BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three University at Buffalo faculty members
have been named SUNY Distinguished Professors for having achieved
national or international prominence and an established reputation
in their fields of expertise.
The appointments of Douglas H. Clements, professor of learning
and instruction, Graduate School of Education; Vladimir V. Mitin,
professor and chair of the Department of electrical engineering,
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and Stephen Rudin,
professor of radiology and director of the Division of Radiation
Physics, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, were made by
the SUNY Board of Trustees at its meeting on March 11.
The UB faculty members hold three of the five Distinguished
Professor appointments made by the board at the meeting. The other
two are faculty members at Stony Brook University.
The rank of distinguished professor, the highest faculty rank in
the SUNY system, is an order above full professorship and has three
co-equal designations: distinguished professor, distinguished
service professor and distinguished teaching professor.
"SUNY faculty who receive appointment to the distinguished ranks
provide a glimpse of the broad service contributions and the career
achievements being made on our campuses across New York state" said
SUNY Interim Chancellor John B. Clark. "Each of these individuals
has met and exceeded the requirements for this honor and I commend
the board of trustees for recognizing their talent and service by
approving their appointments to distinguished ranks."
Douglas Clements is nationally recognized as an expert in early
childhood mathematics education and the role of computers and
technology in education. His work has led to the development of new
mathematics curricula, teaching approaches and teacher training
initiatives, as well as having a tremendous impact on educational
planning and policy, particularly in the area of mathematical
literacy and access.
Appointed in 2006 to the President's National Mathematics
Advisory Panel, he has served on a number of key federal advisory
panels addressing educational policy issues, including the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics' curriculum committee.
Clements' work has been supported through a number of federal
grants, most recently a $7.2 million award from the Interagency
Education Research Iniatitive. That grant, to Clements and GSE
colleagues Julie A. Sarama and Jaekyung Lee, is being used to
implement Clements' and Sarama's already successful research-based
pre-kindergarten mathematics curriculum on a much wider basis to
determine its adaptability and impact, both longitudinally and
Clements has published more than 100 referred research articles,
eight books, 50 book chapters and 200 additional publications. He
received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship
and Creative Activities in 2006,as well as an Exceptional Scholar
Award for Sustained Achievement from UB in recognition of his
He received his doctorate from UB in 1983 and has taught at the
university since 1988.
Vladimir Mitin is one of the world's pre-eminent scholars of
nanophononics, the branch of nanotechnology concerned with heat
transfer and energy exchange at the nanoscale level. Mitin's work
in this area has been instrumental in shaping current understanding
of nanoscale thermal management, and has broad-ranging
significance, with important applications that include energy
efficiency, national security, and medicine.
Mitin helped to develop UB's nanoengineering program,
establishing the interdisciplinary UB Center on Hybrid Nanodevices
and Systems, and creating one of the best equipped nanoelectronics
laboratories in the United States for undergraduates.
In 2005, he received a $750,000 faculty development grant from
the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic
Research to conduct multidisciplinary research designed to develop
and commercialize multifunctional nanosensors and sensor networks
to enhance health care, especially for remote applications, to
improve detection of contaminants and to boost advances in quantum
Mitin is the author of more than 430 professional publications,
including more than 180 publications in refereed journals and more
than 220 conference presentations. He has co-authored three
textbooks and four monographs and has delivered more than 70
He has earned numerous honors throughout his career, including
the prestigious Humboldt Fellowship, which supported his work at
the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. He also was chosen
to receive the Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement
Mitin earned a doctorate from the Institute of Semiconductors at
the Ukranian Academy of Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine.
Stephen Rudin is a world-renowned expert in the field of medical
physics. Co-director of the Imaging Division of the Toshiba Stroke
Research Center, he is internationally recognized for his
award-winning work on scanning beam radiography, region of interest
fluoroscopy and applications of new radiologic detectors. His work
has major theoretical and clinical implications for medical
physics, biomedical engineering and diagnostic radiology, as well
as an immediate impact upon patient diagnosis and care,
particularly in cases of heart and brain treatment.
Rudin is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and
the American Board of Radiology. He is a Fellow of the American
Association of Physicists in Medicine, serving as a member of the
AAPM Board of Directors from 2002-05 and as president of the
group's upstate New York chapter from 1999-2000.
A UB faculty member since 1977 and director of the university's
medical physics program since 1980, he received an Exceptional
Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement from UB in 2003. He has
authored or co-authored more than 190 scholarly publications and is
principal investigator of numerous funded projects, including some
supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and
Bioengineering and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders
A graduate of the University of Chicago, Rudin earned his Ph.D.
in medical physics from CUNY.