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Computer Scientist and Biomedical Engineer Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

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omputer Scientist and Biomedical Engineer Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors


Left to Right: Arie Kaufman, PhD and Clinton Rubin, PhD

Stony Brook, NY, December 15, 2017 — 
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 theNational 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.” 

For more information about the 2017 Class of NAI Fellows, see this news.


More About Arie Kaufman

Arie Kaufman is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, who served as Chair of the Department from 1999 to 2017, providing the visionary, inspirational and steadfast leadership that elevated the department to national prominence.  He succeeded in attracting internationally renowned faculty, doubling the size of the computer science faculty over his 18-year tenure.  Among many other highly impactful and lasting contributions, Arie was the driving force behind the construction of the state-of-the-art, 70,000 square-foot computer science facility that opened in 2015.  In addition to being a very successful administrator, Arie is a world-class researcher, prolific inventor and a gifted educator.  Relevant to his induction as an NAI Fellow, He is most well-known for developing 3D virtual colonoscopy, a colon cancer-screening technique that has been licensed, FDA approved and commercialized; and the Reality Deck, the largest resolution immersive visualization facility, enabling visual analytics of big data.  Arie also serves as Distinguished Professor of Radiology, Chief Scientist of the Center of Excellence for Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), and Director of the Center for Visual Computing.  

More About Clinton Rubin

Clinton Rubin is a distinguished professor of Biomedical Engineering, who served as founding chair of the Department from 2000 to 2017 and is credited with building the department into the well-established, thriving department it is today.  In addition to a joint appointment with the Stony Brook School of Medicine, he also serves as the Director of the successful Center for Biotechnology, which focuses on commercialization of biomedical innovations, fostering of company formation, and acceleration of bioscience industry growth in the region.   Among his long and distinguished list of contributions to stony brook, Clint secured funding for the bioengineering building and oversaw its construction and completion in 2010.  Among his many impressive research breakthroughs, Clint performed pioneering work in understanding the role of mechanical signals in defining the musculoskeletal system, and then used these signals to treat injury and diseases such as osteoporosis and obesity.   His world-renowned and ground-breaking contributions to the field are reflected by a long list of awards and funding sources. Clint also has an exceptional record as an entrepreneur, securing approximately 17 issued U.S. patents, 14 patent applications, and 38 foreign patents, and founding a number of successful biomedical-centric companies.   

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.

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