R&D Council of New Jersey Awards Merit Scholarships to New Jersey Community College Students


Chatham, NJ – Research & Development Council of New Jersey (R&D Council) announces a 2015 Merit Scholarship to Mohamed Amarir, Jonathan Avila, Gabriel Barros, Edgar Chipeta, Alexander Cid, Sara Cieslik, Adriana Cuadra, Ninel Garrido-Trevino, Cristian Guardado, Erika Juarez-Duran, Ritharna Kennedy-Willoughby, Samrawit Mekbeb, Luis Moreno-Hernandez, Mary Oburu, Magdalena Ortiz, Gianna Padilla, Bianca Rossi, and Abubakarr Yillah.

Mohamed is studying Engineering Science. Jonathan is studying Biomedical Engineering. Luis and Alexander are studying Electronic Engineering Technology. Mary is studying Chemistry. Gabriel, Edgar, and Erika are studying Computer Science. Ninel, Gianna, and Ritharna are studying Nursing. Samrawit is studying Science. Sara is studying Biology. Adriana is studying Environmental Science. Cristian is studying Aviation Flight Technology. Magdalena is studying Dental Hygiene. Bianca is studying Video Game Development. Abubakarr is studying Mathematics.

In August, the 18 recipients will attend the 6th Annual Merit Scholar Luncheon at an R&D Council member’s research and development facility to cultivate further interest in their field of study and strengthen their relationship with the R&D community. All recipients will also have an opportunity to meet prominent New Jersey-based researchers and innovators. Scholars will also be honored at the R&D Council’s 36th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception at the Liberty Science Center on November 12, 2015.

Each year, the R&D Council awards $1,500 and $750 scholarships sponsored by Council member organizations to outstanding community college students studying in a STEM field. It awards these scholarships to New Jersey students based on applicants’ minimum 3.5 grade point average, STEM field of interest, extracurricular activities, financial need, other awards, and post-graduation career goals. As a broad coalition of senior representatives from industry, academia, and government, the members of the R&D Council make these scholarships available through member-donated sponsorships.


Governor Christie partners with Council and Proclaims March 9-15 NJ STEM Week

Governor Chris Christie is proclaiming that March 9-13th will be known as STEM Week in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s inaugural STEM Week comes in recognition of the fact that STEM is uniquely important to this state: New Jersey is home to the best STEM public high school in the country, it has the highest concentration of scientific professionals in the nation, and is the site of government research facilities that are the envy of the world

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is proud to partner with the Governor’s Office on this vital endeavor. By drawing attention to New Jersey’s vibrant STEM economy, the Governor is helping shine a light on the state’s three research & development sectors – industry, academia, and government – that do so much to improve the lives of not only New Jerseyans, but citizens all over the world. In working with the Governor, the Council is proud to help the state recognize its unique place in this country with the Council’s own initiatives like the Edison Patent Awards and programs like the Governor’s STEM Scholars and Merit Scholars.

“Celebrating the state’s STEM economy is especially important today because by 2018, New Jersey needs to fill 269,000 STEM jobs,” says Council President Anthony Cicatiello.  “Now is the time to embrace the STEM economy and encourage its growth in New Jersey, and also to introduce students to our state’s rich history of innovation. Once they see what we’ve done in this state, from Edison to streptomycin, they’re going to be inspired to keep the legacy going through this century.”

New Jersey STEM Week will kickoff on Monday, March 9th with an announcement by Lieutenant Governor Guadagno, who will also simultaneously launch our state’s Million Women Mentors initiative, of which she is the honorary chair.  The kickoff event will take place at the Douglass Student Center of the Rutgers-New Brusnwick Campus.  To request an invitation to this event, please email kcase@rdnj.org or call 973.274.8336.

Other exciting events for this week include: launch of NJ STEM Pathways Network, Governor’s STEM Scholars Poster Series and legislative visits at the State House (March 9), New Jersey Science Olympiad State Tournament (March 11), and Governor’s STEM Scholars visit to Picatinny Arsenal (March 14). Events for New Jersey’s STEM Week will be posted at www.rdnj.org.  2015 NJ STEM Week proclamation

R&D Council Honors 2014 Patent Award Winners and Special Individuals

Full Release R&D Council Honors Winners of 2014 Patent Awards

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey will honor the winners of the 2014 Thomas Edison Patent Awards tonight at the 35th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony & Reception. Nearly 50 inventors and 13 New Jersey companies and universities will be recognized this evening.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Avaya, BASF, Colgate-Palmolive Company, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Honeywell, Immunomedics, Merck, NJIT, Novartis, Siemens Corporate Technology, TE Connectivity SubCom, and U.S. Army ARDEC will be acknowledged for innovative patent work spanning thirteen R&D categories, including biotechnology, communications technology, consumer products, defense, enabling technology, energy, environmental, industrial process, information technology, materials technology, pharmaceutical formulation, pharmaceutical process,  and telecommunications.

“The Council is delighted to honor this year’s incredible leaders of innovation with the 2014 Edison Patent Awards,” said Kathleen Scotto, Ph.D., Research & Development Council of New Jersey Chairwoman and Vice-Chancellor for Research, Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences and Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. “Every year, the nominees impress the Council with their inventions that contribute to New Jersey’s long-standing reputation for excellence in research and development.”

The R&D Council will also honor chemical engineer and co-inventor of the three-way catalytic converter, John J. Mooney; the Chairman, President and CEO of PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Ph.D.; and the 20th Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D., for their unique contributions to the state’s STEM economy.

John J. Mooney will receive the R&D Council’s highest award, the Science & Technology Medal. This medal is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, while successfully bringing innovation from the laboratory to the marketplace. Mr. Mooney receives this award for co-inventing the three-way catalytic converter, an invention recognized in the top ten most important automobile innovations.  Mr. Mooney has spent his entire life in New Jersey and contributing to the STEM economy.  Born and raised in Paterson, Mr. Mooney worked for PSE&G while attending Seton Hall University where he received his Bachelor in Science in Chemistry, after which he obtained a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from NJIT, and later, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Before retiring, Mr. Mooney worked for Engelhard Industries, now the Catalysts division of BASF, for 43 years. In 2002, the president of the United States awarded Mr. Mooney with the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor for science and technology.

PSEG Chairman, President and CEO Dr. Ralph Izzo will receive the Chairman’s Award. Dr. Izzo was selected for his leadership in the utility industry as well as the public policy arena. With a doctorate degree in physics, he is frequently asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on matters pertaining to national energy policy. Dr. Izzo also shares his leadership and expertise outside of the energy industry, serving as Chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors.

Rutgers University’s 20th President, Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D. will be honored as Educator of the Year. Dr. Barchi was selected for his leadership in overseeing the largest higher education merger in U.S. history and formation of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), a major new health care education, research and clinical division at Rutgers University.  Rutgers merger combined with the creation of RBHS has greatly improved New Jersey’s STEM economy, increasing capacity in STEM in higher education and opening the door for more partnership opportunities between STEM industry and academia.

The 35th Patent Award Ceremony & Reception will take place at the Liberty Science Center. The Liberty Science Center is home to the nation’s largest IMAX Theater, where a short original film will pay tribute to the work of each of the patents and the inventors.

“This year’s ceremony will honor three notable individuals and dozens of exceptional inventors with our 2014 Edison Patent Awards, recognizing each recipient for revolutionizing the world we live in through their broad range of inventions,” said Council President Anthony S. Cicatiello. “From novel environmentally friendly production methods to enhanced communication systems, recipients encompass an ingenious group that is devoted to research and development, and diverse in their accomplishments.”