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05-08-2010

Clarkson University Professor Joseph Skufca Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

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Joseph D. Skufca of Potsdam, an associate professor of mathematics & computer science in Clarkson University’s School of Arts & Sciences, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the University’s 117th commencement ceremony today.Professor Joseph Skufca Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

Created in 1974 by the family of the late John W. Graham Jr., president of Clarkson University from 1966-1974, this $1,500 award is presented annually to "a faculty member showing promise in engineering, business, liberal arts or scientific research."

Skufca received a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. He served 20 years in the Submarine Force, with sea tours aboard both fast attack and ballistic missile submarines of both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He retired from active duty in 2005.

He earned his master of science (2003) and Ph.D. (2005) degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and joined the faculty of Clarkson in 2005. His areas of expertise include dynamical systems, chaos, control, complex networks, and engineering applications.

His research projects include understanding how transportation and social networks affect the spread of disease, study of the workings of the human postural control system in response to small perturbations, study of theoretical dynamical systems tools that allow quantifying the quality of mathematical models, application of evidence theory to analysis of network structures, and general studies on evolving complex networks.

Skufca co-developed and co-taught a new interdisciplinary curriculum in computational science and engineering at the United States Naval Academy. At Clarkson, he has taught similar courses, with focus on a project-based approach to learning how to model and solve applied problems using mathematics. Additionally, he has naval nuclear power experience to bring an innovative teaching style to the Advanced Engineering Mathematics course.

Skufca has a number of peer-reviewed articles and has presented at several international conferences. His research has been supported through grants from the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Science Foundation, and the Air Force Research Lab. He is currently one of the co-leads on a joint research with ITT on congressionally directed research on cyber warfare command and control.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (right) presents the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award to Joseph D. Skufca.

[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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