TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, OUTREACH
THE FIVE YEAR GOAL
Stony Brook will continue to expand its role as a leader in regional industrial development, health care, education, and the arts, and in developing distance-learning and corporate-education programs. Collaboration with business organizations in the metropolitan area will provide opportunities to enhance campus programs and resources. Mechanisms will be developed to coordinate business outreach and provide the community with more “entry points” to campus activities. The University will also develop external fundraising and alumni involvement in University affairs.
Continue to expand Stony Brook’s role in regional economic development through successful programs, including the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) and the Small Business Development Center. (7.1, Vice President for Economic Development)
Stony Brook’s role in regional economic development has expanded with the addition of new programs and growth of existing ones. A third incubator opened in 2004, at the former Northrop Grumman test flight facility at Calverton on the East End; four tenant companies were housed in the first six months. In 2004-05 the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) opened two new off-site locations, at Calverton and the Brentwood campus of Suffolk Community College, and one of its counselors was named Business Advisor of the Year from among the State’s 23 SBDCs. New industry partners continue to join the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) despite the lack of growth in State funding for the program, and the partners’ satisfaction with SPIR assistance creates strong “repeat business.” In spring 2005, SPIR finished its tenth year with cumulative state funding of about $7.9 million, $93.9 million in federal funding, 1,563 projects completed with more than 220 companies, and 9,700 jobs created or retained. In 2004 Stony Brook joined The Long Island Partnership, the region’s action group of public and private economic development agencies.
Develop new ways to benefit from the growth of companies nurtured by University programs. (7.1, Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President for Research)
The process for reviewing tenant companies in campus incubation programs was revised in 2004-05 to track their participation in other campus economic development programs—such as SPIR, the Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs), student internships, and management and/or workforce training. Those connections demonstrate both the value of the economic development programs for nurturing new companies and the value of the incubator program for linking start-up ventures with campus resources. As an extension of this activity, the first annual Stony Brook student entrepreneurship competition was held in 2005, reaching out to tenants and friends of the incubator program to participate as judges and mentors. One of the winning student ventures, a provider of Web-based healthcare information system services, became a tenant of the Stony Brook Software Incubator in summer 2005 and began servicing its first client, the Stony Brook University Hospital Emergency Room.
Offer more education via the Internet, building on the experience of the School of Nursing. (7.3, Provost; Vice President, Health Sciences Center)
Distance-learning enrollments more than doubled between fall 1999 and fall 2004. In fall 2004 enrollment totaling 2,300 was split roughly equally between the School of Nursing (49 percent) and the School of Professional Development (47 percent), with the remainder (4 percent) in Technology and Society, primarily in the Graduate Certificate Program in Education Computing. Since fall 2000 students have been able to complete the entire Master of Arts in Liberal Studies online; in spring 2005 113 students were matriculated in this program.
Expand internship and service-learning opportunities for Stony Brook students both on and off campus, paying particular attention to involving alumni and a diverse group of students in these activities. Work with local industry to develop stipends and transportation services to support these programs. (7.4, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs)
Enrollment in credit-bearing internships totaled almost 700 in 2004-05, an increase of 63 percent from 1999-2000. Many other students obtain non-credit internships or complete clinical or supervised-teaching courses. To expand off-campus opportunities and increase student/alumni interaction, the Career Center has recruited more than 200 alumni to join the Career Contact and Advisory Network, an alumni database through which students can seek internships and career advice. Transportation to off-campus locations remains a problem.
Encourage student entrepreneurship. Arrange speakers from local businesses and organizations like the Patent Office to talk to students about business opportunities. Publicize the guidelines for operating a student-run business on campus, such as a barbershop, florist, or nail salon. (7.4, Vice President for Student Affairs)
The Faculty Student Association has developed guidelines for student businesses. They are publicized through the College of Business course on entrepreneurship (BUS353), which all students submitting proposals for campus businesses are required to take. One new business opened in the last three years: Beauty in Brains, a hair and nail salon in the Stony Brook Union. The FSA provided start-up financing. The Career Center sponsors corporate presentations to inform students of entrepreneurial opportunities, and its Web site highlights Small Business Development Corporation programs for entrepreneurs.
Involve alumni in setting up internship programs, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. (7.6, Vice President for Advancement, Vice President for Student Affairs)
The Career Center actively seeks out alumni to become involved with students and advocate within their organizations for Stony Brook as a prime source of talent for interns and job candidates. More than 200 have been recruited to join the Career Contact and Advisory Network, a database through which students can contact alumni to seek internships and career advice. Alumni also participate in the Career Center January Shadow program, which gives students opportunities to visit workplaces and make connections in their fields of interest. These contacts have led to the recruitment of Stony Brook students by companies including Citigroup, CNN, JP Morgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, Microsoft, and Walt Disney World.
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