SEAS remembers Ed Furlani

Ed Furlani

Published July 6, 2018

Edward P. Furlani, UB engineering professor and fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, whose pioneering work in microfluidics, inkjet systems, optoelectronics and other fields is recognized worldwide, died suddenly July 3. He was 65.

A UB faculty member since 2011, Furlani held appointments in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Department Electrical Engineering, both in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

“It goes without saying that the loss of Ed will be a great blow to our departments, the school and the university,” said Jonathan Bird, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Mark Swihart, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. “Not only due to his reputation as a scholar, teacher, mentor and inventor, but because he was a friend to us all, the very best of colleagues and a genuinely decent human being who cared deeply about his students and took great pride in their accomplishments.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. July 9 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville.

Memorials may be made to the UB Foundation, P.O. Box 900, Buffalo, NY, 14226-0900, to benefit the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.