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June 17, 2010  Volume 31, No. 34
Sammakia receives ITherm Achievement Award

Bahgat Sammakia, director of the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center (S3IP), a New York State Center of Excellence, has received a prestigious award in recognition of his pioneering research.

Sammakia received the 2010 ITherm Achievement Award in honor of his contributions to electronics, thermal and thermomechanical research, as well as his service to the electronics thermal management community.

The ITherm Achievement Award was presented June 3 during the 12th Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems.

Sammakia also serves as the University’s executive director for economic development. A professor of mechanical engineering, Sammakia spearheads an effort that promises to revolutionize the electronics industry. S3IP is leading the way to advances in flexible electronics as well as more environmentally friendly data centers and manufacturing processes. The center, which includes more than 45 affiliated faculty and staff, has generated more than $700 million in economic impact to New York State industry since 1996.

Sammakia, a Vestal resident and longtime IBM engineer, joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1998.

Metheny’s ‘Orchestrion Tour’ coming to Anderson Center

The Osterhout Concert Theater stage will become a gigantic “wall of sound” when Pat Metheny brings The Orchestrion Tour to the Anderson Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The Orchestrion is an ensemble of 40 mechanical instruments integrating conventional acoustic sounds with robotic technology controlled by Metheny.
Metheny is an accomplished musician with several awards and gold records. He has won 17 Grammys in a variety of categories.

Prices are: general public, $41; faculty and staff, $36; seniors, $36; and students, $21. For tickets: 607-777-ARTS or

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Last Updated: 10/14/08