Farmingdale State College

Homeland Security coming for Westbury hackers

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multistate hacking effort centered in Westbury has attracted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s attention – and agents are coming. But no arrests are imminent: When Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots hosts its Back-To-School Code-a-Thon later this month, it will welcome DHS representatives as partners in an educational data dump for high schoolers on potential cybersecurity careers, including government work. The federal agents are among several tweaks marking the…


No. 272: Stalin says hello, MSC Industrial rides the momentum and understanding why Central Islip needs two Marriotts

Well done: Congratulations, true believers – it’s Friday and you made it! For successfully completing 2018’s first five-day workweek, approximately 37 percent of you (according to a Bloomberg study) will now enjoy a three-day weekend. Seems U.S. businesses treat Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, about the same as President’s Day, insofar as paid vacations. (Schools, banks and stock markets get it right). All hail: However your weekend shapes up, today, Jan. 12,…


No. 271: New Discovery for New York, new co-working options for the Hamptons and cracking the Case of the Co-Opted Cashbox

Second wind: It’s Wednesday, Jan. 10, and over the hump we go. Welcome back, dear readers, to the five-day workweek. Gold standards: It was 50 years ago today that the U.S. Surveyor 7 landed near lunar crater Tycho and Matt Bodkin – cartoonist for Newsday, Long Island Business News and a zillion other regional publications – landed on Earth. This is also a fairly noteworthy date in the annals of innovation and business: London debuted…


FSC tops Island schools in annual ‘Best Value’ rankings

By GREGORY ZELLER // A national hub for college applicants has ranked Farmingdale State College among the nation’s best schools for its price. Online aggregator Best Value Schools places FSC No. 29 on its new top-100 list of 2018’s Most Affordable Universities/Colleges in America. Among other qualities, Best Value Schools notes Farmingdale State’s “manicured” 380-acre campus, proximity to New York City, moderate enrollment and roughly 40 distinct academic programs – a “not overwhelming” selection reflecting…


Debrief: Ken White eyes tomorrow’s workforce, today

When last we chatted up Ken White, the manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs was jazzed about the progress the then-three-year-old Long Island STEM Hub was making on its mission to educate a high-tech next-gen workforce. Launched in 2012 as part of the community-driven Empire State STEM Learning Network, the science/technology/engineering/mathematics program – managed by BNL and the Northwell Health system – has hit its stride in the last two years, according…


At Farmingdale State, ‘body cams’ in the classroom

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island college is employing body-worn cameras in the classroom – but no, professors are not keeping a third eye on students. In what it describes as a first for U.S. colleges and universities, Farmingdale State College has brought “body cams” into the mix of its criminal justice program, instructing tomorrow’s law enforcers (and attorneys) on the pros, cons, do’s and don’ts of an increasingly common law-enforcement technology. That “increasingly…


Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…


A century later, new life for old FSC power plant

More than a century since it was built and years since it’s been anything more than a memory, a vintage Farmingdale State College structure is about to be reborn. College officials will mark the completion of a $12 million renovation of Conklin Hall, a circa-1914 building that housed the college’s original heating plant, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 5. The refurbished Conklin Hall will serve as the new home of the FSC student government,…


Study: Babylon IDA tax cuts spurred $600M in activity

Take a bow, Babylon Industrial Development Agency: You leveraged just $6 million in tax incentives into nearly 100 times that in economic activity, and created some 10,000 new jobs, in just five years. So says “Investing in Babylon: A Study of Babylon’s Economy to Plan for the Future,” a 45-page dissertation following 80 transactions incentivized by the Babylon IDA between 2011 and 2015. The economic impact analysis, conducted by the agency in conjunction with the…


Billionaire machinist Haas backs FSC manufacturing

By GREGORY ZELLER // An educational foundation dedicated to fostering the next generation of Computerized Numerical Control-trained machinists has boosted Farmingdale State College, once again. The Gene Haas Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Farmingdale College Foundation, earmarked for scholarships for students in FSC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. The Farmingdale College Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization that turns donations and other gifts into scholarships, grants and projects that benefit Farmingdale State students and staff. The Gene…


Debrief: Learning as we go with Imin Kao

On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad…


To infinity, and beyond, at FSC commencements

Farmingdale State College will go global, and then some, at its annual commencement exercises. The college is planning two separate ceremonies this year – one for students graduating from the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences, one for graduates of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering Technology – and each will feature a heavy-hitting keynote speaker. The Business/Health Sciences commencement, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. May…


Best laid plans: Seven head to Albany for $100K shot

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University showed off its innovation chops in this week’s regional round of the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition. Four of the seven teams selected to represent Long Island in the state finals, scheduled for April 28 in Albany, hail from Hofstra University, two from Farmingdale State College and one from Stony Brook University. The regional semifinal round was held April 4 at Farmingdale State in conjunction with Dare…


FSC: How to (safely) earn a commercial drone license

By GREGORY ZELLER // As the nation’s skies clog with Unmanned Aerial Systems, the Federal Aviation Administration is ratcheting up its licensing protocols – and Farmingdale State College is ready for takeoff. The college has announced a new, six-week Remote Pilot Certification Program, starting April 15 at the Farmingdale State College Aviation Center. Meeting weekly for intensive three-hour sessions, the program prepares students for the FAA’s Part 107 licensing examination, which authorizes UAS operations for…


Start-Up NY adds 39, including two LI companies

By GREGORY ZELLER // Thirty-nine early-stage companies, including two on Long Island, have been welcomed into the Start-Up NY program. The companies will either launch in or relocate to “tax-free zones” at or near New York colleges and universities – an ambitious program designed to let entrepreneurs hold onto working capital while simultaneously fostering innovation hubs and bolstering regional economies. The Long Island region will be bolstered by the creation of 26 new jobs, according…