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School of Science and Engineering

The Harrington STEM Lectures

Location:  Coykendall Science Building (CSB)
Reception: 4:30 p.m. CSB Lobby (campus map
Lecture: 5:00 p.m. CSB Auditorium

The School of Science and Engineering hosts this series of lectures on major topics of current scientific interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). These lectures, each designed for a general scientific audience, are given by recognized scholars from around the country who will also be available to meet faculty and students on the days of their visits. The public is cordially invited to these lectures at no charge.  

John Harrington was the founding dean of the SUNY New Paltz School of Science & Engineering. This lecture series honors his years of dedication to science, education and collaboration across the STEM disciplines.

For further information, including sponsorship opportunities, please email lavaller@newpaltz.edu or call 845-257-3784.


Tuesday, February 26
The Chemistry of Computers
Dr. Laura Kosbar, IBM

T.J. Watson Research Center, Research Staff Member

Abstract:  Computational chemistry has become the key to advances in chemical knowledge including modeling of molecular structure and reactivity, as well as facilitating medicinal chemistry and drug design.  What may be less apparent is the role that chemistry has played in the design and manufacture of computers themselves.  Advanced materials and chemical processing have been responsible for improving the speed and reliability of computers, as well as reducing the size of powerful microelectronic chips that power all electronic devices - from phones and laptops to video games.  This talk will demonstrate how the research and design of materials has contributed to the interconnected information age in which we live. 

Tuesday, March 12
Bioethics and Bioengineering: What We Can Do vs What We Should Do
Dr. Stephen Macleod, Loyola University Medical Center

Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Abstract: Advances in Bioengineering have allowed surgeons to make significant advances in patient diagnosis management. With virtual surgical planning, it is possible to plan surgery and design patient specific implants from the comfort of the office, saving time in the operating room and improving patient safety. Frequently, this technology is used to plan solutions to complications of treatment for other conditions. This presentation will demonstrate some of the developments in bioengineering used for reconstruction of defects complicating other treatments, and discuss the ethics of rendering treatments associated with known significant complications.

Tuesday, April 9
Changing the World of 3D Printing
Jack Stubbs, Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida

Director of the Prototype Development and 3D Printing Lab

Abstract: The Prototype Development and 3D Print Lab at the Applied Research Institute of the University of Central Florida is actively involved in advancing the state-of-the-art of 3D printing. The Institute is developing novel approaches to many areas of application in 3D printing including composite structure approaches to create tunable mechanical properties within 3D printed materials, deformation based additive manufacturing to reduce print time and material use, 3D printed optical waveguides and acoustic arrays. This lecture will review some of the technological advances and application areas in medical simulation, pre-surgical planning, patient specific medical device design and augmented medical devices. Mr. Stubbs will have 3D printed models and materials available to view and discuss.

Click here to view past Harrington STEM Lectures.