Twenty-one Stony Brook University researchers attended SUNY DoD DC DAY, an exclusive and interactive networking event held in June that brought together nearly 90 outstanding researchers across eight SUNY campuses to meet with 25 senior leaders and program managers from the Department of Defense (DoD).
Held at the Hilton Alexandria in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the event kicked off with a welcome by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson followed by a keynote address from Bindu Nair, Acting Director of the DOD Basic Research Office. During the late morning, researchers attended an Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems roundtable and then participated in a full afternoon of speed networking with program managers representing the Office of Naval Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, to name a few. Faculty were also able to meet with other SUNY colleagues in productive collaboration sessions throughout the day.
“Our goal was to showcase some of our faculty who conduct research in the DoD priority areas through a unique networking opportunity; to see it happening in action was quite impressive,” said Nina Maung, Associate Vice President for Research and the lead organizer for Stony Brook. “Stony Brook researchers had very positive feedback regarding the event. The networking portion of the day was particularly well-reviewed with researchers saying they have been invited to submit white papers or have plans to explore new collaborations with their SUNY colleagues.”
Among the 21 Stony Brook faculty who participated, 20 were from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and one was from the College of Arts and Sciences. Together they represented expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Big Data, Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, Electronics & Photonics, Materials Science, Quantum Computing and Specialty Sensors. The event was organized by SUNY in collaboration with Stony Brook’s Office of Proposal Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research as well as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Representatives from SBU’s Office of Government Relations also engaged in the process and continue to assist Stony Brook Research in their efforts to build key relationships with federal funding agencies.