green engineer

Yu David Liu, assistant professor of computer science, received a five-year, $448,641 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. His research in “green” software development could pare down energy consumption of computers and electronic devices ranging from smartphones to servers.

“I think every researcher wants to make the world better, and we just put it into our own perspective,” he says. “Sometime in the future, every computer science 101 class may include a lecture or two on energy-aware programming. As an educator, I’m excited about helping to ensure that next-generation programmers are green-conscious from the beginning of their careers. Read more here.

Distinguished Faculty Recognized

With the recent announcement of the promotions of Ron Miles and Bahgat Sammakia, both professors of mechanical engineering, to distinguished professor, and James Pitarresi, also professor of mechanical engineering, to distinguished teaching professor, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science is now home to five active distinguished faculty and one emeritus, who work extremely hard and have the respect of the entire Watson School family. Dean Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari and George Klir (emeritus), both of systems science, hold the rank of distinguished rofessor, and Victor Skormin, electrical and computer engineering, holds the rank of distinguished service professor.

Ron Miles Ron Miles, a rare combination of a thinker and innovator with the ability to turn scientific theories into engineering wonders, has successfully interwoven the fields of neurobiology, mechanics and acoustics to develop a biomimetic sensor with exceptional directivity for hearing-aid applications. His work has the ability to improve the quality of life for an estimated 500 million people worldwide who suffer from hearing loss. Miles’ scholarship includes more than 100 publications in leading journals, national and international conferences, invited lectures and workshops. Over the past 11 years, he has received more than $11 million in continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and another $5 million to date from other federal, state, corporate and charitable sources. In 2003, he received the largest, single-principal investigator grant in the history of Binghamton University — $6.5 million. Miles is also the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; the University Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Research Foundation Outstanding Inventor Award; and the Chancellor’s Award for Research in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Bahgat Sammakia Bahgat Sammakia, interim vice president for research, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP), is a path-breaking and innovative researcher in the thermal management of electronic devices and in electronic systems integration and packaging. He has published more than 150 well-cited articles in peer-reviewed journals and at highly selective conferences, and has co-authored a book and contributed to seven book chapters. Over the past decade, his research funding from federal sources, industry and New York state has exceeded $30 million. Sammakia holds 14 U.S. patents and has filed over 20 invention disclosures during the past decade. He is an ASME fellow and editor-in-chief of the ASME Transactions Journal of Electronics Packaging. He has received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research, the Chancellor’s Promising Inventor’s Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

James Pitarresi

James Pitarresi, has demonstrated teaching excellence at all levels. He has excelled in teaching lower-division courses, advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, and in mentoring professional engineers and faculty. He has a natural ability to connect with his students, which is reflected by the truly outstanding teaching evaluations achieved throughout his career and also by the respect he has earned from colleagues in engineering both within and beyond Binghamton University. His dedication and skill are surpassed only by his ardent commitment to preparing innovative and enthusiastic lectures and the manner in which he devotes extensive out-of-classroom time to teach and mentor his students.

Industry Office Connects Resources

Office of Industrial Outreach The newly configured Office of Industrial Outreach, led by Director Cheryl Monachino, is the new gateway for the Watson School’s industry resources, including professional development, EngiNet graduate distance learning, the New York Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program and student work-experience programs. Read more here.

EngiNet courses are recorded live on campus and streamed online for distance learning students to view at their convenience.

WestGate Westgate Honored as Engineer of the Year

Charles R. Westgate, Bartle professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Autonomous Solar Power, was named Engineer of the Year by the Broome chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. Former dean of the Watson School, Westgate was chosen by nominators who called him “a superb engineer, a capable academician and a quiet, yet inspirational, leader.” Read more here.

Sustainability Minor New Sustainability Minor Offered

The Watson School has a new minor in sustainable engineering. This interdisciplinary program will make it possible for engineering students to explore sustainable engineering principles, sustainable engineering design and sustainable technologies.

Sustainability MinorDreyer Joins Alumni Board

John G. Dreyer, MS '76, was named to the Binghamton University alumni association board of directors. He received his master's in computer systems from the Watson School and currently works as a program manager at Quantech Services Inc. in Lexington, Mass. Dreyer serves as vice president of development on the board and joins fellow Watson School alumna Tonya Parris '92.

New to the School

Sang Won YoonSang Won Yoon

Assistant Professor, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
Formerly a research scientist at the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence, Yoon is from South Korea. He received his industrial engineering degree from Chonbuk National University, his master’s in operations management from Korea University and his doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University. His research interests include healthcare systems engineering, integrated production and service systems, and collaborative control theory.

Michael Elmore, PhD ’04

DMichael Elmoreirector, Engineering Design Division
Elmore received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and master of education degree from the University of Vermont. He taught high school math for five years and later returned to the University of Vermont for his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Hired by General Electric in Johnson City, Elmore stayed in the area for the next 25 years working at Celestica Corporation, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin. He received his master’s in electrical engineering from Syracuse University and his PhD in electrical engineering from Binghamton. The Engineering Design Division is a common freshman program that provides key communication and team-building skills while introducing students to the various opportunities in engineering before they select a major.

Sylvia Lowen Sylvia Lowen, widow of School of Advanced Technology Dean Emeritus Walter Lowen, passed away Dec. 19, 2010, at 89. She was predeceased in 2006 by her husband of 62 years. The school, founded in 1967, was the precursor to the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. Contributions in honor of the Lowens may be made to the Walter Lowen Student Endowment at

Changhong KeChanghong Ke, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was among just 43 researchers nationwide chosen by the United States Air Force for this year’s Young Investigator Research Program. His research on low-density, high-strength materials could allow the Air Force to reduce the weight of vehicles such as fighter planes and spacecraft. The program supports scientists and engineers who have received a PhD in the past five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. Grants of $120,000 annually for three years support creative basic research, enhance early career development and increase opportunities for the researchers to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Read more here.

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