Browsing: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Distinguished Teaching Professor Steven Skiena, from the Department of Computer Science in Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named Director of the newly formed Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation. “The advent of AI is ushering in a new era in the history of humanity. Its consequences can be so vast and far reaching that are hard to even imagine today,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Stony Brook is well positioned to lead both in advancing AI-centric research and economic development as well as in educating the engineering workforce for…

With nearly 20 years of experience as a technology executive and entrepreneur that started with a computer science degree from Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Eddie Shek ’90 sees all too well the increasingly vital role that artificial intelligence (AI) already plays in modern life. “I think AI is a much bigger part of our world than most people realize,” said Shek, the Chief Strategy Officer at TrackX, a leading enterprise asset management company. “People talk and think about self-driving cars, for example, but every time you go on YouTube, AI is already part of everybody’s…

Stony Brook University has been selected as one of eight prestigious institutions charged by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with accelerating solutions to health security threats. Through the federal program BARDA-DRIVe, the Center for Biotechnology will receive financial resources to support the incubation of businesses that can innovate in the detection and treatment of sepsis. Sepsis is among the most expensive conditions treated in US hospitals, as well as a leading cause of hospital readmission, according to HHS. “Stony Brook’s selection by the Department of Health & Human Services reflects our longstanding commitment to leadership and innovation in the fight against infectious…

When Daniel Cacace ’15 first came to visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory during Summer Sundays as a young boy, he already felt there was something special about the Lab that was just down the road from his family home in Shoreham. “I was always an inquisitive kid and liked figuring things out,” said Cacace, who also visited the Lab as a participant in the bridge and maglev contests. Fast forward to 2014 and Cacace, then studying mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Stony Brook, spent his summer working as an intern…

One of the world’s leading energy storage researchers, Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor Esther Sans Takeuchi has won the 2018 European Inventor Award in the category “Non-EPO countries.” The European Patent Office (EPO) announced the winners of its 2018 innovation prize at a ceremony in Paris on June 7. Out of four US scientists nominated for the award, she is the only American to bring home Europe’s most prestigious prize of innovation. Takeuchi is the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering…

If you want to understand how a material changes from one atomic-level configuration to another, it’s not enough to capture snapshots of before-and-after structures. It’d be better to track details of the transition as it happens. Same goes for studying catalysts, materials that speed up chemical reactions by bringing key ingredients together; the crucial action is often triggered by subtle atomic-scale shifts at intermediate stages. “To understand the structure of these transitional states, we need tools to both measure and identify what happens during the transition,” said Anatoly Frenkel, a physicist with a joint appointment at Stony Brook University and…

Esther Sans Takeuchi is a finalist for the European Inventor Award, the winners of which will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on June 7. But she is also eligible to win in another category — the European Inventor Award Popular Prize — open to all 15 finalists that is based on voting. Members of the public can cast their vote for Professor Takeuchi now through June 3. Vote now online Takeuchi is the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University, Chief Scientist of the…

As the daughter of a civil engineer and medical doctor, Amna Haider ’18 was exposed to a barrage of ideas and information early on and learned to ask big questions. She wanted to know how things worked. She wondered why it was dangerous for some objects to come into contact with an electric current but not others. So she built a simple light bulb circuit, tested different materials and recorded her findings. It was that curiosity that helped her win first place in a science fair when she was in third grade. Years later, as a biomedical engineering major at…

Eight faculty from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences  have received 10 prestigious Early Career Awards, gaining nearly $6 million in funding, during the 2017-2018 academic year. The awards include six National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards, in addition to individual awards from the U.S Army Research Office (ARO), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Department of Energy (DOE), and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). “It is encouraging to see leading national research funding agencies supporting many of Stony Brook’s young faculty with early career awards this academic year,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook…

Alexa Rockwell wanted to learn how to code in high school, but her district didn’t offer any computer science courses. She wanted to compete in the Long Island High School Robotics competition, but her school didn’t have a robotics team. So, by the time she was a senior in high school, she successfully petitioned her school district to add coding classes to the curriculum and founded New Rochelle High School’s first Robotics team. “I just saw it as another opportunity for me to take initiative and get into something,” said Rockwell, now a senior Computer Science major at Stony Brook…

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