To the Campus Community,
I am very pleased to announce that following a nationwide search initiated last September, Benjamin S. Hsiao, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University has been appointed as our new Vice President for Research and Chief Research Officer.
The Vice President for Research is responsible for the campus-wide advancement of Stony Brook's research mission through strategic planning. In this role, Ben will oversee the Research Foundation, supervise all Stony Brook University research administration activities and functions, and is the primary advocate for the University's research enterprise on a state, national and international level. He will serve as one of my chief advisors and assist Provost Assanis and I with activities related to Brookhaven Science Associate's management of Brookhaven National Laboratory and work to increase joint research endeavors between the University and the Laboratory.
The Vice President for Research at Stony Brook fosters, encourages, and facilitates excellence in scholarship, research and creative activities, as well as teaching, training and public service as they relate to these purposes. Ben will be a staunch advocate for investment in research infrastructure, and under his leadership, the Research Office will strive to advance translational research for successful technology transfer and economic development, explore opportunities for funding in the humanities including interdisciplinary and collaborative possibilities, and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to the responsible conduct of research.
Ben will also work closely with the Vice President for Economic Development and be instrumental in the Accelerate Long Island initiative between the region's top research institutions, the Long Island Association and the Town of Brookhaven, to create a research corridor or "innovation alley" that promotes innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship in fostering growth of a high-tech economy to create new jobs and businesses on Long Island.
Ben has been with Stony Brook for 15 years. He joined us 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. 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, Ben 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, Ben 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.
I would like to thank the Search Committee, Chaired by Bob Haltiwanger, for its outstanding work in recruiting Ben Hsiao from a very strong pool of candidates. Ben is a distinguished educator, scholar and administrator, as he has demonstrated in his role as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry. He will be instrumental in helping Stony Brook fully leverage its vital partnerships with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and I look forward to working with him as Stony Brook's research trajectory continues to rise.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD