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NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s CIE Institute supports initiatives that help faculty and students reach greater heights by harnessing important technologies and re-imagining business ideas. We catapult these ideas into advanced, problem-solving innovations to address society’s greatest problems.

Our mission is to increase diversity and multi-disciplinary in STEM entrepreneurship and provide guidance as well as resources for STEM innovators to start-up.


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Jin Kim Montclare

Director, CIE Institute

David Lefer

Co-Director, CIE Institute

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Calendar of Events

Summer 2019 Faculty Sprint

August 2 @ 12:00 pm
The next Faculty Sprint will take place on Friday, August 2nd (from noon-5pm). Learn from Faculty Entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes, Opportunity to meet VCs, Experts in IP, Funding and other domains from across the NYU and NYC startup communities, grant providers and more. Learning how to run experiments to…

Young Entrepreneur Competition Application Deadline – NYC Regional GSEA Competition (November 2019)

October 1
Young Entrepreneur Competition – NYC Regional GSEA Competition (November 2019) The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), hosted by Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), is gearing up for the 2019-20 Regional NYC Competition in November. For students based in the New York metropolitan area, the GSEA Regional Competition offers chosen applicants exposure and…

TRIO Scholars Program - F.I.R.S.T Student Orientation

August 19 @ 12:00 pm
For over 40 years, the TRIO Scholar’s Program has been providing support to first-generation students at NYU Tandon.  Assisting students in achieving their highest level of excellence while nurturing their holistic development. Before the start of the fall semester, TRIO hosts an orientation program called the F.I.R.S.T. (Formally Introducing Registered Students to…

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Ready, Steady, Go! It’s Time for the 2019 Faculty Startup Sprint

By Shubham Aggarwal,   The welcoming event for the Faculty Startup Sprint 2019 took place on August 2nd, with an impressive set of presentations. Nine selected teams were required to provide a 2-minute summary of their startup concept, in addition to customers who they plan on interviewing, and an overview…

2019 Summer Startup Sprint: Its A Wrap!

By Barr Morgenstein   For the last two weeks, the 2019 Summer Sprint teams have been working intensively with the mission to build their own startups. With enthusiasm and much effort, the 14 teams, consisting of 32% female co-founders, presented their work from the last few weeks. Some needed to…

2019 Summer Sprint : Off to an Excellent Start  

By Shubham Aggarwal The Convergence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute in partnership with the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute welcomed the new cohort for the 2019 Summer Startup Sprint. It took place on May 28th at the Leslie e-Lab with a set of impressive presentations. Each team was required to provide a…

Pre-capstone Innovation Course Presentations

2019 Pre-Capstone Course Final Presentations Showcases Innovative Prototypes By Md Shamim Reza and James Perez     The final presentation for 2019 Pre-Capstone Innovation course took place on May 9th, with an impressive set of presentations. The VentureWell supported course was designed for students to embrace design thinking and…

Empowering Women at the 2nd Annual Female Founders Forum

By Manish Devjani and James Perez The second annual Female Founders Forum event took place on April 12th at TwoSigma Ventures, with an impressive set of speakers. The afternoon program included four different panels.  The panelists discussed key issues impacting female founders, including challenges faced in venture capital business, playing…

2019 J-Term Startup Sprint Concludes Presentations

By Manish Devjani and Christina Moazed The final event for the J-Term Startup Sprint 2019 took place on January 18th, with an impressive set of presentations. A total of 12 teams were involved in the program.  The teams were tackling meaningful challenges across diverse sectors from real estate to healthcare,…

Chat and Chew Focuses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

by Manish Kumar and Christina Moazed A special Chat and Chew event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship hosted by the Women in Engineering Science Technology and Math (WEST-M) took place in Makerspace at Tandon.  Professor Jin Montclare started by talking about the Convergence of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Institute

The 2019 Forbes Idea Incubator Challenge Showcased Female Leaders of the Future

By Christina Moazed On March 2nd, students unveiled their STEM skills in order to develop answers to the following proposed question: How will electric vehicles and charging stations impact the overall mobility ecosystem of a city? Overall, 23 women students from NYU Tandon contributed to the challenge. For the challenge,…

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Summer I-Corps 2019

The NYU I-Corps summer program uses the Lean LaunchPad methodology to show the teams how to develop a STEM idea into a viable commercial product and commercialize it. Each team will receive initial funding to create a prototype and be eligible to apply for additional funding of $1,000 to $3,000 by successfully completing the program.

Participants in the program, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will also learn how the skills learned through entrepreneurship can make them better scientists or engineers.

Read the news coverage on the program here.

Benefits to the program are:

● Funding to produce prototypes for successful participants.
● Training in the Lean LaunchPad methodology.
● Partnerships with technical and business mentors.
● Validation of customers and minimum viable product.

Who should apply:

● Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply, but individuals without a team will also be considered. The program will then help them connect with others.
● Those who are interested in tackling a social challenge (like food waste, access to clean water, health) but do not have a specific technical or scientific solution in mind.
● Those without a specific idea or goal, but who want to learn more about startup culture and how it can improve STEM research


FAQ/Criteria and Guidelines:

Is it possible to work full time during the program? We expect that the student leader has a full-time commitment to I-Corps for the summer workshop. Lean requires a lot of effort. If you are interested but must work, we recommend that you make yourself a team member and select a colleague to be the student leader.

Team Members
Is it necessary to have team members? How can I find them? It might be tempting to try this alone, but there is too much work to do in a short period for one person. It’s helpful for you to have current students on your team, but other options are possible: friends, family, and alumni can participate so long as they are committed to your project. If you cannot find team members, your application will not be disqualified; we will be happy to connect you with other applicants who need a team after you apply.

Can international students participate? What about graduate students? The student leader must be a continuing NYU undergraduate or graduate student. Your team may include an alum, but not as the leader: graduating students should make themselves a team member and select someone else to be the student lead. International students are welcome.




“Pre-Capstone Innovation Experience” course is designed for our undergraduate engineering students in their sophomore/junior year, and is aimed at preparing them for capstone/senior design projects. This Course will better prepare them for senior capstone projects while providing them the skills to identify the important problem and crucial customer needs.



1) to provide students with multidisciplinary engineering prototyping tools spanning biological engineering to circuit design;
2) to expose student to customer discovery process and Lean Launchpad methods;
3) to facilitate E-team formation around multidisciplinary groups;
4) to prepare students for innovative capstone prototypes and transform them to commercial ventures.



Academically, our undergraduate engineering students begin their college careers with a freshman forum course, EG 1001/1003, devoted to getting them to think as entrepreneurs about solving technical and scientific problems. While there are student competitions and entrepreneurial clubs (vide infra) to provide incentives for engaging in customer-centered challenges, there is really no curricular exposure to such entrepreneurial endeavors until possibly in the senior capstone project, where a limited number of our students identify crucial challenges and problems to address. In fact, many of our undergrads struggle with finding a worthwhile engineering problem, let alone one that has a real customer need.



A fundamental gap is that there is limited curricular content that help prepare our engineering seniors for: (1) identifying a suitable ‘real-world’ problem and (2) engaging in multidisciplinary teams. Foremost, the engineering curriculum for most majors is very structured with very little to exposure of other disciplines beyond their home department, requiring students to engage in entrepreneurial activities as extra-curricular. Secondly, our pedagogies have been slow to embrace multi- disciplinary given that our training as educators has been more traditional.



We are piloting an upper-level course that would feature three research-active faculty members who take four weeks of the course each to engage students in engineering tools. Students will form teams after learning about the tools and develop multidisciplinary semester-long projects that students could pursue as a capstone. After the engineering tools introduction and team development, the students will then undergo ideation and business model validation and customer development portion. Understanding the customer’s needs is essential to generating a viable business; this customer insight achieved through experiential team-based learning is central to the proposed class. We will focus on assembling 5-6 teams bearing groups of 3-4 students. The teams will be responsible for developing value propositions based on the technology and will test them through the customer discovery process. They will test new hypotheses on the value proposition for a particular customer segment. Each link from IP to a particular customer segment will be assessed through direct interviews. From this student teams will gain insights into the market.



Many schools require senior capstones — multidisciplinary projects that showcase the problem-solving abilities and critical-thinking skills that students have developed over the preceding years, as well as their research prowess, proficiency in planning, and willingness to engage in teamwork.


MD Raz, 2019

Mohammed Fahim 


The Smart Mirror keeps you prepared, informed, and looking your best and helps you keep your goals, deadlines, and important dates at a glance on your way out the door.


Htoo Min,

Victoria Sykora-Lovaas,

Joe Kracz,

Ujjwal Singhania,


Hugo is an academic course management platform designed to decrease the workload on faculty by reducing the number of emails received from students. At the core of the platform is an artificial intelligence-fueled chatbot that allows students to ask questions ranging from logistical (where is my class?) to course-related (what is AI?).


Brian Boyle, BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019

Enson Chen, BS Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2019 

Andy Huang,


Convenience . . . delivered. The product provides a combined hardware and software solution for the safe and secure exchange of goods.


Fangi Zeng, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2019

William Hsu, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2019

Elaine Li, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2019

Terry Tong, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2019

Benson Li, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2019

Joey Wong, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2019



At the third annual Senior Capstone Competition and Showcase on May 7, 2018  many graduating undergraduate students got opportunity to let their talents shine.  They  spent their final year creating, building, and designing their senior capstone project. A culminating project that embodies all of their academic and entrepreneurial skills they’ve developed during their time at NYU Tandon.

Sponsored by the Convergence of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Institute, the 2018 Senior Capstone Competition featured 19 teams who took over the MakerSpace and guided crowds of students, faculty, and guests through demos of their designs. From the 19, six teams were selected by the capstone competition committee, which includes Industry Professor Michael Knox,MakerSpace Manager Victoria Bill, and Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and CIE Institute director Jin Montclare, to pitch their capstone projects to a panel of judges.


Meraj Choudhury, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2018 

Navindra Sawh, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2018 


The duo designed a more cost-effective option for current robotic exoskeletons that are used in physical therapy, which tend to be very expensive. The primary function of the exoskeleton is to stimulate the neuromuscular system of the user by allowing them to perform simulated or assisted walking. With many robotic exoskeletons costing upwards of $80,000, EXO2 would be a cheaper and effective option for patients undergoing physical therapy.


Alexis Zerata, BS Integrated Digital Media minor in business, 2018


Over 40 million adults in the U.S. currently experience anxiety, and 2-3% of Americans experience panic disorders in a year according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Being an Integrated Digital Media major, she decided to create a mobile app and wearable ring that uses AR to guide people through breathing techniques in a discrete manner. Users hold up their phone to scan their ring, a flower appears on the screen over the ring, and opens and closes at calming intervals to slow down their heart rate.


Alex Concepcion, BS Electrical Engineering, 2018

Nasif Islam, BS Electrical Engineering, 2018

Eshka-Ne Kumar, BS Electrical Engineering, 2018


When firefighters enter buildings to combat a fire, or military personnel conduct an operation, they tend to use manual radio transmissions to estimate their locations, but situational factors can cause issues such as heavy smoke. Using LoRa for its long-range capabilities, which enables their device to transmit data to a remote computer, estimate distance traveled of each firefighter at a specific location, and also track the path history of each individual.


Luciana Jaalouk, BS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2018

Eduardo Hernandez Vivar, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2018

Justin TalevskiBS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2018

Marc RozmanBS Mechanical Engineering, 2018

Shivam Suleria, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2018


Winging-It is an electric R/C aircraft that competed at the 2018 Society of Aerospace Engineers (SAE) Aero Design West Competition in California. After winning third place at the national competition and 10th place internationally where they competed against 37 teams, the NYU SAE Aero Design Team’s aircraft successfully completed five flights where it excelled at carrying a maximum payload similar to a commercial airliner.


Undergraduate students presented their culminating capstone projects as part of the second annual Senior Capstone Competition, sponsored by the Convergence of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Institute. The competition gives undergraduates a unique opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills as well as the chance to win cash prizes to fund future endeavors on their projects.Six teams were selected by the capstone competition committee, which included industry professor Michael Knox and associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and CIE Institute director Jin Montclare, to pitch their prototypes to a panel of reputed judges at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s 2017 Research Expo.


First Place

First place winners Dimitrios Lintzeris and Daniel Targonski, both majors in electrical engineering, created a fully autonomous pedestrian traffic counter that tracks and gathers data on the amount of people passing by a business during a day.

Second Place

The statistics are staggering for deaths resulting from collisions between bicyclists and motor vehicles. With an estimated 40% of these fatalities occurring after a car crashed into a bicyclist from behind, electrical engineering students Aimee NogoyTakuya Fukui, and Wai San Gu created the safety device RadarWAT to alert cyclists to cars that are approaching too closely behind their bicycle.

Third Place

The third place prize went to Frederick Bills, Artur Chodor, Bartosz Chodor, Garrett Harbeson, Sakir Hossain, and Katrina Johnk, who designed and manufactured an aircraft for the Society of Aerospace Engineers (SAE) Aero Design East 2017 competition. Students engineered a model passenger aircraft that maximizes the passenger and cargo load, while minimizing power consumption. Featuring a dual-airfoil wing, an octagonal fuselage and staggered passenger seating arrangement that resulted in less drag, the team’s design placed 15th out of 40 teams in the regular competition class, and secured 14th place for the Highest Payload — a feat for many of the team members in their first foray in aeroplane design.Check out the full article by Camila Ryder that covers Capstone 2017.


The school of Engineering hosted its first ever undergraduate senior capstone competition on April 27, 2016. Around 15 undergraduate teams, along with their capstone projects sent their applications for the competition. Five teams were selected for the final round and they got the chance to pitch their projects in front of a very reputed judging panel. Tandon School of Engineering’s inaugural capstone competition was a huge success and it has laid down the foundation for such competitions in the coming years. The aim of this competition is to hone the entrepreneurial skills of the engineering students while they are working on their senior year projects. It gives the engineering students, a huge incentive to work hard on their projects by competing with their friends and showcasing their business acumen and presentation skills.2016 Winners


Urbanomino explores how a city building game, like SimCity, might function when the people, the businesses, and developers of a city have a stake in shaping their city. By using a voting system, Urbanomino introduces an element of organic unpredictability to simulating the growth of a modern urban environment.


Matthew Conto, BS in Integrated Digital Media, May 2016


MEG is a wearable muscular exercise guide for physical therapy assistance including patients suffering from Lymphedema. It provides real-time feedback to customers on their exercising patterns to improve their technique and thereby enhance muscle growth.


Meshal Alhathal, BS in Electrical Engineering, May 2016
Devorah Shira, BS in ECE, May 2016


Traditional 3D printers have enabled increases in the complexity of the shape of parts but cannot produce functional or smart systems directly. This capstone project is aimed to create a 3D embedded systems manufacturing robot, which can incorporate electronics and energy harvesting systems directly into the final part in one step.


Steven Eric Zeltmann, BS+MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Matthew Lemanski, BS+MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
William Peng, BS+MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Shawon Rabidas, BS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Sandy Shen, BS+MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016
Avitosh Totaram, BS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2016

Senior Capstones Formal capstone courses, typically taken in a student’s senior year, are organized for the following majors:

We have developed guidelines for dealing with intellectual property (IP) issues in capstone projects.

e-Inclusion Network

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The e-Inclusion Network is a group of informal advisors that support women and other students from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM and entrepreneurship. The role of women mentors is to prepare such members for the challenges and setbacks they may experience during their journey. The e-Inclusion Network Team will be supporting the students either remotely, or in person. This could be either through email, Skype, phone chat or even meeting them personally.

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Innovation Spaces

The Design Lab @ NYU MakerSpace

The Design Lab is The MakerSpace programming arm. It provides NYU students with opportunities to ideate, experiment, prototype, and build their ideas. It cultivates collaboration, nurtures students’ creative confidence and encourages collaboration and connects them with other parts of the NYU Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem. The Design Lab at NYU Tandon MakerSpace fosters a community of creative technologists, critical thinkers, and social innovators.

The Design Lab is managed by 2 graduate students, the Design Lab Coordinators, who are trained in design thinking and work with Anne-Laure Fayard, Associate Professor of Design and Organizational Studies, Faculty Advisor to the MakerSpace, Victoria Bill, MakerSpace Manager and Christina Lafontaine, Design Specialist.

If you have an idea for a new project, if you want to learn more about design thinking or prototyping, check our programming and / or contact us If you are a student club leader, talk to us to reserve the space for events.


The new NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace is a collaborative workspace and lab that provides even greater opportunities for students and faculty to engage in innovative and entrepreneurial activities. In addition to providing access to modern tools, from advanced software to milling machines to 3D printers to integrated manufacturing facilities, it functions as a stimulating environment which fosters collaborative learning and hosts guest lectures and special events.

Extracurricular Activities


Hosted by the NYU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Association, InnoVention is the engineering school’s signature prototyping competition for our student entrepreneurs. The 12-week competition challenges them to use their technical and scientific expertise to prototype and pitch commercially viable ideas in software and hardware. Through progressively intensive weekly sessions, students learn about IP, prototyping, monetization, pitch skills, and much more. They are mentored by successful alumni, faculty and NYC entrepreneurs. The event concludes in a final-round pitch and demonstration day.

Student Clubs

Our students are intensely passionate about pursuing their entrepreneurial endeavors and enjoy the opportunity to network with one another to expand upon their ideas. Student clubs focused on entrepreneurship are an ideal way for this to take place, while giving them the opportunity to hone their leadership skills. Here are a just few clubs that provide such opportunities:

  • Design for America of NYU (DFA)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association (EIA)
  • Patent Pending

View our Club Directory to find out more about these and other clubs at Tandon

Start-Up Community

Future Labs

NYU Tandon is commited to help emerging companies transform into thriving businesses through its incubator programs:

Admission is through a competitive application process, which includes vetting by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. In their first five years, the incubators created nearly 1,300 new jobs, giving back to New York City $352.4M in economic impact. Half of the incubated businesses are faculty or student-affiliated.

Startup Sprints (Student Edition)


The J-Term Startup Sprint (January) and Summer Startup Sprint (May-June), offer NYU undergraduate, graduate students and post-doc startup teams the opportunity to test the value of their solutions. These are intensive two week long startup accelerator programs to get funding, conduct customer discovery and receive mentorship. Open to teams of NYU undergrad and graduate student entrepreneurs from any NYU school or college, with an idea, invention and/or early mock-up or prototype of their product or service. The Startup Sprint is intended for all types of startups which have high-growth potential, including non-profits. Whether focused on social innovation, software, medical devices, physical products, hardware, or other areas, all are welcome to apply.


Since participating in the 2018 January and Summer Sprints, teams have won the 300K Entrepreneurs ChallengeInnoVention Challenge, and TigerLaunch entrepreneurship competition, while 12 teams participated in either the NYU Summer Launchpad and/or Stern Venture Fellows summer 2018 program. Collectively teams have gone on to raise over $1 Million in competition funding, grants and private capital, while at least 8 of the teams are generating revenue!

Startup Sprint (Faculty Edition)

The Faculty Startup Sprint is a 5.5-day intensive program where faculty entrepreneurs and their PhD/postdoc teams test the commercial potential of their research with customers and partners. Participating teams receive grant funding from the National Science Foundation, mentorship, workshops on selecting the right market, IP and fundraising, and more. The Faculty Sprint introduces methodology adopted by the NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE and other federal agencies. Participating teams will be well poised for a strong SBIR/STTR grant application in the future.

Get ready for a weeklong startup sprint, to test the commercial potential of your technology. Learn from Faculty Entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes, Opportunity to meet VCs, Experts in IP, Funding and other domains from across the NYU and NYC startup communities, grant providers and more. Learning how to run experiments to build your prototypes you’ll work alongside and learn from a community of fellow Faculty, PhD and Postdoc NYU startup founders.


Faculty Involvement


The incubators are home to several NYU Engineering faculty engineers-in-residence: faculty who leverage their entrepreneurial experience to assist start-ups through knowledge sharing about their own start-up efforts. These faculty assist incubated companies where there is affinity with their academic work or entrepreneurial background. They also offer periodic lectures at the incubators and serve as mentors to the start-ups, SPIKE participants, and other student organizations.


Curriculum Development

To support these efforts, the school is undertaking a development plan to include more opportunities for students to create entrepreneurial ventures in their courses. There are already a variety of current entrepreneurial-focused courses across the school for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Along with entrepreneurial finance, strategy, growing enterprises, intellectual property, marketing and sales, history of technology and innovation, and corporate entrepreneurship, the school has also adopted a mandatory course for first-year undergraduates that encourages them to think innovative and gives them the chance to create an entrepreneurial venture.


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Shubham Aggarwal

Research Fellow 2019-2020

Barr Morgenstein

Research Fellow 2019-2020

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Prior Fellowship Leaders

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Christina Moazed

Team Lead 2018-2019

Manish Kumar

Research Fellow 2018-2019

Vihit Ketan Vyas

Team Lead 2017-2018

Peter Mattingly

Data Analyst Fellow 2017-2018

Madhumita Sawant

Research Fellow 2017-2018

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NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s CIE Institute supports initiatives that help faculty and students reach greater heights by harnessing important technologies and re- imagining business ideas. We catapult these ideas into advanced, problem-solving innovations to address society’s greatest problems.

Our mission is to increase diversity and multi-disciplinary in STEM entrepreneurship and provide guidance as well as resources for STEM innovators to start-up.


For more information about these programs, please contact us at