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STONY BROOK, NY, January 16, 2015 – Stony Brook University Provost Dennis N. Assanis announced that Yacov A. Shamash will step down as
Yacov A. Shamash 
Dean of the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) upon the appointment of his successor. Shamash will continue to serve as Stony Brook University’s Vice President for Economic Development. In parallel, he has been asked to work with SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher as a Special Advisor to the Chancellor for STEM Education and Research. He will also play a key role in the promotion of SUNY's SPIR programs‎.

In making the announcement, Provost Assanis said that Stony Brook has been fortunate to have such an accomplished higher education leader serve as the Dean of CEAS for more than two decades.

“Yacov Shamash has had a transformational impact on the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences during his 22 years at the helm,” said Provost Assanis. “We gratefully thank him for his valuable and long-lasting contributions to significantly growing both the numbers and quality of CEAS faculty, academic programs, student enrollment and facilities. We wish him the very best for his continuing and new roles.”

“We are thrilled that Yacov is willing to share his skills and expertise at the System Level,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Particularly at a time when our collective focus on meeting state needs in STEM fields is at an all-time high.”

“Yacov is a valued colleague and leaves a lasting and important legacy at Stony Brook through his leadership in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “I look forward to working with him to continue to build our Economic Development initiatives including Start-Up NY and all of the excellent programs currently in place, much due to his vision and insight.”

Under Shamash’s leadership as Dean since 1992, CEAS undergraduate enrollment more than doubled from 1065 to 2655; SAT scores increased from 1140 to 1325; and graduate enrollment significantly increased from 598 to 1512. He fostered programs to diversify CEAS student enrollment and increase access for underrepresented students, including establishment of the Women in Science and Engineering program. During his tenure, CEAS faculty increased by 45 percent from 112 to 162, which includes the recruitment of prominent faculty whose distinctions include 30 NSF CAREER and Presidential Young Investigator Awards, the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology, membership in the National Academy of Engineering, and 12 SUNY Distinguished Professorships.  

Shamash significantly increased CEAS academic breadth through the establishment of three new PhD programs in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Technology, Policy and Innovation; five new master’s programs in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Information Systems, and Optoelectromechanical Systems; and six new bachelor’s degree programs in Technological Systems Management, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical and Molecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Electrical Engineering Online. In parallel, he launched the MBA program when he served as Dean of the Harriman School of Management and Policy between 1995 and 2003. Shamash was instrumental in the establishment of SUNY Korea, which currently delivers CEAS’ academic programs in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Technology Systems Management.

Shamash spearheaded the efforts that grew annual research expenditures within CEAS from $5 million to $30 million. During his tenure, CEAS won two NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers awards and a DOE Energy Frontiers Center award, as well as earned the designation of Stony Brook’s second NYS Center for Advanced Technology and three NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Centers. In 1995, Shamash led SUNY’s colleges of engineering to create the statewide Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program for $2 million per year. Stony Brook’s cumulative results include more than 2,000 projects completed with more than 400 companies, helping company partners win more than $95 million in competitive federal awards.

Shamash engaged in numerous successful funding efforts on behalf of CEAS. He obtained a $3 million grant from CA, Inc. and New York State to help double the number of undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer Engineering; secured a $1 million New York State grant to help establish the Civil Engineering program, tripled the number of undergraduate scholarships, and substantially increased overall giving to the College, including the establishment of its first endowed chair.

He played a pivotal role in securing construction grants and funding for new CEAS facilities at Stony Brook University, including $25 million for the Heavy Engineering Building expansion, $20 million for the Biomedical Engineering Building, and $41 million for the Computer Science Building. He also secured another $163 million from the economic development efforts he has been leading, including $50 million for the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, $45 million for the Center of Excellence in Advanced Energy Research and Technology, $6 million for the Calverton Incubator, and $62 million for the Innovation and Discovery Facility scheduled to be built in the Research and Development Park.

"I have been blessed to work with outstanding faculty and staff in the CEAS and am very proud of the great accomplishments our staff and faculty have made.  The College is performing at its highest levels since its establishment in terms of its educational offerings, quality of the students and externally funded research.  It has been an honor and a privilege to have served the College as Dean and I look forward to continuing my service to the University as Vice President for Economic Development."


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