The program, called Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS), teaches students how to become innovative entrepreneurs. The program started in the fall of 2011 with 24 Honors freshman. Working in teams of four, the students came up with some great project ideas. One team, for instance, is designing interactive toys that help autistic children. Another team is designing a device to monitor the elderly who live at home, while a third is designing a non-invasive glucose meter for diabetics.
The teams work with faculty advisers and industry mentors who counsel them on all aspects of their projects. The teams also develop business, marketing and financial plans to sell their projects. IDS students will have a chance to commercialize their products and launch their own start- up companies, which could be based in NJIT’s business incubator (EDC), a home for start-up companies in New Jersey.
"We believe that the design studio will educate students in a way that they can take their innovate ideas and commercialize them," says Atam Dhawan, Associate Dean of the Honors College. "They will be the future leaders in the global marketplace."