Networking, Internships and Competitions

James Stevenson, sponsor of TechQuest and URI Board Member, congratulates the winners of the 2018 TechQuest Innovation Awards Competition.

ASCE Innovation Contest

Participate in the Annual ASCE Innovation Contest – join the power of the crowd that will help transform the state of our nation’s infrastructure. Become part of the solution by sharing your best ideas, projects, and theories for how to build a better future. Contestants may submit a description of their innovations in any or all of four different topics. Become a contestant and submit an entry in ASCE’s Innovation Contest.

Winners will have the opportunity to:

  • Present their ideas to and network with industry leaders/evaluators,
  • Be considered for research grants
  • Be recognized in trade publication
  • Receive special recognition and awards
  • Student entries that are selected as winners will also be offered first and/or second round interviews for job and internship opportunities.

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NASA Summer Research Internships

NASA has internships in aerospace, chemical, environmental, materials, mechanical, civil, electrical, thermal, systems, optical, robotic and computer hardware and software engineering.  Engineers also work in the fields of composites, cryogenics, microelectronics, signal processing, high performance computing, and nanotechnology. More information.

New Jersey Innovation Acceleration Center (NJIAC)

The New Jersey Innovation Acceleration Center (NJIAC), a collaborative resource for entrepreneurs, is open for business at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. NJIT has a long history of technological research and the NJIAC is designed to bring those resources together with students, faculty and other entrepreneurs to create cutting edge innovation and empower bold ventures.  A key defining factor of the Center is the focus on helping ventures accelerate their development achieving time to market and time to profitability milestones.  More information.

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.

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VentureLink is a community hub for technology companies at NJIT for Northern New Jersey. When a startup is pre-revenue, pre-legal formation, and pre-product market fit they need a place to get started. Established tech companies need a place to grow. VentureLink is where entrepreneurial skills are learned experientially. VentureLink operates within the NJIT campus, providing in-residence companies with weekly programming, workspace, and expert mentorship..  More information.

National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges

Per NAE: With input from people around the world, an international group of leading technological thinkers were asked to identify the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. Their 14 game-changing goals for improving life on the planet, announced in 2008, are outlined here. The committee suggested these Grand Challenges fall into four cross-cutting themes: SUSTAINABILITY, HEALTH, SECURITY, and JOY OF LIVING.

For the current list of published NAE Challenges, click here.

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NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™)

The NSF I-Corps Site at NJIT training program consists of several self-paced learning modules that will introduce the teams to the Lean Startup Method. All team members will be expected to participate in the online Moodle based coursework.  More information