Browsing: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

While doing an internship with the Glen Cove School District last summer, Stony Brook University senior Nick Aversano created a cutting-edge virtual sandbox for students in the district. With his knowledge of software programming and electronics, Aversano was able to use software from the University of California, Davis, and develop it into a working virtual sandbox. Eighth graders in the district used the sandbox for a three-dimensional science lesson on contour mapping. The sandbox uses a standard projector and an Xbox Kinect to project colorful images onto the sand, which the students can then manipulate. They can identify contour lines,…

International energy delivery company National Grid has awarded a sustainable grant to the Next Generation Engineering Programs at Stony Brook University, which promote engineering among diverse and high-needs populations and meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards. These programs offer after-school, hands-on engineering activities for high school students as well as professional development for in-service teachers on engineering learning and workshops on STEM for school counselors. The program focuses on high-needs schools and underrepresented groups, and is led by Mónica Bugallo, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Angela Kelly, an associate professor…

Shan Lin, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, one of the most prestigious honors given to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research education. Lin will receive $450k during the next five years for his research — Safe and Secure Network Control for Smart and Connected Hospitals — which seeks to improve safety and security of networks in a hospital setting. According to Lin, hospitals will benefit from the ability to collect critical data…

Anshul Gandhi, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded a Computer Systems Research (CSR) award by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will receive nearly $400,000 during the next three years for his research project, “Scalable, Heterogeneity-Aware Load Balancing.” The funding will allow Gandhi and his team of students to conduct research on cloud load balancers and their performance. “I would say the ultimate goal is to improve the design of load balancers and schedulers in today’s inherently heterogeneous cloud computing platforms,” said Gandhi, who is also an affiliate…

Often referred to as the “Oscars of Invention,” the R&D 100 Awards honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine. Erik Muller, Principal Investigator in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University, leads a collaborative project, “Ultra-compact Diamond X-Ray Monitors,” that has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards. In addition to Muller and his team, the project also includes scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Case Western Reserve University who have developed x-ray detectors based on synthetic diamond that…

The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) has been awarded a five-year $3M National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to support graduate students from the departments of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, and the schools of Journalism and Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. This unique and interdisciplinary grant is for Science Training & Research to Inform DEcisions (STRIDE). The award will prepare the next generation of scientists working with big data to support complex decision-making. STRIDE is an innovative training program that will provide STEM graduate students with unique interdisciplinary skills to assist, create…

There’s a lot of talk about empathy — but what does it mean to empathize with someone? In common usage, “empathy” means “sympathy” — feeling sadness or sorry for someone. That’s usually what it means in social science research, too. But it shouldn’t. Empathy is a sharing of someone else’s feelings and those can just as well be feelings of pleasure, joy and success. That’s called “empathic joy,” but it’s rarely recognized, let alone researched, in the social sciences. Professor Todd L. Pittinsky of Stony Brook’s Department of Technology & Society and his colleague, R. Matthew Montoya, of the University…

Research Associate Professor Anurag Purwar (PI) and Professor Jeffrey Ge (co-PI) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook received a prestigious three-year award from the National Science Foundation for their research, “A Computational Framework for Data-Driven Mechanism Design Innovation.” Purwar is director of the Computer-Aided Design Innovation Lab at Stony Brook and Ge is interim chair of the Department and directs the Computational Design Kinematics Lab. The research will bring together the diverse fields of reverse engineering, computational shape analysis and design kinematics to develop a data-driven paradigm for kinematic synthesis of mechanical motion generation devices. The goal…

The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University has developed a potential replacement for Long Island cesspools that can remove high amounts of nitrogen — the primary cause of local water quality degradation — from household wastewater. The system incorporates simple design with locally sourced, natural materials to position it as an economically viable alternative for high-performance onsite wastewater treatment, a crucial infrastructure need for restoring Long Island water quality. Pilot installations of the system are underway at a test center and are scheduled to begin locally by early fall as part of the Suffolk County Department…

A Stony Brook-led interdisciplinary computer modeling project that could lead to a better understanding of cardiovascular disease has received major funding from The National Institutes of Health. A team of scientists led by Danny Bluestein, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, will conduct multi-scale simulations of cardiovascular processes. Work on the project will be carried out concurrently by Yuefan Deng, from Stony Brook’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and Marvin Slepian from the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona. The project exemplifies the collaborative research being fostered by Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The…

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