Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going beyond the expectations of what today's public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 25,700 students and 2,500 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S.News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region's economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of $6.4 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.
The VIP Program at Stony Brook University was launched in Spring 2019 from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). The program started with a broad scope to engage students and faculty from all areas of the University. The inaugural teams included faculty mentors from CEAS, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Dental Medicine. Our goal is to expand the program to provide every student of every discipline with the opportunity to participate in a long-term multidisciplinary project that provides a real-world context for course work, shapes career paths, and builds professional, teamwork, and leadership skills that cannot be taught in the classroom.
The goal of the VIP Program at Stony Brook to provide every student of every discipline with the opportunity to participate in a long-term multidisciplinary project that provides a real-world context for course work, shapes career paths, and builds professional, teamwork, and leadership skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. To provide this capacity, we are building tools to automate program management and to reduce team management overhead so that faculty mentors can focus their efforts on the student experience and the productivity of their team.