Mónica Bugallo, Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Faculty Director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Honors program, has been appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Outreach in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS).
In her new role, Professor Bugallo will be responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences strategic plan for diversity and outreach with the goal to increase the number and career success of women and underrepresented minorities in the College’s student body and faculty ranks. She will also be responsible for overseeing the WISE and STEM-Smart programs as well as the outreach activities of the College.
Bugallo brings a strong record of research, education and service to strengthen the impact of Stony Brook programs and the community of diverse and underrepresented populations at the University and in the surrounding regions.
In 2016 she was appointed the inaugural Faculty Director of the prestigious WISE Honors program, and asked to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through student outreach, recruitment and retention. Under her leadership the WISE Honors program has thrived with 69% growth in enrollment and more than 90% increase in retention over the last four years in the undergraduate program, and with 63% growth in enrollment in the pre-college program. In addition, CEAS has been recognized by the American Society of Engineering Education with “exemplary” status in its inaugural Diversity Recognition Program — a direct result of Bugallo ‘s efforts.
Since 2009 Bugallo has directed different outreach programs including the Engineering Summer Camp and the Engineering Enterprise for high school and middle school students, in addition to the Student and Teachers Academies for middle and high school students and teachers during the academic year. All these efforts have been very successful initiatives to educate the engineers of the future and support the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. She is also advisor to the Society of Women Engineers, the honor society Eta Kappa Nu and the sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon on campus.
Joining the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002, Bugallo ’s research interests are in the field of statistical signal processing, with emphasis on the theory of Monte Carlo methods and its application to different disciplines including biomedicine, ecology, sensor networks, and finance. Her research and educational efforts have been funded by governmental and state agencies and corporations including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research, Hewlett-Packard, National Grid and PSEG. She is the recipient of numerous research and education awards including the prestigious National NSF Career Award, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer Award (Long Island Chapter) and the IEEE Athanasios Papoulis Award. She earned her BS, MS, and PhD degrees in computer science and engineering from the University of A Coruña, Spain.