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Why Joseph "Harry" Boyer supports the Watson School
Boyer gives $250,000 to Watson School Equipment Endowment
"I want them to have the tools in their hands to solve problems," says Joseph "Harry" Boyer, founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Innovation, a company based in Johnson City, N.Y.
Engineers and computer scientists remain an essential part of the economic recovery of New York and the nation. As the cost of providing technology-based instruction continues to rise, Boyer's generous gift helps support some of the most pressing equipment needs of Binghamton University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.
His gift also helped establish the Boyer Innovation Executive Boardroom on campus, where members of the Watson School and University conduct some of their most important meetings.
But that's not all. Boyer's insatiable appetite for learning and support for the education of others extends further.
For nearly a decade, Innovation – which provides pharmacy automation systems to customers across the nation – has turned to the University's Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE) for cutting-edge research expertise in simulation and modeling, and process analysis and improvement.
"Trust. You know what you're going to get," Boyer says. "If they say they're going to do it, you can take it to the bank."
Binghamton faculty and students who participate in WISE projects benefit from the in-field experience outside the classroom. Innovation has even hired some of those students, in addition to other University alumni.
"The world is not the same as it was when I was brought into it," Boyer says. "There is progress. There are improvements. This world is changing. I see the students here as being a great part of that change."