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SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Two SBU Professors to Distinguished Ranks
Ken A. Dill and Eugene Feinberg recognized with highest faculty designation

Ken A. Dill, PhD

STONY BROOK, NY, May 30, 2012 – Two Stony Brook University professors – Ken A. Dill and Eugene Feinberg – have been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professorship by the State University of New York Board of Trustees as recommended by campus colleagues and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Distinguished Professorship is the University’s highest faculty designation. All distinguished faculty in active service within SUNY are also members of the SUNY Distinguished Academy, established in March 2012.

The SUNY Board of Trustees approved the appointments of 21 faculty to Distinguished ranks including seven for Distinguished Professorship, five for Distinguished Teaching Professorship and nine for Distinguished Service Professorship. “In bestowing our highest faculty honor, we proudly recognize the extraordinary achievements of these individuals and thank them for their continued commitment to excellence,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “I look forward to working more closely with them as they join the SUNY Distinguished Academy.”

“Stony Brook University is extremely fortunate to have two world-renowned leaders in the fields of quantitative biology and operations research applications in Professors Ken Dill and Eugene Feinberg, respectively,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “Their contributions, leadership and groundbreaking research are a true resource and asset to the institution,” he said. “On behalf of Stony Brook, I congratulate Ken and Eugene on attaining the Distinguished Professor designation; a well-deserved honor.”

Professor Dill, PhD, faculty member with dual appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and theDepartment of Chemistry, is also the Director of the Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook. Dr. Dill has advanced the understanding of chemistry and physics of proteins and is known internationally for his pioneering work on the physical forces that give rise to the structures and properties of protein molecules. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and has been a national lecturer and past president of the Biophysical Society. Under his leadership, the Laufer Center has brought together experts in such fields as mathematics, genetics, biochemistry, engineering and computational science to achieve breakthroughs in biomedical research and health care, including providing insights on how to more effectively treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other protein “mis-folding” diseases.

Eugene Feinberg, PhD

Professor Feinberg, PhD, from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook, is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of operations research and its applications. For the past 30 years, he has been regarded as the leading theoretician in the study of Markov decision processes. Dr. Feinberg is also Stony Brook’s principle investigator of the Long Island Smart Energy Corridor, a $25 million smart grid demonstration project awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to the Long Island Power Authority and two SUNY campuses (Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College). For his outstanding lifetime research achievements, he has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Ukraine and the Traveling Fellow award from the London Mathematical Society.

“Created by the State University Board of Trustees as a prestigious system-level distinction, the Distinguished Professorship designation encourages an ongoing commitment to excellence, kindles intellectual vibrancy, elevates the standards of instruction and enriches contributions to public service,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Stony Brook University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Professors Dill and Feinberg epitomize the qualities of the Distinguished Professorship through their professionalism, groundbreaking scholarship, exceptional instruction and the breadth and significance of their service contributions.”

Since the program’s inception in 1963, SUNY has appointed 942 faculty to distinguished ranks, as follows, including these most recent appointments: 312 Distinguished Professorships; 284 Distinguished Service Professorships; 341 Distinguished Teaching Professorships; and 5 Distinguished Librarian Professorships. For more information about SUNY’s faculty award program, please click here.

“The Board is pleased to present these individuals with SUNY’s highest distinguished ranking,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “Their commitment to the students, faculty, and staff at their respective campuses and their vast achievements within their respective fields is impressive and highly commendable.”

The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the case of the arts. The candidates’ work must be of such character that the individuals’ presence will tend to elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues both within and beyond these persons’ academic fields.


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