The Unveiling the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center

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On Wednesday March 4th, NYiT President Edward Guiliano, along with

distinguished faculty and staff unveiled the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation

Center, or ETIC as it is more commonly called. This 3.2 million dollar Center gave new

classrooms, new offices and a new lecture hall. Of the $3.2 million, 1.2 million was

awarded to the school by Federal Funding and an additional $400,000 from the State of

New York.

The center provides for students who study computer science start businesses and

make connections in their field. As a top tier Engineering and Computer Science

School*, this unveiling is crucial to stay ahead of the curve in the expanding field of

computer science and engineering. NYiT Graduate Student Brian Carbonette, is studying

computer science, since he started this past fall he has become a Laboratory Technician

and Engineer for the ETI Center. “My role in the space is pretty diverse,” he said “ For

example; yesterday I was working on the Makerbot 3D printer, today I’m moving

furniture in the incubator and securing and oscilloscope, function generator and power

supply to a workstation. Tomorrow I’m hopping on a call with IBM to speak about bring

IBM zSystems technology to the ETIC.” The options and range of programs the ETIC

have are endless for students looking to get into the field.

The wide ranges of programs and projects students are expanding from 3D

printing prosthetic hands to NAO robots as a research tool. NYiT Junior, studying

Mechanical Engineering Steven Patriks is one of the students working on the 3D printed

prosthetic hand. “The designs and calculations are all mine. The new ETIC has already

helped him advance his career. A lot of businesses like to see students utilizing new

technologies, and working on this project has definitely done that.” He is hoping have

these projects funded, thru grant programs and eventually receive a patent for his project.

Engineering students aren’t the only one’s benefitting from the ETIC.

Pranav Krishnamurthy is a graduating senior in the NYiT Masters program in

Computer Science. He was apart of the unveiling on March 4th. “The unveiling was a

major, major event and it was historic because NYIT is really getting noticed in a really

positive way and to be apart of it was just awesome.” Krishnamurthy is currently working

with NAO robots, and touch­sensory technology. With his impending graduation this

May, Krishnamurthy says he is planning to give back to the community. “I was presented

with a very unique opportunity to say confidently I was apart of a team that was able to

influence the future of innovations.”

NAO robots are the newest innovation in robots. Think Big Hero 6 meets Wall­e

when it comes to this little guy. NAO was originally intended to help students learn

programing but he is turning into so much more. With voice commands NAO learns from

you, your voice even music. While Pranav’s project is focusing on touch and how

different people touch surfaces differently the potential for NAO is endless. Outside of

Tech, schools for autistic children use him to help learn, touch and understand the world

around them. This innovative robot has endless possibilities. Here at NYIT we have 2

NAO robots and are happy to have them, and have the opportunity to learn alongside

them.

Only extraordinary things are to come for our University. The new ETIC is just

the beginning for NYIT and a starting point for this generation of innovators and

inventors alike. With students Like Brian Carbonette, Steven Patrikis, Pranav

Krishnamurthy and countless others our future is looking brighter and brighter. “When

local businesses partner with the ETIC and occupy the incubator space, the connection

between students and the industry is ever apparent. Students work on industry projects

partner with local businesses and better poise themselves for work post graduation,” said

Carboniette. Opportunity is knocking, and the new ETIC is giving students the

opportunity to do bigger and better.

*Voted a top tier school by US News and World Reports

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