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October 2, 2007


NEW YORK, October 2, 2007 – Collaborators, former and current students, family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Sheldon Weinbaum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY) will mark his 70th birthday with a day-long symposium Friday, October 5, followed by a reception and dinner. 

Professor Weinbaum, who joined the CCNY faculty in 1967, retired from teaching at the beginning of the Fall 2007 semester. However, he continues to advise students and conduct research at the College, supported by five grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

“For 40 years, Sheldon Weinbaum has been one of the crown jewels of The City College faculty,” noted CCNY President Dr. Gregory H. Williams.  “He has distinguished himself not only through his teaching and research but also through his passionate commitment to achieving true equality in education. I thank him for his service and devotion to The City College.”

“Sheldon Weinbaum has dedicated his career to improving the lives of his students and improving the quality of life for humankind,” noted Dr. John Tarbell, Wallace Coulter Distinguished Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at The Grove School of Engineering. “We’re delighted that many of his students and collaborators will be joining with us to celebrate his accomplishments.”

Professor Weinbaum holds the distinction of being just one of six living Americans elected to all three U.S. National Academies: Science, Engineering and Medicine. He has published more than 200 full-length papers plus numerous shorter communications and conference papers. His other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (2002), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ H.R, Lissner Award (1994) and Melville Medal (1996) and an NSF “Special Creativity Award” (1985).

He has given numerous distinguished lectures, most recently the Woodruff Lecture at Georgia Tech, the 10th Asher Shapiro Lecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Sackler Lecture series at University of Tel Aviv and the 70th Anniversary Lecture at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, all in 2007.

Along with a colleague, Distinguished Professor Stephen Cowin, Professor Weinbaum established CCNY’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering, a research consortium with eight area hospitals and other institutions. In 2001, the Department received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to create a “national urban model for minority biomedical engineering education.” This grant was renewed in 2006 for five additional years and currently is the only grant of this nature being awarded by NIH.

Professor Weinbaum holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and an M.S. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, where he was a Gordon McKay Prize Fellow and an NSF Fellow. He received his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The event honoring Professor Weinbaum runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  It begins with presentations by current and former students in Room 95 of Shepard Hall followed by a luncheon in the Faculty Dining Room. The afternoon program consists of two sessions of presentations by research collaborators and concluding remarks by Professor Weinbaum, also in Room 95. A reception and dinner will follow in the Faculty Dining Room.

A list of research collaborators who will present at the symposium and their topics follows:

First session: 1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Robert Pfeffer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Dr. Peter Ganatos, Professor and Deputy Chair of Mechanical Engineering, The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York – Fluid and Aerodynamics. Professor Ganatos is presenting on behalf of Dr. Stanley A. Berger, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley.
  • Dr. Shu Chien, University Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine and Y.C. Fung Chair, University of California at San Diego, (via video) and Dr. David Rumschitzki, Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York – Atherogenesis.
  • Dr. Alan Weinstein, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University – Renal Transport.
  • Dr. Susannah Fritton, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York – Bone Fluid Flow.
  • Dr. Liang Zhu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Bioheat Transfer.

Second session: 3:40 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

  • Dr. Fitz-Roy E.Curry, Professor of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research, UC Davis Medical School – Microvascular Exchange.
  • Dr. John Tarbell, Wallace Coulter and CUNY Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York – Endothelial Glycocalyx.
  • Dr. David Spray, Professor of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Yeshiva University) – Mechanotransduction and cellular communication.
  • Dr. Yiannis Andreopoulos, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York – Red cells, skiing and the new train track.
  • Dr. Luis Cardoso Landa, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York – Vulnerable plaque.

About The Grove School of Engineering at CCNY

The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, formerly the CCNY School of Engineering, is the only public engineering school within New York City. It offers Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in seven fields: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science. The School is recognized nationally for the excellence of its instructional and research programs and ranks among the most diverse engineering schools in the country. On November 28, 2005, the CUNY Board of Trustees named the School in honor of Dr. Andrew S. Grove, a member of the CCNY Class of 1960, and a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp., the world’s leading producer of microprocessors.

About The City College of New York

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.