Ridgefield Resident Austin Stietzel Presents Undergraduate Research Entrepreneurship Program Project Work

New York Tech students in the Undergraduate Research Entrepreneurship Program (UREP) showcased their final presentations on the New York City campus after two years of virtual engagement. Six groups presented their projects with the assistance of their faculty mentors.

Austin Stietzel of Ridgefield, studying Electrical and Computer Engineering, was one of the students presenting UREP project work.

"We are very proud of what our students have accomplished in the past year. It's a wonderful feeling being able to bring everyone together in person and seeing them sharing their research findings after more than two years of the pandemic," said New York Tech Professor Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., who established the program.

The program provides each research team with $500 to cover the cost of supplies and materials. Projects can run for a single semester or extend to multiple semesters, should the team decide to pursue further development.

"The projects are becoming more interdisciplinary over the years, where students from different majors collaborate and use their knowledge in tackling pressing real-world problems in sustainability, precision healthcare, and renewable energy," said Dong. "We greatly appreciate the dedicated faculty mentors providing guidance to introduce our undergraduates into the research field. Many teams are preparing their research for publication or have their manuscript accepted in professional conferences or journals."



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