Fall 2016

Watson Review

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From the Dean - Diversity is our greatest strength

In the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, we are lucky to have so many people connected by the common bonds of education and research.

Emeritus professor gives $50K to Watson School

Now a professor emeritus in the Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department (SSIE), Howard Pattee has continued to push new ideas to the next level with a gift of $50,000 to the Watson School. The money will help purchase new equipment to teach the next generation of engineers.

The experience is…well…Magical

It really isn’t like anything else in the world. And it was made at Binghamton University. A new future in book presentation and preservation has been developed by Juan Denzer ’04, a Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science graduate, University library staff and a team that includes current and former Watson students.

Room 4 all

Sometimes the toughest part of going to college is finding a spot to fit in. With the security of friends and family absent for many incoming freshmen, extracurricular clubs help the like-minded meet at Binghamton University. The Watson School has about 20 different clubs directly affiliated with the college, and many of them foster the abilities of minority student populations including the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Society of Women Engineers.

Dancing engineer

She is an engineer with Broadway aspirations. Artistically, Katie Leenig belted out a powerful interpretation of Wendla in Binghamton University’s fall 2015 musical Spring Awakening. Academically, her systems science and industrial engineering senior project in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science on the efficiency of campus libraries took center stage.

Is BB-8 possible?

One of the focuses of Binghamton University Assistant Professor Christopher Greene’s research is Cobotics — robots that collaborate with humans. So, thanks to a certain recent film, the first question is pretty obvious: Is it possible to build a real BB-8 or R2-D2?

Hack BU

Over 250 students from 18 different colleges and universities across New York and New Jersey — mostly Binghamton computer science and engineering majors — competed in the third annual HackBU hackathon on Valentine’s Day weekend.

Like sister, like brother

It can be tough to follow in an older sibling’s footsteps. Shane Tracy is following his older sister’s tread marks.

Designing the next generation of transportation

From walking to wheels, getting from A to B has always been a challenge. Two teams of student-engineers from the Watson School were among 124 teams representing 27 states and 20 countries that participated in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend at Texas A&M University in late January with new ideas about getting people around as quickly and safely as possible.

Leading the “Greatest Places to Work in Technology”

A Binghamton University alumnus is leading one of the best places to work in America. It isn’t hyperbole either, GreatPlacestoWork.com and Fortune magazine say so.

Chiarot receives prestigious NSF CAREER grant

With the help of a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Binghamton University Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Paul Chiarot is trying to figure out a 3-D printing process, but at a level that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

Working together for our students’ benefit

"For us, being affiliated with the Watson School is not just a job, it is a vocation, and we remain dedicated to providing what is best for our students."

Zhanpeng Jin places an electroencephalogram headset, which measures electrical signals within the brain, on doctoral student Borui Li.

Smart, Connected Health

Smart phones and wearable sensors are key to efficient, effective healthcare

Cooling the cloud

Watson PhD student Husam Alissa is exploring new possibilities for cooling data centers with an eye on increasing their efficiency.

Mining for organs

SSIE researchers Assistant Professor Sang Won Yoon and PhD student Benjamin Schleich are using data analysis to help boost organ donor numbers.

Colleagues and car guys

Three Watson alumni are improving vehicle safety at Ford. Learn how Binghamton's engineering programs prepared them for the challenge!

Tailored treatments

Watson biomedical engineering researchers Kaiming Ye and Sha Jin are working to make personalized medicine a reality for diabetics.

Tiny particles, big impact?

In a TAE-funded project, Watson's Gretchen Mahler and Harpur's Anthony Fiumera are investigating how ingesting nanoparticles may influence health.

Printing nanomaterials

Timothy Singler, professor of mechanical engineering, is exploring greener electronics-manufacturing techniques through inkjet printing of functional materials.

Trash to treasure

Members of Watson's Society of Women Engineers are turning leftover parts into sculpture.

Paying it forward

Peck scholarship funds undergraduate student attendance at annual health systems conference.

Watson’s Executive Master of Science in Health Systems in Manhattan program continues to attract a greater percentage of female students than the national average for STEM disciplines. This is the fall 2014 class.

Women stand out in health systems program

Watson’s Executive Master of Science in Health Systems in Manhattan

Watson Dean Krishnaswami Srihari was awarded a 2014 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award.

Dean leads international programs

Dean of the Watson School has been named executive vice provost for international initiatives and chief global affairs officer

From left: Wen Cao, Debiao Li, Xiaoming Chen and Mikhail Coloma visited their alma maters to talk about their work and the Watson School.

Grad students make great ambassadors

Watson School launched the Graduate Research Ambassador Award Program

From the Dean: Exceeding expectations since our founding

"We will carry on the great legacy set forth by our founders"

Celebrating 30 years

“Watson establishes legacy of excellence and innovation”

Watson program director Eileen Head with daughter, Hadassah Head, a Watson graduate. Eileen's son, Michael, also earned his degree at Watson; her husband, Tom, is professor emeritus in the Mathematical Sciences Department.

Family affair

Children of Watson faculty learn they don’t have to go far for a great education

Old friend moves new business to campus

Innovation’s new division targets pharmacy automation market

Taking advantage of Big Data

Binghamton researchers crunch Big Data to help predict floods, improve transportation systems and save energy

The physics of cleansing

Watson bioengineer explores what’s really in that facial cleanser

Improving artificial joints

Researcher engineers greater performance of upper-limb prostheses

Research lab meets movie studio

Inside the Seymour Kunis Media Core

Robyn Burg Decker, left, and Dawn Sutherlin in front of Trevi Fountain in Rome, became friends as students and peer advisors at the Watson School.

Engineers build careers and friendship

Work takes alumnae around the world, but Watson is where it all began

From left, Matt Reiss, Katie Schwiker, Lisa Benison and Calvin Davis perform dozens of tests in the Biomedical Nanotechnology and Molecular Imaging/Biological Soft Matter Mechanics laboratories as part of their senior design capstone project.

Designing the future of surgical gloves

Seniors create puncture-resistant device for use in abdominal surgery

Top, Binghamton students work with other volunteers to construct outhouses for residents on the Native American reservation.<br />
Bottom, from left are Laura Wysocki, Kaitlin Voellinger, Emily Schumacher, Gabriella Shull, Kendall Pipitone (in red) and Professor George Catalano, who spent spring break volunteering in South Dakota.

Spring break service adventure challenges undergraduates

Trip exposes students to life on a Native American reservation