Research Foundation Board Member Dr. Harvey G. Stenger
In January 2012, Harvey G. Stenger became the seventh president of the State University of New York at Binghamton. One of the four university centers in New York State’s system of post-secondary public education, Binghamton University was established in 1946, and has since grown from a small liberal arts college to a doctoral-granting research institution comprised of six colleges and schools.
The campus encompasses nearly 900 acres of rolling hills in Vestal, NY, as well as the University Downtown Center located in nearby Binghamton. Home to more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Binghamton University offers more than 30 doctoral programs and annually awards more than 100 doctorates. The university is highly regarded for its internationalism, its research and scholarship, and its quality undergraduate education. Its four-year graduation rate is among the highest in the country among peer public research universities. The university recently completed its second comprehensive gifts campaign, exceeding its $100 million goal, with Dr. Stenger overseeing the campaign’s successful conclusion.
In recent years, Binghamton University has enhanced its sponsored research activity and strengthened its economic development partnerships. The university has been named the New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP), and, under Dr. Stenger, is developing a Smart Energy Research and Development Facility targeting alternative energy production, storage and transmission.
The university also will be the lead partner in the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator to be built in downtown Binghamton, which will focus on developing new businesses out of faculty research in fields including healthcare, alternative energy and advanced microelectronics. These efforts have had a significant impact on the regional and state economy, with the University’s overall economic impact statewide currently estimated at more than $1 billion per year.
In support of this mission, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently appointed Dr. Stenger as the co-chair of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC), one of 10 regional councils established to develop long-term strategic plans for regional economic growth and job creation. In 2013, the STREDC was named a top-performing region, and was awarded more than $91 million in state support for 62 projects, including the high technology incubator.
Prior to joining Binghamton University, Dr. Stenger served as interim provost at the University at Buffalo (UB), where he also served as dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is a chemical engineer by training, having earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1979, and his doctorate in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.
Before joining the administration at UB, Dr. Stenger was a professor at Lehigh University’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he also served as dean for six years and served terms as co-chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Environmental Studies Center.
Dr. Stenger’s research focuses on aspects of energy and the environment, including hydrogen production, selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides, mercury reaction pathways, catalytic destruction of chlorinated hydrocarbons, and fuel cell modeling and optimization. As an administrator, his emphasis has been on improving student quality, strengthening academic programs, and increasing international research and academic partnerships.