Office of the Vice President for Research
Bahgat Sammakia, a SUNY distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, is the vice president for research at Binghamton University.
He is the founding director of S3IP, a New York State Center of Excellence, and is the director of the Energy-Efficient Electronic Systems Center, an NSF IUCRC founded in 2011 with a focus on reducing the energy consumed by data centers around the world. Sammakia served as the interim president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute from December 2016 to June 2018.
Sammakia, who holds 21 U.S. patents and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed technical papers, is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Academy of Inventors and the IEEE. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Alexandria in Egypt and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University at Buffalo. A former IBM senior technical staff member, Sammakia joined Binghamton University's faculty in 1998.
Sammakia leads the Division of Research, which supports Binghamton University's success as a premier public, nationally recognized institution and leader in transformational research that benefits society. The division promotes and supports excellence in research and scholarly activities and fosters an environment of consciousness and responsibility that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.
He and his team embrace the core values of the University: excellence, respect for the individual, integrity, diversity and accountability. The division provides high-quality service and fosters a collegial environment. Its goals include:
- Increase research, scholarship and creative activities profile to that of a premier public university and become a nationally recognized university for outstanding doctoral education.
- Increase the campus' transformational impact on society and on the economy through research, scholarship, creative activities and innovation.
- Support and promote a culture that values and respects diversity and inclusion.
- Advocate for campus needs with regional, state and national representatives.