Research & Development Council of New Jersey welcomes Rowan University to its membership

Research & Development Council of New Jersey welcomes Rowan University to its membership


The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is pleased to announce Rowan University, Glassboro, has become its newest member. Vice President of Research Dr. Shreekanth Mandayam will serve as the University’s representative on the Council’s Board of Directors.

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey was created more than five decades ago as a coalition of New Jersey’s most significant research organizations across all sectors—industry, government and academia.The purpose of this coalition was, and continues to be, using cross-sector collaboration to support, enhance, and celebrate New Jersey’s innovation economy, particularly the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professions and education.

“With Rowan joining Rutgers and NJIT as one of New Jersey’s three public research institutions, the University is an excellent candidate for Council membership,” said Council Chairman and Janssen Vice President for Real World Evidence Dr. Troy Sarich. “We’ve all watched as Rowan has become a STEM leader, specifically its partnership with Lockheed Martin, its development of the South Jersey Technology Park and its charter graduating class of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. It really has so much to be proud of.”

Additional achievements for Rowan include U.S News & World Report ranking the University 19th among the Best Regional Universities in the North and its Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering 28th in the nation. CollegeNET ranked Rowan among the top three schools in the nation for “social mobility.”

“Rowan is committed to investing in research and innovation and STEM education that makes a difference across the University, the state, and the globe,” said Mandayam, who also serves as executive director of South Jersey Technology Park. “We support the Council’s commitment to New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem and look forward to working with the organization to achieve its goals.”

Rowan joins Board members BASF, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Casabona Ventures, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Janssen Scientific Affairs (Johnson & Johnson), Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Liberty Science Center, Merck, Montclair State University, NJEDA, NJIT/NJII, NJTC, Nokia Bell Labs, Novartis, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, PSE&G, Rutgers, Stevens Institute, Siemens, and U.S. Army ARDEC.


Established in 1962, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey was created to serve as a unified voice for the three R&D sectors—industry, academia and government—to create an environment R&D could thrive in. The R&D Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose membership includes representatives from academia, government and industry, including several Fortune 500 companies. More information can be found at the R&D Council’s website: