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 enrolled full-time during the 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.

NJIT undergraduates individually or as a team may enter this innovation competition and be eligible for awards and stipends up totaling $14,000.

This competition is to promote and reward innovation among NJIT undergraduates.  Participants must be in good academic standing and enrolled full-time during the 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; small interdisciplinary teams are generally the most effective. Teams may have as an advisor an NJIT faculty member or other person associated with NJIT. 

Questions on the eligibility of an advisor should be referred to Dr. Atam Dhawan. Class projects, including those for design courses and the Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS), and research projects by undergraduates may be entered in the competition. 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 Friday, March 14, 2014.  In the final round of judging, the eight finalists (individuals or teams) compete in the oral presentation on Friday, April 4, 2014. TechQuest winners will be announced on Innovation Day, Friday, April 11, 2014.

For more information about the TechQuest competition and how to participate, please download the TechQuest Awards 2014 Information and Guidelines file.

TechQuest Winners and Finalists:

TechQuest 2014Congratulations to all TechQuest Innovation Competition winners and finalists. TechQuest Winners and Finalists, NIAC Winners and  McNair Scholars were recognized on the NJIT Innovation Day on April 11, 2014.  You can download the Innovation Day Program Booklet with the list of winners and participating students.  Innovation Day was also featured in the Start-Ledger and NJBIZ magazine


First Place:

Hassan Muhammad, Biomedical Engineering
Roa al-Abdalla, Biology
Project: The Trans-Palpebral Self-Tonometer
Advisor: Dr. Gordon Thomas

Second Place:

Ilesha Sevak, Biology
Sayali Kulkarni, Biology
Matthew Armanious, Biomedical Engineering
Evan Tyerman, Biomedical Engineering
Project: Quik Graft
Advisor: Dr. Atam Dhawan

Third Place:

Pitambar Dayal, Biomedical Engineering
Project: CAS Imaging
Advisor: Dr. Bharat Biswal


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