SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase: Science and Engineering for Social Good

Hosted by: The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), and Stony Brook University

June 3 – 5, 2018

Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center

Participants: faculty, administrators, staff, foundation representatives, and professionals in industry

Conference Purpose and Aims:

Building on over twenty years of transformative reform initiatives in STEM learning that have impacted educators at over 500 institutions, the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), is joining Stony Brook University to host the SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase. The Conference is part of a broader effort to build partnerships advancing collaborative research, education, and professional development projects that will solidify SUNY’s leadership role in advancing science and engineering that supports social good at the local, statewide, national, and global level. Conference themes include, but are not limited to, the following areas of critical civic and social importance: energy and environment, health, broadening participation in STEM (human resource development), education and the technological workforce), integrating STEM and the arts and humanities, infrastructure development, technology and security, social media, and data science. Special attention will be given to efforts that achieve synergy across sectors (academia, industry, government and NGO’s) and across lines of inquiry (research, education, policy, and project development).

The SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase will aim for outcomes beyond the usual conference by integrating two goals. The first is broad capacity-building for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) focused on the coordination and diffusion of civically beneficial SUNY-industry collaborations and the creation of an advocacy network. The second aim of the conference is to showcase existing research and innovation and catalyze cross-sector partnerships. For that purpose, individuals may register to attend the conference.

Presenters will include national and global experts—from within and outside of SUNY and New York industries.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers Include:

  • Peter Small, Founding Director of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University
  • Radha Ganesan, Curriculum Designer at the Alda Center for Communicating Science
  • Ed Coyle, Director of Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Heather Hage, Vice President, Industry and External Affairs at the Research Foundation for SUNY
  • There will also be a plenary panel on “Funding Opportunities at the NSF” to include:
    • Martha James of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
    • Andre W. Marshall of Industry University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC), and others to be announced.

Conference Schedule
The meeting schedule below is subject to change, and will be updated as additional speakers and activities are confirmed.

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Proposing to Give a Conference Presentation

As part of the registration process, registrants will be given the opportunity to propose a short talk (20 minutes) and/or a poster. These can be proposed as part of the registration process. The prospective presenter will be asked to give a title and abstract.

Presentations that address the broader topic of “Science and Engineering for Social Good” will be encouraged. Themes may include, but are not limited to, any of the topics listed above as they relate to education (e.g., courses, curricula, experiential learning), technological workforce and human resource development, sustainability, and collaborative project development that improves quality of life for individuals and their communities and advances equity and inclusion.

Organizational Showcase

Organizations attending this conference will have the opportunity to demonstrate the work they are doing to advance SUNY-industry collaborations on the evening of June 4th at a special reception and showcase where each organization in attendance will have a table. As with individual conference presentations, we are encouraging projects which address the broader topic of “Science and Engineering for Social Good,” with an emphasis on activities which bring together industry and higher education. You will be able to provide us with a title and description of your showcase project as part of the registration process.

To Register:

The cost of individual registation for this meeting is $500 per person, and $350 per person for Stony Brook University faculty and staff only. This fee includes:

  • Access to all SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase sessions
  • Educational and program materials
  • Breakfast and lunch on Monday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 5th, and a reception on Monday, June 4th

The cost of  organizational registation for this meeting is $2000 per organization. This fee includes the benefits of individual attendance as well as:

  • Registration for 3 members of the organization
  • A table at the reception and organizational showcase on the night of Monday, June 4th

Both individuals and organizations can register for the meeting here. This form will give us logistical information to ensure the best possible experience for you at the conference. Lead members of organizations will be sent a code for the two other included registrations once organization registration is complete.

Individual and Organizational Payment information (also included on invoices)

Travel and Lodging Information

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Questions? Concerns?

Please contact Kyle Simmons, NCSCE’s Faculty Development Events Manager with any questions you may have at or by phone at (202) 276-2343.