South Jersey Tech Park

South Jersey Tech Park

The New Jersey Space Grant Consortium has awarded two grants to the Rowan University Department of Physics & Astronomy: $18,000 to support the Physics Summer Research Program and $2,000 for programming for the Edelman Planetarium.

With many Americans concerned about rising gas prices, state budgets and inflation — and with battle lines drawn in several states between governments and unions — the U.S. can expect more social media “wars" in the near future.

Dr. Ian Spielman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will speak at Rowan University as part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Friday, March 4 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Betty Long Rowan Lecture Hall in Rowan Hall.

Dr. Mary Staehle stashes the collaborators on her latest research project in Tupperware-like storage containers.No worries, though. She feeds them regularly – every Tuesday, they eat their special diet of beef liver paste. It may not sound appetizing, but they’re not complaining. After all, with their water, a steady food supply and the roof of the South Jersey Technology Park over their heads, what more could a flatworm ask for?Staehle, a Rowan University assistant professor of chemical engineering, has been working with these partners, called planaria but better known as flatworms, since last fall. Staehle, whose background is in not only chemical engineering but also biomedical engineering, oversees an undergraduate clinic team that is working to gain insight into Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) by exposing the worms to alcohol.  

Mission Solutions Engineering announced that the company is renewing its collaboration effort with Rowan University’s Department of Computer Science, awarding the University a three-year, $425,000 contract to develop innovative enhancements for several of the company’s initiatives.

Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business will host an MBA information session at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, Mantua Township, has contracted with Washington Township-based Incutate, LLC, to provide counseling, advice, mentoring and support for the businesses in the Rohrer College of Business Incubator housed at the Technology Park.

Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business continues its new “Venture-preneur-in-residence” program in which outstanding entrepreneurs lend their expertise to Rowan students by lecturing in selected courses, presenting in student forums, leading faculty discussions and mentoring and advising students about creating new businesses.

Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., has long been known as an excellent school for teachers, but future educator Laura Thrall has already made a difference that most aspiring teachers can only dream of making. The 22-year-old from Matawan started out her career at Rowan as an engineering major. Though she now plans to pursue teaching elementary school math, Thrall has had some valuable experiences with the University’s College of Engineering. Especially important has been her time with service organizations Engineers Without BordersTM and its newer counterpart, Engineering Innovators Without Borders (EIWB).  Dr. Beena Sukumaran, chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering, informally started EIWB in 2009. Sukumaran and a handful of other engineering professors are working with students like Thrall to conceive, create and test products that may make life easier and safer in developing countries. EIWB plans to give the rights to the finished products away so that those in developing countries – whether individuals, villages or non-governmental organizations – can build their version of the Rowan design and better gather food, work the land and/or earn an income.  

Michael Schaeffer has found a project that fits him perfectly. The 21-year-old from Robbinsville is a senior computer and electrical engineering major at Rowan University in Glassboro. Schaeffer, who also minors in mathematics and is incorporating a concentration in systems engineering into his studies, is a business-minded future engineer. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he plans to pursue his master’s degree in mathematics and business management. If anyone fits the description of “engineering innovator,” it’s Schaeffer.  Officially, the program Schaeffer is working in is called Engineering Innovators Without Borders (EIWB), a take on the internationally known Engineers Without BordersTM. The program, which was started by Dr. Beena Sukumaran, chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering, brings together students and professors from Rowan’s College of Engineering to conceive, create and test products that may make life easier and safer in developing countries. Once finished, the EIWB team plans to give the rights to those products away so that those in developing countries – whether individuals, villages or non-governmental organizations – can build their version of the Rowan design and better gather food, work the land and/or earn an income.  

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