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03-20-2008

Clarkson University's Robinson Chair-elect of College of Fellows of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

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Clarkson University Professor Charles J. Robinson has been elected chair-elect of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Robinson is the director of Clarkson's Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology and the Herman L. Schulman chair in Rehabilitation Engineering. Robinson helped to form AIMBE and served in 1992 in the group of inaugural fellows. robinsonc

Out of the approximately 80,000 engineers, scientists, clinicians and professionals in the USA that collectively deal with the various aspects of medical and biological engineering, fewer than 1,000 have been named AIMBE Fellows. These bioengineering leaders have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education.

AIMBE's College of Fellows is comprised of true trailblazers -- men and women who drive change and innovation across a field that has made medical procedures less invasive and more effective, saving lives and improving daily life all around the world.

"To be selected as chair-elect of this august group is a singular honor," says Robinson.

The fellows work daily throughout the technical and management spheres of medicine, academia, industry and government - leading the way in technological advancement, advocating for public policies that facilitate further progress and preparing young scientists and engineers to build on that progress in the decades to come.

Over the years, AIMBE Fellows have been at the leading edge of technological development, helping to revolutionize medicine, engineering and related fields that enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world. Counting several Nobel Prize winners among them, their work also helps protect the environment, leads to new national security safeguards and contributes to a better society in many other ways.

His latest research is on the mechanisms of falls in the elderly and in diabetics and amputees, on advanced neural engineering nanosensor measurement techniques to determine the neurochemical events that occur during and after a cerebral stroke, and on devices to quantify Parkinsonian tremor.

Robinson received his bachelor of science degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, his master of science from Ohio State University and his doctor of science from Washington University. He has also been with the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs for more than 27 years and was the first VA Senior Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist to be selected in the country.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[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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