Affiliated Principal Investigators
Senior AdministrationDennis Assanis, Ph.D.Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic AffairsVice President for Brookhaven AffairsProfessor, Department of Mechanical EngineeringAGEP-T FRAME (Frontiers of Research and Academic Models of Excellence), Principal Investigator
Dennis Assanis, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is also the Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs. Dennis served as the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan, as well as Director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, Founding Director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center for Clean Vehicles and Director of the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory. His research interests lie in the thermal sciences and their applications to energy conversion, power and propulsion, and automotive systems design. His group’s research accomplishments have been published in over 250 articles in journals and international conference proceedings. Dennis is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and is an ASME and SAE Fellow.
Charles Taber, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Professor of Political Science
Director, Laboratory for Experimental Research in Political Behavior
Chuck Taber has been on the faculty at Stony Brook University since 1989 and is currently Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and a Professor of Political Science. Chuck has served as undergraduate director and graduate director for the Department of Political Science, in addition chairing and serving on a variety of university committees. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1991, and is a leading scholar in the fields of political psychology and computational modeling, with over 40 scholarly books and articles. Chuck teaches courses in political psychology and international relations, including his popular senior seminar on War and Conflict Processes and graduate classes on emotion and political decision making. He has directed 15 completed Ph.D. dissertations and dozens of undergraduate independent research projects and senior honors theses, and currently advises seven Ph.D. students on their dissertation research.
David Ferguson, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Chair, Department of Technology and Society
Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Technology and Society
NSF AGEP-T FRAME (Frontiers of Research and Academic Models of Excellence), Co-Principal Investigator
LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate, Principal Investigator
NY-CAPS Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award, Co-Principal Investigator
David Ferguson is currently the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, a Distinguished Service Professor, and Chair of the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University. He is a recognized leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with a strong commitment to increasing underrepresented minority access and success in these disciplines. His efforts were recognized in 1997 when he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. He currently directs the NSF SUNY LSAMP, S-STEM, and CSEMS Programs and is formally linked to a number of other diversity initiatives on the Stony Brook campus. David is committed to the mission of increasing the representation of minority students in STEM fields at the campus, state, and national levels.
Jorge Benach, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Pathology
Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Director, Center for Infectious Diseases
NY-CAPS Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award, Principal Investigator
Jorge Benach is a Distinguished University Professor and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University. The Center for Infectious Diseases, under his leadership, has obtained a competitive, multi-million dollar program project on biodefense providing Stony Brook with a major role in this national agenda. Jorge has received many honors that include a NIH-MERIT award, a 10 year grant given competitively to the most accomplished researchers, fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was selected by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve in the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Gary P. Halada, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
REU: Nanotechnology for Health, Energy & the Environment, Principal Investigator
Gary P. Halada is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University. He directs an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Engineering Science as well as a unique undergraduate program in Nanotechnology Studies developed with National Science Foundation (NSF) support and the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site for Nanotechnology for Health, Energy and the Environment. His research interests include nanostructures for engineering applications, including renewable energy, and the nature of environment-material interactions, including corrosion, remediation of soil and groundwater, and the fate and transport of nuclear contamination. This work has led to more than 100 publications in journals, peer-reviewed proceedings and book chapters, as well as a pending patent in new environmentally-benign and inexpensive methods for formation of catalytic nanoparticles. In addition, he is a Leadership Fellow for the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) and has recently received the 2012 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Bonita London, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
AGEP-T FRAME (Frontiers of Research and Academic Models of Excellence), Co-Principal Investigator
Bonita London is an Associate Professor in the Social/Health Psychology Program at Stony Brook University. Bonita directs the Social Processes of Identity, Coping and Engagement Research Lab in the Psychology department. Her research examines the individual, social, and institutional processes that promote engagement and success among members of underrepresented groups. Dr. London was PI of two longitudinal research grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore the psychosocial factors that contribute to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) success among women, beginning during the transition to college and extending through the first three years of graduate school in STEM fields. Bonita’s work has also been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NSF, and the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF). She received the 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award in the Department of Psychology and the 2010 Women’s Studies Faculty Affiliate Teaching Award. Bonita is also the co-Faculty Advisor of the undergraduate Psychology Student Alliance (PSA) organization at Stony Brook.