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03-03-1999

Four Clarkson University Professors Granted Tenure And Promoted

Clarkson University President Denny Brown announced today that James Carroll of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jefferson Davis of the School of Business, Dayakar Penumadu of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Ian Suni of the Department of Chemical Engineering have been granted tenure, effective February 19. They have also been promoted to associate professor as of that date.

James Carroll of Hannawa Falls has been an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1993. Before that he served as a consulting engineer at the Westinghouse Savannah River Technology Center. His research interests are in an area called mechatronics and include the study of advanced control techniques for uncertain electromechanical and electrohydraulic systems. Typical applications include electric motor drives, direct-drive robotics, rolling mills, flying shears, and industrial processes such as plastic injection molding. 

Dr. Carroll is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, in the World, in America, in the East, and in Finance and Industry. He has also received Clarkson's Eta Kappa Nu Distinguished Faculty Award. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and General Electric's Corporate Research and Development Center, among others. Dr. Carroll earned his Ph.D. at Clemson University, his master of science degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his bachelor of science in electrical engineering at Syracuse University.   

Jefferson Davis of Potsdam has been an assistant professor in the Faculty of Accounting and Management Information Systems since 1993. Before that, he served as an instructor or teaching assistant at Clarkson University, the University of Tennessee--Knoxville, Ohio State University, and LDS Business College, and as a staff auditor and consultant at Grant Thornton Accountants & Management Consultants. His research interests include expertise and decision processes, neural networks, expert systems and auditing. 

Awards and honors which Dr. Davis has received include the School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award and the Phalanx Commendable Service Award. He has also received research grants from the Aspen Technology University Research Grant Program, the Aspen Technology University Teaching Grant Program, and Ace Audit Software, CLR Professional Software. Dr. Davis earned his Ph.D. in business administration with a minor in computer science at the University of Tennessee--Knoxville, his master of science and bachelor of science degrees in accounting at Utah State University. 

Dayakar Penumadu of Potsdam has been an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1993. Before that, he served as an instructor and research assistant at Georgia Tech, Purdue University and the University of Kentucky, and as a civil engineer at Tata Consulting Engineers. His research interests include multi-axial stress-strain-time behavior of clays and the relationship with their microfabric; resonant column and torsional shear testing of clays; strain rate dependent behavior of geomaterials; characterization of microfabric using electron microscopy and mercury intrusion porosimetry; artificial neural network applications to material modeling; and developing virtual laboratories for geotechnical testing systems. Dr. Penumadu has also been a research faculty member with the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) for the past five years. 

Awards and honors which Dr. Penumadu has received include the Tau Beta Pi Faculty Award for Clarkson University Outstanding Teacher, the A.C. Walker North Country Research Fellowship, and the David Ross Fellowship.  He has also received research grants from federal and state agencies such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, New York State Energy Research Development Authority, and research contracts from New York state-based companies such as SENTRY Corporation, Xerox Corporation, Corning Inc., and Blasch Precision Ceramics. He also was awarded funding from the Don Clark Endowment for Teaching Improvement.  Dr. Penumadu earned his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, master of science degrees at Purdue University and the University of Kentucky, and his bachelor of engineering degree at Birla Institute of Technology.   

Ian Suni of Potsdam has been an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering since 1993. Before that, he served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois. His research interests include electro- and electroless deposition of noble metals; contamination arising during wet cleaning of silicon wafers; transport aspects of electrodeposition and corrosion; hypermedia development and assessment; and molecular dynamics simulations of transport.

Awards and honors which Dr. Suni has received include the Professor of the Year Award from the Delta Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon.  He has also received research grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Suni earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at Harvard University and his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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