Serge Luryi, distinguished professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Craig Lehmann, former dean of the School of Health Technology and Management, have been elected Fellows by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) — the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.
The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. The list of 2021 NAI Fellows includes 164 prolific innovators from 116 research universities, and governmental and non-profit institutes worldwide. They collectively hold 4,800 issued U.S. patents.
Luryi and Lehmann will officially be inducted Fellows at the NAI’s annual meeting on June 15, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona.
A preeminent research scientist, Luryi joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1994, when he was appointed as distinguished professor, the highest-ranking professorship in the State University of New York system. He served as chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1994 to 2016 and has published over 250 papers and has been awarded 54 U.S. patents in the areas of high-speed electronic and photonic devices, material science, sensor systems and electronic packaging. His most impactful invention is the endowment of silicon chips with various capabilities, e.g. optoelectronics, and he has been a pioneer in semiconductor research and its commercial application by translating research discoveries into new technologies.
“Professor Luryi serves as an inspiration to our students and faculty alike with over 250 journal papers, 54 U.S. patents and fellowships bestowed from several electrical engineering societies,” said Jon Longtin, interim dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor, and are grateful for his lasting and important contributions to our students, our College and the greater Stony Brook community.”
Since 1998, he has been the founding director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Sensor Systems (Sensor CAT). The Sensor CAT was driven by needs of New York State industries that develop, manufacture, or employ sensors and supported science-based start-ups, especially those connected with university research. The Sensor CAT has developed an “All in One” Electrical Engineering Educational Kit, including laboratories, which allowed Stony Brook to become the first research institution to offer a bachelor of science in electrical engineering online degree. Since its inception, Sensor CAT has received over $20M in funding from New York State, which has enabled Luryi and his team to develop splendid research facilities. Most of this activity was based on the patented inventions of Luryi and his associates in sensor-related fields like DNA sequencing and high-energy radiation detection.
Luryi was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions in the field of heterojunction devices, a Fellow of the American Physical Society for theory of electron transport in low-dimensional systems and invention of novel electron devices, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America for outstanding and pioneering contributions to semiconductor optoelectronics, especially to the physics and photonic applications of low-dimensional semiconductor structures. In 2006, he received the IEEE Long Island Section’s Papoulis Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology Education with the citation “for pioneering contributions to include entrepreneurial skills in engineering education on Long Island.” He is also the founding director of the triennial advanced research workshop on Future Trends in Microelectronics.
Lehmann is a registered clinical chemist and a Fellow in the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, and the former dean of the School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University, now the School of Health Professions. As dean and professor, Lehmann led undergraduate and graduate programs for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Respiratory Care, Physician Assistant, Cytotechnology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Health Sciences and Healthcare Policy and Management.
“Dr. Craig Lehmann has left a lasting impact on the School of Health Professions with outstanding contributions, including community healthcare initiatives and research, expansion of degree programs on Stony Brook’s East and Southampton campuses, advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion and social mobility for underrepresented students, and medical mission trips,” said Stacy Jaffee Gropack, dean of the School of Health Professions.
Lehmann presented at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where he led President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in discussions that focused on the benefits of e-technology and the major disease states suited for application; principally, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure. To that end, he invented a medication management device that assists clients and caregivers managing complex medication regimens and may help reduce the $100-300 billion spent in the U.S. each year for medication non-adherence issues.
Lehmann served for three years on the editorial board for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s Strategies and Solutions, and he is a member of the editorial board of Clinical Laboratory Sciences since 1987. In addition to authoring more than 65 journal articles, Lehmann is the author, editor and/or co-editor of five clinical laboratory science textbooks and has served as a United States delegate for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences at three world congresses in Holland, Sweden and Australia. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Outstanding Contributions in Education Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and the Stony Brook University Provost’s Award for Exceptional Service to Undergraduate Education.