On February 7, members of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) filled the halls of Congress to advocate for crucial federal research funding. Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering & Applied Sciences Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship, Jon Longtin, represented the SUNY flagship institution during the Hill day.
Longtin urged members of the New York congressional delegation and their staff to provide robust funding for all federal science agencies as Congress seeks to pass FY24 appropriations bills and commence the FY25 federal budget process.
“Federal funded research advancements touch every corner of our lives and economy,” said Longtin. “From quantum computing and artificial intelligence to driving innovation in cancer treatment, Stony Brook University researchers are working on developing the next cutting-edge technologies and medical advancements. However, this transformative research can only propel forward with predictable and strong federal funding investments.”
During the Hill meetings, ASEE members also highlighted the importance of workforce development grant programs for four-year higher education institutions in addition to the critical need to implement policies that make it easier for engineering graduate students to stay in the US after graduation and use their skills and education to contribute to America’s innovation, economic development, and national security.
Stony Brook’s Office of Federal Relations located in Washington, DC, coordinated these congressional meetings and works closely with SBU leadership, faculty, staff, and students to advance SBU’s federal priorities on Capitol Hill.