Research & Innovation

Stevens Selected as NSF Innovation Corps Hub Partner for New York Region

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Negar Tavassolian will receive $250,000 per five year to commercialize skin cancer imaging device

photos of Negar Tavassolian and David Zimmerman

Negar Tavassolian, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and David Zimmerman, Director of Technology Commercialization at Stevens’ Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship were recently selected to participate in the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps, (I-Corps™) program for the New York region. Tavassolian will receive $250,000 per year over five years to fund the commercialization of her recently patented handheld skin cancer imaging device.

Established in 2011, the I-Corps™ program connects NSF-funded university engineering and science researchers with the National Innovation Network, made up of communities in technology, entrepreneurship, and business sectors. The National Innovation Network aims to help commercialize technologies developed through discoveries in science and engineering.

“The I-Corps™ grant catalyzes commercialization efforts in universities which is why it's important for bringing ideas out of the lab and into the real world,” said Tavassolian. “We are very excited about this aspect of it.”

The New York Region Hub consists of:

  • The City University of New York, Lead
  • Columbia University
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • New York University
  • Rockefeller University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University at Albany

The hubs will serve to feed the National Innovation Network and provide support, training, and experience in entrepreneurship to researchers in academia across engineering and science, enabling them to turn basic research results into marketable products.

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