Good news continues to emerge from SEAS on a regular basis. The latest announcement I want to share with you is the formal inauguration of the Center for Innovation, a program conceived by Dr. Kevin Craig of our Mechanical Engineering faculty. This enterprise aims to bring local and regional industries into partnership with Hofstra SEAS faculty and students to solve practical problems of concern to them.
Not surprisingly, many tech companies do not have the internal resources to devote to extensive research and troubleshooting of engineering problems that may hamper their productivity. Therefore these firms welcome access to the expertise of diverse engineering and computer science professionals housed within our academic community. These companies will pay a negotiated fee to our school to utilize the services of faculty, as well as students who will work under their direction, to solve such problems. Outside consultants may also be brought in to supplement the Hofstra team, the goal being solutions in a timely fashion to satisfy the customers.
Dr. Craig worked on similar programs during prior teaching stints at RPI and Marquette, where he collaborated with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Rockwell International, and Siemens Health Care. He is already lining up customers in the Long Island area, in what promises to yield a three-way benefit: to the companies, which get consultants at affordable rates; to faculty, who can deploy their skills outside the traditional research model; and to students, who will learn about industry issues and practices.
The Center for Innovation is yet another indication of Hofstra SEAS enlarging its footprint in our community, and I look forward to its prospering under Dr. Craig’s capable guidance.