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03-21-2008

Clarkson University's Conry Named Distinguished Service Professor

Clarkson University Professor Susan E. Conry has been named Distinguished Service Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering by full vote of the University board of trustees.

Prof. Conry's service to both the University and to her professional field has been exemplary, said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "She has traveled nationally and internationally to maintain the best practices and standards for educators and to sustain an exceptional education system for our nation and our increasingly global society. We are proud to recognize Prof. Conry with this honor."

The trustee resolution recognized Conry for her contributions to higher education, saying, in part, that "she has defied convention among her higher education peers and been a leader within her profession by graciously accepting and initiating many national as well as international assignments to advance engineering and computer science education, and in particular, advancing the opportunities for women to enjoy the fruits of an education rooted in technology serving humanity; and therefore bringing great credit and reputation to herself and to Clarkson University."

Conry's activities related to computer science and engineering education are extensive. She has been actively involved in major curriculum development efforts in the computing disciplines organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Since 1985, she has also been active in accreditation of computer science programs and engineering programs.

In 2005, Conry received the IEEE Educational Activities Board Award for Meritorious Achievement in Accreditation Activities in recognition of contributions to computer science and engineering accreditation and the development of model curricula. She has been designated a Fellow of the IEEE for her contributions to engineering education, an ABET Fellow for her contributions to computer science and engineering accreditation, leadership in the development of the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB), and for leadership in the integration of ABET and CSAB, and a CSAB Fellow in recognition of outstanding contributions to computer science education and accreditation.

Conry joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1977, serving as chair from 1996-2001. Her research and educational interests cover various areas of computer engineering and software engineering. Her work in multiagent systems has been cited over 300 times by others working in that area. More recently, she has been active in bringing computer-based solutions to problems in rehabilitation engineering.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[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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