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OveronehundredmiddleschoolkidsfilledthePitatRowansStudentCenterthisDecembertoparticipateinthe6thAnnualRowanUniversityFIRSTLEGOLeagueQualifierafriendlyrobotcompetitionthatstimulateslearningandpromotestheapplicationofacombinationofskillstoincludesciencetechnologyengineeringandmath.Inadditiontotheroboticschallengeeachyearthestudentsneedtocompletearesearchproject.ThisyearsthemeSeniorSolutionspairedteamsofstudentswithseniorcitizenstohelpidentifyandlearnaboutproblemsfacedbytheeldergeneration.Theteamsthencreatedasolutiontohelpseniorskeeptheirindependenceandstayactiveintheircommunities.TheentiregoalofthisregionaltournamentistogetkidsexcitedaboutSTEMandtoengagesomeofthesekidswhomightnothavepreviouslyconsideredSTEMfieldsparticularlycomputerscienceandhopefullymotivatethemwiththeamazingthingstheyaccomplishedtheselastfewmonthssaidJenniferKayAssociateProfessorofComputerSciencewhoalongwithDr.HongZhangAssociateProfessorforMechanicalEngineeringchairedtheevent.LEGOFunforAllAgesTheCollegeofScienceandMathematicsdebutedanewseriesintroducingopportunitiesforourstudentstoengagewithrelevantindustrypartners.CSMPartnersinIndustrySerieswillinvitespecialguestspeakersofferworkshopsandexplorefieldtripstocompaniesspecializinginareasthatareofinteresttoourstudents.CSMwelcomedDr.NozerMehtaastheinauguralspeakerfortheNovemberevent.MehtaChiefScientificOfficerandVicePresidentofResearchandDevelopmentatUnigeneLaboratoriesInc.isawell-recognizedleaderwith30yearsofexperienceinthedevelopmentofpeptide-basedtherapeuticsandinventorof21patents.HispresentationAUniqueTabletFormulationforPeptide-BasedDrugsgavestudentsaglimpseintothescienceandmanufacturingprocessesthatgointodrugdevelopmentanddrugdeliveryprocesses.Theseinsightsshapedbydecadesofhisindustrialexperienceallowedourstudentstoseethecomplexityoffactorsthatplayintoanewdrugcomingtomarket.saidGregCaputoAssistantDeanforResearchandGrantsandAssociateProfessorofChemistryandBiochemistry.AdditionallythespecificdrugsDr.Mehtatalkedaboutweremoleculesthatoftenfaceanumberofpracticalchallengesontheroadtobecominganapproveddrugproduct.BydescribinghowUnigenehasapproachedthesechallengesstudents26cameawaywithanappreciationfortheout-of-the-boxthinkingoftenrequiredtotrulymakeadvancesinnotonlythepharmaceuticalindustrybutscienceingeneralsaidCaputo.ItissuchawonderfulopportunityformetohostDr.MehtasseminarsaidCatherineYangProfessorandChairoftheChemistryandBiochemistrydepartment.Hispassioninnovationandcreativityhaveshapedseveralpatentabletechnologiesfordrugstreatingdiabetesosteoporosisosteoarthritisandobesity.Mehtahasbeeninstrumentalinestablishingtheplatformtechnologiesforrecombinantexpressionandalternatedeliveryroutesforpeptidedrugs.Histalkillustratedthefundamentalsciencebehindthosetechnologieswhichgavestudentsanexcellentopportunitytoknowtherealdrugproductdevelopmentprocessrelatedtowhattheyarelearningfromthemedicinalchemistryclassroom.TheseminaralsoletstudentsknowhowinnovativeideascanbetranslatedintorealistictherapeuticsaddedYang.OurgoalforPartnersinIndustrySeriesistointroducestudentsandfacultytonewresearchandotheradvancementsthataretakingplaceintheindustrysaidIevaZakeCSMAssociateDean.Itsalsomeanttohelpstudentsstrategizeandplantheircareersaftergraduation.TheseriesisacollaborativeeffortbetweenCSMacademicdepartmentsandtheDeansOffice.PartnersinIndustrySeriesDebutswithRenownedSpeakerReady.Set.GoStudentspreparetoracetheirrobotsinthefriendlycompetitionheldatRowanDr.NozerMehtaownerof21patentsaddressesstudentsandfacultyatRowanHallCollegeofScienceandMathematics