RPI Alumnus Sheldon Weinbaum ’59 Named Recipient of National Medal of Science

Dr. Sheldon Weinbaum’59 (Aeronautical Engineering), Professor Emeritus at CCNY, NAE, recently awarded the National Medal of Science by President Biden.   He was awarded the National Medal of Science for both his pioneering research and his very successful advocacy for diversity and inclusion in engineering. 

The award is the highest honor for scientific achievement bestowed by the United States government. The award recognizes individuals deserving of special recognition for their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation.

 “We are enormously proud of Dr. Weinbaum’s achievements,” said Rensselaer President Marty Schmidt. “The National Medal of Science is a crowning honor for such a tremendous giant of biomedical engineering. The work he has pioneered has saved countless lives around the world. Beyond that, he has long been a staunch advocate for women and underrepresented groups in science and engineering careers. We at RPI are delighted President Biden has chosen him for this great honor.”