Impactful Learning

Applied learning experiences at UAlbany allow students to complement classroom knowledge and acquire relevant disciplinary and professional skills by participating in substantive, real-world work activities -- locally and abroad. Following are some of the ways UAlbany students are learning by doing.

Building Cybersecurity Education and Training
University at Albany School of Business Professor Sanjay Goel has received funding to build cybersecurity education and industry consortiums. Grants from The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Economic Development Agency (EDA) acknowledge UAlbany’s unique position — with the Digital Forensics program, domain researchers and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem — to foster cybersecurity innovation, public-private partnerships and job growth regionally. A $197,000 grant from NIST extends for 15 months, and a $583,000 EDA grant extends over five years.

Lightning Before the (Really Big) Storm
Kristen Corbosiero and Stephanie Stevenson’s research got a literal boost recently in Cape Canaveral, Fla. When a Lockheed Martin satellite lifted off into geosynchronous orbit on Nov. 19, it created an exciting new source of evidence to increase their multiple studies of tropical cyclones. Assistant Professor Corbosiero of Atmospheric and Environmental and Sciences (DAES) and Ph.D. candidate Stevenson both witnessed the launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), a joint project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA.

Chemistry Student Breaks University Patent Record
Tony Hoang, a Ph.D. chemistry candidate, will launch his biotech startup this month with six pending utility patents. That number breaks the University at Albany student record. His startup, Advanced Modular Instruments (AMI), is a scientific accessory company which provides fast and efficient tools to enhance research in biology and chemistry labs. All six patents (five U.S., one international) are for technologies that will be sold through the business.