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05-09-2000

Four Clarkson Faculty To Be Named Professors Emeriti

Between them, professors Stig E. Friberg, Abdul J. Jerri, Richard J. Nunge and Nsima T. Obot have more than 100 years of teaching and research experience. That experience has translated into many awards and the publication of numerous important books and papers.

Professor Stig E. Friberg received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Stockholm. He joined Clarkson as a professor of chemistry in 1987 and was chairman of the Department of Chemistry from 1987-89 and 1996-99.

The author of four books and almost 500 papers, including more than 200 at Clarkson, Friberg has also served on a variety of department, school and University committees, and has directed the successful completion of 23 Ph.D. theses.

Friberg's research and scholarship have been recognized through numerous high honors, including the Maison G. DeNavarre Medal Award from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists in 1992, and an honorary degree, Dr. Sc. from Abo University in Finland in 1993. In 1997, he was the first American to be awarded the Wolfgang Ostwald Medal from the German Colloid Society.

Jerri earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Baghdad, a master's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute ofTechnology and a doctorate in mathematics from Oregon State University.His research and scholarship have continued to be vigorous throughout his career, producing numerous publications, including five books on integral equations, integral transforms, difference equations and the Gibbs phenomenon.

Jerri has also addressed high-level national and international meetings,and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Sultanate of Oman in 1996. He washonored at the "Sampling 1997" International Conference, where theproceedings of the meeting were dedicated to his 65th birthday in honor of his commitment to the subject of sampling. As a world expert, he is the founding executive editor of the Journal of Sampling Theory for Signal and Image Processing.

Professor Richard J. Nunge was involved with some of Clarkson's earliest efforts to introduce undergraduates to real research projects,securing funding from the National Science Foundation to support sixundergraduate students each year from 1966 to 1971.

Nunge received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from Syracuse University, and served as an instructor there before joining the Clarkson faculty as an assistantprofessor in 1965. In 1968, he was promoted to associate professor. For 12 years, Nunge served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, dean of the Graduate School and director of the Division of Research.

Professor Nsima T. Obot came to Clarkson in 1980 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering, becoming an associate professor in1986. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from thePratt Institute and his master's and doctorate degrees from McGillUniversity in Montreal.

Obot's work has been published in many international journals. The quality of his research was recognized by the American Nuclear Society,which presented him with its "Best Paper Award" in 1988.

Obot played an important role on campus in encouraging a program devoted to the welfare of underrepresented minorities, serving for manyyears as adviser to the local chapter of the National Society of BlackEngineers (NSBE), and playing a contributing role on University committees concerned with enhancing diversity on campus.

[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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