Dean's Letter

In his first six months at Binghamton University, President Harvey G. Stenger has articulated his strategic goals to enhance the academic excellence of our campus and become a premier public university in the United States. I am excited by his vision and enthused by the many ways in which the Watson School’s existing strengths and areas of growth will support his plans for progress and advancement in the years to come.

The Watson School has always been dedicated to providing students, both graduate and undergraduate, with an outstanding education. We look beyond our borders to engage with universities abroad that provide global opportunities for our faculty and students. We also continue to prioritize recruitment of world-class faculty, who are able to seamlessly blend research and scholarship with excellent teaching skills, to enrich the many facets of our students’ academic experience.

Our newest faculty include Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Gretchen Mahler, whose novel in vitro cell culture models have applications in areas including wound care, cardiac fibrosis and cancer. Faculty like Mahler open doors for collaboration across the University and with external scholarly and industry partners, bringing recognition to the Watson School while providing invaluable educational and research experiences for our students.

We’ve dedicated this issue of the Watson Review to showcasing the many ties our school has with the broad discipline we call healthcare. Our research collaborations within the field pervade every one of our departments, harness the expertise of a significant number of our faculty and help to jump-start a popular and rewarding career track for our students and alumni.

The Watson School has also made strides in areas such as cyber security, complex systems, energy-efficient electronic systems and electronics packaging, among others. And our flourishing research in smart energy has positioned our engineers and computer scientists at the core of an exciting and challenging endeavor — Binghamton’s NYSUNY 2020 plan.

The plan will improve the student: faculty ratio and provide students with effective academic and research support while bolstering the region’s economy and enhancing renewable energy research in New York state. Furthermore, the plan centers in part on a new Smart Energy Research and Development Facility at the Innovative Technologies Complex. The initiative will address vital areas such as solar and thermoelectric energy harvesting, energy storage, efficiency in electronic systems and sensor development for energy resource management.

With our engineering and computer science faculty already active leaders in relevant research areas including inexpensive, flexible and lightweight solar panels; super-capacitor systems; lightweight sensors; and data centers and electronic systems that reduce energy consumption without compromising performance, we will improve our position as leaders in renewable and responsible energy research.

As always, the Watson School embraces these new challenges, opportunities and developments, and will look for ways to enhance our support of Binghamton University, our community and society as a whole.


Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari
Dean and Distinguished Professor,
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

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