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TCNJ Continues Partnership with Tenna

Professor Thomas Brennan secured a $168K contract with Tenna Company to develop a suite of wirelessly accessible, directly powered, asset tracking and environmental condition sensors for non-powered temporary construction equipment. The research team for this project consists of three Tenna Student Research funded undergraduate students, Professors Bechtel and Deese. Temporary construction equipment (e.g. New Jersey barriers, construction mats) can be an expensive asset that is difficult to track during the construction process. This project consists of the development, testing, and prototype deployment of wireless, low-power (LP), field resilient Internet of Things (IoT) type sensors that can be used to identify, monitor, and geo-locate temporary pieces of construction inventory. New sensor designs developed at TCNJ as well as commercial of the shelf (COTs) sensors will be evaluated to determine construction environment application. The LP embedded systems will be wirelessly linked point-to-point and/or point-to-gateway through existing communications protocols (e.g. BLE, NB-IOT, LoRa, Sigfox, etc.). Power-management logic and energy harvesting technologies (piezo power, thermal, solar, RF parasitic, vibration, etc.) to power the embedded system will also be explored and designed. The harsh construction environment must be considered and a robust set of environmental requirements will be defined and tested, but not certified, at TCNJ.


Pictured below are the 2019 – 2020 Tenna Student Research Award recipients.

Connor Dick Brian Rentsch Ryan Mosher


Research student testing solar panels to power a long range data communication sensor.


TCNJ Engineering Students Make Semi-Finals for Mayo Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to the following TCNJ Engineering students on teams that have made it to the semi-finals of the 2020 Mayo Business Plan Competition! Alzheimer’s Initiative    Alzheimer’s Initiative is a mobile app for caregivers, Alzheimer’s patients, and individuals who believe they could be at risk with Alzheimer’s. We hope to provide convenient risk assessment testing for…

Best Paper Award Given to Team of TCNJ Civil Engineers

Dr. Andrew Bechtel and Dr. Thomas Brennan traveled to London earlier this year to receive an award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for “Best Paper” in the ICE Journal of Transportation Asset Management for 2018. The paper outlines a research project where Bechtel and Brennan show how data taken from GPS signals in…

TCNJ Civil Engineering Professor Receives Researcher of the Year Award

Dr. Thomas Brennan was named Researcher of the Year for 2019 by Central Jersey Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  The organization presents the award “to an outstanding researcher who possess a record of recent significant contributions to the field of civil engineering and dissemination of their research through peer reviewed journal…