​Advancing medical technology and improving healthcare delivery are some of our most urgent and complex societal challenges, especially as costs continue to rise. The healthcare industry contributes approximately $3 trillion to the U.S. economy, representing approximately one-fifth of the nation’s GDP.

Stevens' university-wide Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) seeks solutions to these challenges through education, research and partnerships that connect the fields of biology, engineering and computer science. CHI also works to strengthen the healthcare workforce by identifying skills gaps and adapting or creating curricula designed to address these gaps.

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More than 60 Stevens faculty members as well as undergraduate and graduate students from all four schools in the university are affiliated with CHI, addressing key issues in medical technology and healthcare delivery.

  • CHI works to advance existing activities in healthcare at Stevens and to develop and guide new research and educational initiatives to drive further healthcare innovation.
  • CHI performs new types of research only made possible through interdisciplinary collaboration. The university is home to more than a dozen core facilities and laboratories in which students and faculty conduct innovative healthcare research.
  • CHI pursues patenting and commercialization of intellectual property. Entrepreneurship is a core element of the educational and research experience at Stevens, and the university has a strong track record of bringing technologies to market and launching new healthcare companies from original university research.

Many of the activities of the CHI are conducted in close collaboration with healthcare industry partners including hospitals, medical schools and pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostic, contract research and insurance firms. Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), a nonprofit teaching and research hospital and one of New Jersey's top-ranked hospitals, has partnered with Stevens on joint biomedical education programs, for example.

Funding & Collaborators

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)




Hackensack University Medical Center

Columbia University

Seton Hall University

Georgetown University