Right Up Einstein’s Alley
September 2020
Celebrating over a decade of helping make New Jersey
the place for high tech business success
8th Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
Nomination Deadline extended to September 19th
Do you know someone, a colleague, family member, neighbor, or friend, who you think has what it takes to be named an award winner for innovation, growth or advocacy for the 2020 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year?
This year, we will be honoring immigrants for their achievements in growth, advocacy, and innovation, and we will name the 2020 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year. New for this year, we have added a non-profit leader category.
Nominations are open now through September 19, 2020
Einstein’s Alley, a partner in the NJ Business Immigration Coalition, is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 8th Annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. The Awards will be presented on October 15th at 10 AM at a virtual event. This year’s Award event hosting partner is the New Jersey Business and Industry Association NJBIA.
In New Jersey, foreign-born individuals like our 2019 winner Wei Wang, President and Founder, UrbanTech Consulting Engineering and the 2018 winner Kamal Bathla of Maestro Technologies and the 2014 winner Mario Casabona CEO of Tech Launch have created more than one in three new businesses in recent years, ranking New Jersey 4th behind only California, New York, and Florida. NJ companies started by immigrants generate an annual business income of $6.2 billion in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition is committed to bipartisan and common sense immigration reform, includes state-wide, regional and bi-national chambers of commerce, and other companies and organizations joining to celebrate the important role of immigrants in today’s economy and to honor the contributions of immigrant business leaders to their communities.
We believe that rather than send qualified foreign-born advance-degree graduates of U.S. colleges and universities back home to compete against U.S. businesses, Congress should encourage these individuals to stay in the United States by offering them permanent resident status. We can further buttress our competitive edge, by reforming and expanding the H-1B visa program, which makes available to U.S. businesses some of the world’s most highly-trained professionals in fields across the business sector. What’s more, a significant portion of H-1B filing fees fund education and training programs to enhance the skills of U.S. workers, particularly in the technology fields.
2020 Virtual Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture
In case you missed the
Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture
with James Peebles
Albert Einstein Professor of Science
Princeton University
We are delighted that you can access it now at:
It’s not often that you have an opportunity to learn about the work of Albert Einstein from Princeton University’s Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus.
You can view it here.
Produced by the Princeton-Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce. the Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture Nobel Laureate Speaker Series is the only one of its kind to memorialize one of the best-known residents of Princeton, Albert Einstein, and to commemorate his contributions to science and scholarship.
Jim Peebles completed his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton in 1962 and spent his entire career at the University, with his research and publications continuing long after his retirement in 2000.
Click here for the link.
Sad News for the Tech Community – The Passing of Dr. Michel M. Bitritto
Dr. Michel M. Bitritto passed away on August 29, 2020 at the age of 73.
Dr. Bitritto was a pioneer- an ardent feminist, committed to the issues of equality and equity, to the advancement of women in science and technology, and politics, in particular.
Daughter of Michael and Jennie Bitritto, she was the first person in her family to go to college, and ultimately earned a PhD in organic chemistry from UCONN. She worked her way up from research science to executive management at Celanese Corporation. She used her experience as a corporate executive to counsel and help grow small businesses. She was an advocate for entrepreneurs working with many during her time at the Commission on Science and Technology and with several incubators including the NJIT EDC and the Meadowlands Accelerator.
She was a leader of the NJ Business Incubation Network.
In her political career, she earned the title of first ever female Democrat elected to Summit City Council, was past president of the NJ Women’s Political Caucus, and was highly active in a number of other groups, including Business and Professional Women, NJ State Democratic Committee, and more. One of her proudest accomplishments was being honored as one of the first Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award winners.
She leaves a husband, Sunil K. Garg and a daughter Neena M. Bitritto-Garg.
Princeton plays major role in new $115 million quantum science center
Princeton University will have a major leadership role in one of the five new multi-institution centers for the advancement of quantum science research announced by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Co-Design Center for Quantum Advantage (C2QA), headquartered at Brookhaven National Laboratory, will develop quantum technologies to serve as the platform for the computing innovations of the future, promising benefits for national security, pharmaceutical development, optimization of resources, and more.
Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research | Aug. 26, 2020
Trenton’s own Terra Cycle-named #92 in NJBiz list of 250 largest private companies in NJ- is Partnering with a Las Vegas Resort
to Keep Face Masks out of Local Landfills
As part of this pilot project, in partnership with TerraCycle, the discarded masks are collected on-site at The Venetian Resort and sent to a recycling facility where they are separated, shredded and densified into a crumb-like raw material. This material will be used to make repurposed products such as composite lumber for shipping pallets, \railroad ties and composite decking.
“Our responsibility to the planet is one of our company’s core values,” stated George Markantonis, president and COO of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. “Our Sands ECO360 global sustainability initiative was designed to help minimize our environmental impact, and it reflects our vision as a leader in sustainable resort operations. We continue our journey to a more sustainable future as we seek innovative environmental solutions.”
TerraCycle Headquarters in Trenton Gets Annual Grafitti Mural
“At TerraCycle, our mission has always been to eliminate waste, recycle the unrecyclable and use our innovative business solutions to minimize human impact on the planet,” said TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky. “It’s through partnerships like the one we enjoy with The Venetian Resort that allows us to fulfill our objective and
help preserve the environment for future generations.”
Einstein’s Alley Corporation,
PO Box 175, Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Katherine Kish,
Executive Director