If I were asked to take stock of the achievements Binghamton University has enjoyed during the past academic year, I would first note that the list is long and there is much to celebrate.
We broke ground on our Smart Energy Research and Development Facility at the Innovative Technologies Complex and the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton. We grew to nearly 17,000 students and added dozens of new faculty. We gained SUNY approval to move forward with our new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and we acquired a site on which to build it in Johnson City.
That’s a lot. But there is still much to come as we get bigger and better. Guided by our Road Map to Premier, we’ll welcome our best freshman class in our history this fall, as well as more than 60 new faculty hired across all of our schools. A majority of these new teachers, researchers and mentors were hired as affiliates with our Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence to help us advance our research and scholarship in areas of strength — health sciences, smart energy and sustainable communities, among them.
Student research is also burgeoning on campus, with the success of our Freshman Research Immersion and other programs that engage undergraduates in research and scholarly activities. The Freshman Research Immersion began last fall with nearly 100 freshmen working with faculty in biofilms, neuroscience and smart energy. This fall, we’re adding more students and two more research streams: biomedical chemistry, and image and acoustic signals analysis.
So as the Smart Energy building continues to take shape at the ITC, we’ll soon begin changing the skyline in our surrounding communities as well, when steel starts going up for the incubator in downtown Binghamton and the pharmacy building breaks ground in Johnson City.
We’re continuing to grow — and continuing to get better!
Harvey G. Stenger