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Trifon Laskaris ’74 Elected to
the National Academy of Engineering

E. Trifon Laskaris, Ph.D. ’74

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E. Trifon Laskaris, Ph.D. ’74, chief technologist in imaging technologies at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, N.Y., has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Laskaris was cited “for pioneering contributions to the design and construction of superconducting magnets for magnetic resonance imaging systems.” He was one of 76 new members elected this year, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,174.

Laskaris’s pioneering contributions began in the 1980s, when he directed research activities that resulted in prototypes for the superconducting magnets in GE’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. From that success, he turned to the development of higher field magnets for open MRI systems that address the issue of claustrophobia and facilitate minimally invasive image-guided procedures.

Laskaris also has made pioneering contributions in the development of superconducting rotating machines for power generation. He holds a total of 154 U.S. patents and has authored more than 40 refereed journals, conference proceedings, and other publications.

Laskaris has been honored with three prestigious awards from GE Global Research, including the Coolidge Fellowship Award in 1998, and the Dushman Award in 2002.

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