Germana and Samaras Receive SUNY Awards


This semester the Department of Computer Science celebrated SUNY's recognition of two of its finest members, Kathy Germana and Professor Dimitri Samaras. At a , Kathy and Dimitri received SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Professional Service. 

Kathy, who is a member of the Department of Computer Science for 30+ years, received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. This award honors "superior professional achievement" andencourages the pursuit of excellence in professional service.

Nominated by faculty and staff to receive the award, in the nomination package Kathy was lauded by her colleagues for her poise under pressure, her immense knowledge of the department whether it relates to course scheduling or onboarding new faculty, and "unwavering support of all things Stony Brook."  "I am thrilled that Kathy was recognized by SUNY with this award because, honestly, I don't know where this department would be without her," said Samir Das, Chair. 

In addition to her regular duties in the department, Kathy's professionalism extends to business and student affairs, supports technologies, and academic administration. In more than one nomination letter, colleagues noted that Kathy's input is critical and she is the epitome of "going far beyond."

was recognized with a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dimitri recently celebrated his role as a co-investigator on a being conducted along with Minh Hoai Nguyen (PI) and the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook. 

His research focuses on explaining visual data for computer vision, computer graphics and image analysis through the appropriate physical and statistical models. Dimitri joined the CS faculty in 2000 and can usually be found teaching computer vision and visual computing courses for undergraduate and graduate students. 

The SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities acknowledges the work of SUNY's professionals who support "the pursuits foundational to sustaining the intellectual growth of SUNY institutions" and it recognizes Dimitri's consistent and outstanding support of "scholarly and creative productivity."  Dimitri's nomination, according to Das, is proof of his scholarship activities and outstanding collaboration within the sciences. 

Congratulations to both of the awardees!