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07-22-2008

Wasenko of Ithaca Receives Clarkson University’s Top Alumni Honor

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Wasenko earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1973. In 1975, he graduated from MIT with a master of science degree in nuclear engineering. He continued his education at Albany Medical College, graduating in 1980 as a doctor of medicine.Wasenko of Ithaca Receives Clarkson University’s Top Alumni Honor

After graduation, Wasenko combined his love for engineering with the promising field of medical science imaging to become a neuroradiologist specializing in magnetic resonance imaging of the central nervous system.

At Upstate Medical University in Syracuse Wasenko has mentored outstanding physicians and is also the director of magnetic resonance imaging. His specialty is clinical utility of diagnostic studies in the evaluation of diseases of the central nervous system. He serves on numerous committees and has co-authored 97 scientific publications, presentations and book chapters.

Wasenko is licensed to practice in five states and has been listed in Best Doctors in America: Northeast Edition in 1996, 1999 and from 2000-2008. He received the Award for Teaching Excellence at the Naval Hospital Oakland from 1985-1987, as well as at the University of Alabama in 1989-1990. He was honored with the E. Robert Heitzman Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Department of Radiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1993-1994.

Wasenko is a benefactor of Clarkson hockey and students, who he supports through the Dr. John ’73 and Roberta Wasenko and Family Health Sciences Endowed Scholarship Fund.

He and his wife, Roberta, live in Ithaca. They have two children, Alyssa and Gregory.

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.

Photo caption: John Wasenko (right) receives the Golden Knight Award from Clarkson University President Tony Collins.

[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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