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The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

About Watson

With an innovative curriculum and real-world approach, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science prepares engineering and computer science students to embrace new challenges and create the future.

We are in the high-tech heart of upstate New York state with industry partnerships, class projects and internship opportunities that provide a wealth of hands-on experience for graduate and undergraduate students alike.

Our faculty bring industry and research expertise to the classroom and laboratory. They mentor students in the former and work with them on scientific breakthroughs in the latter.

Students come to the Watson School from all over the world and represent a wide range of backgrounds and interests. They graduate with broad-based skills and the entrepreneurial spirit to succeed in fields ranging from mechanical engineering to hospital operations to the law.

Official Mission Statement

The mission of the Watson School is to provide education and research in the broad field of engineering and applied science. To fulfill this mission, the School will:

  • offer baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs that prepare graduates for employment in the technical professions and combine
    • a firm grounding in fundamentals,
    • elements of practical application and
    • an appreciation for liberal learning.
  • conduct basic and applied research which expands the technical knowledge base and advances industrial practice.
  • provide support for the economic development of the State of New York.
  • ensure that its programs are accessible to the widest possible range of individuals and institutions.
  • work with industrial and community partners, foster participation and representation from traditionally underrepresented groups in technical research and education.
  • support the profession of engineering through continuing educational opportunities for practicing professionals.

Fast Facts

As of Fall 2016, for latest Binghamton University statistics, check out Admissions

  • Undergraduate students: 1,961
  • Graduate students: 1,119
  • Male/female ratio: 79.7%/20.2%
  • Domestic/International ratio: 67.2%/31.7%
  • Average SAT score for incoming freshmen (as of Fall 2016): 1364 (Math and Verbal)
  • Freshman High School Average: 95
  • Transfer GPA Average: 3.45
  • Total Alumni: 12,206 (90% in the United States, including 50.6% in New York state)
  • Total Engineering Department Applications Received (% Accepted): 4,497 (43%)
  • Total Computer Science Department Applications Received (% Accepted): 1,595 (36%)

Accreditation of Watson School Programs

Earning a degree from an accredited program ensures that your education meets the highest quality standards of the profession you're about to enter. It also increases and enhances your employment opportunities and assists with licensure, registration and certification for technical professions. The bachelor of science programs in biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The bachelor of science program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET, Inc. offers accreditation of undergraduate programs. The Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700. For accreditation purposes the Watson School is listed as State University of New York at Binghamton. Binghamton University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation process examines the institution as a whole. For accreditation purposes the University is listed as SUNY at Binghamton.

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Leadership and Dean’s Office Staff

Dr. Krishnaswami "Hari" Srihari

Dean and Distinguished Professor

Dean Hari

Distinguished Professor Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari was appointed dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University in June 2009. A prolific scientist, Srihari is known as an expert in many diverse aspects of electronics packaging and manufacturing. Over the past seventeen years, he has also pioneered research focused on the use of systems engineering principles in enhancing efficiency in health care delivery.  

Srihari joined the faculty of the Watson School in 1988 where he served as chairman of the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering. 

He has played a key role in creation of university-industry partnerships as director of the Watson Institute of Systems Excellence (WISE).

Srihari was appointed executive vice provost for international initiatives and chief global affairs officer for Binghamton University in June 2015.

He has published over 475 technical papers in leading peer-reviewed journals and at conferences, and authored over 1,000 technical reports. Srihari has directed and graduated over 160 MS graduate students and over 40 students at the PhD level.

Srihari has secured over $40 million dollars in external sponsorship. Srihari earned the academic rank of distinguished professor. Granted only by SUNY trustees, it is the highest academic rank possible and is conferred on individuals who have achieved national or international prominence. Srihari was named an IIE Fellow in 2014. He has also been recognized with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the University Award for Excellence in International Education, and APLU’s Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award.

  • University of Madras, India - Production engineering
  • Virginia Polytechnic University - M.S 1985, Ph.D 1988
Research Interests

Electronics Packaging and Electronics Manufacturing, Health Care Delivery, Health Systems.


Dean’s Office Staff

Department Chairs

Advisory Committee

  • Full List

    Steven Betza, Chair

    Corporate Director, Advanced Manufacturing & Development
    Lockheed Martin

    Richard J. Brauer, P.E.

    McFarland Johnson

    John Carrigg

    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

    Koen Gieskes

    Chief Technology Officer
    Universal Instruments Corp. & Hover-Davis

    Ameya Hete, MS '99

    Executive Director
    Valuable Technologies, Inc.

    Dr. Joseph M. Kolly '88

    Chief Safety Scientist, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Robert D. Kump '83

    CEO Networks, Avangrid

    Steve Medwin, MBA '05

    Director of Systems and Advanced Engineering
    The Raymond Corporation

    John Mirabito

    Chairman of the Board
    Mirabito Holdings, Inc.

    Mary O'Malley-Trumble

    Senior Location Executive & Global STG Channels Sales Management Support Leader
    IBM Endicott

    Amarjit Rai

    Director, Controls Engineering
    BAE Systems Electronic Systems

    Linda Shumaker, P.E.

    President and Managing Principal
    Shumaker Consulting Engineering and Land Surveying, D.P.C.

    Gerald Trant

    Global Technology Leader
    GE Global Research Center at Niskayuna

    Steve Wozniak

    TeamWorld, Corporate Programs

    Robert Wuestner

    Senior Director, Military Systems
    Rockwell Collins

Last Updated: 1/16/18