SP1.10: Smart Energy and Health Sciences
The Smart Energy Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence was established in 2013 to advance smart energy-related research and scholarship in which Binghamton University has significant existing strength and can achieve international prominence. The University's Road Map Initiative provided funding to leverage the campus' infrastructure and expertise with the goal of seeking and receiving a national research center designation in this broad area.
Goals advanced under this project are:
- Become a Nationally Recognized University for Outstanding Doctoral Education
- Increase Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Profile to that of a Premier Public University
- Enrich Collaborative Culture for Research, Scholarship and Creative Production
- Increase the Transformational Impact of the University’s Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities and Doctoral Education on Society
Indicators of success for these goals are:
- Quantity of Faculty Publications: Books, Journals, Presentations, Performances, and Exhibits
- Number of Doctoral Students on Funded Projects, including Private Foundation awards to students (Research Foundation and Binghamton University Foundation)
- Sponsored Program Expenditures (federal and non-federal) (RF and BUF)
- External Faculty Awards and Appointments of Distinction
- Number of Faculty Awards with Two or More PIs.
- Self Reported Collaborative Publications and External Collaborations (TBA –Faculty Annual Reports)
- Royalty Revenue
- Measure of University’s Impact of University’s Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities and Doctoral Education on Society (Further discussion is required by the University community to arrive at measurable impacts)
Milestones completed since last progress report:
- The Smart Energy TAE advanced the University’s strength in energy research by focusing its attention on three areas: energy generation; energy storage; and energy efficiency. Following a successful kick off event in Fall 2014 in which our 6 funded projects from the previous year were reviewed, the TAE received proposals and supported 3 additional projects designed to generate new research thrusts in energy for the campus. The TAE also supported undergraduate research including support for an additional student participating in a 9 week summer research immersion program in partnership with the NSF REU program currently funded on campus. Additional research proposals to externally sponsor the TAE activities included grants to NSF, DOD, and the Department of Energy. The steering committee also supported an interdisciplinary speakers’ series that brought 7 nationally prominent researchers to campus and participated in the innovation days programming on campus.
- The new $70M Smart Energy Research and Development Facility is under construction with completion planned for 2017.
- The past academic year (2014-15) witnessed major new growth in the Health Sciences as the Health Sciences TAE welcomed a large number of new faculty to Binghamton University. A large part of the TAE goals this year were to continue our highly successful seed grant program, which is funded largely through a budget allocation from the Roadmap strategic planning process and the Research Foundation. Building upon the success of the established seed grant mechanism, The TAE identified 4 outstanding proposals that were selected for funding. Deliberations of the Health sciences TAE have consistently emphasized the importance of maintaining a vibrant seed grant mechanism that could provide sufficient funds to effectively launch new collaborative projects. Thus, they elected to utilize a significant portion of their funding ($10,000 from AY2014-15) to supplement seed grants to faculty. In order to support targeted growth objectives in Biomedical Engineering, the Health Sciences TAE also provided $5000 to support a colloquium series in this area, with the expectation that keynote addresses from leaders in the field would be accessible to the entire campus. This remarkable colloquium series has already brought two internationally recognized scholars to Binghamton University, with sufficient funds to support 1-2 more in the upcoming year. Finally, they provided $5500 to support the Global Health Conference co-hosted on the Binghamton campus in April by student and faculty groups. This conference was an enormous success and provided an excellent convening of internal and external speakers, with a broad audience of nearly 200 participants. Additional small-level expenditures were utilized to support collaborative luncheons among faculty with emergent plans for collaboration.
Last Updated: 9/11/14