Dean's Letter

“The Watson School opens
students’ eyes to possibilities,
fostering an environment of
creative thinking, teamwork
and ingenuity . . .”

In the past 25 years, the Watson School has benefited from and contributed to Binghamton University’s national reputation by attracting brilliant students and first-rate scholars who are committed to developing those students into notable engineers and scientists. Since coming to Binghamton in 1988, I have witnessed first-hand the passion and creativity of our faculty, students and alumni. And as dean, I am honored to celebrate the achievements of the Watson School.

We continue to put students at the heart of our focus; they are why we are here. The Watson School opens students’ eyes to possibilities, fostering an environment of creative thinking, teamwork and ingenuity in classrooms and laboratories while remaining rooted in the skills our graduates need. When coupled with our strong engineering, systems science and computer science foundation — as well as our amazing faculty — this student-centered education ensures that our graduates are poised to be leaders in their fields.

Talented teachers and ambitious researchers guide our students and it’s because of their hard work that research dollars have nearly doubled in the past 10 years, to more than $13.5 million as of Jan. 1. Most notably, nearly 85 percent of our tenure or tenure-track faculty are garnering these awards.

Our organized research facilities — including the Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP) and the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (you can read more about the CAMM on page 5) — enable our faculty, students and industry partners to stay at the forefront of their industries.

With an increasing enrollment and an ever-changing engineering and computer science environment,
the Watson School is well into construction on the new $66 million Engineering and Science Building slated for completion in August 2011. Designed to LEED (Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design) standards, the building will create much-needed research and laboratory space, as well as provide us the opportunity to re-imagine how we utilize our current Engineering Building (see page 24 for an update on the building’s construction).

In addition, we continue to look for new and ingenious ways to work and learn. One example: We’re taking advantage of distance-learning opportunities. This includes our graduate program, EngiNet, as well as courses such as Electrical Circuits that are offered — both lectures and labs — entirely online.
You’ll notice that we have expanded the format of the Watson Review and shifted to an annual full-color publication to share more about our achievements. This publication and our newly updated Watson School website (watson.binghamton.edu) provide a snapshot of what is happening through the innovative spirit of the faculty, staff and students of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari
Dean, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

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