Farmingdale State College

The road to the final $100K

Entrepreneurial innovators from Long Island’s top colleges and universities will go head-to-head on Thursday in the regional round of the New York State Business Plan Competition. With $30,000 in prizes and a shot at the state finals at stake, teams from Farmingdale State College, Hofstra University, NYIT and Stony Brook University will present their business ideas to a high-caliber panel of judges chaired by Steve Winick, managing director of Syosset private equity firm Topspin Partners…


Nader named new Farmingdale president

John S. Nader, provost at SUNY Delhi and the former mayor of Oneonta, has been appointed president of Farmingdale State College, succeeding W. Hubert Keen, who retires in July. Nader, the provost since 2009, previosuly served as dean of Delhi’s liberal arts and sciences program, overseeing the introduction of new degree programs in Environmental Studies and Criminal Justice. As both provost and dean, he focused on promoting student success through improving advisement, expanding scholarship support and…


Farmingdale adds aeronautics minor

Farmingdale State College has landed a New York first: Starting this spring, it will be the only college or university in the state offering Air Force-designed aerospace classes. Designed to prepare military-minded students for active-duty service and educate all comers on U.S. military operations and history, the minor degree requires courses such as Foundations of the U.S. Air Force, Evolution of U.S. Air Force and Space Power, Air Force Leadership and Management, and National Security…


Codagenix preps for fight against Zika virus

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook startup that digitally recreates viruses in order to reprogram their genomes is preparing to take on the Zika virus, which World Health Organization officials said Thursday is “spreading explosively” through the Americas. Codagenix, a 2012 startup cofounded by Farmingdale State College biology professor J. Robert Coleman and former Stony Brook University assistant research professor Steffen Mueller, is keeping a close eye on the migration of the virus, which…


Farmingdale in line for security center

Strengthening security across regional infrastructure and transportation systems is the focus of a new center coming to Farmingdale State College. Lieutenant Gov. Kathleen Hochul visited the FSC campus Thursday to announce that $6.6 million in NYSUNY 2020 funding was being awarded to establish the Infrastructure, Transportation and Security Center, which will put an academic focus on security issues and help train students to work in related fields. “The Infrastructure, Transportation and Security Center establishes New…


Codagenix making all the right moves

By GREGOERY ZELLER // A seven-figure Regional Economic Development Council award is set to push an innovative influenza vaccine toward human trials. Codagenix, a 2012 startup cofounded by Farmingdale State College biology professor J. Robert Coleman and former Stony Brook University assistant research professor Steffen Mueller, received $2.25 million through the 2015 REDC awards, which were announced in December. All told, 121 Long Island projects collected $98.3 million through the fifth-annual REDC process, many focused…


The Debrief: Getting Broad Hollow out of park

A Long Island lifer – he earned an undergraduate degree at C.W. Post and an MBA at Adelphi University before serving as president of the Lake Success-based subsidiary of Norwegian biotech firm Invitrogen Dynal AS – Greg Blyskal knows better than most what makes the Island’s economy tick. His life’s lessons, including his faith in innovation and technology as LI’s best economic hopes, have been reaffirmed at the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park at Farmingdale State…


Making the global innovation connection

By GREGORY ZELLER /// It’s a big world out there, and a true innovation economy must capitalize on it. Selling widgets around town can get a startup off the ground, but to grow and help sustain real economic development, businesses must think bigger. That varies by industry, of course – the local bagel store needn’t focus, necessarily, on Asia – but in sectors with global potential, like healthcare and IT and other Long Island best…


Farmingdale lands $2.9M grant for at-risk students

Farmingdale State College has been awarded $2.9 million in federal funding to increase mentoring research programs for at-risk students at at its local caampus and schools in three other states. Farmingdale is the only school in the state and one of only 17 nationally to win the grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s First in the World program. The school hopes the money, which will be used to provide what Farmingdale President W. Hubert Keen called “innovative mentored…


Tech plays center stage in latest funding contest

With visions of a thriving innovation economy front and center, Long Island business and academic leaders are shooting for $105 million in commercialization funds through the annual Regional Economic Development Council competition. The Long Island council, comprised of more than 20 businesspeople and academicians appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, pored over 254 applications from Nassau and Suffolk companies, governments and nonprofits – the highest number of applications since the contest launched on 2011 – to determine…


Protect NY sets move to Farmingdale

By GREGORY ZELLER // The academic and professional think tank Protect New York is moving to Farmingdale State College, relocating from its birthplace inside the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The organization – which launched in 2006 and represents disciplines including criminal justice, psychiatry, sociology, public health, media studies and engineering – will now be hosted by the Department of Criminal Justice in Farmingdale’s School of Arts & Sciences. Protect New York…


Keen stepping down as Farmingdale prez in ’16

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen will step down next June after nearly nine years in office. Keen, 70, led the school through a period of significant enrollment growth, the expansion of academic programs and a nearly $200 million construction and renovation project that transformed the look and feel of the college, which began as a two-year agricultural school. “Everyone has his or her time, and now it is my time,” Keen said. “I’m…


P-TECH quietly preps future manufacturing stars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island wasn’t on the list when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new round of Pathways in Technology funding June 5, but Island educators and businesses say they are making good progress with a grant LI snagged in 2013. Of course, they’d like more. Known as P-TECH, after its clunky, acronym-focused name, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, the program supplies funding to applicants that focus on STEM education. Long…


FFarmingdale business school

Farmingdale opens biz school expansion

Farmingdale State College officially opened its three-story, $19.3 million business school expansion on Thursday, adding new classrooms — eight of them with tiered “collaborative” seating — and offices for 40 professors. More than 2,200 students are enrolled in the business program, with total enrollment at the college now at 8,400. The business school addition is the largest component of a $185 million modernization and renovation of the campus, which includes a new Information Commons in…


Farmingdale summer program

Farmingdale sets summer academics program

Farmingdale State College’s academic summer camps program kicks off May 23 with a series of weekend sessions on 3-D printing that runs through June 20. A variety of other classes will be offered through August, usually from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Included are: Architectural Modeling, a week-long course on the basics of bridge and building design, July 13-17; Health Science Careers; July 14-16; Introduction to Computer Gaming Design and Animation, Aug. 10-14; and Forensics/Criminalistics,…