Browsing: Alumni Spotlight

As the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, Carolyn Porco ’74,  leader of the Cassini imaging science team, eulogized the historic mission on her blog: The end is now upon us. Within hours of the posting of this entry, Cassini will have burned up in the atmosphere of Saturn … a kiloton explosion, spread out against the sky in a pyrrhic display of light and fire, a dazzling flash to signal the dying essence of a lone emissary from another world. As if the myths of old had foretold the future, the great patriarch will consume his child. At that point,…

Stony Brook alum Jameel Warney ’16 led the US team to a gold medal in the AmeriCup Games on September 3, 2017, notching 21 points and seven rebounds to rally his squad past host Argentina. He potted two big free throws late to seal an 81-76 victory. Warney, who most recently played for the G-League Texas Legends, can expect renewed interest from NBA recruiters after the stellar performance. On March 12, 2016, he led the Seawolves to their first NCAA Tournament appearance by scoring 43 points in the America East Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament finals against Vermont. In a subsequent first round NCAA loss to the…

For Tanzina Vega ’96, now a nationally prominent reporter for CNNMoney, Stony Brook University provided much more than a top-notch education at a premium value: it was a window to opportunity. Armed with a Stony Brook degree, Tanzina blazed a fearless trail that took her from an impoverished section of the Lower East Side to a highly visible journalism career at The New York Times and CNNMoney, where she now covers the red-hot issue of race and inequality in America. “One of the best things about Stony Brook was the diversity of the student body,” Tanzina said. “Whether it was in class,…

Alec Simone ‘17 is bringing an original line of up-and-coming streetwear to the campus stores. Alec, a former business major at Stony Brook, established Critic Clothing in January of 2013, though the idea for the brand had its roots in Alec’s childhood. “I’ve been skateboarding since I was six years old, so I’ve been immersed in a lot of skateboarding culture – that is, graphic art, videography, photography.” He credits the influence of his mother in the creation of his clothing line as well. “With my mom being an artist, I get a lot of inspiration from her. I saw…

For Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Alum Douglas Monticciolo ’84 ’85, Stony Brook was his bridge to everywhere. “Although the infamous Bridge to Nowhere is gone,” he reminisced in his speech at the spring’s commencement, “the truth is, Stony Brook was the bridge to everywhere for me.” Monticciolo’s deep-rooted partnership with the University began as an undergraduate Computer Science major in 1981. Recognizing the changing state of the industry, he asked Stony Brook to support him in pursuing an unconventional course of study, including subjects ranging from Applied Math to Metaphysics and Philosophy. “They let me break the rules,” he…

Stony Brook alumna Ruchi Shah ’16 has been named to Gov. Cuomo’s New York State Council on Women and Girls.  The Council provides a coordinated State response to issues that particularly impact the lives of women and girls, focusing on nine areas of impact:  Education, Economic Opportunity, Workforce Equity, Leadership, Health Care, Child Care, Safety, STEM, and Intersectionality. “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York, we recognize the leadership role New York must play, and encourage other states to follow New York’s lead and recognize the responsibility they have to protect the rights of all American…

Alum Bryan Perozzi ’16, now a research scientist at Google, won the Association of Computing Machinery SIGKDD, KDD 2017 Doctoral Dissertation award for his work at Stony Brook University. The annual award acknowledges excellent doctoral research in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery. Perozzi thesis, Local Modeling of Attributed Graphs: Algorithms and Applications, was recognized as the best dissertation of the year in the data science community. His work involves graph embeddings — ways of representing the knowledge encoded in the structure of networks to make them accessible for machine learning models. Focused on developing scalable algorithms and models for…

It seems fitting that Henry Towery ’17 — who grew up in Corning, New York, and was raised by a father who worked with fiber optics — would opt to specialize in the medical imaging portion of biomedical engineering. “Stony Brook had a well-established biomedical engineering program that surpassed all of the other programs,” said Henry. “It also features a hospital, which I viewed as a great resource for research facilities.” And make use of that resource he did, in every way he could. For example, Henry assisted with Harvard’s ICON Reload study in its Stony Brook Hospital location. The study sought to develop a…

Enrolling at Stony Brook University as a shy student from upstate New York, Janki Patel ’17 could have never envisioned the leader she would become. “Coming from a small high school, I didn’t have the academic opportunities that many of my friends had and I already felt I was at a disadvantage as a freshman,” she said. But as a member of the University Scholars program, which encourages stewardship and leadership in addition to academic dedication, Janki made a smooth adjustment to campus life and her confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Without prior research experience, Janki joined International Genetically…

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