Sammakia named to interim research post at Binghamton University
Bahgat Sammakia, professor of mechanical engineering and director of Binghamton University’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC), has been named interim vice president for research effective August 1.
Sammakia, who will continue to devote a portion of his time to the IEEC, will serve while the University conducts a national search to replace Frances Carr, who is leaving to become vice president for research and dean of the graduate college at the University of Vermont.
Sammakia holds seven U.S. patents and 12 IBM technical disclosures and is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on cross-disciplinary sponsored research totaling in the multi-millions.
Sammakia has led the IEEC since it was established in 1991. The center annually contributes $30 million to the region’s economic base while providing important assistance to more than 50 member companies, including IBM, Universal Instruments and BAE Systems Controls.
He received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Alexandria in Egypt and his master’s and doctoral degrees from SUNY Buffalo. Sammakia worked in various management positions for IBM from 1984 to 1988. His last position was as manager of development for organic packaging in microelectronics.