Dr. Yacov Shamash
Vice President for Economic Development, Stony Brook University
As the Vice President for Economic Development at Stony Brook University, Dr. Shamash supervises the University’s four incubators, three NYS Centers for Advanced Technology, two NYS Centers of Excellence, the Small Business Development Center, and the workforce development programs of the Center for Emerging Technologies. In 1995, Dr. Shamash led SUNY’s colleges of engineering to create the statewide Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program. Stony Brook’s cumulative results include more than 3,100 projects completed with more than 490 companies, helping company partners win more than $105.9 million in competitive federal awards.
During the period from 1992 to 2015, Dr. Shamash served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. Under his leadership, the College expanded from 1500 to over 5000 students with average SAT scores of entering undergraduate students increasing from 1150 to 1343, and external research expenditures increasing six-fold to more than $30 million per year.
Prior to joining SUNY Stony Brook in 1992, Dr. Shamash served as the Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University where he established the National Science Foundation Industry/University Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet) and the Long Island Angel Network.
Dr. Shamash has also held faculty positions at Florida Atlantic University, the University of Pennsylvania and Tel Aviv University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England. He has authored more than 130 publications and is a Fellow of the IEEE.