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Next Generation Engineering Programs at Stony Brook University Receives Sponsorship Support from National Grid
Next Generation Engineering Programs at Stony Brook University Receives Sponsorship Support from National Grid
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Central Islip School District student  Alexandrea Harriott soldering to begin her persistence of vision project. 

Stony Brook, NY-October 18, 2016--National Grid, an international energy delivery company, has awarded a sustainable grant to the Next Generation Engineering Programs at Stony Brook University, which promote engineering among diverse and high needs populations and meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards.

“This program supports National Grid’s Engineering Our Future initiative, designed to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers,” said Mauri Myers-Solages, Corporate Citizenship Manager of National Grid. “We, along with other utilities across the country, are facing a looming shortage of engineers so it makes sense for us to work with Stony Brook University in developing the next generation of talent needed to help support the nation’s energy delivery system,” she added.

This effort, led by Dr. Mónica Bugallo, Faculty Director of the Women and Science and Engineering (WISE) Program and Associate Professor from
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High School student Luis Godinez shows off his fully programmed arduino in his completed persistence of vision project. 
the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Angela Kelly, Associate Director of the Science Education Program and Associate Professor from the Physics and Astronomy Department, offers after school hands-on engineering activities for high school students, as well as professional development for in-service teachers on engineering learning and workshops on STEM for school counselors. The program focuses on high needs schools and underrepresented groups.  

During the academic year 2015-2016, the after school program for students was successfully piloted at Central Islip School District. “The Stony Brook program has been fantastic.  Our students are emulating your skills, work ethic and drive; through exposure to them and the PhD students.  We have improved our sciences with your help so greatly that of the 30 top students – 25 stated they were following careers in the sciences; most in health sciences in particular,” said Dr. Craig Carr, Superintendent, Central Islip UFSD.

Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University strongly supports the programs: “The support from National Grid will be transformational in the development of newly designed engineering experiences for traditionally underserved students. These programs are consistent with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences mission to attract and retain an inclusive academic community.”

“Stony Brook University has a rich tradition of outreach and partnerships with K-12 schools throughout Southeastern New York,” said Keith Sheppard, Director of the Stony Brook Institute for STEM Education. “The Next Generation Engineering Programs will develop innovative opportunities to attract a diverse talent pool of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.”
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 University Center 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. 

Reporter contact:  Monica Bugallo
Phone:  631-632-9750