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05-05-2008

Clarkson University's David Powers to Be Named Professor Emeritus

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David L. Powers will be named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 115th Commencement on Sunday, May 11. Powers is being honored for 41 years of exemplary service to the University.

A professor of mathematics, Powers has influenced several generations of undergraduate students as a professor, mentor and advisor. He has taught a majority of the undergraduate course offerings and also originated several courses, including mathematical modeling and advanced engineering math. He proposed the major in applied mathematics and statistics and initiated the department's current outreach program to new students and by directing the development of an online algebra refresher course and support courses for first-year students. David Powers will be named Professor Emeritus

Powers earned his doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, and his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Powers has authored several textbooks on differential equations and linear algebra, and authored the widely adopted text Boundary Value Problems, which is currently in its fifth edition and is the text for his signature course, Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems.

His principal area of research has been in graph theory, a topic on which he coauthored a monograph and supervised four doctoral students to completion. Powers has continued to pursue other areas of research that address a variety of topics in applied mathematics. He has been author or co-author of more than 60 research articles. His awards and honors have included an Organization of American States Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and several Clarkson awards for advising and computer applications.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[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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