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Clarkson promotes, grants tenure to six faculty members

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POTSDAM — Clarkson University is promoting six instructors to associate professorships and granting them tenure.

Luciana Echazu, Kevin Fite, Sitaraman Krishnan, Sumona Mondal and Shane Rogers each received promotions from Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins this week. All five of the professors joined the faculty in 2007. Dennis Yu, who joined the faculty in 2006, also received a promotion.

Ms. Echazu was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of economics and financial studies in the School of Business. She has taught courses in industrial organization with a supply chain application to both graduate and undergraduate students. Her undergraduate courses also include game theory and econometrics.

As a teacher, Ms. Echazu has received numerous awards. Her accolades include being named MBA Faculty Member of the Year in 2012. She was tapped into Phalanx, Clarkson’s highest honorary society, and received the Commendable Leadership Award in 2012. She also is a recipient of the Ralph Janaro Memorial Faculty Award in 2012 and 2011, the Outstanding Teacher award by CUSA in 2011, the Respect Award in 2011 and 2012, the Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2009 and the Inspiring Mentor Award in 2009.

Mr. Fite was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Mr. Fite’s research interests are broadly in the areas of applied nonlinear control, multivariable control and the design and control of fluid-power and electromechanical systems. His efforts are focused on applications of robotics and mechatronics in lower-extremity bionic limb systems.

Mr. Krishnan ascended from assistant professor to associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

At Clarkson, Mr. Krishnan has been a principal investigator of research projects for companies such as GE, New World Pharmaceuticals and Energy Materials Corp., and of projects for federal and state agencies, such as the Army Research Office and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He has mentored 12 graduate students, as well as several undergraduate students at Clarkson.

Ms. Mondal was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of mathematics and computer science in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Ms. Mondal is an active member of the scientific community, publishing regularly in statistics, mathematics and engineering journals and giving more than 27 talks at national and international conferences.

Mr. Rogers was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Mr. Rogers has been a principal investigator on approximately $4 million in research regarding biotechnologies for soils and water treatment and residuals management, including genome-enabled molecular technologies for monitoring soil, air and water quality.

Mr. Yu was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of operations and information systems in the School of Business.

Mr. Yu has co-authored a book chapter and published nine research papers in leading academic journals.

He has delivered papers at 30 professional and academic conferences throughout the world. He also is involved in two research projects on operations strategies funded by the National Science Foundation of China.

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