Charles Robinson named professor emeritus at Clarkson University

Clarkson University Herman L. Shulman Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering Professor Charles Robinson was named Professor Emeritus for his 17 years of exemplary service to the University. The official recognition will take place at the beginning on May 14th.

Robinson has amassed a distinguished record of excellence as a biomedical engineering generalist, rehabilitation engineering specialist, and neuroscientist. He has extensive experience in research and care services for people with neurological diseases and trauma, as well as leadership skills which he has employed as a volunteer in international volunteer societies.

As the Herman L. Shulman Endowed Chair, Robinson directed the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science, and Technology at Clarkson, where he continued his efforts to help people with disabilities.

Until 2011, he concurrently held a position with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a Senior Rehabilitation Research Fellow, the first such fellow in the country, where he spent more than 30 years in various locations around the VA health care system serving disabled veterans. . He was also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Prior to Clarkson, Robinson held teaching and research positions at schools of engineering, medicine, and allied health, including as director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science at Louisiana Tech University, where he was also Watson Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Engineering and Microfabrication. .

He was also assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Louisiana State University Medical Center, founding chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, professor of neurology at the Stritch School of Medicine in Loyola University and a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

During his career, Robinson has been responsible for the independent or collaborative development of over $20 million in grants funded by various private and federal granting agencies. He is the author of over 70 full publications and has edited 12 books, proceedings and special editions.

Robinson is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has held numerous positions within the institute, including corporate director, company president, and chairman of the development committee. members. He was the founding editor of IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering, and in 2001 received the prestigious IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award.

He is a member of numerous professional and community organizations and received the 2022 Outstanding Teaching Award from the St. Lawrence Chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education this spring, which also makes him eligible for a national award from the ASEE.

Robinson has also received numerous other honors and awards, including selection as a charter member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; initiation as an academician at the World Academy of Biomedical Technology of the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2004; and the St. Lawrence NYSARC Community Service Award. Robinson received the Purkynje Medal and a Solalem Honoris Causa degree from the Czech Association of Medical Sciences, as well as the 2006 Mentors Award from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). As a volunteer, organizer and conference presenter, Robinson has traveled to 38 countries and most of the United States.

He is a national administrator of the ALS Association (of Ice Bucket Challenge fame). Locally, he is a board member of the Upstate New York Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA). He helped strategically guide how the national association used its funds to promote research that could lead to a cure for the deadly disease, as well as provide care services for people with the disease and their carers. .

In the community, Robinson co-chairs an ALS Community Partner Golf Tournament held each August at the Highland Greens Golf Course in Brushton, NY. -one-year term as Secretary of State. He is also a commissioned lay minister for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Robinson holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Loui, which he followed with a postdoctoral position in the Department of Anesthesiology at Yale University.

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