University Innovation Lab

INNOVATION SCHOLARS

Structured Innovation Program

Fostering interdisciplinary skill sets

State-of-the-art space on campus

Reimagining How We Teach, Learn and Create

The Binghamton University Innovation Scholars program combines academics, experiential learning, networking and mentorship to teach students how to solve large, unstructured problems. By fostering interdisciplinary skill sets, the program helps our students create comprehensive solutions for the economy's greatest challenges.

With construction of a state-of-the-art innovation lab on campus underway, the Innovation Scholars will have a dedicated space for teaching, learning and creating.

With an emphasis on design-thinking, new students are taught how to break local and global problems down into four simple questions:

  • What if?
  • What wows?
  • What works?
  • What’s next?

After the establishment of a creative toolbox, students develop solutions to real-world problems in the form of products and services during their junior and senior year. The best projects have the potential to graduate on to the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in Binghamton.

A program for our next generation of dreamers and doers, it brings creatives, engineers, scientists and business specialists from across campus together in a diverse, engaging environment to facilitate disruptive innovation.

Mission

mission
  • Rethink traditional ways to teach and learn
  • Provide a space for ideas to come to life
  • Produce the talent organizations need to thrive

Vision

vision
  • Disrupt the marketplace
  • Drive economic development
  • Improve quality of life

Curriculum

curriculum
  • Year 1-2: Identify problems
  • Year 2-3: Design prototype and test
  • Year 3-4: Deliver pitches

The next step

The best ideas will advance to the $19-million 35,000-square foot Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. Located in downtown Binghamton, it offers laboratories and other features associated with industry-based R&D, including testing and evaluation and prototyping. The Incubator will provide the infrastructure needed for the ideas generated in the Innovation Lab to reach the marketplace.

Skill sets of the future

Through the Innovation Scholars program, students gain skills in:

  • Experimentation, creativity and problem solving
  • Resiliency and recovery from failure
  • Solving complex, unstructured problems
  • Employing cross-functional teams

Breaking down silos

The Innovation Scholars break down academic and professional silos by joining faculty/student expertise in business, science, engineering, innovation and design. The program fosters existing cutting-edge research and high-tech resources to accelerate innovation.

Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab will be located on campus on the first floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library, in the old Newcomb Reading Room. Construction is underway and expected to be completed over summer 2021. The new space will include the Zurack Family High Technology Collaboration Center, a scholars lab, a group study room, the library instructional lab and several small break-out rooms along with a large, open study space.

The state-of-the-art space will contain:

  • A large multi-touch display screen
  • A video projection wall
  • 3-D printers
  • A design lab
  • Soft, flexible and moveable furnishings
  • A prototyping workshop and equipment
  • Classroom and meeting space
  • Virtual conferencing systems

Contact us

For more information about the program, email innovate@binghamton.edu. 

For information on how to donate to the program, contact Laurie Norell at lnorell@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2948