Myung Oh '72 PhD named inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree class

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., and Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, announce the induction of Myung Oh PhD, into the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences distinguished alumni Hall of Fame.



ECE Faculty and Staff Receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence class class

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is proud to announce that two faculty and staff members have been awarded 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. M ó nica F. Bugallo, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received recognition for Excellence in Teaching, and Anthony Olivo, Senior Technician, for Excellence in Professional Service.



Professor Long Lu Earns NSF CAREER Award class

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is proud to announce its second National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient for 2017, Long Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science. This is Lu’s fourth NSF award and eighth research grant, securing him over $3 million dollars in research grants.



Engineering-Driven Medicine Distinguished Lecture class

Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and School of Medicine are honored to host Professor Subra Suresh , President of Carnegie Mellon University, for the first engineering-driven medicine distinguished lecture series.



Three CEAS Faculty Receive Google Research Awards class

Each year, Google announces an open call for PhD students and faculty at accredited Universities to submit proposals on computer science related topics. Those chosen gain the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Google researchers and engineers to develop their research.  



NSF Funds SBU Big Data Collaboration with Government Industry class

Department of Computer Science (CS) chair Arie Kaufman and fellow researchers have been awarded new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), paving the way for Stony Brook to become a university partner in the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI).



Computer Science Professor Develops a New Tool for Gene Expression class

Rob Patro , an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences , leads a group of computational biological researchers that developed a new software tool, Salmon — a lightweight method to provide fast and bias-aware quantification from RNA-sequencing reads.



CEAS Offers Study Abroad Program in Kenya class

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is offering an exciting, new study abroad program this summer, ideal for students with an interest in innovative engineering design, geared toward developing populations -- The Global Engineering Field School in Kenya.  With the Turkana Basin Institute as home base for lab and field work, students will collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to have a positive global and local impact.  



Center for Biotechnology's Clint Rubin and Diane Fabel co-author STAT article on the NIH-REACH Proof-of-Concept Program class

S eeing his or her discovery translated into a new drug, vaccine, diagnostic test, or medical device that that improves human health is something that gives a biomedical scientist tremendous professional and personal satisfaction.



The Innovators of Tomorrow Video Contest: What is it Like to Be an Engineer?

class Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) is launching The Innovators of Tomorrow Video Contest to help budding scientists and engineers learn how to simply and effectively communicate their research related to STEM fields.



Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Professor Anatoly Frenkel Leads Research on Protections Against Chemical Warfare Agents

class Chemical warfare agents that could be deployed against both soldiers and civilians have been a grave concern since World War I, when they were first used. Research on methods to defeat these weapons has been a focus of scientists since that time.





Applied Mathematics and Statistics Professor Dima Kozakov's Research on Protein Structure Prediction Featured on the Cover of Nature Protocols class

Proteins are the most abundant substance in living cells aside from water, and their interactions with cellular functions are crucial to healthy life. When proteins fall short of their intended function or interact in an unusual way, these disruptions often lead to disease development.



William Kay Joins CEAS as Proposal Manger and Writer class

William Kay has been named proposal manager and writer for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Highly experienced in research and grants administration, Will has helped academic institutions implement strategies to increase grant productivity and craft proposals funded by an array of federal agencies, foundations, and corporations.



Securing Cyber Everything: CEAS and Brookhaven National Lab Researchers Strategize about Computer and Online Security

StudentsAs part of its ongoing commitment to advancing interdisciplinary research, The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences convened the first-ever Stony Brook Cyber Day, to address the challenges of a future dominated by automation, and collaborate on potential solutions.  Hosted by the National Security Institute ( NSI) , the event was a true collaboration of academia, industry, and government agencies.



' Exhausting’ the Possibilities in Environmental Research: PhD student receives graduate award from American Chemical Society class

PhD student Qiyuan Wu has received the 2017 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS). As the world’s largest scientific society, the ACS awards up to 20 students each year who show promise in research and the potential to make an impact in the field of environmental chemistry.



Advancing Healthcare through Technology

StudentsThe Reality Deck is one of the latest milestones in Stony Brook’s efforts to advance the third revolution in medicine — the convergence of the life sciences with physical sciences, mathematics, big data and engineering — aimed at tackling human health issues so complex, they can’t be solved by any individual research discipline.




Science & Society: 500 Metro-area students attend science event hosted by Stony Brook University and Queens College class

The Stony Brook University Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces , with the help of undergraduates from the Stony Brook Program in Chemical and Molecular Engineering, part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences , together with Queens College hosted the 20 th Annual Science Open House for High School Students on January 5.  


Congratulations to CEAS faculty mentors and their students for their achievements and recognition in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search

StudentsSeveral Stony Brook University faculty have helped 23 high school students become scholars in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly, Intel STS Competition), the oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition in the U.S.


CEAS Grad Student Awarded for Her Research Presentation

Fourth NSF CAREER Award for CEAS focuses on Smart and Connected Hospitals

Nusnin Akter, a Materials Science and Chemical Engineering graduate student, won the first place poster award for her research, “2D-Zeolite for the Argon Trap,” at the fifth annual Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) Early Career Researcher Symposium, presented by the Association of Students and Postdocs at BNL on December 13. This symposium is a showcase of the pioneering research that is performed by graduate students and postdocs at BNL.


NSF and DARPA fund super-resolution light microscopy and neurodegenerative disease research
Fourth NSF CAREER Award for CEAS focuses on Smart and Connected Hospitals

Dr. Shu Jia , faculty member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, recently received research funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


CEAS Professors Salman and Stanacevic Receive Three-Year NSF award
Fourth NSF CAREER Award for CEAS focuses on Smart and Connected Hospitals

CEAS Associate Professors Emre Salman (PI) and Milutin Stanacevic (co-PI) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony BrookUniversity received a prestigious three-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their research, “CPS: Breakthrough: Charge-Recycling based Computing Paradigm for Wirelessly Powered Internet of Things.”



Hydraulic Engineering: Solving Real World Problems

Stony Brook University congratulates Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, for being selected by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) to receive the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award.



Securing Cyber Everything: CEAS and Brookhaven National Lab Researchers Strategize about Computer and Online Security
Fourth NSF CAREER Award for CEAS focuses on Smart and Connected Hospitals

As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing interdisciplinary research, The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences convened the first-ever Stony Brook Cyber Day, to address the challenges of a future dominated by automation, and collaborate on potential solutions.  Hosted by the National Security Institute ( NSI) , the event was a true collaboration of academia, industry, and government agencies.


Advancing Smart Environment Technology
Eight College Alumni Named to 40 Under Forty

The National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty (CAREER) has been awarded to Fan Ye, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He will receive an award of $450k over the next five years to build the foundation for a future smart environment.


Eight College Alumni Named to 40 Under Forty
Eight College Alumni Named to 40 Under Forty

Each year, Stony Brook University honors forty distinguished alumni who are under 40 years of age and enjoying great success and making significant contributions to their field. This year eight honorees are graduates of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


Creating a Sustainable Earth: Batteries Included

Renowned Energy Storage Researcher Esther Takeuchi Named Knapp Chair in Energy and the Environment

Esther Takeuchi, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, aims to curb that pollution with the following question: Is it possible to develop an energy storage system that can lead to a more sustainable Earth?


Reaching Out: Guiding STEM Outreach
Reaching Out: Guiding STEM Outreach

A team at Stony Brook University, led by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), has developed a comprehensive program   to work with school districts on Long Island to better prepare students for careers in engineering, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Grid, a corporate partner.


Big Questions and Bold Ideas: CEAS charts interdisciplinary approach to cancer
Convergence Science Takes Aim at Cancer

Despite significant investment in research and the ‘War on Cancer’ launched in the 1970’s, cancer remains among the top causes of death for Americans. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) in partnership with the School of Medicine and the Stony Brook Cancer Center has embarked on an ambitious journey to advance convergence science taking aim at cancer.


The Third Revolution in Medicine Charts a Virtual Course
power to the people

Life Sciences converge with physical sciences, mathematics, big data and engineering

Arie Kaufman stepped inside the Reality Deck at the Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University. Composed of 416 super-high-resolution screens that cover its 11-foot-tall walls, this spacious 30-by-40 foot immersive theater is operated by an 80-graphics-processor cluster that crunches the background data into billions of pixels.


Getting Power to the People
power to the people

Stony Brook is at the forefront of developing clean, sustainable energy sources

As energy consumption continues to rise at an alarming worldwide rate, the need to cultivate unexplored sources to meet ever-increasing demand has never been more pressing. Developing viable solutions to address the crisis has become a priority for scientists scrambling to come up with the Next Big Idea in energy. At Stony Brook University, researchers are turning their vision for a sustainable tomorrow into reality.


Reflections from the Dean: Our Best Days are yet to Come!
Our best days are yet to come!

"My first year at Stony Brook as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) has been a fast-paced year of transition, positive change, team building and growth. It’s been a year infused with creative energy and new ideas, during which I’ve had the opportunity to learn a great deal and make many new friends. I’ve been both inspired and humbled by the extraordinary talent of our distinguished faculty, the enthusiasm and drive of our amazing students, and the achievements and commitment of our alumni. I feel a great sense of purpose and responsibility to be in a position to impact the lives of the next generation of leaders, thinkers, tinkerers and innovators for the global economy. "


NSF CSR Program Funds Gandhi's Cloud Computing Research
NSF CSR Program Funds Gandhi's Cloud Computing Research

Anshul Gandhi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, has been awarded a Computer Systems Research (CSR) award by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding will allow him and his team of students to conduct research on cloud load balancers and their performance.


A WISE Choice: Mónica Bugallo is appointed the inaugural Faculty Director of WISE
Mónica Bugallo

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) created a new Faculty Director for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) honors program to support its strong commitment to STEM diversity.  Associate Professor Mónica Bugallo has been appointed to serve in the inaugural role.


Fourth NSF CAREER Award for CEAS focuses on Smart and Connected Hospitals
Fourth NSF CAREER Award for CEAS focuses on Smart and Connected Hospitals

Dr. Shan Lin was recently awarded NSF CAREER funding for his project Safe and Secure Network Control for Smart and Connected Hospitals. This is the fourth NSF CAREER award this year for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS)Assistant Professor Lin was thrilled to learn recently that he has joined the exclusive National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awardees club. NSF CAREER awards are one of the most prestigious awards given to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research education.


Groundbreaking Collaboration with BNL and Air Force Research Lab Results in Gold Nanoparticles                                      
Groundbreaking Collaboration with BNL and the Air Force Research Lab Results in Gold Nanoparticles

A leading researcher in the College of Engineering and Applied Science teamed with scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to produce gold nanoparticles. Using a new method called, Helium Nanodroplet Deposition (HND), Alexander Orlov and his team of collaborators created gold nanoparticles of unprecedented purity and stability. This discovery not only highlights the possibilities of creating materials that solve energy and environmental problems, but also showcases SBU’s collaborative success with BNL and AFRL.


Danny Bluestein Devices Petar Djurić Takes the Helm in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) is pleased to announce that Professor Petar M. Djurić has been appointed the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

With the department more than 25 years, Djurić has served the department, college and university in a number of capacities. His primary research focus is in the area of signal and information processing with specific interest in the theory of signal modeling, detection, and estimation; Monte Carlo-based methods; signal and information processing over networks; machine learning, RFID, and the Internet of Things.


Danny Bluestein Devices New Method to Model Protein Interactions May Help Accelerate Drug Development

Stony Brook-led international research team creates ultra-fast approach detailed in PNAS

Stony Brook, NY – July 11, 2016 – Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are the basis of cellular functions, and when these processes are compromised diseases such as cancer emerge. For years scientists have tried with mixed success to map out PPIs to understand cellular processes. Now a team of international scientists led by Stony Brook University researchers have created an ultra-fast way to model protein interactions.


Danny Bluestein Devices National Academy of Engineering Selects Orlov to Attend E.U.-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Dr. Alexander Orlov, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering,affiliate faculty of the Chemistry Department, and
faculty member of the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research, is one of the few engineers worldwide who was selected to attend
the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) prestigious E.U.-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.


Danny Bluestein Devices NIH Pumps $3.6M into Cardiovascular Research at Stony Brook University

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded a team of scientists led by Danny Bluestein (Principal Investigator), Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, funding to conduct multi-scale simulations of cardiovascular processes. Work on the project will be carried out concurrently by Yuefan Deng (Co-Investigator), of Stony Brook’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, as well as Marvin Slepian (Co-Investigator), of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona.


Elevating CEAS: Leadership Team is in Place

CEAS Leadership
The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at Stony Brook University (SBU) is thrilled to announce several key appointments that complete the new CEAS leadership team.
In October 2015, Fotis Sotiropoulos was appointed the dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). Upon his appointment, Sotiropoulos said; “As dean I will actively engage our faculty, students, and alumni in a team-effort to make this world class College even better.” CEAS is certainly heading in that direction with a new leadership team in place to support their strategic mission.


NSF CAREER Award to Make Portable Parallel Programming Possible

Chowdhury Rezaul Chowdhury developing resource-oblivious algorithms for laptops to supercomputers

STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 15, 2016 Rezaul Chowdhury , PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences , has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The award will help to advance his research on developing theories and efficient tools to facilitate the design of portable parallel algorithms to be used in computing platforms ranging from small laptop computers to massive supercomputers. These algorithms will have no need of hardware parameters in the code, yet run efficiently. 


  Demanding More From Technology: Technology for Society Project Seeks Answers  

Professor Todd Pittinsky of the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University (SBU) has launched the Technology for Society project. The goal of this multidisciplinary effort is to demand more from the explosion of new technology.  

“We need to ask not what technology can do,” says Pittinsky, “but what it can do for us.” The conferences and books that make up the project will marshal the breadth, depth, and rigor of academic scholarship to make sure that technology will not just amaze and revolutionize society, but will also serve our most worthy desires for safety, health, well-being, companionship, community, peace, and justice.

The project was specifically named Technology for Society by Pittinsky  because technology should be for society, as opposed to existing within society.  



Exploring Computer Science: CS Professors Receive NSF EAGER Grant


Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) funds novel architectures for memory caching systems

The Department of Computer Science extends its heartiest congratulations to Anshul Gandhi and Erez Zadok who were recently awarded $257k in National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to investigate novel architectures for memory caching systems which will result in significant cost and energy savings for system administrators. 

Gandhi and Zadok’s research will be funded through NSF’s Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), Gandhi and Zadok. The EAGER program supports exploratory work in its early stages that has the potential to transform research ideas or approaches.

Realizing that the available RAM on a single computer is not enough for caching the amount of data used by distributed services today , many companies such as Facebook and YouTube utilize a distributed memory caching system called "Memcached". Memcached creates a cluster of nodes, forming a key-value database in faster memory. Memcached's simple architecture led to its popularity, but is also its Achilles' heel. Any changes to the number of Memcached nodes result in discarding most cached data, leading to lengthy periods where the distributed caches have to be slowly re-warmed up from the backend database. Gandhi and Zadok’s research seeks to alleviate this problem.

This EAGER project investigates techniques to scale Memcached clusters smoothly, without any transient performance degradations. The project also introduces an intermediate Flash-based storage tier between the memory nodes and the backend database, to help reduce high latencies to the backend database and help the smooth scaling of the Memcached cluster.

Both Gandhi and Zaodok are members of the Smart Energy Technologies group at Stony Brook. Their EAGER project is comprised of two one-year long phases. Throughout each phase, the team plans on developing tools to allow for full-system evaluation, and will even publicly release those tools, along with their workloads, data sets, and software. Release of the tools and workloads will fill the gap of available benchmarking tools for memory caching tiers.

Ultimately, the team hopes to provide efficient memory caching techniques to the entire computer science community. Their work will cut energy costs for data centers, benefitting the economy and their solutions apply to many large internet companies  including, Amazon. The project, which began in May 2016 represents the eighth faculty member to receive an EAGER award in the Department of Computer Science, which is part of the College of Engineering and Applied Science .  


About the PIs


An shul Gandhi serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on this EAGER project. His high-level areas of research including applying theory to systems and leveraging mathematical tools to analyze system behavior. He earned his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and served as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Cloud Optimization and Analytics group at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. Gandhi joined SBU in 2014 and earlier this year he was the recipient of a  Google Faculty Research Award .



Erez Zadok , a Co-PI on this effort, focuses his research interests on file systems and storage, operating systems, energy efficiency, security, and performance and benchmarking. Zaodok completed his PhD in Computer Science at Columbia University and was recently named a full professor in the department. In addition to being part of the Smart Energy Technology group, Zadok directs the File Systems and Storage Lab (FSL ). Zadok is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, an NSF Career Award, and two IBM Faculty awards.


Materials Science Professor Jason Trelewicz Receives NSF CAREER Award:Five-year funding will support his work on developing high-strength metals for industry



Jason Trelewicz, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University (SBU), has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Trelewicz, a member of the College of  Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), will receive NSF CAREER funding of $500,000 over the next five years to support his project, titled “ Interface Engineered Amorphous  Alloys for Thermoplastic Forming of Ductile Bulk   Metallic Glasses.”

 According to the NSF, the CAREER Award is given to promising young university faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research.

“Being recognized with the prestigious CAREER Award speaks volumes about Jason’s research vision,” said CEAS Dean Fotis Sotiropoulos. “This funding enables him to integrate research topics on the unique properties of metallic glasses into the undergraduate Material Science curricula offered by CEAS. It also provides an opportunity to engage underrepresented students and regional high schools in cutting-edge research.”
Trelewicz’ research centers on the design, synthesis, and characterization of nanostructured and amorphous metals through computational modeling and materials science experimentation. Commonplace metals such as aluminum or steel are made up of atoms that are arranged in a regular, periodic structure. Amorphous metals on the other hand, exhibit a highly disordered atomic structure akin to a glass, and are consequently referred to as metallic glasses. This relatively new class of materials, often used in products such as USB drives, medical and sporting equipment, has shown great promise as next-generation high-strength materials with applications in the electronics, automotive and aerospace industries. A problem that continues to plague metallic glasses is that they tend to be very brittle and can fail catastrophically.  Processing routes for bulk manufacturing of these materials are also quite limited.
Trelewicz hopes to turn these problems with metallic glasses into opportunities for improvement with his new research. Under the NSF CAREER program, he will use atomistic simulations to design, atom-by-atom, novel interface engineered amorphous alloys. These alloys will be manufactured and characterized to develop a new understanding of the deformation mechanisms at the nanoscale.
“The goal of the research will be to engineer interfaces into metallic glasses to enhance their strength, toughness, and formability,” said Trelewicz. “Using integrated materials engineering principles, we will design novel metallic glasses with superior properties that can be manufactured at large-scales.”
The broader impact of the research, says Trelewicz, is that society will be greatly impacted by metallic glasses that can be manufactured and optimized for applications as advanced structural and electronic materials.
Jason Trelewicz Jason Trelewicz using advanced powder metallurgy techniques to design and synthesize novel metallic glass alloys in his laboratory at Stony Brook University.
“These materials have the potential to revolutionize sheet metal production used in industries that transform the ways we travel, build, and communicate,” he explained.
A faculty member at Stony Brook since 2012, Trelewicz is the Director of the Engineered Metallic Nanostructures Laboratory, an affiliated faculty member with the Institute for Advanced Computational Science, and he is the Director of the NYSTAR-funded High Performance Computing Consortium at SBU.
Trelewicz earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at Stony Brook, he was a Research Director at MesoScribe Technologies, Inc. He is the recipient of the 2015 Young Leader Professional Development Award and 2014 Emerging Leaders Alliance Award from The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), and received the Top Speaker Award at the 2010 Defense Manufacturing Conference.


CEAS Researchers Break New Ground In Cancer Research

Researchers from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at Stony Brook University (SBU) garnered international attention recently for their recent study that found quantitative evidence proving that extrinsic risk factors, such as environmental exposure and behavior weigh heavily on the development of a vast majority (approximately 70 to 90 percent) of cancers.

The finding, reported in the December 16 online issue of Nature, in a paper titled Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors to cancer development , may be important for strategizing cancer prevention, research and public health.

AMS researcher Song Wu, PhD was the lead author of the paper, Wei Zhu and Scott Powers from the Department of Pathology were co-authors on the team that was led by Yusuf Hannun, MD, the Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research and Director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center.

“Many scientists argued against the ‘bad luck’ or ‘random mutation’ theory of cancer but provided no alternative analysis to quantify the contribution of external risk factors,” explained  Song Wu, PhD.

First, the researchers provided evidence that intrinsic risk facts contribute only modestly (less than 10-30% of lifetime risk) to cancer development. Intrinsic processes include those that result in mutations due to random errors in DNA replication. Extrinsic factors are environmental factors that affect mutagenesis rates such as UV radiation and carcinogens.

For more information on the study, read the SBU article detailing the extensive research. International coverage of the research includes, CNN, CNBC, The Washington Post, American Council on Science and Health, Medical News Today, and Physics Forums Insights

Innovative Materials and Engineering Science Courses Featured by ASEE: Teaching Engineering and Technology to Non-Majors
Gary and JasonJoining the ranks of such universities as Princeton, Wesleyan, and University of Maryland, a case study of Stony Brook University’s (SBU)’s innovative engineering education courses will appear in a collection of similar innovations and showcased on as one of  14 exemplary programs.  The case study, written by Sheila Tobias, a nationally-known figure in science and mathematics reform, and funded by the Teagle Foundation, specifically focused on TECH and Science, Technology, and Society (STAS) courses offered by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) that are geared toward non-majors.
According to Dean Fotis Sotiropoulos, “In an era when exponential technological advances are driving economic growth, CEAS has responded to the need for a new education paradigm. One that recognizes the importance of every student, whether an engineering major or not, understanding the role of technology and engineering in their daily lives”.
Associate Provost and longtime Chair of the Department of Technology & Society  David Ferguson is avidly involved in the TECH and STAS implementation at SBU and says that it began five years ago with a “strong feeling” that CEAS should be a part of the general education requirements on campus. The result is the new one-course TECH requirement for general education now known as the Stony Brook Curriculum
Thanks to the pioneering work of John Truxal, former CEAS Dean who laid the groundwork for the convergence of technology and liberal arts at SBU, undergraduate non-majors at SBU have their choice of 20 Tech and 12 STAS courses. Initiated by CEAS, the courses cover an array of topics including bioengineering, applied mathematics and technology, computer science, mechanical engineering, materials science, and sustainable energy. The case study focused on two of the currently offered courses, ESG 201: Learning from Disasters, and ESM 150: Materials of the Modern World.   
In addition to David Ferguson, Professors Gary Halada and Jason Trelewicz from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering represented the university over the last several months as coursework was reviewed and prepared. Through several interviews, a true understanding of the high-level and practical approach to ESG 201 and ESM 150 was gained.
Halada says, “Working on this case study reinforces my belief that it is hard to live in the world today without understanding how things work. In my ESG 201 Learning from Disasters course, non-engineering majors range from sociology to business majors. And they all equally benefit from being seamlessly engaged in engineering education.”
Learning from Disasters, as well as Materials of the Modern World, was closely evaluated with an analysis of the content, teaching methods, and learning outcomes. Halada’s course begins by defining engineering disasters and their impact on society. Modules, such as engineering ethics and engineering design, are part of the course as well video analysis of major disasters.
Similarly, Jason Trelewicz’s undergraduate course, ESM 150: Materials of the Modern World is based on engineering fundamentals with particular focus on materials science placed in a real-world context. While Halada’s class is the result of re-engineering a course that was previously offered, Trelewicz’s course used for the case study was completely new and developed by Trelewicz as part of his “vision to engage all students, regardless of major, in materials science and engineering”. The first year the course was offered, Trelewicz had 40 students enrolled and now over 140 students register each semester.
“Offering this course to non-majors is a win-win for the university, the students, and the community as a whole. New materials play a critical role in all of the technological advancements students use in everyday life, and they consequently provide real-world context for understanding the societal impacts of science and engineering,” explains Trelewicz.
With materials science featured in both ESG 201 and ESM 150, the students are exposed to something tangible and unique.  The connections Halada and Trelewicz make between engineering science, materials, and technology enable non-majors to build a new understanding of engineering concepts that have transformed our society.
Computer Science and Civil Engineering Team Up to Secure Regional Infrastructure in $6.6 Million ITSC Project

Two of the departments within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), Civil Engineering (CE) and Computer Science (CS), have key roles in the recently funded Infrastructure, Transportation, and Security Center (ITSC). As an academic and research partner, Stony Brook University (SBU) is part of the Farmingdale State College team which will work to strengthen security of regional infrastructure and transportation systems.

Upon securing the Round IV NYSUNY 2020 funding, CEAS Dean Fotis Sotiropoulos commented, “This project exemplifies what we do best in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Cutting across traditional disciplinary boundaries to tackle major societal challenges.  Civil engineers working with computer scientists to develop technology-based solutions for protecting our transportation infrastructure and educate the workforce of tomorrow.  This is exactly what engineering innovation looks like.

ITSC will be based at Farmingdale State College and in addition to SBU includes Nassau Community College, and Maritime College. Each institution involved in the ITSC brings a variety of experience and research knowledge to the project. This experience will result in advanced courses for undergraduate and graduate students, and region-specific research opportunities in transportation and security technologies.

SBU will focus on large scale computer vision analysis of existing infrastructure for automatic safety inspection of bridges and roads, driver and pedestrian activity modeling and recognition, large-scale dynamic human activity analysis for transportation hubs, and efficient storage architectures for the large volumes of data generated by intelligent transportation systems. Customizable curriculum will be developed by both the CE and CS departments at SBU focused on transportation infrastructure monitoring and analysis, energy and smart grid infrastructure, government, consumer and industry audiences.

According to SBU President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD, “Our programs in computer science, information technology and the newly created Department of Civil Engineering are well-poised to translate new discoveries into innovative approaches that improve our transportation infrastructure”.

CEAS project leaders are Dimitris Samaras from CS and M. Anil Yazici from CE. To complete research and create educational opportunities, Samaras will work with Ari Kaufman and Minh Hoai Nguyen to leverage the CS department’s computer vision capabilities including human activity recognition for image and video analysis. Yazici will work with the CE Chair Harold Walker and other CE Faculty to develop programs and engineering curricula that prepare students for active roles in the transportation industry and infrastructure planning area. The engineering and security programs that will be offered through ITSC will include in-person and online courses, hands-on engineering experiments and computer simulation, and opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk students.

The initial phase of the project will include security of air, water, transportation and power grid infrastructure. This phase will address all related educational and research aspects of security topics with an emphasis on having underrepresented and minority student participation.


CEAS Doctoral Grad Wins Prestigious SPEC Dissertation Award

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Distinguished Dissertation Award is given each year to a doctoral dissertation which exemplifies scientific significance, impact and originality. Stony Brook University’s (SBU) own Yufei Ren was chosen as the winner for 2015 from amongst fifteen phenomenal dissertations from institutions across the globe.
Yufei Ren

Yufei recently earned his PhD from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Computational Science at SBU. His thesis advisor, Dr. Dantong Yu, nominated Yufei’s dissertation, Scalable End-to-End Data I/O over Enterprise and Data-Center Networks , for the SPEC honor. Dr. Ren’s thesis committee also consisted of professors Yuanyuan Yang, Fan Ye, Michael Bender, and Dr. Shudong Jin.

Yufei conducted his research at Brookhaven National Laboratory under the Computational Science Initiative. His dissertation focused on an intelligent hybrid approach of system off-load and the Non-uniform memory access (NUMA) aware scheduling to improve data I/O (input/output), data sharing, and data streaming. Yufei’s research resulted in a middleware that takes advantage of Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) techniques to attain high network throughput. Based on this middleware, an RDMA-based File Transfer Protocol service, RFTP, is now available for public evaluation and use.   His work lays a foundation for the joint effort between Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University to pursue Department of Energy’s exascale initiative that is essential and transformative, and provides quantum advances, in areas of science, technology, and sustainable society. In particular, Yufei provides a promising solution of data communication that is commensurate with exascale computing. Yufei’s work at Brookhaven was supported through a U.S. Department of Energy grants.

Now working as a research scientist at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yufei is not the only scientist with ties to Stony Brook to win this prestigious award. In 2013, SPEC chose the dissertation of Dr. Anshul Gandhi, who is now a tenure track professor of Computer Science at the University. Dr. Gandhi’s thesis was on Dynamic Server Provisioning for Data Center Power Management. Like Yufei, Gandhi also worked at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

The SPEC Research Group selection committee was headed by University of Texas at Austin’s Professor Lizy Kurian John. The award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding dissertations that fall within the scope of the Group. In their review, the committee noted that they “particularly appreciated the “insights presented in this dissertation for improving data –intensive applications in data centers from a holistic perspective”.

Everyone from across the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences congratulates Dr. Ren, and looks forward to witnessing the illustrious career that he surely has ahead of him. With Yufei’s example empowering current SBU students of all levels, another future distinguished dissertation winner may already be amongst us.

Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering Achieved Quantum Jump in Research Funding Totalling $8.2 Million

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has had a quantum jump in research funding from two million dollars per year in the past to over eight million dollars last year. Four faculty were featured alongside Provost Assanis in Spring 2015 in Stony Brook Matters in “Stony Brook’s Got the Power: How One University Earned Four Major Energy Research Awards in Less Than a Year, an article which highlighted an impressive $5.7 million in funding from ARPA-E, a Federally funded research program for creating innovative energy technologies.

Professor Jon Longtin leads a team of three mechanical engineering professors, Bill Worek, Sotiros Mamalis, and Ya Wang, that received $2.5 million dollar award for their project titled “Condensing Flue Gas Water Vapor for Cool Storage”. Assistant Professor Ya Wang leads another $2.124 million dollar project titled “Smart Air Conditioner Vent Registers (SAVE) for Improved Personal Comfort and Reduced Electricity”. In addition, Assistant Professor Sotirios Mamalis leads another ARPE-E project, with Benjamin Lawler and Provost Assanis as co-PIs, in the amount of  $750,000 dollars on “Single-cylinder Two Stroke Free Piston Internal Combustion Generator”, and first-year Assistant Professor Benjamin Lawler leads yet another  $1 million dollar project with Professor Mamalis and Provost Assanis as co-PIs through the Department of Energy for his research on “Single Fuel Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) Combustion Enabled by Onboard Fuel Reformation.”

And it hasn’t stopped there.  Assistant Professor Shikui Chen (PI) and Lifeng Wang (Co-PI) was recently awarded $392,934 from NSF for his research project titled “A New Level-Set-Based Robust Topology Optimization Approach with Applications to Design of Phononic Metamaterials,” Jointly with Professor Gouma of Material Science, who is the PI, Professors Fu-Pen Chiang and Maen Alkhader, received $500,000 from NSF for their project titled “SNM: High-Throughput  Electrospining of Photocatalystic Mats for Energy Harvesting”. Professor Jon Longtin is co-PI of another large NSF project titled “NeTS: Flexible All-Wireless Inter-Rack Fabric for Dtatacenters using Free-Space Optics, in the amount of $719,000, in collaboration of Professors H Gupta and S Das of Computer Science Department.


ECE Faculty Aiming at Indoor Navigation for All Buildings over the Planet

Ever got lost in an unfamiliar library, hospital, train station or office building? You’re not alone. Although navigation has been standard outdoors thanks to GPS and digital maps, such capability is simply non-existent for most buildings. The fundamental reason is lack of digital indoor maps, without which it is impossible to tell people where they are located, what are around and how to get there. Although some industry leaders have started to provide such services, the availability is extremely sporadic. E.g., the Google Indoor Map covers about 10,000 buildings, which is but a tiny fraction of hundreds of millions of buildings on earth.

ECE Faculty Fan Ye is developing algorithms and systems that can automatically construct digital indoor floor maps from mobile sensing data. People carry mobile devices such as smartphones everywhere every day. These devices are packed with sensors – inertial, radio, image, sound, light. Prof. Ye’s group is developing algorithms and building systems that can take such data, extract the geometric and layout information of different kinds of architectural elements (e.g., hallways, rooms and lobbies), and piece them together for complete floor plans. Initial experiments in shopping malls, office and lab buildings have produced maps that are 100% correct topologically, with errors of a few meters, practical for most purposes. The ultimate goal is to create such maps for all buildings on earth. So next time you never get lost again.



Reconstructed maps (top) and respective ground truth maps (bottom)


Stony Brook Establishes New Department of Civil Engineering

Stony Brook University has established a new Department of Civil Engineering within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Harold Walker, Ph.D., P.E. has been selected as the Founding Chair of the Department.  The Department of Civil Engineering is just the second comprehensive (B.E. through the Ph.D.) civil engineering program in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The Department consists initially of eight faculty covering all the major areas of civil engineering, including structural, constructional materials, geotechnical, transportation, water resources, and environmental. The Department also has an emphasis in Coastal Engineering, in collaboration with the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Civil Engineering involves the design, construction, and operation of the “built environment,” including roads and bridges, tall structures, dams and levees, water supply systems, and other infrastructure. There is a critical need to improve our core infrastructure and make infrastructure more sustainable and resilient. The recent “Report Card on America’s Infrastructure” developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), for example, issued a grade of “D” for America’s infrastructure. ASCE estimates approximately $2.2 trillion is needed over the next 5 years to bring America’s infrastructure up to a rating of “good.” In the state of New York, over 42% of bridges are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” and 42% of roads are in “poor or mediocre” condition. New York vehicular traffic increased 41% between 1990 and 2007 and 45% of major highways in New York are congested. The ASCE report estimates that over $29 billion is needed to meet basic wastewater infrastructure needs in New York over the next 20 years and an additional $27 billion is needed to update drinking water infrastructure. The state of New York has hundreds of miles of coastline vulnerable to flooding and storm surge.

The newly established Department of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University is quickly becoming a leader in developing more sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Civil Engineering faculty at Stony Brook are making important contributions in a number of research areas, including development of intelligent transportation systems to improve the resilience of our transportation infrastructure; creating innovative new water and wastewater technology to conserve water, energy and materials; establishing new methods for structural health monitoring to better understanding the performance and vulnerabilities of the built environment; modeling of the coastal environment and design of coastal structures to better protect our coastal communities; developing new, sustainable construction materials such as “green concrete;” and integrating geothermal energy systems with structural systems for improved infrastructure performance.

The newly established Department of Civil Engineering will also help to meet the workforce needs of the state and nation. Civil Engineering has been identified as an area of “high need” by the State of New York, indicating that increases in workforce are needed in the this area in order to meet the demand of employers. This designation is consistent with national trends as well. The United States Bureau of Labor (USBOL), for example, predicts that Civil Engineering will be the second fastest growing field of engineering over the next 10 years. The USBOL estimates that there will be a 20% increase in job growth in Civil Engineering through 2022. It should also be noted that Civil Engineering is essential to a comprehensive research university. In fact, 19 of the top 20 public research universities have strong Departments of Civil Engineering.

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USA Today Ranks Stony Brook’s Applied Math Program 3rd in the United States

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) is ranked among the best applied math programs in the country.  Only Brown University and Harvard were ranked higher in the 2015 USA Today ranking ; the other Ivy League schools were lower.  Along with the quality and success of its graduates— e.g., the newest classroom building on campus is named in honor of Applied Math & Stat alum Robert Frey, and AMS alum Carl Heastie is the New York State Assembly Speaker— the program stands out for its size, being one of the top few majors, in terms of number of degrees awarded, on campus, after Biology and Psychology.  Majors go into a wide range of careers in industry, banking, finance, government, research, and actuarial science. 

Because of the quality of the teaching and the relevance of applied mathematics and statistics to so many fields, upper-division AMS courses attract many students from across the University.  AMS 301, Finite Mathematical Structures, and AMS 310, Survey of Probability and Statistics, each attract over 500 students per year from other majors, filling several lecture sections.  An integral part of the AMS major is the opportunity for highly motivated students to become engaged in research with the award-winning faculty.

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New CS Building Officially Opens

The Department of Computer Science (CS) at Stony Brook University is celebrating: The new Computer Science building is up and running and on June 10, 2015 faculty, researchers, and staff moved in!

Ten years in the making (proposals were first sought in 2005), the building, which is 70,000 gross sq ft, is now the new home for the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University.

Its official ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new building was held on July 1. Senator Ken LaValle and other elected officials, industry partners, faculty, staff, students, and alumni will also be on hand at the ribbon cutting where they will tour the new facility and meet with researchers.

At the first faculty meeting held in the new building on June 12, Arie Kaufman, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the CS department, thanked everyone for their patience throughout the process and he thanked the systems staff, led by Ken Gladky, for tirelessly working to get the building ready for this “happy moment”.

With over 14,000 sq ft of research lab space, the three-story building will house 60+ faculty and post-doc offices. It has both faculty and graduate student lounges, breakout space for collaboration including two outdoor areas, five conference rooms with integrated video conferencing, two state-of-the-art teaching labs with MOOC and distance learning capabilities, and undergraduate and graduate student practice lab and workspace.

The new CS building also includes five innovative centers for research: National Security Institute (NSI), Center for Mobile Computing, Center for Dynamic Data Analytics (CDDA), Center for Smart Energy, and the Center for Visual Computing (CVC).

The A/E/C team, which includes Mitchel Giurgola Architects and URS, started construction on the new building in September 2012. To ease transition, moving in to the building is being done in three-phases with all faculty and staff completely moved in by August 2015. The Old Computer Science building will continue to house a few of the department’s key labs including the Multimedia Lab.

Please join the faculty and staff of CS in celebrating the grand opening of a facility that will accelerate Stony Brook University's growth as a leader in computer science education and research.


Department of Technology and Society Welcomes New Faculty

The Department of Technology & Society is happy to announce that Dr. Gang He and Dr. Elizabeth Hewitt have joined the department as Assistant Professors.   Gang He

Gang He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, as well as a Visiting Faculty Affiliate for the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  His work focuses on energy modeling, energy economics, energy and climate policy, energy and environment, domestic coal and power sectors and their key role in both the global energy supply and in international climate policy framework. He also studies other interdisciplinary aspects of global climate change and the development of lower-carbon energy sources.

He was a Research Associate with Stanford University's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development from 2008 to 2010. In 2015, he received his PhD in energy and resources from University of California at Berkeley. He also holds an MA in climate and society from Columbia University, and a BS in Geography from Peking University.

Elizabeth L. HewittElizabeth L. Hewitt focuses on the technological, social, and policy-based challenges surrounding energy consumption in the built environment. In particular, she explores occupant behavior in green and conventional buildings, the role of values and norms in shaping energy and environmental behavior, and the technological and policy approaches to addressing demand-side energy consumption in buildings and cities. Current projects include the analysis of New York City energy disclosure data through an organizational behavior lens, the development of a framework to extend organizational theory to buildings, and a qualitative case study of energy use in cooperative buildings.

Hewitt is trained as an urban planner and social scientist, and received her PhD from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University. Her doctoral studies were funded by a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT fellowship for interdisciplinary energy research. While at Rutgers, she conducted research at the Rutgers Center for Green Building on numerous NSF- and DOE-funded projects in commercial and multifamily residential buildings in New York City and Philadelphia. Before her time at Rutgers, she worked for a number of years as an urban planning practitioner, and has been involved with various policy and planning projects in New York City. From 2006-2010 she worked at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the largest business improvement district in North America, where she led the organization’s green building research and policy initiatives. She is LEED-accredited by the United States Green Building Council. Hewitt also holds a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the State University of New York, FIT.


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About the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) consists of 160+ faculty across nine academic departments. Faculty and students come together in 10+ research centers and institutes to work on interdisciplinary topics in state-of-the-art facilities. There is a strong culture of innovation in the College along with entrepreneurship — fostered by strong partnerships with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York State institutions and industry.  




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