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School of Science and Engineering

Research and Creative Activity

Overview
The School of Science and Engineering was established in 2001 to bring a science, engineering, and mathematics focus to the SUNY New Paltz campus. Faculty in Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mathematics are actively engaged in a wide range of research activities. The results of these research efforts are evident in a sustained level of peer-reviewed publications, faculty and student presentations at regional, national, and international professional meetings and conferences, as well as invited participation in seminar presentations at other universities and research centers.

Given the extraordinary developments in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering, the faculty of SUNY New Paltz continue to be responsive to the education of their students by increasingly engaging their students within the learning process through "hands-on" research experiences. The role of research and scholarship are seen as integral components in the education of future scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

As part of its continued mission to the campus and local community, the School of Science and Engineering sponsors annually a series of Colloquium Lectures on important scientific topics of major interest and concern. These lectures are presented by leading scientists who are also available to meet with faculty and students on the days of their visit to campus.

Research Highlights and Accomplishments

Examples of Active Projects:
Synthesis and Characterization of Metal-Coumarin Complexes (Freedman); Chemical and Biological Investigations of Essentials Oils Rich in Terpenes and Terpenoids (Dhar); Truncated Multivariable Moment Problems and Applications (Fialkow); Parallel Algorithms for Matrix Chain Product and Matrix Powers on Optical Buses (Li); Analog Circuits Design Centering Using Genetic Alogrithms (Khalifa); Geology of the Wallkill Valley (Waines); Hydrogeology of Mid-Hudson Valley Region (Chowdhury); Real-Time Fault-Tolerant Hypercube Multicomputer (Izadi); and The Brownian Web (Ravishankar).

Distinguished Professor Awards:
Recently two Department of Mathematics faculty, Drs. David Clark and Michael Adams, have been appointed to the Rank of Distinguished Professor. This award is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within their field of study.

David Clark is known worldwide for the depth, breath, and innovation of his contributions to mathematics in the fields of universal algebra and lattice theory. He is also recognized as one of the founders of the field of "neural networks".

Michael Adams is acclaimed internationally for his work and contributions to mathematics in the arenas of lattice theory and universal algebra, with particular focus on problems of representation and structure.

Student Research Opportunities
Each summer students have an opportunity to participate with faculty mentors within a wide range of on-going science and engineering research projects. This summer research program initially sponsored by the C-STEP/AMP funded (NSF/NY State) programs has been a great success over the past six years involving each summer 12-14 students and 6-8 faculty mentors from the physical and life sciences, engineering, and computer science. Recently these opportunities have been expanded by additional support from the School of Science and Engineering and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is the firm belief of the faculty that these kinds of research experiences are an essential and encouraging component of the students' education at the undergraduate level.