Charlie Robinson

Clarkson University Herman L. Shulman Endowed Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering Professor Charles Robinson has been named professor emeritus for 17 years of exemplary service to the University. Formal recognition will happen at graduation on May 14.

Robinson has accrued a distinguished document of excellence as a biomedical engineering generalist, a rehabilitation engineering specialist and a neuroscientist. He has an in depth background in analysis and care companies for these with neurological illness and trauma, and management expertise that he has employed as a volunteer in worldwide volunteer societies.

As the Herman L. Shulman Endowed Chair, Robinson directed Clarkson’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science & Technology, the place he continued his efforts to assist these with incapacity. 

Until 2011, he concurrently held a place with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as senior rehabilitation analysis profession scientist, the primary such awardee within the nation, the place he spent greater than 30 years in numerous places inside the VA  well being care system serving veterans with disabilities. He was additionally an adjunct professor within the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Prior to Clarkson, Robinson held instructing and analysis positions in engineering, medical and allied well being colleges, together with as director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science at Louisiana Tech University, the place he was additionally the Watson Eminent Scholar Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Micromanufacturing.

He additionally served as adjunct professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Louisiana State University Medical Center, founding chairman of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, professor of neurology at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine, and lecturer within the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

During his profession, Robinson was liable for creating independently or in collaboration greater than $20 million in funded grants from numerous personal and federal granting companies. He authored greater than 70 full publications and edited 12 books, proceedings and particular editions.

Robinson is a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has served many positions with the institute, together with company director, society president and chair of the membership growth committee. He was the founding editor of IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering and, in 2001, he acquired the distinguished IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award.

He is a member of quite a few skilled and group organizations and this spring acquired the 2022 Section Outstanding Teaching Award from the St. Lawrence Section of the American Society for Engineering Education, making him eligible for a nationwide ASEE award as nicely.

Robinson has additionally acquired many different honors and awards together with, most notably, choice as a founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; induction as academician to the World Academy of Biomedical Technology, United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2004; and the St. Lawrence NYSARC Community Service Award. Robinson was awarded the Purkynje Medal and a Diploma Solalem Honoris Causa from the Czech Association of Medical Sciences, and the 2006 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Mentors Award. As a volunteer, and as a convention organizer and presenter, Robinson traveled to 38 international locations and a lot of the United States.

He is a nationwide trustee of the ALS Association (of Ice Bucket Challenge fame). Locally, he serves as a board member of the Upstate New York Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA). He helped to strategically information how the nationwide affiliation used its funds to advertise analysis which may result in a treatment for the deadly illness, in addition to to offer care companies to these with the illness and their caregivers.

In the group, Robinson co-chairs a group associate ALS golf match held every August at the Highland Greens Golf Course in Brushton, N.Y.  He was the elected state warden for the New York State Council of the Knights of Columbus, and beforehand served a two-year time period as state secretary. He can also be a commissioned lay minister for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Robinson holds a health care provider of science diploma in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Loui, which he adopted with a postdoctoral place within the Department of Anesthesiology at Yale University.


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