This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. We’ve made great strides over the course of those three decades, and we continue to do so today. Even as the world changes at a breakneck pace, we are adapting and growing right along with it. In fact, the Watson School is the 17th fastest-growing engineering school in the nation. Applications to our graduate programs increased by more than 75 percent in 2013, and we’ve hired more new faculty and staff than at any other time since I arrived at Binghamton in 1988.
Growth is an important theme of President Stenger’s Road Map for the University. As we strive to realize the vision he set forth of becoming “the premier public university of the 21st century,” growth is critical for us as well. The Watson School will play a central role in achieving many of the Road Map’s goals. Along with our focus on recruiting the best and brightest for our graduate programs, we are simultaneously elevating the high quality of our undergraduate students. In addition, the Watson team is working hard to enhance our already-strong talent base, for example in the areas of smart energy and healthcare, while also increasing our emphases on research (including undergraduate research), diversity and globalization.
We remain committed as a school to being good global citizens. That means leading the way in educating the engineers of tomorrow and working across cultures, languages, regions and academic domains, as demonstrated by our partnerships with top universities and industrial partners in South Korea, India, Israel, Turkey, Jordan and China. It also means continuing our efforts to support our students and graduates throughout their careers, as demonstrated by the great work of our Career and Alumni Connections office.
Academic excellence and teaching are as vital as ever as we continue to provide our students with a superb education. The Watson School helps make that education accessible through a variety of academic and financial assistance programs, such as the Bridge-to-the-Doctorate program.
Today, as the Watson School celebrates 30 years of outstanding accomplishments, our commitment to improving society through research has never been stronger. The breadth and depth of the innovative scholarship being conducted by our faculty, staff and students in the Watson School is growing in many areas, as evidenced by substantial increases in research proposals submitted and the growth in our graduate (doctoral) programs. Our cutting edge research is vital to the excellent education provided to our students and to the future of the School.
Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari
Dean and Distinguished Professor,
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science