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 STEM 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.