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Faculty researchers honored by state

Kenneth J. McLeod, chairman of Binghamton University’s Department of Bioengineering, was one of 48 scholars recognized for breakthrough research in bioscience, neuroscience, environmental science, nanoscience, chemistry, engineering, econometrics, and other fields.

McLeod was of seven SUNY researchers to earn an Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge award. The State University of New York Research Foundation presented the award at a dinner honoring innovation, creation and discovery at the University of Albany.

These researchers “… help New York State businesses harness next generation ideas and launch new ventures in key emerging areas every day,” said Vice Chancellor John J. O’Connor, foundation president.

McLeod is preparing the next generation of bioengineers to recognize and work with the complex behavior of living systems. Since biological systems are self-organizing and adaptive (allowing them to do things that you don’t expect them to do), the proper approach, McLeod said, is to look at the system as a whole and then work to create an environment which allows the system to adapt and respond in the way that we would like. As principle architect of a new bioengineering curriculum, he believes that to solve problems, one often has to step back and see the interrelationships between components.

Other campuses with researchers earning Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge Awards include the University of Albany, the University of Buffalo, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, and Stony Brook University.

McLeod was not the only Binghamton faculty member honored. Omowunmi A. Sadik, associate professor of bioanalytical and environmental chemistry, was honored with a First Patent Award for a key component of a tiny injectable biosensor that could soon help physicians more effectively track and treat tumors.

Promising Inventor Awards were presented to Harold Ackler assistant professor of mechanical engineering for his work with a novel MEMS/microfluidic cooling system that provides micro scale adaptive localized on-demand cooling of integrated circuits; and Timothy Singler, associate professor and director of graduate studies in mechanical engineering, for the Smart Three Axis Compliant (STAC) Interconnects for Ultra-thin Chip Stacking Technology.

“These faculty scientists and researchers, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized figures in major disciplines, give both public and private leaders the confidence to position SUNY as a key component in their business and economic activity plans,” said Tim Murphy, the foundation’s executive vice president.

The Research Foundation is a nonprofit educational corporation that supports the State University of New York by assisting campuses in their efforts to increase their volume of research; protect University-developed intellectual property; provide high quality administrative support for research conducted by SUNY faculty; and promote philanthropy among individuals, corporations and foundations.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08