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September 18, 2008

GROVE SCHOOL AT CCNY APPOINTS DR. MITCHELL B. SCHAFFLER WALLACE COULTER AND PRESIDENTIAL PROFESSOR OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

NEW YORK, September 18, 2008 – Dr. Mitchell B. Schaffler has been appointed Wallace Coulter and Presidential Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY), Grove School Dean Joseph Barba announced today.  In addition, Professor Schaffler will serve as director of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering (NYCBE), a research consortium among CCNY and six prominent New York City hospitals, medical schools and research centers.

“We are delighted that Dr. Schaffler, a long-time research collaborator, has chosen to join The Grove School faculty,” said Dean Barba in announcing the appointment.  “With this appointment, we have now added senior-level professors in each of our six departments over the past year.  Appointments of this caliber will help us attract major research funding and recruit promising students, and play a key role in achieving our goal of becoming one of America’s leading engineering schools.”

Dr. Schaffler joins the Grove School Faculty from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he had been Professor of Orthopedics, Functional Morphology and Anatomy and Director of Orthopedic Research since 1998.  He will continue to teach at Mount Sinai as an adjunct professor.

Earlier in his career, he held teaching and/or research positions with: Henry Ford Health Sciences Center; Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; University of Michigan School of Medicine; University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; University of Utah School of Medicine; West Virginia University School of Medicine and SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine.

His research interest areas include: biomechanics of skeletal tissues; skeletal fragility and age-related changes in skeletal tissues; skeletal biology; osteoporosis; osteoarthritis; functional morphology, and stereology and quantitative methods in morphology.

Professor Schaffler said his decision to join The Grove School faculty reflects the “natural evolution” of his research and teaching interests.  “This is a unique opportunity to shift the focus of my research in mechanical wear and tear diseases to more of an engineering approach, which we hope will yield better insight, treatment and prevention.  In addition, because of the missions of CCNY and CUNY, I’ll have opportunities to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and to the local community.”

Dr. Schaffler has been affiliated with the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering for 10 years and had been serving as its co-director.  As director, he succeeds Dr. Sheldon Weinbaum, CUNY Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, who founded NYCBE and, along with Distinguished Professor Stephen Cowin, established The Grove School’s biomedical engineering department.

“We are fortunate to have NYCBE’s next phase directed by someone who not only speaks engineering but comes from a medical background,” said Dr. John Tarbell, Chair of The Grove School’s biomedical engineering department.

Dr. Schaffler has authored 85 research articles on skeletal biomechanics and biology that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and more than 155 short papers, abstracts and symposia proceedings.  In addition, he authored numerous book chapters and been an invited visiting professor at more than two dozen institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. 

He has served on the editorial boards of the journals “Bone,” “Journal of Orthopedic Research” and “The Anatomical Record.”  Dr. Schaffler has also served on advisory and scientific review panels at the National Institutes of Health and NASA, as well as review groups for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation.  He has received research grants from the Whitaker Foundation, NASA, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and NIH.  Dr. Schaffler received his Ph.D. in cell biology and anatomy from West Virginia University and his B.S. in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook.

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.  For additional information, visit www1.ccny.cuny.edu/prospective/engineering.

About The City College of New York

For more than 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 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.  For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.

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