Stony Brook research pioneers land major NAI honors

Good vibrations: Clinton Rubin, founding chairman of SBU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, is among 155 new fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Two Stony Brook University professors have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, among the highest honors bestowed upon academic innovators.

Arie Kaufman, distinguished professor of computer science, and Clinton Rubin, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, are scheduled to be inducted as NAI fellows during the academy’s 2018 national meeting, slated for April 5 in Washington.

The honor is reserved for inventors who demonstrate what SBU called “prolific innovation” in creating or facilitating new mechanisms with tangible effects on quality of life, economic development and society’s general wellbeing – requirements that perfectly define Kaufman and Rubin, according to university President Samuel Stanley Jr., who trumpeted the “remarkable impact” of both research scientists.

“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,” Stanley said. “Each truly deserve this outstanding distinction of being named NAI fellows.”

Arie Kaufman: High honor for chief CEWIT scientist.

Kaufman, a 2016 inductee to the NAI’s Hall of Fame, is known internationally as the developer of 3D virtual colonoscopy, an FDA-approved colon cancer screening technology. He is also the chief architect of the Reality Deck, a National Science Foundation-funded “immersive gigapixel resolution display” at SBU’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

The chair of the university’ Computer Science Department and director of its Center of Visual Computing, the CEWIT chief scientist is also a distinguished professor of radiology.

Rubin, founding chairman of SBU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the university’s Center for Biotechnology, is a pioneering researcher into the role mechanical signals play in the musculoskeletal system.

Among the distinguished professor’s numerous patents are technologies that use low-frequency mechanical vibrations to combat obesity and other conditions.

A total of 155 “renowned academic inventors” were granted NAI fellow status this year. With the addition of the 2017 class, there are now 912 NAI fellows, representing over 250 universities, government agencies and nonprofit research institutes.

The 2017 fellows – who boast roughly 6,000 combined U.S. patents, pushing the collective total of all NAI fellows past 32,000 – were chosen by an 18-member selection committee that included current NAI fellows, U.S. National Medal recipients, members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and senior officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, among other organizations.

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