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09-18-2003

New Dean To Lead Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School Of Engineering

[A photograph of Venkata for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/venkata.jpg]

Subrahmanyam S. “Mani” Venkata has been appointed dean of Clarkson University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, effective January 1, 2004. Venkata is the Palmer Chair in Electrical Engineering and former chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University.venkata

“This is an exciting time of reorganization and growth for Clarkson and we are very pleased that Mani Venkata will play a leadership role,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins. “Dr. Venkata has an impressive track record of building and managing complex technological programs and departments, and has demonstrated the intellectual and strategic skills necessary to strengthen our nationally recognized engineering program.”

Venkata’s appointment as dean coincides with the official dedication of the school as the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering this fall. “Dr. Venkata’s energy and experience will help Clarkson realize the significant opportunities made possible through the recent $30-million gift from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation,” added Collins.

The Coulter Foundation gift, in support of ongoing excellence in engineering and science programs, is being used to broaden Clarkson's most successful learning and research activities. The School of Engineering is being named in recognition of the late Wallace Coulter's dedication to the University as a trustee and for the Foundation's generous support.

"I am honored to be selected as dean of Engineering at Clarkson,” said Venkata. “I thank President Collins, the faculty and staff for the confidence they have placed in me. I am very excited about this position since I have the unique opportunity, with Coulter Foundation support, to lead the School of Engineering to the next level of excellence. Clarkson has a nationally recognized undergraduate engineering program and I am looking forward to making it internationally known at both the graduate and undergraduate levels."

Venkata joined Iowa State as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 1996. Earlier this year he was appointed to the Palmer Chair in Electrical Engineering in recognition of his scholarship in the area of power systems.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the recipient of its 2000 Third Millennium Medal. In 1996, he was named Outstanding Power Engineering Educator by the Power Engineering Society division of the IEEE.

Prior to joining Iowa State, Venkata spent 17 years as a professor of electrical engineering at University of Washington, Seattle, where he also served as the founding director of its electric energy industrial consortium. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, his M.S.E.E. from the Indian Institute of Technology and his B.S.E.E. from Andhra University, India.

Collins also recognized the diligence and commitment of the Clarkson search committee. “Our search committee did an outstanding job of attracting highly qualified, nationally recognized candidates for consideration for this position,” said Collins. “We owe them our gratitude for bringing someone of Dr. Venkata’s caliber and professional reputation to Clarkson to lead our engineering program.”
[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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