A recent APS Phys Rev E paper, entitled "Diffusion of scientific credits and the ranking of scientists" describes a method for ranking publications and authors, and then compares the system to the assignments of major career awards. The authors discuss that while this ranking system uses the Phys Rev database, it can be applied to other disciplines as well. By visiting http://www.physauthorsrank.org you can enter a name and receive the rank based on their algorithm.
On page 7 of the article two tables show the top 20 scientists ranked according to their method for two years, 1973 and 2004. Rutgers Physics professor Claud Lovelace ranked 14th according to their system in 1973 and professor David Vanderbilt ranked 13th in 2004 on these charts! This provides further evidence of the highly influential work being performed in the department.