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Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center: Bringing Together Industry, Faculty, and Students

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Programs in Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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23.543.1 - 23.543.14



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Nada Marie Anid New York Institute of Technology

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Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., is professor and dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS) at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Dr. Anid is working on several strategic partnerships between the School of Engineering and the public and private sector, including the creation of the School’s first Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) and its three labs in the critical areas of IT & Cyber Security, Bio-engineering and Health, and Energy and Green Technologies. She has been named one of the top 50 women in business on Long Island by Long Island Business News both in 2010 and 2012. Dr. Anid also received the 2010 Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet) Diamond Award in recognition of her significant contributions toward the advancement of women in technology on Long Island as well as for her professional achievements in the technology field. Dr. Anid is a board member of several organizations and a Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). She earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Stockholm).

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Steven H. Billis New York Institute of Technology

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Steven H. Billis is Associate Dean Of Academic Affairs of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at the New york Institute of Technology. He is a professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Departments.
He earned a PhD from the Polytechnic institute of Brooklyn in 1972 in the area of Quantum Electronics. His present area of expertise is digital design.

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Marta Alicia Panero New York Institute of Technology

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Marta A. Panero, Ph.D. serves as Associate for Strategic Partnerships and Adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS) of the New York Institute of Technology. She works closely with the school’s Dean to coordinate an Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center while creating intellectually coherent programming and networking with various parties to develop and fund multidisciplinary initiatives, including at the international level. With previous appointments at New York University and the NY Academy of Sciences, her professional experience and research interests range from sustainable economics, industrial ecology, pollution prevention and material flow accounting, to greening transportation and freight logistics. Panero received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research with a concentration in economic development and environmental economics. She graduated Summa cum Laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in Social Studies. Panero grew up in Latin America and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS) of New York Institute of Technology(NYIT) is launching a new Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) with NewYork State funding from the Empire State Development Corporation. The ETIC will consolidateand expand the School’s ongoing industry-academic partnerships by, fostering innovation andpromoting collaborations between industries, the academic community, professional organizations,and government. As a source for talent, entrepreneurship, and innovation in technology,engineering and applied science, the Center is expected to spur economic growth and ensure greatercompetitiveness for Long Island and the broader metropolitan region.ETIC is a direct response to the demand for skilled engineering and computer scientists in theNY Metropolitan Region and places NYIT in an ideal position to address deficiencies in theengineering workforce as identified in a recent 2011 poll.ETIC is being created with the assistance of an Advisory Board with members from industry,government, and the venture capital community, who have agreed to work on three high growthfocus areas for the Center,: IT and Cybersecurity, Energy and Cleantech, Bioengineering and e-Health. The Board will review plans to create high-tech teaching and research laboratories that meetindustry workforce demands and projections in these three areas. So far, ETIC has received thesupport of the School’s Industrial Advisory Boards in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical &Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Energy and Environment, and the Dean’s ExecutiveAdvisory Board comprised collectively of over 35 members and potential partners in this initiative,as well as private organizations, industry groups and government organizations. Board companiesare donating some of the equipment as well as in kind contributions to the planning, design andspecifications phase.Throughout this collaborative process, established companies will work with NYIT students andfaculty to research, develop, and demonstrate new technologies. University residenceopportunities will be made available to industry practitioners at the Center, and conversely,Industry operational residence opportunities will be available to NYIT faculty.ETIC will also support entrepreneurship by providing facilities for entrepreneurs/startups outside of NYITto design new technologies, to test proofs of concept, to develop fully marketable products, and tohave access to faculty and skilled students. A separate Entrepreneurship Board will review proposals,select companies, and introduce entrepreneurs to both venture capitalists and potential NYIT partners.In addition to the core mission of the center, early planning has also begun on K-12 outreach programs,which could include industry-supported hack-a-thons, technology camps, and field trips to businesses inthe region. Similarly, advisory committee members and faculty have begun discussing how to integratenew curriculum modules, courses, and programs to close skill gaps within industry.In sum, the Center will create a paradigm shift in the way education is tied to economic growth andenhance existing programs at NYIT and it may serve as a model for collaborations between industryand other academic institutions. To document this effort and facilitate its broader adoption, thispaper will provide a detailed description of the project, indicating what is being planned, designed,and/or constructed, the issues/opportunities to be addressed, and expected outcomes anddeliverables of each of its constituents.

Anid, N. M., & Billis, S. H., & Panero, M. A. (2013, June), Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center: Bringing Together Industry, Faculty, and Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19557

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