New Jersey Big Data Alliance


The New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA) was established by the Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development and the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute to catalyze the collaboration among New Jersey government, academia and industry that will enable all parties to address the significant and immediate challenges posed by the proliferation of data sources and the resultant deluge of digital data in a strategic and coordinated manner. This unprecedented alliance brings together universities and colleges from across the state, and has the overarching goals of identifying common challenges and areas of synergy, developing joint programs, and ultimately nucleating an effective alliance that will increase our research competitiveness and drive economic development in New Jersey.  Read more about what the NJBDA will mean for New Jersey.


Founding members include Kean University, Montclair State University, N.J. Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Richard Stockton College, Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology. The Alliance also works closely with the Office of Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, the New Jersey Office of Information Technology - Enterprise Data Services, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and, New Jersey's Higher Education and Research Network. 

Upcoming Events

The next New Jersey Big Data Alliance planning meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 6 at Rutgers' Busch Campus in Piscataway.

For information, please contact Kristin Lepping, Rutgers Office of Advanced Research Computing at: or  (848) 445-5140.


The 3rd Annual NJBDA symposium took place at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ on March 9, 2016. 

The symposium featured Andrew AJ Bubb, the US lead for Accenture's Emerging Technology Wearables and Industrial Internet of Things Practices, and panels examining:

  • Innovation, Big Data and Finance
  • Big Data and Smart Cities
  • Innovation, Big Data and the Healthcare Sector 

Click here to view the full agenda.


Below is a re-cap of the New Jersey Big Data Alliance's 2014-2015 academic year initiatives. 

2nd Annual NJBDA Symposium

The 2nd Annual NJBDA Symposium entitled, "Big Data and the Transformation of Society," took place at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ on April 29th, 2015.

Click here to view the day's agenda.


The NJBDA offered a Fall seminar at Montclair State University featuring chief data scientists and chief information officers who spoke about the competencies sought by employers in the data analytics field and emerging employment trends.

2015-2016 Academic Year

In addition to seminars and the annual NJBDA symposium, next year's initiatives include:

NJBDA Website and Big Data Resource Portal

The NJBDA will be developing a website and Big Data Resource Portal that will include information about member institutions, links to online resources including datasets, data infrastructure and data analytics best practices, and online training materials.

Launch of NJBDA Industry and Non-profit Affiliate Program

The NJBDA Affiliate Program will allow New Jersey industry and non-profits to engage in our initiatives and take an active role in NJBDA programming.

Point of Contact

Contact Kristin Lepping, Rutgers Office of Advanced Research Computing, if you would like more information about NJBDA initiatives.
Phone:  (848) 445-5140

NJ Big Data Alliance in the News

July 7th, 2015:  Rowan Virtual Reality Center Expands Research, Partnership Opportunities

April 20th, 2015:  New Jersey Big Data Alliance comes to Rowan University

July 2nd, 2014:  "Big Data Bill Heads to the Governor's Desk."

February 4th, 2013:  "Big Data Alliance - Big Deal for Economic Growth in New Jersey." 

Featured Research and Educational Programs at NJBDA Institutions

Kean University 
Department of Computer Science

Legacy UMDNJ 
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Montclair State University
B.S. In Business Administration - Concentration in Business Analytics

New Jersey Institute of Technology
College of Computing Sciences

Princeton University
Research Computing Education and Outreach

Richard Stockton College
Master of Science in Computational Science (MSCS)

Rowan University
Master of Science in Data Analytics

Rutgers University - Camden
Center for Computational and Integrative Biology

Rutgers University - Newark
Big Data Science Center (link coming soon)

Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute
Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC)

Stevens Institute of Technology
Master of Science Degree, and a Certificate Program, in Business Intelligence and Analysis with courses specifically in Big Data. 

2012 Planning Meeting

A New Jersey Big Data Alliance Planning Meeting was held in December 2012.  Read More.