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Stony Brook Receives $25 Million To Jumpstart New Engineering Center

Courtesy of Stony Brook University
Engineering school Dean Fotis Sotiropoulos, University President Samuel Stanley Jr. and State Sens. Kenneth LaValle and John Flanagan announce Albany's $25 million investment in Stony Brook University's new $100 million engineering facility Thursday.

New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has announced $25 million in funding for a new Engineering Center at Stony Brook University on Long Island.

The funds were secured by Flanagan and State Senator Kenneth LaValle.

Flanagan says the new facility is necessary if Long Island is to build and maintain its tech corridor.

“It’s unbelievably important. When I’m speaking to people working in the engineering field, they’re trying to keep people here. So anything we can do governmentally that subsidizes what goes on in the private sector, is really very, very important.”

Stony Brook President Dr. Samuel Stanley says you need a state of the art facility to develop engineers for the innovation economy.

“You have to have a workforce. And as you know people tend to stay in the area where they are educated, so providing these great graduates around the Long Island area is going to make Long Island a place where companies are going to want to come.”

The $25 million state grant will allow for initial plans to be developed. $75 million more needs to be raised.

Terry Sheridan is an award-winning audio journalist. As part of his duties as Senior Director of News and Education, he developed a unique and award-winning internship program with the Stony Brook University School of Communications and Journalism, where he is also a lecturer and adjunct professor. He also mentors graduate fellows from the Sacred Heart University Graduate School of Communication, Media, and the Arts.