New York State’s ambitious plans to combat climate change will require strategic investments in the education of future generations of engineers, according to an op-ed by Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, published February 9 in Newsday.
The pressing need to nurture the engineering expertise required to reduce greenhouse gases is hampered by antiquated and ill-equipped facilities at state institutions of higher education, Dean Sotiropoulos argues.
In particular, a planned engineering facility at Stony Brook University will fuel the pipeline for the requisite human talent and innovation.
“The facility is being designed to advance research in artificial intelligence and the technologies that will help us win the fight against climate pollution,” Sotiropoulos writes.
“It will promote learning, inspire creativity, and emphasize innovation and entrepreneurship through state-of-the-art teaching and learning methods to elevate and set new standards for engineering excellence.”
Dean Sotiropoulos is also SUNY Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University. His research focuses on simulation-based engineering science for fluid mechanics, problems in renewable energy, environmental, biological, and cardiovascular applications.