State approves $10M in funding for makerspace at NJIT
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will receive $10 million in funding for the university's Makerspace as part of the approved State budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Makerspaces are part of a national movement that is fundamentally changing the way government, educators and industry partners will collaborate in the future and have become an integral part of teaching, learning and industry relationships.
NJIT President Joel S. Bloom said, "Makerspaces are a significant educational, research and economic development tool and the NJIT Makerspace will be the largest one serving the State of New Jersey. This funding will enable engineers and technicians to meet many of their business needs and will be a catalyst for economic growth, innovation and workforce development."
Through hands-on, project-based learning complemented by training on industrial equipment, development of prototyping skills and experience with modern manufacturing technology, the NJIT Makerspace will provide opportunities for industrial partners to participate as mentors, trainers and instructors. Companies can collaborate with students and faculty members on research and development projects or send employees for customized training tailored to their needs. The NJIT Makerspace, which will be open to the public, will offer training courses in a variety of formats ranging from small-group sessions to full-scale courses covering major manufacturing equipment and technologies. Courses and workshops will be offered as part of certificate programs or stand-alone units and can be delivered in a variety of formats matching the needs of a manufacturer or employer.
Key features of the NJIT Makerspace will include:
Product design and prototyping
Industry Standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Machining (CAM) Software
Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
Metalwork and welding
Electronics design, assembly and manufacturing
Industrial metrology (measurement and verification)
NJIT would like to thank State Senator Paul A. Sarlo (D-Bergen) and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) as well as numerous industry leaders including the Research and Development Council of New Jersey; ExxonMobil Research and Engineering; Sharp Robotics; Specialty Systems, Inc.; Panasonic Corporation of North America; Stryker Joint Replacement; SMH International; Imperial Machine and Tool Co.; and the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Center for their support of Makerspace at NJIT.
One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT is among the top U.S. polytechnic public universities in research expenditures, exceeding $130 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.