The Norman D. Kurtz '58 Fund for Innovation in Engineering Education

The Norman D. Kurtz '58 Fund for Innovation in Engineering Education was established to support student projects that offer exposure to engineering applications outside the classroom. Each year, the Keller Center is pleased to announce the availability of these funds and all students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science are eligible to apply, either as individuals, or in groups. Students require the support and supervision of a faculty adviser. Funding per project normally does not exceed $1,000, but requests above that amount may be considered when accompanied by a special request letter from the student's adviser. 

These funds are not intended to support travel expenses, junior independent projects, or senior thesis research; funds for junior and senior research are made available through the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Kurtz, who earned a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, died unexpectedly in 2005. Kurtz founded the premier international engineering firm Flack & Kurtz, helped create some of the world's largest and most advanced buildings, pioneered the field of sustainable engineering and taught architecture at Princeton, all while leading a rich family life, playing competitive tennis, skiing avidly, and being a friend and mentor to scores of people.  


Project: Silicon Valley Tiger Trek - To give entrepreneurial Princeton students the opportunity to connect with and learn from the technology luminaries of Silicon Valley, bringing back an informed perspective of Bay area culture to share with peers, drive new student projects, and add meaning to entrepreneurial activities on campus.
Students: Max Greenwald '17

Project: TigerLaunch - TigerLaunch is the nation’s largest collegiate entrepreneurship competition organized by college students. Held in three stages, it starts off with an online round in the fall, regionals in February, and the finals at Princeton in April.
Students: Ayushi Sinha '20 & Adit Bhansali '19

Project: Hubble - Hubble is a mobile social app that enables students to meet up with each other and organizations to promote events on campus. Users can easily check into social hubs on campus (dorms, eating clubs, common rooms, dining halls, etc.) to let friends know they're free to hang out. If a friend checks into the same building as you, you will receive a push notification informing you that your friend is also free. Secondly, organizations can promote events on Hubble's Events Calendar or through push notifications within a radius of the event before it is about to start.
Students: Daniel Wood '18

Project: Sankofa Fashion Show - Sankofa is a multi-faceted event that included a fashion show that featured the work of professional designers, cultural performances and showcases from the university and local community groups,  as well as food and music. We opened up this event to the local community as well as communities from neighbouring schools. We achieved our goal which was to educate the Princeton community about Africa and Africa-related issues.
Students: Nnaedozie Agbim '18

Project: Princeton iGEM Team - Princeton's first team to compete in the world's premier synthetic biology competition named iGEM, or "International Genetically Engineered Machine" in November 2017. We plan to engineer the microbiome of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster to cause physiological change in the host. The project elucidates the mysterious interaction between the microbiome and the host and paves the way for microbiome engineering, which has tremendous implication for human health.
Students: Tamanna Ananna '18

Project: Princeton Racing Electric - PRE designs, builds, and races sustainable electric high-performance race cars. Our team is composed of around 40 undergraduate students, and all the engineering, building, and fundraising work is done by students.
Students: Jasper Gebhardt 

Project: Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering - Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE) is Princeton's premier robotics effort, providing a platform for nearly 40 undergraduate and graduate students to involve themselves in robotics and autonomous systems research. Making use of both our space in FitzRandolph garage as well as the transportation lab in Sherrerd Hall, we are proud to field efforts involved in hardware, systems, software, and AI engineering, as well as to be launching new teams in vehicle cybersecurity and autonomous vehicle/transportation policy. Our projects this year have included continued automation work on P13, our 2014 Ford Fusion, outfitting it with system taps that enable testing AI systems; AI research, including the development of vehicle detection and obstacle avoidance neural networks for the Udacity Self Driving Car Challenge; and "mini-PAVE," which sought to create a down-scaled, more intuitive platform for teaching autonomous systems.
Students: Peter Russell '19

Project: SoundSpine - SoundSpine is a medical device team seeking to reimagine patient transport for those at- risk of a spine injury. We formed in Winter 2016 and were directly inspired by first responders who were concerned that the current devices on the market are not only unsafe to the patient, but also to the handler.
Students: Yash Huilgol '18

Project: Self-Erasing Magnetic Chalkboard - After a couple of years investigating the fracture mechanics of certain materials under magnetism-induced stress (breaking materials with fluctuating magnetic fields), we had the idea of developing a chalkboard that self-erases itself with the press of a button
Students: Aarav Chavda & Isaac Llivicky