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NSF I-Corps program helps Rowan University take its engineering innovations to the next level


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 10th, 2018

For a small school, Glassboro, NJ-based Rowan University is making big progress using the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program in helping engineering students and faculty take their innovations to market.

The program provides teams from the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering (HMRCOE) with training on engaging with customers, making industry connections and developing technologies for commercial applications.

This year, five Rowan research teams completed I-Corps training. Three of the teams worked at the regional level, learning more about innovation and the proper steps to commercialize a technology. Two of the teams trained at the national level through a seven-week course where they received a more in-depth education on achieving a commercial impact with their technologies.

“For a university of Rowan’s size to have five teams complete I-Corps training in less than one year testifies to the growing interest of our faculty in research, entrepreneurship and innovation,” says Yatin Karpe, director of Rowan’s tech transfer office. “In addition to the five teams, Rowan Engineering also has two more teams slated to complete the national-level training later this year.”

By the end of 2018, NSF will have awarded $184,000 to Rowan teams, enabling them to travel to training sessions, interview potential customers and seek industry partnerships.

“In just one year, Rowan Engineering is already being recognized and getting its name out there,” says Phillip Loew, associate director of NSF’s New York City Regional Innovation Node, which helped support Rowan engineers in the I-Corps regional level program. “This is a significant achievement and something a lot of schools should aspire to. We are excited to continue to collaborate with the college and hope for more rapid growth for its teams in the future.”

Source: Rowan Today

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