Stephen J. Tricamo

Contact Info

Title: Professor
Office: MEC Building, Room 314
Phone: 973-596-5287
Dept: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

About Me

Dr. Stephen J. Tricamo joined NJIT in 1995 as a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.  He has served as Associate Dean of Engineering, Interim Dean of Engineering and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. His professional expertise is in design innovation, mechanism design and integrated product and process design. He also has a long-standing interest in engineering education.

While serving in his administrative posts, Professor Tricamo led the NJIT component of three major research efforts totaling $8M in funding. Two of these were NSF sponsored programs dealing with innovative reforms in engineering education. The third, a project awarded to a coalition between the US Army, General Motors, Raytheon, ISI and NJIT, applied a multi-media based instructional approach to the maintenance and repair of military vehicles. In 2000 Dr. Tricamo co-founded the National Collaborative Task Force on Engineering Graduate Education Reform currently composed of approximately 15 university and 10 industrial members.

Prior to joining NJIT, Dr. Tricamo was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology where he joined the faculty in 1980.  While at Stevens, he served as Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and was a co-founder and co-director of the Design and Manufacturing Institute.  During his tenure at Stevens, he attracted more than $25M in funding.

Dr. Tricamo has authored forty technical publications, is a member of two engineering honor societies and five professional societies, holds a patent dealing with the dynamic balancing of mechanisms, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of New Jersey.



  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, The City University of New York, 1980
  • ME, Mechanical Engineering, The City College of New York, 1969
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, The City College of New York, 1966


For the past five years Dr. Tricamo has been engaged in research related to creating a science of engineering innovation. Creativity and innovation can be learned. There are systematic techniques that can be employed to identify the most promising design space to yield innovative product or process conceptualizations. In the design process, psychological factors may impede creativity. These factors include culture, emotion, intellect, perception, rote education, and life experiences.
Dr. Tricamo is part of a team of researchers who have submitted a proposal to NSF entitled “Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments  (RED) “.

Selected Publication


  • “Operation Smartforce: An Approach to Training the Workforce of Tomorrow," Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Orlando, FL, October, 1997, (with R. Kaufman, J. Lacontora, W. Swart)   
  • “Use of Industrial Partnerships as a Means of Improving the Curriculum," Proceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Engineering Education, Chicago, IL, August 1997 (With G. Mass, A. Mauriello, W. Swart)  
  • “An Overview of NJIT’s Curriculum Transformation Process – A Leadership Perspective," Proceedings of the TRP/MET Grantees Conference, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, April 1997 (with N. Eliot, G. Milano, W. Swart, J. Valyo)