Technological innovation and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning are integral to NYU’s academic culture. Through programs and outreach, NYU students, faculty, and staff are discovering new technologies, building analytical tools, and sharing their love of STEM topics with young people.
The Ability Project | Steinhardt, Tandon, and Tisch
The Ability Project is an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the development of adaptive and assistive technologies for people with disabilities. The project has partnered with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and ADAPT Community Network, among other organizations. The Ability Project is a collaboration among the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Tandon School of Engineering, and the Tisch School of the Arts.
The Ancient World Image Bank | ISAW
The Ancient World Image Bank (AWIB) is a collaborative effort to distribute and share free digital imagery for the study of the ancient world. The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) started AWIB by collecting imagery donated by its faculty, staff, and students via Flickr under a Creative Commons attribution license.
The Center for K-12 STEM Education | Tandon
The Tandon School of Engineering’s Center for K-12 STEM Education provides programs that bring together STEM disciplines through creative, hands-on projects for teachers and students. Since its inception, the Center for K-12 STEM Education has educated more than 360 New York City teachers and affected the lives of more than 22,000 New York City public school students.
The Center for Mathematical Talent | Courant
At the Center for Mathematical Talent, students from around New York City learn about mathematics from high-caliber, engaging instructors. The program introduces students to the mathematics field and related career options while also giving them an introduction to student life at a top-tier university. The Center for Mathematical Talent is a program of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Since 2011, more than 3,800 K-12 students have participated in the program.
Data Analysis to Improve Services for the Homeless in NYC | CUSP
Supported by the MacArthur Foundation, researchers at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) are analyzing demographic, historical, familial, and medical data to improve services at homeless shelters, including those run by Women in Need (WIN), a New York City nonprofit. This data may help reduce a family’s likelihood of returning to a shelter and improve amenities at shelters through services like Wi-Fi availability and rodent extermination.
Future Labs | Tandon
The Tandon School of Engineering’s Future Labs is a network of start-up business hubs that provide guidance, expertise, resources, and community to help emerging companies transform into thriving businesses. With four hubs, including one specifically for veterans and their families, Future Labs has spurred the creation of more than 3,200 jobs in New York State.
STEM-related educational programs and camps at the Center for K-12 STEM Education, the Center for Mathematical Talent, and other programs have affected the lives of 25,000+ students.
The GSTEM Summer Program, offered through the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, gives high school juniors the chance to grow their peer network, meet women working in STEM careers, and work on real-world projects alongside researchers. The program strives to empower those who have been historically underrepresented in STEM — especially girls and other minorities. More than 200 students have participated in GSTEM since the program began in 2013.
Hands-On VR/AR Demonstrations | Tandon
The Tandon School of Engineering provides hands-on demonstrations of its new augmented and virtual reality technology, including Tandon Vision Apps, at daytime events for families and children hosted by BRIC. BRIC is a leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn.
Mastercard Transaction Data Research | CUSP
Researchers at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) used Mastercard transaction data to study the impact of bike-sharing services and free Wi-Fi on local restaurants and retail stores in New York City.
Neighborhood Innovation Labs | CUSP
Neighborhood Innovation Labs brings together community residents, government entities, educators, and tech companies to develop tech- driven solutions to enhance city services. Neighborhood Innovation Labs is a public-private partnership led by the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).
Nearly 30 products have been brought to market by industry partners based on technologies developed at NYU.
Pleiades | ISAW
Pleiades is a community-built gazetteer and graph of ancient places. Published by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), it displays information about ancient places and provides services for finding, displaying, and reusing that information under open license.
Sounds of New York City (SONYC) | CUSP, Steinhardt, and Tandon
As part of the Sounds of New York City (SONYC) project, researchers have installed temporary noise sensors to collect data on the city’s soundscape in an effort to enable city agencies to take effective steps toward noise mitigation. SONYC is a collaboration among Ohio State University, the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), the Tandon School of Engineering, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Urban Science Intensive Capstones | CUSP
The Urban Science Intensive Capstone program at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a six-month applied urban analytics program that connects CUSP student teams to city agencies, private-sector companies, and academic organizations. One example of a project that originated from the Intensive Capstone program is Veil Piercer, a data mapping tool that helps the New York State Office of the Attorney General combat harmful landlord practices.
Technology and STEM Centers and Institutes | University-wide
Approximately 17 institutes and centers at the University support research that advances technology and promotes the study of STEM subjects in public elementary, middle, and high schools.
17 institutes and centers at the University support research that advances technology and promotes the study of STEM subjects in public schools.