University at Buffalo distinguished professor emeritus Eli Ruckenstein was elected to the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. Ruckenstein, an influential chemical engineer, is a retired professor in the department of chemical and biological engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He was a UB faculty member since 1973. Ruckenstein received bachelor's and doctoral degrees in engineering from Polytechnic Institute in Bucharest, Romania. The new class of members will be inducted during a ceremony in October at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
The Kissling Interests, a commercial and residential development and owner/management company in Buffalo, promoted Rosaline A. Seege to vice president of operations and finance. Seege was recently elected supervisor of the Town of North Collins. Also, the company named Mark J. Seaner director of property management. Seaner has 25 years of experience in construction management and design, with more than 20 years at Delaware North.
Prudential's Empire State Agency received the President's Trophy, a distinction given to the top agency in the company's agency distribution sales organization for outstanding sales performance and service to the community in 2011. The President's Trophy is presented annually at Prudential's President's Club Conference. The Empire State Agency is located in New Hartford, DeWitt and Amherst.
The Graycliff Conservancy recently honored the following at its third annual Graycliff Gala: Diamond Window: Corporate, M&T Bank; Individual, W. Stanley Hooper; Organization, Forest Lawn; Benefactor, the John R. Oishei Foundation; and Community Contributor, Burton Notarius; Lester Rickard Memorial Award for Professional Service, Edward O. Smith Jr.
Independent Health was ranked one of the best companies to work for in New York State for the fifth consecutive year. The company was among the honorees at an awards dinner in Albany recently, and overall was ranked ninth by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management, Best Companies Group and the Business Council of New York State.
Title: "Tissue substitutes comprising stem cells and reduced ceria"
Inventors: Georgieva, Petya (Williamsville); Sugaya, Kiminobu (Winter Park, Fla.); Merchant, Stephanie (Sanford, Fla.); Seal, Sudipta (Oviedo, Fla.); Vrotsos; Manny (Orlando, Fla.)
Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation (Orlando, Fla.)
Date issued: April 10, 2012
Title: "One-piece manufacturing process"
Inventors: Kuzdzal, Mark J. (Allegany); Pickrell, Kevin (Columbus, Ohio)
Assignee: Dresser-Rand Company (Olean)
Date issued: April 10, 2012