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Dean Sotiropoulos Delivers 2017 State of the College Address

Recognized successes, honors and awards while setting an ambitious agenda for 2017-2018

On Sept. 22, 2017, Dean Fotis Sotiropoulos delivered his second State of the College address since joining Stony Brook University in 2015.  Attended by faculty, staff, students and members of the newly formed Dean’s Council, the energetic presentation recognized successes, honors and awards by faculty and students in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Dean Sotiropoulos shared the impressive growth in both numbers and quality of undergraduate and graduate students.  The quality of the CEAS freshmen class reached historic highs this year with with average SAT score in excess of 1400 and average high school GPA of 95 percent.  He also highlighted the new faculty-driven vision in the WISE Honors program and 50 percent growth in the cohort size of highly qualified women students joining WISE over the last two years.  CEAS research expenditures are also on the rise, up 20 percent since 2015, and a major priority with five cross-cutting research initiatives and seed funding programs.  An exciting study abroad program, the global engineering field school at Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, was also launched last summer.  Looking ahead, Sotiropoulos laid out the vision for two major new initiatives underway, the Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine and the Institute for AI-driven Discovery and Innovation.  

The address also included an awards ceremony for the Dean’s Millionaire’s Club, recognizing faculty who secured, as the lead PI, more than $1M in externally sponsored grants. Collectively, the group raised in excess of $21 million in new research funding the last year.  This year’s honorees are:

  • Hassan Arbab, Biomedical Engineering
  • Gabor Balazsi, Biomedical Engineering
  • Eugene Feinberg, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • David Ferguson, Technology and Society
  • Robert Harrison, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Shu Jia, Biomedical Engineering
  • Pei Fen Kuan, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Lilianne Mujica-Parodi, Biomedical Engineering
  • R. Sekar, Computer Science
  • Hal Walker, Civil Engineering
  • Fan Ye, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dean Sotiropoulos said, “The state of CEAS is strong, but our best days are yet to come!”

View the video to see the entire presentation, and for more details on the exciting new initiatives in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.