Innovation Scholars

The World Knows Us. So Should You!

As an Innovation Scholar, you’ll be in the center of facilities that top organizations in the world turn to when they seek research expertise or to test their products. Like Apple, Dell and other top technology companies that test their data and network product at the UNH InterOperability Laboratory. Or Nike, who utilized our wind tunnel – the longest of its type in the world - in their effort to help marathon runners break the two-hour mark. And NASA, who has partnered with UNH to support an array space missions and research. The new John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center and newly renovated Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory are two additional world-class facilities that will only add to UNH’s reputation on the global stage – and your opportunity to make an impact on that stage.

What is the Innovation Scholars Program?

Innovation Scholars is a research driven introduction to the university for first-year students. Students will be part of a cohort of students under the direction of a faculty member that guides them through a year-long research experience culminating in a presentation of research results at the Undergraduate Research Conference or equivalent activity. Participants will develop skills that will open doors of opportunity at UNH and more broadly, and experience the interconnectedness of UNH scholarly activity with UNH Innovation and UNH Career and Professional Success.

What are the research areas covered by Innovation Scholars?

There are currently three research topics, including advanced manufacturing, smart city technology, and water quality monitoring. Each group works within a specific laboratory setting, including the Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center, Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory and the UNH InterOperability Laboratory, to conduct their research. There may be additional options added in the future as the program is expected to grow.

Who can participate in the Innovation Scholars Program?

Participation in Innovation Scholars will be available to first-year students who have been offered a Presidential or Dean’s Scholarship. Other students will be considered as space in the program allows.

Innovation Scholars Olson Advanced manufacturing Center
John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center

The John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center immerses students in manufacturing technologies and provides them with hands-on experience, skills and knowledge for success in future manufacturing projects.

IOL Student - Innovation Scholar
UNH InterOperability Lab
The UNH InterOperability Laboratory (IOL) allows students and employees to test networking and data communication products while working with some of the top technology companies in the world.
Innovation Scholars students at Jere A Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory

The Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory features large wave and engineering tanks that let students conduct research in ocean engineering, ocean mapping, ocean acoustics, marine robotics and hydrographic surveying. It recently underwent a $3 million expansion.

Inaugural Innovation Scholars Cohorts

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    Smart City technology cohort

    The inaugural class of Innovation Scholars celebrated their year-long research driven experience into the University with a dinner featuring all three cohorts:  advanced manufacturing, smart city technology, and water quality monitoring.

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    Water Quality Monitoring Cohort

    The inaugural class of Innovation Scholars celebrated their year-long research driven experience into the University with a dinner featuring all three cohorts:  advanced manufacturing, smart city technology, and water quality monitoring.

Advanced Manufacturing
Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art manufacturing topics including Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cyber security, data analytics, factory automation/robotics, and environmentally benign manufacturing as well as discrete processes such as 3D printing, machining, forming, electronics fabrication, molecular self-assembly, and casting. For a final project, students will work in teams to innovate and fabricate a final product of their own design using multiple coordinated manufacturing processes, integrated electronics, Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Integrated manufacturing, and metrology. The interplay of academic disciplines in modern manufacturing requires an interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers.

Internet Engineering
This section is designed for ambitious students who are passionate about technology to experience software and hardware design and development with a focus on the IOL’s core competency of network technologies . This section will give students a strong foundation in Research Idea Generation and Entrepreneurship by developing the basic skills necessary to develop an idea and deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) system. Students gain hands-on experience working in teams using modern development practices such as Agile and gain familiarity with linux, computer network protocols and signals, python, Arduino and Raspberry Pi, hardware design and PCB layout, 3d printing and other fabrication tools.

Water Sensor Design and Monitoring
State-of-the-art instrumentation methodologies that include optical, acoustical, andresistive techniques will be employed in the measurement of a wide range of water systems. Alongside faculty from across the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, students will design and build new measurement systems that will be deployed in both natural and laboratory systems including the open ocean, estuaries, rivers, wetlands, wave tanks, and open channel flumes. For a final research project, student teams will work with faculty mentors from Earth Sciences, Chemistry, or Civil, Environmental, or Ocean Engineering to collect new measurements within one of these water systems.

TECH 411 - Innovation Scholars I

Credits: 2

A cohort-based research experience for first year students. Students, acting as a cohort, will undertake research projects under the direction of faculty members in CEPS. The two-semester research project will be supplemented by a weekly cohort meeting/seminar program, which will be used to organize research activity and present topics relevant to professional development of scientists and engineers. Activities will conclude with a research presentation at the completion of the second semester.

TECH 412 - Innovation Scholars II

Credits: 2

A cohort-based research experience for first year students. Students, acting as a cohort, will undertake research projects under the direction of faculty members in CEPS. The two semester research project will be supplemented by a weekly cohort meeting/seminar program, which will be used to organize research activity and present topics relevant to professional development of scientists and engineers. Activities will conclude with a research presentation at the completion of the second semester.