David Erickson Inducted to the Canadian Academy of Engineering

By: Erin Philipson

David Erickson, S.C. Thomas Sze Director of Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Sibley College Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was elected a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

As stated by the CAE, fellows are nominated and elected by their peers, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

Erickson’s multidisciplinary research efforts focus on mobile and global health, bioenergy, and nanomanipulation and are funded by a number of United States federal agencies including the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense.  

The NutriPhone allows technicians to use just a few drops of blood to gather complex information about a person’s nutrition, with a smartphone device. The technology, co-developed by the Erickson Lab, combines nanofabricated “lab-on-a-chip” technology with new smartphone apps to monitor users’ nutrition, blood, and stress.

In the area of energy and sustainability, the Erickson Lab has been developing new designs for photoreactors that enable radically better light delivery to catalytic surfaces enhancing the production of solar fuels. 

Erickson has also made significant impacts in the area of optofluidics, co-founding the field. Optofluidic technologies are positioned to impact some major healthcare engineering challenges. 

In addition to fundamental research, Erickson’s research group emphasizes the transition of technologies to the marketplace through the formation of start-ups and other commercial interactions. Erickson has co-founded numerous startups companies in the areas of high-throughput pharmaceutical instrumentation, biomedical diagnostics, and energy technologies, including Halo LabsVitaScan, and Dimensional Energy

Becoming a CAE Fellow adds to a number of awards Erickson has received during his career, including being named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Erickson also received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama, the Department of Energy Early Career Award, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) young faculty award, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Prior to joining the faculty in the Sibley School, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology, and he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto. 

Induction to the CAE was held virtually at the Annual General Meeting for CAE Fellows on June 14, 2021.

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