BROOKLYN, New York, April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Strap on a virtual reality headset to see the world from a new perspective… 3D-print in concrete…create an Internet password more secure than ever…test a robot that will let utility workers access deep underground…
These and 50 more exhibits of the latest research in engineering and technology will be displayed for the public at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering's Fourth Annual Research Expo.
The highly interactive expo will showcase dozens of the most promising and exciting research projects from every academic department, as well as exhibits from the NYU Game Innovation Lab and Center for K-12 STEM Education, which is dedicated to boosting science, technology, engineering, and math education in New York City's public schools. The event is free of charge and open to all.
The NYU Tandon student Hyperloop team will exhibit a prototype pod for a futuristic ground transportation system envisioned by Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Their pod has been selected to race this summer on a one-mile test track being erected near SpaceX headquarters in California. Research Expo attendees will get an early look at the team's award-winning design, which aims to lay the groundwork for vehicles that will travel safely, more sustainably, and near the speed of sound.
Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan said the public will find it illuminating to view the results of the school's undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research. "The scope and importance of engineering cannot be overstated," he said. "Engineers devote themselves to developing practical solutions to the problems facing the world, and attending the Expo will allow visitors – especially young people who might never before have considered an engineering career – to experience this in a compelling, hands-on way."
"Everyone knows about Silicon Valley, but there are incredible high-tech developments taking place right here in Downtown Brooklyn," said Vikram Kapila, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the leading organizer of the event. "There will be something at the Research Expo to inspire and amaze each visitor, from seasoned technology professionals to schoolchildren, and every attendee should come away with a new appreciation for the possibilities presented by robotics, augmented reality, bioengineering, and other fields."
"Downtown Brooklyn has become the center of the universe for cutting-edge research, where trailblazers come to explore the frontiers of science," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. "This expo demonstrates that partnerships between the City of New York, our renowned colleges and universities, and startup companies have the potential the redefine the limits of possibility and improve our world."
Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) said, "The NYU Tandon School of Engineering has always been on the cutting edge of research, and this Research Expo speaks to the amazing work that Brooklynites are doing in the STEM fields. Together, we will inspire future generations of entrepreneurs and inventors because innovation is alive in Brooklyn and we are just getting started."
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu.