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07-20-2007

Clarkson University Presents Golden Knight Award

Ann B. Carlson of Alexandria, Va.; Peter J. Gordon of Morristown, N.J.; P. Hunter Peckham of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; George A. Schiavone of Shelburne, Vt.; and Clarkson honorary degree recipient Professor Egon Matijevic of Potsdam, N.Y., have been honored with Clarkson University's highest alumni honor, the Golden Knight Award.

Presented each year during the Alumni Reunion weekend, the Golden Knight award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.

Ann B. Carlson received her bachelor of science degree in physics from Clarkson University in 1981. She then pursued a master of science in mechanical engineering and fluid and thermal science at George Washington University followed by a Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering and hypersonics in 1990 from North Carolina State University. Carlson is currently pursuing a master of science degree in general psychology from Capella University. She is a senior staff associate for policy and planning at the National Science Foundation.

Peter J. Gordon received his bachelor of science degree with distinction in engineering and management from Clarkson in 1981. He began his career with AT&T Long Lines as operations supervisor, and progressed in advancing assignments. In 1999, he left Lucent Technologies and became president of Hi Tor Consultants Inc., a business dedicated to business planning, IPO structuring and turn around leadership in high tech industries. In 2001, Gordon became vice president of North American sales and distribution for ION Networks Inc. In 2002, he again joined AT&T as signature client director and today leads the Revenue Acceleration efforts within the Signature Client Group. Clarkson also awarded Gordon the Woodstock Award for young alumni in 1991 and he served as president of the Alumni Association in 1999.

George A. Schiavone received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1951 and pursued postgraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Vermont. He began his career as a project manager at General Electric Transportation and Aerospace business operations, retiring from General Electric in 1992. In 1993, Schiavone joined the Vermont legislature where he became a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, retiring in 2005 to become a member of the Republican National Committee.

Egon Matijevic was born in Croatia, Yugoslavia. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Zagreb in 1944, a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1948 and a Doctor Habil in 1952. Matijevic began his career at Clarkson 50 years ago. Over the course of his teaching career, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1977; Maria Currie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, in 1990; Clarkson University in 1992; University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 1998; the National University of San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2003; and the University of Ljubljana in Croatia in 2003. He has authored or co-authored more than 550 scholarly articles and holds 15 patents. Matijevic is the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science at the Center for Advanced Materials Processing at Clarkson University.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[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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