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Stevens’ Mukund Iyengar Awarded 2018 Edison Patent Award for Advancements in Web Browsing

Research & Development Council of New Jersey recognizes Mukund Iyengar for his innovation in internet browsing trends

Co-inventors Kevin Barresi and Mukund Iyengar at the 2018 Edison Patent
l-r: Co-inventors Kevin Barresi and Mukund Iyengar at the 39th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony & Reception at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City

(Hoboken, N.J. – Monday, Nov. 5, 2018) – Mukund V. Iyengar, assistant professor and entrepreneur in residence at Stevens Institute of Technology, was honored with a 2018 Edison Patent Award by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. Iyengar received the recognition for his developments in web browsing.

Iyengar and his co-inventor Kevin Barresi, a former graduate student with Stevens, started their patented research in 2014 when they acknowledged the limitations of traditional web browsers. Given standard browsers can be disorganized and difficult to manage, the duo created a browser, called iubble, that identifies, collects and organizes the presentation of data, such as web pages, in on-screen “bubbles.” 

Rather than navigating from tab to tab, the bubbles allow users to save and organize news, websites, images and more into visual groups for archiving and storage. This system also facilitates an easy and secure method for collaborating on content with colleagues or clients.

“Our mission with iubble was to create a platform that enabled users to organize, discover and share content in an intuitive way,” said Iyengar. “We are truly honored to have our contributions to this field recognized by the R&D Council as it underscores Stevens’ focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and technology.”

During an award ceremony and reception on Nov. 1, 15 organizations were recognized for their innovative patent work spanning 15 R&D categories including: biomaterials, agriculture, energy, environmental, consumer, information technology, public health, smart grid, pharmaceutical, technology transfer and telecommunications. 

In 2016, iubble went on to be acquired by FinTech Studios, a New York City-based FinTech software company. Iyengar’s research projects include large-scale distributed systems on the internet, programming and internet system design. Iyengar’s students have gone on to establish successful businesses in the healthcare sector, database systems and AI. 

In 2017, nearly 60 inventors were honored by the R&D Council, including Athula B. Attygalle, a research professor of chemistry. The previous year, the R&D Council honored Stevens President Nariman Farvardin with the Educator of the Year Award at the 37th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception. 

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has always been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 6,900 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. Academic and research programs spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other fields actively advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on tuition investment, career services and the mid-career salaries of alumni.

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