-powered Lighting Systems
Faculty Advisor: Wen Zhang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

First Place:

John Vito d'Antonio-Bertagnolli (BME), Robert Gioia (IT)
Project: Virtual Reality Vision Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Tara L. Alvarez, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Second Place:

Diego Rios (Math and Physics)
Project: The Trans-Palpebral Self-Tonometer
Faculty Advisor: Gordon Thomas, Department of Physics

Third Place:

Matthew Reda (ME), Kevin O’Connor (CE)
Project: Autonomous Snow Removal
Faculty Advisor: Lu Lu, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Ahmed Awad (BME), Joseph Campomizzi (ME), Giancarlo Porto (ES)
Project: Universal High Performance Shoe

Taha Awan (Biology), Muhammad Carvan (Biology)
Project: Protecting Our Technology and Health
Faculty Advisor: Megan O'Neill (Humanities)

Nahian Basith (CE), Umar S. Rao (CE), Einreb Funda (CE)
Project: Smart Desk
Faculty Advisor:  Mohammed Feknous, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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