President's Report Masthead
June 30, 2018

Jonathan Cohen
Bahgat Sammakia

Sammakia returns as VP for research

Bahgat Sammakia returned as Binghamton’s vice president for research in June, after serving as the interim president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute for about 18 months.

Paul Parker, who had served as officer in charge during Sammakia’s absence, will return to his role as associate vice president for research administration and Research Foundation operations manager.

“I’m eager to get back to working with Binghamton faculty colleagues to grow our research portfolio,” Sammakia said. “The new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences presents exciting opportunities for us, and I’m excited about the faculty teams pursuing national center recognition, too. I appreciate Paul’s leadership and the efforts of the Division of Research senior management team while I was away.”

Parker says he was honored to serve as officer in charge for the division. “I’m pleased with what the research division team accomplished over the last 18 months,” he said. “Bahgat’s return and his extraordinary leadership is most welcomed by me and the Research Division.”

Sammakia, a SUNY distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, continues to serve as director of S3IP, a New York State Center of Excellence. He is also director of the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems, which aims to reduce the energy consumed by data centers around the world.

His current research covers several broad areas, including energy optimization in data centers, electronics systems integration and packaging, flexible electronics, thermal management of electronic devices and systems, optimization of three dimensional electronics packaging, micro scale mixing and biomedical applications incorporating flexible electronic systems.

A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Academy of Inventors and the IEEE, Sammakia holds 21 U.S. patents and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed technical papers. He joined Binghamton University’s faculty in 1998.