Joint Initiatives

Joint Photon Sciences Institute (JPSI):


This joint Stony Brook University - Brookhaven Lab initiative in photon sciences will capitalize on the unique capabilities of Brookhaven’s new National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) which is under construction and will start operation in August 2014. JPSI serves as an intellectual center for development and application of the use of the powerful x-ray beams of NSLS-II by scientists of research institutions in New York State, including prominently Stony Brook University, and by regional industry.

Its mission is to foster basic science using x-ray beams through advocacy and support for programs in physics, chemistry, materials science, geosciences and applications in engineering. It will also provide symposia, lectures and workshops in the education of potential light-source users in the theory and techniques of intense x-ray beams, and outreach to industry in terms of use of x-ray beams for the characterization of designs, performance cheeks and quality control. JPSI has offices both at SBU (in the Geoscience Building) and at BNL in one of the Lab Office Buildings (LOB) that are attached to the NSLS-II ring. Through JSPSI New York State has contributed $10 Million to the completion of two LOB’s.

The Director of JPSI holds a faculty position in a SBU department and a joint appointment at BNL in the Photon Science Directorate. The founding director is Professor John Parise, a renowned geoscientist and long-time user of x-ray beams at the NSLS at BNL and elsewhere. At BNL he interacts and collaborates closely with the Deputy Director of the Photon Science Directorate.

As part of a cluster hire program at SBU JPSI is currently advertising for several new faculty positions at all ranks at SBU in all areas of science that use x-rays as a research tool. The advertisement can be seen here. The searches will be continued during 2014. Any and all of these position can be joint appointments with BNL.

The Center for Accelerator Science and Education (CASE):

The center will pursue cutting edge accelerator science and R&D, training of next generation accelerator scientists - graduate and post doctoral – through courses, laboratory and experiments on accelerators. Undergraduate opportunities will play a significant goal of attracting students to the graduate program through introduction to accelerator courses, accelerator laboratory work and summer research opportunities at BNL. The proposed educational program will start with a short term abbreviated educational program of undergraduate, graduate and R&D that will evolve over time.

The Advanced Energy Center (AERTC):

The center is a true partnership of Academic institutions, Research institutions, Energy providers and Industrial Corporations. Its mission is innovative energy research, education and technology deployment with a focus on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications for new and novel sources of energy. 

Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS):

A transformational $10 million anonymous donation plus matching funds of equal value from the Simons Foundation has enabled Stony Brook University to establish a world-class Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS). In this endeavor, the Institute will cooperate closely with the new Computational Science Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory, which specializes in large-scale data analysis. (For more information, visit BNL press release.) The new IACS will firmly establish the SBU-BNL partnership as a center of excellence in high-performance computing.

IACS seeks to make sustained advances in the fundamental techniques of computation and in high-impact applications including engineering and the physical, life, and social sciences. Our integrated, multidisciplinary team of faculty, students, and staff overcome the limitations at the very core of how we compute, collectively take on challenges of otherwise overwhelming complexity and scale, and individually and jointly define new frontiers and opportunities for discovery through computation. In coordination with the Computational Science Center (CSC) at BNL, our dynamic and diverse institute serves as an ideal training and proving ground for new generations of students and researchers, and provides computational leadership and resources across the SBU campus and NYS.

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