Stony Brook University Announces 40 Under Forty Alumni Honorees

Stony Brook University is proud to announce this year’s 40 Under Forty honorees and awards celebration, recognizing an exceptional group of young alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their communities. From leading efforts to protect the environment to saving lives on the frontlines of COVID-19, this year’s class of honorees has displayed exceptional fortitude and dedication to addressing global issues. Please join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.

“The caliber of this year’s honorees is a true testament to the power of a Stony Brook education to make an impact not only in our own community, but around the world,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “I am inspired by the strides that these remarkable alumni have made so early in their careers.”

Among this year’s honorees are:

  • Ofonime Inokon-Anusionwu ’05, the founder and director of the weCare Initiative for Africa, where she works to alleviate poverty in under-served rural communities in West Africa through initiatives such as higher education scholarships, clean water projects, health education programs and community outreach programs.
  • Rustum Nyquist ’05, a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer, who, in Acrra, has led U.S. Embassy efforts in Accra to combat human trafficking and protect human rights throughout Ghana.
  • Scott Perl ’08, a research scientist for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he has led investigations to measure habitability in the solar system.
  • Karen Tsai, MD ’17, an internal medicine physician and endocrinologist, who co-founded and has distributed more than 10 million items of PPE since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since its founding in 1957, Stony Brook University has established itself as one of America’s most dynamic public universities, whose alumni are among the most accomplished in their fields. A center of academic excellence, Stony Brook is an internationally recognized research institution that offers all of its students a world-class education, and is ranked among the top 40 public universities in the country.  

For more information on Stony Brook’s 40 Under Forty program, including event details, visit

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