Dr. Sina Rabbany, acting dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) since December 2014 and a faculty member since 1990, was appointed to the permanent post in June by President Stuart Rabinowitz, who cited Dr. Rabbany’s success in building the school’s co-op program and Center for Innovation, as well as plans to launch new partnerships with local high schools and double the number of programs recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) by the 2018-19 academic year.
Earlier in the year, the state announced a $25 million grant to help fund a new, 65,000-square-foot building for SEAS as part of its goal to create a research corridor on Long Island. Hofstra will match the state grant. This new facility will help address the demand for highly skilled engineering and computer science professionals by providing students with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and other spaces, including new bioengineering and civil engineering labs, a soils and foundation lab, and a structures and vibrations lab.
The developments come as the school’s enrollment continues to grow. The number of undergraduate students, for example, has increased from 538 in fall 2014 to an estimated 700 this fall.
“Our new, state-of-the-art home for the School of Engineering and Applied Science will help address the demand for engineers and computer scientists with advanced skills necessary to transform and sustain the region’s economy for decades to come,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “The $25 million state grant, matched by Hofstra University, will fund a 65,000-square-foot building to accommodate rapidly increasing enrollment, new and expanded programs and our Center for Innovation. We are gratified that the state is supporting the development of a research corridor on Long Island to expand the partnerships between higher education institutions, industry and government that are so critical to building an innovation economy.”
Hofstra’s School of Engineering and Applied Science offers students opportunities for scholarly research and practical experience through a co-op program. The program, launched in 2015, offers students extended full-time paid work experience at local companies. Already, more than 100 companies are participating in the program. The Center for Innovation, in which local industries contract with the center to solve technical problems, also provides students with opportunities to put their knowledge and skills into practice.
At the same time, the school has invested more than $11 million on Big Data and robotics labs, and new equipment – resources that are made available to all students, including undergraduates, from the beginning of their studies. In addition, students have opportunities to work with faculty on groundbreaking research. Among them is Dr. Rabbany, who was founding director of the bioengineering program and is internationally recognized for his innovative research (including several patents) in the areas of cardiovascular dynamics, biosensors, vascular biology, and tissue engineering/regenerative medicine. His work is also noteworthy for the number of undergraduate researchers he has directed, many of whom have gone on to earn advanced degrees.