The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recognized Binghamton University’s Engineering and Science Building as a High Performance Building in April. The building is rated to perform at 44 percent above the state’s energy code, saving as much as $400,000 annually in energy expenditures.
“Our Engineering and Science Building is a shining example of how seriously Binghamton University takes its commitment to sustainability,” said President Harvey G. Stenger. “We’re especially proud of this remarkable building, but what is even more impressive is the research we do here, and the way the building helps us in the process of discovery. It features state-of-the-art, flexible research laboratory space and is a teaching facility where students gain hands-on experience in their fields as they learn about the value of sustainability in a really cool building.”
James Pitarresi, distinguished teaching professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed assistant provost and executive director of Binghamton University’s Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT). The revitalized and enhanced center emerged from the Road Map process to focus on student learning and provide faculty support for instruction. Learn more here.
In 1929, Edwin A. Link received his first patent for a pilot trainer in Binghamton. What Link started as a simple and ingenious way to train pilots has evolved into an integral part of the engineering design process. Today, simulation saves lives, time, money and the environment. It also provides a means to prepare for tasks that cannot be trained for on a real system.
For 30 years, Binghamton University has proudly hosted the Flight and Ground Vehicle Simulation courses. Registration for the January 2014 courses begins in October.
Renovations on the third floor of the Engineering Building at the center of campus are slated to be complete in September 2013. Work on the ground, first and second floors has already finished. The renovations throughout the building will provide new office, lab, classroom and conference space. “We are excited to be in our new location where our graduate coordinator can join undergraduate advisors to better serve Watson School students at all levels," said Lorna Wells, director of Watson School advising. "This carefully planned space will maximize efficiency while providing a convenient location for all we serve: current and prospective students, faculty, plus other campus offices.”
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research/teaching focus: bioelectronics and microsystems, biomedical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, manufacturing technology, bioMEMS/MEMS/NEMS, microfluidics, biosensors, biofuel cells
Assistant Professor, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
Research interests: mathematical optimization modeling and computation, data mining/machine learning, medical applications, computational biology, engineering systems management
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Research interests: nanotechnology, biomaterials, drug delivery, molecular imaging, atherosclerosis
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Research interests: multiscale mechanics of tissues, microstructures for encapsulation, drug delivery
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Research areas: computer architecture, graphics hardware
Quang Su ’98, PhD ’05
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research/teaching focus: vibration and acoustic measurements, MEMS characterization, biomechanics.
In April 2013, 33 students joined the inaugural cohort of the executive master’s in health systems Manhattan program. President Stenger, Provost Nieman and Dean Srihari were on hand to welcome the students to campus.
“Health systems is a growing field, with new innovations and processes coming up every day, and I want to be a part of it,” says Steve Caiola ’13, who will continue his Watson School education in the program.
The program brings the disciplines of industrial and systems engineering and systems science to bear in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare systems. The research methodology looks at the current flow of patients and work, identifies bottlenecks and then proposes solutions and recommendations using a variety of tools, such as modeling and simulation, statistical analysis, lean six sigma, operations research, human factors engineering and data mining.
“The goal,” says Professor Mohammad Khasawneh, “is to make healthcare more efficient, more effective, with higher quality and fewer errors — and, in the process, save lives.”
Ziegler to become SUNY co-op curriculum coordinator
William Ziegler ’76, associate professor of computer science, has accepted an offer to work with the chancellor’s office as the SUNY co-op curriculum coordinator for all 64 SUNY campuses. The appointment is part of a SUNY Works and SUNY 2020 initiative. One goal is to increase the number of SUNY students employed part-time in their fields of study prior to graduation. Ziegler will continue in his role as director of the Binghamton University Scholars Program.
Professor Bruce Murray has accepted the chair’s position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective June 1. “We are delighted that Dr. Murray accepted the role,” says Dean Srihari. “I know under his thoughtful leadership the department will continue its legacy of and commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and innovative research. Along with a team of top-notch faculty and staff, the department has a very exciting future under Murray’s leadership.”
Doctoral candidate wins three contests
Siva P. Adusumilli ’10, an electrical and computer engineering doctoral student, won three poster contests during the 2011-12 academic year; one at the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center Electronics Packaging Symposium for a presentation titled “Synthesis of Zn3P2 Film Using Low Temperature Chemical Reflux Method”; a second at the Binghamton University Energy Innovation Day for “Synthesis of Pyrite through Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition”; and the third at the New York State American Physical Society New Energy Materials Symposium, for “Development of Earth Abundant and Zinc Phosphide Based Thin Film Solar Cells.”
Nikulin and Skormin win best paper award
Two faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Professor Vladimir Nikulin, MS ’97, PhD ’02, and Distinguished Service Professor Victor Skormin, won a best paper award at the International Conference on Engineering Education in Finland in 2012 for “Worldwide-Accessible 1.25 GBPS Advanced Laser Communication Laboratory,” a paper created as part of their NSF-sponsored project.
Toney and Miller named Parris Fellows
Undergraduate electrical engineering student Christopher Toney from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and industrial and systems engineering senior Christina Miller have been named the 2013 Parris Foundation STEM Summer Research Fellows. Parris Foundation Founder and President Tonya O. Parris ’92 is “e Minds and Magnifying Dreams in the Watson School.”
Markovich receives honorary degree
Voya Markovich was awarded an honorary degree during Binghamton University’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 17.
A leading expert in advanced electronic packaging, Markovich is known as one of the industry’s experts in laminate product materials and processes, and first- and second-level electronic packaging. He retired from Endicott Interconnect Technologies (EI) in 2012.
Markovich was instrumental in the establishment of Binghamton University’s Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) and has served on and chaired the CAMM’s board. He also chaired the Industrial Advisory Board for the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center and serves on the Watson Advisory Board. He is current president of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society.