Thanks to a remarkable gift from a philanthropic local engineer and businessman, the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS) can be expected to continue its research efforts well past the end of its initial National Science Foundation grant, which is set to expire in 2010.
The $20 million gift was donated by the Gordon Foundation, an organization created by Bernard M. Gordon and his wife, Sophia. Gordon is the founder of the Peabody medical imaging company, Analogic Corp., and the inventor of numerous imaging technologies. Because of the contribution, the center will be renamed the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems.
The gift will be used to help CenSSIS grow beyond its academic research beginnings into an R&D center and also fund an elite graduate program designed to promote engineering excellence.
CenSSIS is a multi-university NSF Engineering Research Center that includes Boston University, Northeastern University (lead), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Puerto-Rico at Mayaguez. Several Boston University faculty members take part in CenSSIS, including ECE Professors Irving Bigio, David Castanon, W. Clem Karl, Michael Ruane, and Bahaa Saleh.