Erik M. Bollt


Mathematics & Computer Science Professor Erik M. Bollt has been named the W. Jon Harrington Professor of Mathematics.

Established through a generous donation by Clarkson alumnus Jon Harrington ’77 in honor of his father, W. Jon Harrington, the professorship supports mathematics education across all disciplines.

Bollt’s research involves nonlinear dynamical systems with applications, including problems from engineering, biology, physiology, oceanography and physics.

His projects have included study of transport and biological presence by remote sensing from hyperspectral satellites imagery of bays and estuaries, including the oil spill in the Gulf; image and information processing with teams at Los Alamos; and the study of social networks and disease epidemic outbreak mechanisms.

Bollt has published book chapters and 100 peer-reviewed articles, and has a full-length book in progress. He has received grants from the NSF, the Department of Energy, Army Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, National Institutes of Health, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, and corporate sponsors.

Susan E. Powers


Susan E. Powers has been named the Jean ’79 and Robert ’79 Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems. Powers holds a joint appointment as associate director for sustainability in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment and as a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

A generous gift from Jean E. and Robert C. Spence of Wilmette, Ill., has funded the position to advise the University on sustainability matters; integrate sustainability principles into scholarship, teaching and service; and provide a focal point for the exchange of ideas with other institutions worldwide.

Since joining Clarkson in 1992, Powers has been at the forefront of environmental studies. Her research has been widely published in professional and scientific journals, and funded through grants from the NSF, the EPA and the Department of Energy.

Her many awards include the NSF’s Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Distinguished Service Award, and the Career Award, the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.

Augustine A. Lado


School of Business Professor Augustine A. Lado has been named the Richard C. ’55 and Joy M. Dorf Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Established through a generous donation by Richard C. and Joy M. Dorf of Davis, Calif., the chair will be housed in the School of Business, where Lado works in the area of entrepreneurship in developing countries and is leveraging Clarkson’s expertise in engineering and technology. 

Lado is one of the most prominent experts in his field. His scholarship in strategic management spans multiple boundaries of academic disciplines, including economics, organizational behavior and human resource management, entrepreneurship and philosophy. His articles are required reading for Ph.D. students in graduate business schools across the nation.

Lado’s current research explores how supply-chain and social networks facilitate and promote entrepreneurship and social and economic development. This builds on his previous research on the role of technology transfer in promoting entrepreneurship in developing countries.