Benjamin S. Hsiao

William ArensVice President for Research
Dr. Hsiao joined Stony Brook in 1997 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was appointed as a full Professor in 2002 and in 2007, he became Chair of the Chemistry Department. He was named Vice President for Research in April, 2012.

Under his leadership, Chemistry at Stony Brook has been identified as one of the top departments in the nation, and designated a National Landmark for the invention of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by the American Chemical Society.

In 2011, Dr. Hsiao was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the fields of polymer sciences, water purification, chemical research and education. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2002), a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2011), and a recipient of the Chang-Jiang Professorship from the Education Ministry of China (2008).

He has published more than 365 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 37 reviews and chapters in books and encyclopedias, 220 conference proceedings, 14 issued and 18 pending patents and has edited two books. He has given more than 230 invited lectures in universities, governmental and industrial research institutes and more than 445 presentations in national and international scientific meetings.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Dr. Hsiao received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1980. Two years later, he came to the United States for graduate studies, receiving his PhD degree in Materials Science at the University of Connecticut and his post-doctorate training in Chemistry and Polymer Science & Engineering at the University of Massachusetts. He later joined the E.I. DuPont Company as a staff scientist in the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, and spent eight years in research and development before joining Stony Brook.