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Schuckers Named Paynter-Krigman Professor in Engineering Science at Clarkson University
Clarkson University Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Stephanie A. Schuckers has been named the Paynter-Krigman Professor in Engineering Science in Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.
The Paynter-Krigman Professorship in Engineering Science was established through a generous bequest by the late Alan Krigman, who received his master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson in 1963. The professorship honors Henry Paynter, a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Krigman received his undergraduate degree. Known worldwide as the inventor of bond graphs, Paynter was Krigman's adviser.
Schuckers serves as director of the Center of Identification Technology Research (CITeR), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.
Schuckers' research focuses on processing and interpreting signals which arise from the human body. A major aspect of her research is improving the performance and security of biometric fingerprint and iris recognition systems. One example is the development of liveness detection software which protects fingerprint systems from spoof attacks using fake fingers. She has started a business, and has over 40 journal publications as well as over 60 other academic publications. In 2013, she testified on biometrics for a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
CITeR focuses on biometrics (http://clarkson.edu/citer) and functions as a cooperative among academia, industry, and government. More than 20 affiliates, including the FBI, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, and major systems integrators, cooperatively define, fund, and execute work to meet common mission needs.
Schuckers received her bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa. As a Whitaker Foundation Graduate Fellow, she received her master of science and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
After leaving Clarkson, Alan Krigman worked at Battelle Memorial Institute, and then served as editor of Instruments & Control Systems, a trade magazine in Philadelphia, and also consulted for Instrumentation Technology and Combustion Engineering. After leaving Combustion Engineering, Krigman moved to an inner city neighborhood in Philadelphia and bought several rental properties, starting the real estate management company KRF Management. Krigman also owned Icon/Information Concepts, a business-service newsletter that offered statistical analysis services to developers and others in determining the edge and volatility of existing and proposed games and variations.
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