Dr. Sheldon Weinbaum, CUNY Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at City College and the Graduate Center was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, at the 139th annual meeting of the Academy. Election to membership in the Academy is one of the highest honors that can be accorded a United States scientist.
“We are enormously proud of his achievements and 34 years of dedication to CUNY students,” said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.
Professor Weinbaum is one of six active CUNY faculty members who have been elected to the Academy. In addition to Professor Weinbaum, CUNY members of the National Academy of Sciences include: Distinguished Professor of Physics at City College and the Graduate Center Herman Z. Cummins; Distinguished Professor of Physics at City College and the Graduate Center Melvin Lax; Distinguished Professor of Physics at City College and the Graduate Center Myriam P. Sarachik; Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science and Engineering at City College Andreas Acrivos, and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Albert Einstein Professor Science at the Graduate Center and Queens College Dennis Sullivan.
Professor Weinbaum is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, along with Prof. Acrivos and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at City College Reuel Shinnar.
Dr. Weinbaum is one of just 72 U.S. scientists elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences this year. He was also named a winner in this year’s John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s Fellowship competition, one of three 2002 Fellows selected in the field of molecular and cellular biology. His research focus will be to study further the endothelial glycocalyx, a fiber matrix or gel-like structure that coats the surface of the inner lining of blood vessels.
He was the founding director of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering located at City College, a consortium of CCNY’s School fo Engineering, the CUNY Medical School, the CUNY Graduate Center, CCNY’s Science Division and faculty from seven of the premier health care institutions in New York City. These include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, The Hospital for Special Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, Sloan Kettering Institute and Weill-Cornell Medical College.