S.T.E.M. Career Opportunities for Students at ICUNJ Universities Enhanced by Two Recent Commitments in New Jersey

Jun 27, 2024

The State of New Jersey has long been considered the historical epicenter in the development of technology and innovation. The presence of the iconic Bell Laboratories (‘Bell Labs’) in our state supports the claim that New Jersey has been the ‘Innovation State’ in our nation for almost a century. In addition, some of the most respected academic institutions in the world reside here, including ICUNJ institutions Princeton University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and others that have vibrant and comprehensive programs focusing on research, innovation and S.T.E.M. based curricula.

As a result of two recent announcements from the Murphy Administration, this pre-eminence in cutting-edge research and innovation, with a focus on artificial intelligence, will remain in New Jersey.

First, on December 11, 2023, Governor Murphy and executives of Nokia Bell Labs announced plans for a new research and development facility in the burgeoning innovation and technology hub that is being developed in New Brunswick. By re-affirming its commitment to New Jersey, Bell Labs will remain at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, including quantum computing, a next-gen 6G network, and a focus on AI, and thereby extend its 80-year legacy of innovation in our State.

Nokia Bell Labs Unveils Plans for a New State-of-the Art Research and Development Center in New Brunswick with a rendering of the new Bell Labs facility in New Brunswick that is slated to be in use by 2028.

Then, on December 20, 2023, the Governor and Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber announced plans to create an artificial intelligence innovation hub for the state, in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Governor Murphy stated that “with today’s announcement, New Jersey – alongside Princeton University – is poised to shape the future of this revolutionary field [of Artificial Intelligence] and unleash a new century of game-changing discovery.” Princeton’s Eisgruber added that “together we will leverage Princeton’s leadership in AI and the strength of the central New Jersey region to establish an integrated hub of AI activity.”

A picture from the final panel at the April 11, 2024 New Jersey AI Summit on “AI, Society, and Policy”.

On April 11, 2024, the inaugural NJ AI Summit was held on the campus of ICUNJ member , Governor Phil Murphy, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The Summit convened over 500 leaders from the region and beyond in higher education, health, finance, sustainable energy, and technology, while also addressing the societal implications of AI and the opportunities to advance AI education and workforce development. Summits like these serve to reinforce the innovative climate around AI and show the commitment of our member institutions to the advancement of these technologies. One of the prominent speakers at the Summit was ICUNJ Board of Advisors member Theirry Klein, President of Bell Labs.

Thierry Klein, a recent addition to ICUNJ’s Board of Advisors, giving a talk on AI’s usage in technology and engineering.

These ‘game-changing’ developments in AI will not only have direct and long-term implications for our state and the parties involved, they will also provide unprecedented opportunities for students who attend New Jersey colleges and universities, including the 13 ICUNJ institutions. With these two technology focused ‘hubs’ to be located in the center of the state, students who attend college in New Jersey and those who seek career opportunities in the AI and S.T.E.M. fields will have a unique advantage over students from other states – thereby creating yet another reason for students to attend college in the Education State!

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