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05-10-2014

Robert Schilling Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Robert J. Schilling was named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 121st Commencement today. Schilling was honored for 36 years of exemplary service to the University.

Robert J. Schilling A dedicated educator, the professor has enjoyed his decades in the classroom, time during which he supervised five masters of engineering, 39 masters of science and five Ph.D. students. He received both the Eta Kappa Nu and the Tau Beta Pi outstanding professor awards.

“At least two of my former Ph.D. students are tenured professors now. It's nice to see them do well in their careers,” he notes. “We on the faculty are lucky to be able to work with young people, and see them learn and grow. Of course, sometimes we're here long enough that we can end up teaching the children of our students.”

Schilling has taught courses in bioengineering, control theory, robotics, linear and non-linear systems, optimization, microprocessors, C++ programming, computer graphics, signals and systems, signal processing, and senior design. Student evaluations of his courses have been consistently excellent.

In addition to guiding his students, Schilling has provided much leadership to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, including having served as the chair from 1995 to 1996. He's the program coordinator for the Electrical Engineering Program and has been instrumental in the University’s ongoing efforts to receive the highest and most prestigious accreditation.  

He and his wife, Prof. Sandra Harris, are retiring together, but both say they will continue their service to the accreditation process. They like living in the North Country and don't foresee leaving the area.

Over the years, Schilling has received research funding from the Naval Research Laboratories, the Westinghouse Foundation, IBM, GE, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has published 39 journal articles, and has written or co-written five textbooks.  

He has seen a lot of growth at Clarkson, and feels the University is heading in an overall good direction. For example, there are more women as students and on the faculty.

“We are becoming more diverse,” he says. “President Tony Collins has been a good leader who came up through the system and helped create progress.”

Schilling received both his Ph.D. and master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his bachelor of electrical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  Prior to joining Clarkson, he taught for four years at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[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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