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Stony Brook Announces “40 Under Forty” Honorees
SBU Under 40 Alumni Redefining Leadership, Pursuing Solutions


STONY BROOK, NY, January 7, 2016 – Stony Brook University has named the members of its second annual 40 Under Forty alumni recognition program. The University will celebrate these early career high achievers at an awards event on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. 

Selected from a diverse nominee pool of Stony Brook graduates, the honorees represent the University’s most creative and bold young professionals in science, technology, engineering, and medicine, as well as business, sports, and the arts, from groundbreaking researchers and tech innovators, to healthcare advocates and civic heroes.

Among them are entrepreneur Tristan Walker ’05, stem cell researcher Min Yu ’06, Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler ’08 and environmental activist Ikal Angelei ’10. 

The 40 Under Forty list includes 11 Long Islanders, as well as recipients from across the country and beyond.  

“Stony Brook University graduates are ambitious and creative. They’re passionately engaged in issues that matter and are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and expectations in their fields,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “This year’s 40 Under Forty honorees represent some of Stony Brook’s most influential and focused young alumni.”

Dexter A. Bailey, senior vice president for University Advancement said honorees are nominated by their peers and selected for their achievements in their fields as well as their leadership and community engagement.

“Now in its second year, our 40 Under Forty program continues to validate that Stony Brook alumni are a driven, imaginative community in the pursuit of innovative ideas and solutions,” said Bailey. “We couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them.”

Tickets and more information are available at stonybrook.edu/40underforty

About Stony Brook University

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four UniversityCenter campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide. It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.

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