Arie Kaufman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and Clinton Rubin, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University have been elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
According to the NAI, election as an NAI Fellow is a high honor bestowed upon academic innovators and inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Professors Kaufman and Rubin will be inducted as NAI Fellows during its 2018 national meeting in Washington, DC, on April 5.
“The discoveries of Arie Kaufman and Clinton Rubin have made a remarkable impact on the Stony Brook University research enterprise and have helped advance the fields of computer science and biotechnology,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University. “Arie’s seminal work with virtual colonoscopy and Clinton’s research on low-intensity vibrations for treating osteoporosis and obesity are leading examples of Stony Brook-led technologies and inventions that have had a profound impact on society. Each truly deserve this outstanding distinction of being named NAI fellows.”
Professor Kaufman is well known internationally for developing 3D virtual colonoscopy, a licensed an FDA-approved colon cancer screening technology. He is also the chief architect of the Reality Deck, a visualization facility at Stony Brook that interprets big data in many fields. Professor Rubin, founding chair of Stony Brook’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, pioneered research in understanding the role of mechanical signals in the musculoskeletal system and has patented technology that includes use of low frequency mechanical signals (vibrations) to combat disease like osteoporosis and obesity.
“I continue to be inspired by the accomplishments of our brilliant faculty, and am particularly proud of the national recognition of Arie and Clinton, both prolific and outstanding scholars,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “I congratulate them on this distinctive award and significant achievement in their academic careers, and thank them for their contributions to their Departments, and to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.”