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Licensing, research expenditures increase
April 20, 2015Tweet
Licensing activity at Binghamton University reached a record of more than $1 million in 2014, Vice President for Research Bahgat Sammakia told the University Council during its April 17 meeting.
“Our approach isn’t to hit a record number every year, but to diversify our portfolio and work with as many companies and sectors as possible,” Sammakia said.
The relationship with industry was one area Sammakia highlighted in a presentation called “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Binghamton University Research.”
Sammakia emphasized that 9.5 percent of sponsored research at Binghamton University in 2013-14 was funded by corporate partners. The national average is 5 percent, he said.
“We have faculty who value working with industry,” he said. “There are two reasons for that. If you are working with industry, you are working on something that is transformational and could have an effect on people. Secondly, when you apply for federal funding, in many cases if you have companies with you, the chances of winning are higher. Then you can compete with universities such as Cornell and Penn State.”
Besides industry partnerships, Sammakia shared stories about research and creative work from faculty members such as M. Stanley Whittingham, Linda Spear, Ronald Miles, Liz Rosenberg, Sarah Lam, Sang Won Yoon and Seth Spain.
He also stressed the growing role of undergraduate research at Binghamton University. By the time they graduate, 32 percent of all Binghamton undergraduates have worked with a faculty member on a research project.
“I can’t tell you how passionate I am about undergraduate research,” Sammakia said. “Our undergraduate students, in my opinion, are ahead of our faculty. Being able to keep some of (the students) here by having them fall in love with something at Binghamton is part of our journey.”
Graduate students are also integral to the success of Binghamton University and the Division of Research, Sammakia added.
“Graduate students are probably the most important part of research,” he said. “If you can get world-class graduate students, the faculty who guide them will have a much easier time working and producing.”
While some schools have experienced a decrease in research expenditures, Binghamton University saw an 8 percent increase from July through March (up to $24.6 million) vs. the same period a year ago, Sammakia said. In that same time frame, committed funds grew from $19.8 million in 2013-14 to $27.8 million in 2014-15, while new awards jumped from 42 in 2013-14 to 138 in 2014-15.
“We have every reason to believe that this will continue with our faculty hiring and focus on the five Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs),” he said.
Sammakia praised the University’s deans and department chairs for attracting top faculty members to Binghamton.
“Faculty members see that we already have world-class facilities that they can step in and start using right away,” he said. “They see colleagues who are world-class in their fields. And they choose us over much bigger universities because of what we have.”