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New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Honors Stevens Faculty and Graduate Students

The New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (NJIHoF) recently honored members of the Stevens Institute of Technology community for its leadership in innovation and its efforts to promote economic development and improve lives through technology. Six Stevens professors and students were recognized for their ideas and achievements.

Co-sponsored by Stevens, the NJIHoF honors inventors, organizations, and others who have contributed to innovation in New Jersey.

Award recipients are selected by the NJIHoF’s board of trustees for their dedication to innovation and upholding the legacy of New Jersey as the Invention State. The awards were presented at the NJIHoF annual awards banquet, held Oct. 22 at the W Hotel in Hoboken.

An Advancement of Invention & Process Award went to Professor Alexei Miasnikov and Assistant Professor Alexey Myasnikov, who were honored for developing an online tutoring service called Gradarius to meet the need of math students through a declarative problem-solving approach that provides comprehensive feedback.  This product is delivered through their new company, Castle Point Learning technologies. 

Dr. Miasnikov is the mathematics department director and a distinguished research professor. His research focuses on algebra, logic, and computer science. He co-founded the International Algebraic Cryptography Center at Stevens. Dr. Myasnikov, a math professor, focuses on the design and development of personalized intelligent tutoring systems in mathematics, particularly calculus. He is a co-founder of Castle Point Learning Systems.

“These faculty members exemplify Stevens’ focus and commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship and the benefits they can bring to society,” said Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, professor and vice provost for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Stevens.

Four of the six graduate student award winners were from Stevens. Chao Jia was selected for research on tissue-engineered constructs and microfiber networks in vasculature to push the limitations of autografts. 

Vidya Sagar invented software defined access (SDA), a novel control path enabling seamless mobility of flow, users and services across different wireless networks.

Qiaoling Sun created a perfusion culture device to help model ex-vivo 3D tissue and tumors for various clinical and research applications.

Yamin Yang developed innovative strategies for use of gold nanospheres, which attach to tumors and act as a photosensitizer in photodynamic therapy for treatment of cancers.

For a complete list of award winners, please visit