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04-18-2005

Dr. Charles J. Robinson Joins Clarkson University As Schulman Endowed Chair And Director Of Crest

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Potsdam, N.Y. - Dr. Charles J. Robinson joined the faculty of Clarkson University April 1, assuming the position of director of the newly established Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST). His appointment also includes the distinction of Herman L. Schulman Endowed Chair. robinsonc

“With a doctor of science in electrical engineering and post doctoral training in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as post doctoral training in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Yale University School of Medicine, Robinson’s depth and breadth of experience is consistent with the vision and goals of CREST in the exciting fields of bioengineering and rehabilitation engineering,” remarked S.S. “Mani” Venkata, dean of Clarkson’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Having held teaching and research positions in engineering, medical and allied health schools, he most recently served as director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science at Louisiana Tech University, where he was also the Watson Eminent Scholar Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Micromanufacturing since 1999. He concurrently continues to hold a position with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs as Senior Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist, the first such awardee in the country. Additionally, he has held a number of faculty appointments throughout his notable career including adjunct professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Louisiana State University Medical Center, and founding chairman of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, professor of Neurology at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine, and a lecturer in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In his career to date, Robinson has been responsible for developing independently or in collaboration more than $20 million in funded grants from various private and federal granting agencies. He has authored more than 60 full publications and edited 12 major books and publications. He is a member of numerous professional and community organizations and has received many honors and awards including, most notably, selection as a Founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 1999; the IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award for distinguished service in 2001; an induction as Academician to the World Academy of Biomedical Technology, United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2004; and an IEEE Fellow.

As director of CREST, Robinson is expected to provide strategic leadership to both cultivate the strategic growth of a world-class center and to establish Clarkson and CREST as a major national research presence in the Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology field. As part of this charge, he will work with other Center staff to garner University participation in the Center, to mentor faculty and students in these areas, and to develop corresponding educational thrusts that support the Center’s mission.

CREST was established as a new initiative in bioengineering and rehabilitation engineering and is one of five distinct, yet related, priority research and programmatic expansions funded by a $30 million grant – the largest gift in this institution’s history - from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Other focus areas to be funded through this generous gift include colloid and particle science and engineering, team project-based learning opportunities in engineering education, laboratory upgrades and scholarship assistance for students from underrepresented minorities. As director, Robinson is expected to continually advocate and maintain high standards for CREST consistent with the Coulter Foundation’s vision and expectations.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Charles J. Robinson joins the faculty of Clarkson University as Herman L. Schulman Endowed Chair and director of the newly established Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST).

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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