Hamid Hefazi was appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of SUNY Korea, effective February 9. The announcement was made by SUNY Korea President Arthur Lee.
Hefazi joined SUNY Korea in 2019 as professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and has previously served as the director of several organizations and research labs, including the Boeing Company’s Technology Centre at California State University. He received the U.S. Department of Defense’s Nunn-Perry Award for 2005 and 2006 and the Boring Company’s Silver Eagle Award for innovation in 2006. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Hefaz has been the principal investigator for more than 100 externally funded research projects including projects sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Boeing Company among others. Prior to joining SUNY Korea, he served as the head of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments at California State University and Florida Tech for a combined 19 years.
SUNY Korea was established in 2012 to serve the transnational needs for quality and global education by offering SUNY institutions’ prestigious programs in Korea. With approximately 1,000 students from 40 countries currently enrolled, SUNY Korea offers seven undergraduate and eight graduate degree programs. It started with the graduate programs of Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology & Society and Department of Computer Science. Since then, SUNY Korea has opened three additional departments including Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Business Management. In fall 2017, SUNY Korea launched two departments of the Fashion Institute of Technology: Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management.
Students enrolled at Stony Brook University are eligible for Study Abroad at SUNY Korea, and undergraduate students at SUNY Korea are required to spend one year on the Stony Brook University campus in New York State.