As has become habit in recent years, the Stevens community was incredibly well represented among honorees at the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (NJIHoF). Four faculty members and five graduate students from the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science received awards at the 2012 ceremony, a black tie dinner held Oct. 18 at the W Hotel in Hoboken.
Co-sponsored by Stevens, the NJIHoF is an annual event that honors scientists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs and organizations who have contributed to the state’s consistent leadership in innovation, promoting economic growth and improving the quality of life. Eighteen Stevens alumni are past winners at the NJIHoF.
Taking one of the top NJIHoF honors in 2012 – the Inventor of the Year Award, which tributes inventors of groundbreaking, patented, commercialized inventions – was Bruce McNair.
McNair is a distinguished service professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens, program director of the Stevens Computer Engineering graduate program, and founder and chief technology offer of Novidesic Communications. A Stevens Electrical Engineering alumnus, McNair’s work during his 24-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories helped pave the way to high‐speed wireless communications. He is the author of patented research related to groundbreaking modem development and next generation wireless data communications systems. At Stevens, he serves as an integral member of the Intellectual Property Committee, where he has contributed enormously to Stevens’ technology‐transfer operations and commercialization efforts, and also manages the Senior Design project, which provides real‐world engineering design experiences to students.
“Stevens has always fostered the attitudes that lead to innovation with the rigorous, broad-based engineering education that has always been our standard,” said McNair, who credits Stevens with the preparation that allowed him to succeed as an innovator in industry. “I am glad to be part of recent activities to refocus attention on how Stevens can fully embed innovation and entrepreneurship into the entire undergraduate curriculum. I think it will bring more innovation to New Jersey and more recognition to Stevens through the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni.”