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A satellite weighing less than 3 pounds and about the size of an alarm clock will be the first satellite from a New Jersey university to be launched into space as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. Read more in Innovation NJ update…

Rowan first NJ University to Send Satellite into Space as Part of NASA Program
That’s how Russell Trafford described a project that three professors and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering have been working on for more than two-and-a-half years. Size-wise, that was a pretty good take by Trafford, who with fellow Ph.D. candidate Adam Fifth serves as project manager. The heart of the project is a 4x4x4-inch cube. But content wise, the work that has absorbed teams in and out of Engineering Clinics is a far cry from the little boxes that hold pastel-colored tissues.

State’s Leading Incubator Offers Rutgers Biomedical Students Insight into Non-Academic Careers Active participants in the state’s biotechnology industry welcomed a group of more than 25 Ph.D. and post-doctoral students from Rutgers University recently for a tour and an inside look at daily life at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT), the state’s leading life sciences incubator.

NJ Pushes for Science, Manufacturing Sectors History is repeating itself as the state pivots back to its roots in the science and manufacturing sectors. In the past several months – and amid a change in administrations – legislators and industry leaders have set the tone with meetings by three entities focused solely on growing the two sectors, with an eye on how innovation and technology are impacting both:
a bicameral Manufacturing Caucus, which was created last year, will meet again next week; a Biotechnology Task Force, which was created in 2016 by the Legislature, met in January;  and a new committee in the Assembly, Science, Innovation and Technology, held its first hearing in January.

NJIT Student Wins First Place in Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge Competition Mark Quiles ’18, a finance and marketing major, won first place in the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge student competition sponsored by NJIT, Capital One and the Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation. Michael A. Ehrlich, associate professor of finance in NJIT’s Martin Tuchman School of Management and co-director of the New Jersey Innovation Acceleration Center, emceed the event.

CBRE: Life Science Growth Fueling Real Estate Boom New Jersey’s real estate market could see major benefits from the ongoing surge in the life science industry, according to a new report from CBRE. The industry, which includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical device manufacturing, is on a long-term expansion track, the real estate services firm said. With an aging U.S. population, increases in funding, job growth and ongoing robust construction of laboratory and research space, the sector is poised for serious growth. That, in turn, could be a real boon to locations such as North and Central Jersey, which have high concentrations of biopharma firms, and the corresponding real estate assets.

Jabbour Joins Big Ten CRC Steering Committee The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (Big Ten CRC) recently welcomed Salma Jabbour, MD, as a member of its steering committee, representing Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The committee, composed of one representative from each member institution, meets on a regular basis to review activities of the consortium and decide matters of policy. A radiation oncologist with a subspecialty in lung and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, and a co-chair of the Big Ten CRC’s GI Clinical Trial Working Group (CTWG) and member of the Thoracic CTWG, Jabbour embodies the Big Ten CRC spirit.

NJIT President and Steve Adubato Discuss School’s Impact on Newark’s Economic Development One-on-One host Steve Adubato recently discussed the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s economic impacts on Newark development with NJIT President Dr. Joel Bloom. Bloom states that one quarter of the engineers in the state come from NJIT and discusses how adding more jobs and employees are just some examples of the economic impact the institute has on Newark and the state of New Jersey.

NJ Big Data Alliance 5th Annual Symposium & Data Sciences Career Fair Set for March 8 To be held at the College of New Jersey, the symposium, “Big Data: Transforming Tomorrow’s Workplace,” will explore the impact and potential of big data in transforming business operations and employee roles. In conjunction with the symposium, Alliance members are collaborating to host a Data Sciences/Computing Career Fair to connect the region’s employers with students who have experience or expertise in data analytics, computer science, or a related discipline.

Upcoming Events

NJEN Presents: Starting, Building and Funding an Artificial Intelligence Business

When: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Princeton University

When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Rutgers University Easton Auditorium (Fiber Optics Building, Busch Campus) – 101 Bevier Road – Piscataway

The 81st Annual Walk to Washington & Congressional Dinner
When: March 1 – 2, 2018
Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

5th Annual NJBDA Symposium
When: Thursday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township