In Memoriam, Robert (Bob) Segnini
With deep sorrow, we announce that Bob Segnini, who served the department exceptionally
as the Director of Laboratories for many years, passed away last Tuesday, January
Robert's life was a testament to hard work and perseverance. His career in robotics
was distinguished by groundbreaking achievements, including the development of the
first robotic vision sensors used in the Trident nuclear submarine for the US Navy.
His innovative spirit led to numerous patents and a position on the Board of Directors.
Later in his career, he served as the Laboratory Director of Physics and Astronomy
at Stony Brook University, where his leadership and expertise continues to positively
impact those he worked with.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Robert was known for his resilience and kind
hearted traits, that endeared him to all those who knew him. His toughness was matched
by his compassion, making him a respected and beloved figure in both his personal
and professional circles.
Bob was a consummate professional with a kind heart and dedication to serve the department.
He was willing to do anything to help faculty research, helping many with various
aspect of experiment design. He cared about everything he did, was respected by the
people who worked with him and was loved by all. We will miss him greatly.
Stony Brook Physics Students Win National Recognition for Second Consecutive Year
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association designed for students
and membership is open to anyone interested in physics and related fields. SPS operates
within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional
physical science societies.
This is a great and well deserved recognition, given to less than 15% of SPS chapters
each year, and Stony Brook's chapter has received it for two years in a row!
Congratulations once again to the SPS members! We are very proud of everything they
continue to accomplish!
To learn more about our university's SPS chapter, visit their link here.
In Memoriam, Thomas Kuo
Kuo arrived at Stony Brook in 1968 and retired in 2013, but remained active in conducting
research until last year. He will be missed by many of his colleagues and students
here at Stony Brook, and in many parts of the world. Kuo's work was primarily in nuclear
structure, the intricate aspects of nuclear matter, few nucleon systems, and lately
on strongly coupled Fermi systems at the unitarity point. His work on the so-called
Kuo-Brown interaction has impacted the work of a generation of nuclear physicists.
His graduate students went on to leading positions, most notably director of Los Alamos
National Laboratory and faculty positions around the world.
He was a beloved teacher, with a number of teaching awards from Stony Brook University
and he was a co-editor for World Scientific. Originally from Taiwan, Kuo graduated
from University of Pittsburgh in 1964, and carried his first postdoctoral fellowship
at Princeton University, before joining Stony Brook. He is survived by his wife Anette,
son Philip of Setauket and daughter Elaine of Ithaca.
A memorial is scheduled at 10AM on Saturday September 16, 2023 at the Moloney Funeral
Home, 132 Ronkonkoma Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.