Princeton, NJ - Siegfried Russwurm, Member of Managing Board & Chief Technology Officer, Siemens AG joined leadership and employees from Siemens Real Estate (SRE) and Siemens Corporate Technology (CT) US for a ribbon cutting to reveal the newly renovated CT research & development facility. The Princeton location has transformed into a Siemens New Way of Working (NewWow) workspace, including the construction of new, state-of-the-art labs that will allow researchers to develop high-impact innovations to help CT’s customers enhance their competitiveness.
Princeton, NJ - According to Catherine Zandonella of the Office of the Dean for Research, "Princeton geosciences professor Jeroen Tromp and his team have embarked on an ambitious project to use earthquakes to map the Earth's entire mantle, the semisolid rock that stretches to a depth of 1,800 miles, about halfway down to the planet's center and about 300 times deeper than humans have drilled. For the task, his team will use one of the world's fastest supercomputers, Titan, which can perform more than 20 quadrillion calculations per second and is located at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee."
Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey Lieutenant Governor, Kim Guadagno, wrote an excellent opinion piece in the The Record: NEW JERSEY has long been a hotspot for innovation. Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity here. The light bulb, the phonograph, robots and LCD — all of these and more were invented in New Jersey…
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will celebrate its continued commitment to engineering education advancement at the 17th annual Salute to Engineering Excellence on March 31, 2015 in the Campus Center Atrium. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NCE Dean’s Fund.
Hoboken, NJ - No matter how you look at it, college is an investment of both time and money. Payscale has posted their annual College ROI Report, which covers "Best Value Colleges," "Majors & Careers" and "States & Categories." Once again the Stevens Institute of Technology makes the top ten of all colleges and universities, but ranked an unprecedented third place. Up from fifth for the past years, Stevens in Hoboken was calculated with a 20-year ROI of $841,000.
Princeton, NJ - Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science released the Winter addition of their EQuad magazine, Volume 26, Number 2 and titled "Ideas to Impact." Dean Vincent Poor Ph.D. provides the opening message as the remainder of the magazine covers numerous articles on the university's researchers.
Check it out: http://www.princeton.edu/engineering/eqnews/EQN_W15.pdf
Washington D.C. - In a recent Brookings Institute report, Mark Muro and his colleagues discuss the potential of “advanced industries” and their economic renewal in the United States. Industries that invest heavily in research and development (R&D) and science, technology, education, and math (STEM) workers are considered "Advanced Industries." For New Jersey and the NJ Department of Labor, these industries are typically found in the advance manufacturing, technology and life sciences sectors.
Princeton, NJ - Five innovative projects have been awarded support through Princeton University's Dean for Research innovation funds. According to Catherine Zandonella of the Office of the Dean for Research, this fund is in its second year, the program enables faculty members to pursue bold new ideas. "Three projects in the natural sciences will receive $200,000 each over two years and will explore original, early-stage ideas that could serve as the basis of a larger research initiative. In addition, two collaborations with biomedical engineering and neuroscience companies will receive $100,000 each for the first year; Princeton will match each company's contribution of up to $75,000 in the second year."
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey's historic legacy of innovation and invention has resulted in an economy with a national reputation for spurring numerous advanced technology industries. Last week, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) hosted the most recent New Jersey Council on Innovation meeting as part of its ongoing commitment to innovation. During the meeting three of the state's research universities presented their recent work to the New Jersey Council on Innovation.
Princeton, NJ, December 16, 2014 – According to Princeton University’s Office of Engineering Communications, “As part of a project demonstrating new 3-D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. Michael McAlpine, the lead researcher, cautioned that the lens is not designed for actual use — for one, it requires an external power supply. Instead, he said the team created the device to demonstrate the ability to “3-D print” electronics into complex shapes and materials.”
“This shows that we can use 3-D printing to create complex electronics including semiconductors,” said McAlpine, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “We were able to 3-D print an entire device, in this case an LED… We used the quantum dots [also known as nanoparticles] as an ink,” McAlpine said. “We were able to generate two different colors, orange and green.”
The contact lens is also part of an ongoing effort to use 3-D printing to assemble diverse, and often hard-to-combine, materials into functioning devices. In the recent past, a team of Princeton professors including McAlpine created a bionic ear out of living cells with an embedded antenna that could receive radio signals.
McAlpine said that one of 3-D printing’s greatest strengths is its ability to create electronics in complex forms. Unlike traditional electronics manufacturing, which builds circuits in flat assemblies and then stacks them into three dimensions, 3-D printers can create vertical structures as easily as horizontal ones.
“In this case, we had a cube of LEDs,” he said. “Some of the wiring was vertical and some was horizontal.”
To conduct the research, the team built a new type of 3-D printer that McAlpine described as “somewhere between off-the-shelf and really fancy.” Dan Steingart, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center, helped design and build the new printer, which McAlpine estimated cost in the neighborhood of $20,000.
McAlpine said that he does not envision 3-D printing replacing traditional manufacturing in electronics any time soon; instead, they are complementary technologies with very different strengths. Traditional manufacturing, which uses lithography to create electronic components, is a fast and efficient way to make multiple copies with a very high reliability. Manufacturers are using 3-D printing, which is slow but easy to change and customize, to create molds and patterns for rapid prototyping.
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Glassboro, NJ, December 9, 2014 – According to a recent Rowan Today article, “Rowan University College of Engineering professors and students are figuratively and literally taking their research to the road, helping to make travelers’ journeys — and the environments in which they are taken — safer. Numerous professor and student teams are working, often in collaboration with other universities or industry partners, on regional and national initiatives that have garnered millions in outside funding.”
“Dr. Yusuf Mehta, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rowan, is working with researchers from across the country on a series of transportation-related projects. Mehta, who oversees an asphalt lab in the South Jersey Technology Park in Mantua Township, is studying the environmental impacts of recycled asphalt pavement, or the restructuring of asphalt materials removed from previous roadways, under a $452,490 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).”
“[The NJDOT] wants to find an alternative that is repeatable and accurate. They are willing to explore all options and have kept a very open mind.” Dr. Kenneth Blank, vice president of Health Sciences at Rowan, said collaborations like Mehta’s are a result of Rowan’s recent research institution status, which New Jersey designated in 2013.
“Rowan has a long history of transportation-focused research that extends well beyond Mehta’s work. For example, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), NJDOT and United States Department of Transportation awarded close to $1.2 million in recent years to Dr. Kauser Jahan, professor of civil and environmental engineering, to conduct research on several transportation-related projects.”
“Under a $750,000 DOE grant, she is studying the use of algae as a possible alternative fuel source. Jahan, who says using algae is one of the most promising alternatives to traditional biodiesel fuel — plant and animal oils such as soybeans, corn and canola oil and animal fat, materials that need to be replenished through farming — is partnering on the study with Rowan Engineering colleagues (chemical engineering professors Dr. Robert Hesketh and Dr. C. Stewart Slater, chemical engineering associate professor and program chair Dr. Mariano Savelski and civil and environmental engineering associate professor Dr. Will Riddell).”
“The work employs an innovative use of membrane technology to provide carbon dioxide gas to promote algae growth. Algae, Jahan said, may provide a viable energy source and require far less land that other biofuels require, taking up less property that can be devoted to food production. According to Jahan, algae reproduce quickly, produce oils more efficiently than crop plants and require relatively few nutrients for growth. Ultimately, she said, if algae are viable, they can be grown on land considered substandard for agricultural purposes and possibly mass produced indoors as well.
“Protecting land and air travel Dr. Beena Sukumaran, chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has been conducting research for the NJDOT and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for more than a dozen years, including studies with international collaborators. Currently, she is working under a $222,227 grant from NJDOT/University Transportation Research Center to use laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to identify problematic minerals in aggregate stone.
Working in conjunction with Rowan physics professor Dr. Michael Lim, electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Ravi Ramachandran and graduate student Andrew Branin from Howell, New Jersey, Sukumaran will advise the NJDOT whether its contractors are using appropriate construction materials in order to ensure the quality of Garden State roads. Sukumaran also is working with post-doctoral scholar Dr. Carlos Cary, a Peru native who received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University; Marie Lecorvaisier, a French student working on her graduate thesis at Rowan; and undergraduate students Adam Bagriacik from Burlington, New Jersey; Robert Cohen from Philadelphia; Jerrett Clark from Pilesgrove, New Jersey; and Kokeb Abera from Williamstown, New Jersey, on a $70,571 funded project for the FAA to determine the suitability of the Superpave Gyratory Compactor (SGC) to replicate field performance of aggregates during construction and trafficking of airfield pavements.
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New Brunswick, NJ, December 1, 2014 – According to Companies and Market.com, “Earlier this month, researchers from Rutgers University have for the first time harnessed the power of a supercomputer to develop methods that can be used to identify which materials have superconducting properties. The study, published in Nature Physics, offers new ways to study spin dynamics in non-superconducting materials, potential superconductive materials and those materials that pose barriers to conventional study, such as those with radioactive properties.”
Using millions of processor hours of a 27-petaflop Titan supercomputer to develop electronic structure algorithms, researchers have been able to model dynamic spin structure factors – i.e. the way in which electrons orientate themselves and correlate their spins within a material – of 15 iron-based materials.
The article continues, “The basic principle of superconductivity is relatively simple. When cooled to a sufficiently cool temperature, some materials exhibit the property of allowing electrons to flow with virtually zero resistance, allowing a wide spectrum of potential applications such as high performance magnets, power cables, superconducting fault current limiters and nuclear magnetic resonance equipment. Superconductors are frequently used by energy companies to enhance power grid performance. One leading company that uses superconductor technology is American Superconductor, a provider of large-scale (1MW and over) electrical equipment for the wind power industry. The company’s market cap was around $110 million, following a quarterly results update earlier this month.”
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