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07-20-2005

Administration Appointments Announced For Clarkson University Schools Of Business And Engineering

Michael E. Wasserman, assistant professor of Consumer and Organizational Studies, assume the duties of associate dean for Undergraduate Programs and Administration.

In this role, Wasserman will coordinate undergraduate program activities, be responsible for faculty scheduling, and supervise the operation of the Dean's Office.

Aidun joined the Clarkson faculty in 1982, after receiving his doctoral degree in material science from RPI. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering and a master of science degree in material science, all from Syracuse University.

Wasserman joined Clarkson in 2002. Since that time, he has served Clarkson and the School of Business in multiple roles, including: advisor to the Graduate Business Association, facilitator of Clarkson’s Open House for Prospective Undergraduate Students, and session facilitator for the seminar My Small Business sponsored by Clarkson University and the Village of Potsdam.

Farzad Mahmoodi, professor of Operations Management, has been appointed associate dean for Graduate and Executive Programs.

As associate dean, Mahmoodi will oversee the master’s programs in business administration (MBA) and Engineering and Global Operations Management (EGOM) as well as new master’s programs as they are developed. Additionally, he will continue to serve as the director of the University’s Supply Chain Management program, which he founded. The program is currently ranked number 13 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Mahmoodi’s research interests focus on design and control of manufacturing and logistics systems. He has published numerous articles in leading journals and serves on the editorial boards of leading industry journals. He has been the recipient of multiple Clarkson teaching, research and leadership awards.

Goodarz Ahmadi, interim dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, also announced that three changes have been made in the University’s School of Engineering.

Since joining the faculty of Clarkson's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1992, Powers has been at the forefront of studies on the movement of petroleum fuels and other complex mixtures in groundwater. Her research has been widely published in professional and scientific journals, and funded through grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of

Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Powers is also the director of Clarkson's K-12 Project-Based Learning Partnership Program, an innovative program designed to increase middle school students' interest and participation in the

sciences and engineering through hands-on projects and partnerships with college mentors. Through this program, trained college students have worked with teachers in nine area school districts. The program has led to the development of solid waste, energy and water quality related curricula.

Amy Zander, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed associate dean for Academic Programs of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, effective July 1, 2005.

Zander joined Clarkson as a faculty member in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1991. She was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and was named full professor in 2003. Her research interests are in the areas of physical and chemical separations in environmental systems, especially drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies. Her work involves finding new solutions for safe drinking water and for minimal impact of water and wastewater treatment systems on the natural environment.

Zander has published dozens of journal articles, written and co-written numerous book chapters, and delivered papers at some 50 professional and academic conferences throughout North America. She served on a National Research Council Committee, which produced the book "Confronting the Nation's Water Problems: The Role of Research." She has managed University research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, and other funding agencies.

Zander has also served on the Arsenic Cost Working Group, a panel commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency to explore the costs, benefits and health effects of arsenic in drinking water. In 2000, she was one of 20 individuals selected to participate in the NSF's Women in Engineering Leadership Conference. Zander also received a Distinguished Service Award recently from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

As a faculty member at Clarkson, Aidun has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Adams Memorial Award, the William Spraragen Award, and the A.F. Davis Silver Award from the American Welding Society. In addition, he received the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award of the Society of Automotive Engineering. In 2001 he was named the outstanding professor of the year by Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society Student Chapter, in addition to receiving the University’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

Aidun has authored more than 50 technical publications and has given many invited presentations in the U.S. and around the globe. His research interests include welding and metal joining; metallurgical,

mechanical and corrosion properties; and characterization of semiconductor materials. His research has been funded by the NSF, Corning and Pratt and Whitney, among others. In addition, five Ph.D. and 21 master’s students have graduated under his supervision.

[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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