Stony Brook University

Next-gen lasers cut to the heart of manufacturing

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fire all lasers! But not just for cutting – Stony Brook University is warming up new tech that uses energy beams to both shape materials and alter their molecular states, a next-level manufacturing breakthrough. Welcome to the new Center for Laser Manufacturing, which aims open this fall inside SBU’s long-awaited Innovation and Discovery Center, a state-funded $60 million jewel for Stony Brook’s commercialization crown. Alongside the Center of Excellence in Wireless…


Maybe not what you ‘Expected’ from SBU’s pod people

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island flagship of the state university system is an understandably busy place. Cutting-edge scientific research, a thriving arts-and-culture scene, NCAA Division I athletics, deepening and increasingly important collaborations with regional socioeconomic partners – all of this and more, spread across a 1,000-acre main campus with a city-sized student population hovering around 27,000. To highlight the expertise and outstanding social contributions of this large and diverse community, Stony Brook University…


In reality, a STEM spin on LI workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany’s biggest economic engine is hitting the gas on a clever, multifaceted Long Island workforce-development initiative, offering a reality-TV look at the Island’s thriving 21st century industries. The Empire State Development Corp. is joining the Long Island STEM Hub – a consortium of regional educators, executives and other stakeholders boosting regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries – to launch “Full STEM Ahead Long Island,” a new video series pushing STEM…


Mustangs bring home the bacon in 2020 Scallop Bowl

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hold the lemon and butter – it’s not that kind of scallop bowl. Instead, the Bay Scallop Bowl is a regional academic competition focused on oceanic sciences, designed to test students’ knowledge through buzzer-style lightning rounds, multiple-choice questions and other team challenges. Part of the annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition, the regional round was hosted Feb. 1 by Stony Brook University, with students from Mount Sinai High School once again…


No. 471: Hike! It’s your Super Bowl newsletter, starring Michael Sahn, the Jingle King and Ham the space chimp

  The time warp, again: It’s happened once more, dear readers – that blink-and-you-missed-it jump to the left (or was it a step to the right?) and the whole first month of 2020 is gone, poof, just like that. Yep – it’s Jan. 31 already, a Friday this year, wrapping up both the month and the week in socioeconomic innovation. Ad on: Speaking of socioeconomic innovation (and the first weekend in February), we already know…


At CEWIT tech conference, the future is in their hands

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University will flex its innovation muscle in March, bulking up its Technology Commercialization Conference with an entire campus worth of creativity. The university’s Office of Economic Development is inviting students and faculty to showcase new technologies for possible commercialization, with an audience of potential investors and industry insiders expected to fill SBU’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. The Technology Commercialization Conference is not to be confused…


No. 468: Adelphi’s Truth, ULC’s deep thoughts, and why there’s cake in NSUH’s Don Monti Unit

  Onward and upward: Welcome to Wednesday, eager entrepreneurs and intrepid innovators, and the midpoint of this latest wintry workweek. Pet peeves: It’s Jan. 22 out there – National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, which is real but requires a catastrophic loneliness we (thankfully) cannot fathom. Unfortunately, the best alternative we could find is National Blonde Brownie Day, which is, you know, meh … kinda like blonde brownies. Agree to disagree: It’s also the 47th…


No. 467: In which law firms and the universe expand, and offshore wind goes to school

  Well played: You’ve done it again, dear reader – the workweek is winding down and a well-earned (if wintry) weekend awaits. Butter believe it: It’s Jan. 17 out there, and here’s a toast to your efforts – celebrating one of the oldest blended beverages in mixological history, today is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Not to mention National Bootlegger’s Day. Shirley Temples for you: They’re too young for booze, but raise a glass anyway…


Island schools to run $20M institute for wind-farmers

By GREGORY ZELLER // The winds of workforce development are blowing again through Long Island’s leading academic institutions, two of which will anchor a new state-sanctioned project targeting the offshore wind industry. Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University will leverage a $20 million New York State Energy Research and Development Authority grant to create the Offshore Wind Training Institute, a worker-readiness effort focused on the burgeoning clean-gen industry, which looms large over future regional…


Codagenix scores big with $20M Series B round

By GREGORY ZELLER // A stellar $20 million investment round has blasted a Long Island biotech into the stratosphere, and a new tax bracket. Farmingdale-based Codagenix Inc., a 2012 startup launched by Stony Brook University assistant research professor Steffan Mueller and Farmingdale State College biology professor J. Robert Coleman, has closed a $20 million Series B investment round, led by Adjuvant Capital, a New York City/San Francisco venture capital firm focused on life sciences. Also…


Debrief: Abiding Kevin Law, as LI collides with destiny

  Hard to believe, but it’s been five long years since Innovate LI last Debriefed Kevin Law, who’s now logged a full decade as President and CEO of the Long Island Association. As 2020 dawns, the primary influencer and leading architect of regional socioeconomics is enjoying another “Top Performer” effort by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (the council, which Law co-chairs with Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz, snagged $87.9 million in Albany’s ninth-annual…


Now batting for Hoplite Power, an innovation veteran

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional rookie with major-league aspirations – literally – has teamed up with a heavy-hitting innovation all-star to knock its next-gen “power hubs” out of the park. Actually, into the park. Hoplite Power, a Long Island City-based startup and client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubation Program, has enlisted the help of Hauppauge-based product-design expert Intelligent Product Solutions – specifically, IPS President Mitch Maiman – as it prepares to…


After successful seed, Qunnect set for ludicrous speed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking another quantum leap for cybersecure long-distance communications, a high-tech Stony Brook University spinoff has completed a key financing round. Qunnect LLC, a 2017 startup launched by a Stony Brook PhD and the head of the university’s Quantum Information Technology Group, has closed its $800,000 seed round, an oversubscribed financing cycle backed by the Accelerate NY Seed Fund, French venture-capital fund Quantonation – the first VC fund dedicated to quantum technologies…


No. 463: A family-friendly finale for 2019, featuring George Bailey, sangria and the sole ‘Survivor’

  Tied with a bow: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up the last full workweek of the decade and unwrap a full slate of holiday celebrations. (With that, a gentle reminder: Watch for your regular calendar newsletter on Monday, Dec. 23, then keep an eye on the homepage for updates through New Year’s Day. Thrice-weekly newsletters return Jan. 6!) Holiday China: It’s Dec. 20 out there, and to our many readers in…


No. 462: Silver bells, silver medals and the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – plus, STEM education for grown-ups

  Are those bells we hear? Santa’s sleigh is warming up, dear readers, as we hurdle another Wednesday and trigger the one-week countdown to Christmas Day. That makes it Dec. 18 out there, and around the world we go: Republic Day in Niger, National Day in Qatar, International Migrants Day and the U.N.’s Arabic Language Day, recognizing a true pillar of human history. This little piggy: Pork will likely be scarce at Arabic Language Day…