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Stony Brook Announces “40 Under Forty” Honorees

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SBU Under 40 Alumni Redefining Leadership, Pursuing Solutions

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

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