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Binghamton teams with industry and universities for "greener electronics"

Binghamton University will be the leading research institution among three universities and 15 corporate partners in a first-of-its-kind collaborative research center focused on a holistic approach to energy-efficiency development. The partnership could save millions of dollars in energy costs and produce a much 'greener' electronics industry.

Headed up by researchers at Binghamton University and its partners, Villanova University and the University of Texas at Arlington, the newly designated National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Energy-Efficient Electronic Systems (I/UCRC E3S) will link the fields of information technology, telecommunications, electronic systems and cooling equipment to solve issues of energy efficiency in data center operation. Partner firms include major data-center providers such as IBM, Facebook, Bloomberg, Corning and Endicott Interconnect, Inc.

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University News and Accomplishments

Regional Economic Development Council 
Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath and other University employees continue to serve on the Southern Tier Economic Development Council (STREDC) and its eight working groups. Formed as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to boost job creation and investment in New York state, the STREDC will compete for up to $1 billion in state support, grants and tax credits. Binghamton University figured prominently in an initial draft of the council's strategic plan, appearing in three of the14 action points presented.

Under consideration:

  • The "Next Generation Transportation Development Initiative" would pair Binghamton and Cornell Universities with private-sector transportation firms such as CAF USA in Elmira and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Big Flats for marketable research and development projects.

  • An "Energy Development Alliance for New York" would do the same in the energy sector.

  • The "Regional Health Information Exchange and Electronic Medical Record System" would team Binghamton and Cornell universities on projects to modernize medical recordkeeping. 

Members of the public were able to weigh in on the plan at the STREDC's Oct. 24 meeting and offer feedback before a final version is adopted by Nov. 14.

Binghamton receives $1 million Korean Studies grant
Binghamton University joined Harvard University and UC-Berkeley as one of only three universities in the United States to receive Overseas Leading University Program for Korean Studies (OLUPKS) Grants from the Academy of Korean Studies. The five-year grant, valued at $1 million, will support academic and research exchanges and learning in Korean Studies. 

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Council hears reports on incoming class and improvements to campus housing
At its October meeting, the Binghamton University Council heard reports from Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean-Pierre Mileur and Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose. Mileur indicated that enrollment remained consistent at 14,800, while student quality continues to improve. SAT scores for incoming freshment reached an all-time high of 1305, while the average GPA for transfer students is 3.4.

Rose told the Council that construction on the University's East Campus Housing project is on schedule and when completed will increase the number of campus beds by 900, to 7,507. He said that maintaining full residency requires providing students with amenities and options, such as  recreational facilities and study spaces in the residential halls.

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Watson School targets Asia for partnerships
In October, Interim Vice President for Research Baghat Sammakia, Watson School Dean Krishnaswami "Hari" Srihari and Major Gifts Officer Michelle Gardner traveled to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, where they met with corporate and academic leaders, as well as with Binghamton University alumni. Meetings were held at ASE Global headquarters in Taiwan with ASE Global COO Tien Wu and ASE Senior Fellow William T. Chen, two active members of the Watson School's Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC). ASE is the world's largest provider of independent semiconductor services involving chip assembly and testing. Chen, who received the University Medal from Binghamton University at spring Commencement, also arranged for a visit to ITRI, Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute, where meetings were held with division directors from the electronics and optoelectronics research laboratories.

Traveling to Taichung, Taiwan, the trio also met with engineers and scientists from new IEEC member Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. (SPIL). IEEC membership for companies like ASE and SPIL provides a unique opportunity to share in leading-edge electronics manufacturing research and development conducted at the Center. The Binghamton representatives also met with Honji Shieh, vice president of sales and marketing for 3CEMS, a PCB- and PCBA-integrated fabrication and LCD/LED module manufacturing company that employs more than 5,000.

Sammakia, Shrihari and Gardner also visited academic leaders at the National University of Kaohsiung (NUK) and the National Taipei University of Technology. Several Binghamton alumni serve as faculty and administrators at these campuses, increasing the likelihood that future academic and research partnerships might be developed. The University also hosted alumni gatherings in Kaohsiung, Taipei, and Hong Kong, for nearly 70 Binghamton University alumni. 


Grant supports undergraduate research opportunities
A $1.4 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is helping undergraduates in science and engineering majors gain valuable research experience.  Working with faculty and graduate student mentors, undergraduate students pursue research on interdisciplinary projects.  Faculty praise the quality of the students' work, which is often comparable to graduate-level research. Currently, 14 different projects are underway, with topics ranging from the "Genetic Basis for Mating Success", which pairs faculty from biological sciences and mathematics, to "DNA Binding Carbon Nanotubes" which is overseen by researchers in chemistry and mechanical engineering. Students will continue their research through the  2011-2012 academic year.

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Diane H. Greiwe
Advocacy Communications Specialist
University Communications and Marketing
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

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Regional Economic Development Council 

Binghamton receives $1 million Korean Studies grant

Council hears reports on incoming class and improvements to campus housing

Watson School targets Asia for partnerships 


Grant supports undergraduate research opportunities