Presentation offers glimpses of Binghamton University’s innovative research and engineering projects

A new presentation developed by the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University is offering glimpses of the cutting-edge research and engineering discoveries taking place in the University’s Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC). The intent is to make the presentation available to various community groups in the coming months.

Developed in a slide format, the presentation, titled “Engineered for Discovery,” focuses on the research being done in the three buildings that make up the ITC. From the versatile laboratories in the brand-new Engineering and Science building which encourages researchers to share ideas, resources and techniques, to the multitude of high-level partners that access the Analytical and Diagnostics Laboratory (ADL) in the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S³IP) Center, the presentation offers an insider’s look at how local and regional businesses are being assisted through Binghamton’s research and development capabilities.

The “Engineered for Discovery” presentation also includes the most current information about the new Center of Excellence building, which is expected to help support collaborative partnerships in energy-efficient electronic systems, systems integration and packaging, flexible electronics, autonomous solar power, advanced materials and sensors, and healthcare/life sciences.

“Researchers in the Watson School and throughout Binghamton University are working on cutting-edge research that is helping move innovation from the laboratory to the marketplace,” said James Pitaressi, distinguished teaching professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University. “And the ITC plays a key role in consolidating our expertise and resources in a way that fosters even more discovery and innovation. This presentation allows us to showcase some of those efforts and the potential that these ideas and innovation brings to the University and our community.”

An initiative spearheaded by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell), the presentation not only showcases some of Binghamton’s current projects but also serves to demonstrate how the University’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit impacts the Southern Tier.

“Binghamton University is one of the finest research institutions in the state. I asked them to develop this presentation so the community could better understand the exciting research being done at the Innovative Technologies Complex,” said Assemblywoman Lupardo, chair of the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology. “This is a great way to strengthen the relationship between the campus and the community. I also hope the presentation will be used by educators to inspire students and encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”

Earlier this year, Lupardo discussed the presentation at the White House during a national meeting with prominent educators and policy makers as they discussed how colleges and universities can build and strengthen their community partnerships. The presentation, delivered by Professor James Pitaressi, made its Southern Tier debut at the Endicott Rotary luncheon on February 16, 2012.

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