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05-10-2014

Sandra Harris Named Professor Emerita at Clarkson University

Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Sandra Harris was named professor emerita at Clarkson University's 121st Commencement today. Harris was honored for 36 years of exemplary service to the University.

Sandra HarrisEsteemed for her visionary scholarship and scientific inquiry, Harris has been dedicated in her service to the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Coulter School of Engineering, and the University. She's been a member of numerous academic committees and review boards over the years, and she plans to continue that participation.

“I'm helping prepare for department accreditation and will work on it after retirement, too,” she says.
 
She and her husband, Prof. Robert Schilling, expect a busy retirement that includes time set aside for family and hobbies.  Still, she knows that come fall, she'll miss the excitement and promise of a new academic year.  

“When I first started at Clarkson, all the engineering departments were downtown, and then we moved up to the hill. I've seen a lot of changes over the years,” she reflects. “I taught one class every fall where over 200 students enrolled, then another 100 the same class in the spring. That adds up to a lot of students.”
 
Each student received the professor's best attention. Harris was honored in 1989 and in 2007 as the Omega Chi Epsilon Professor of the Year by the Department’s Honor Society. She and her student, L.W. Bezanson, were the recipients of the Kelvin Premium in 1987.

In recent years, Harris has taught Process Dynamics & Control, Thermodynamics, and chemical engineering laboratory courses. She has also taught Chemical Engineering Design, Chemical Reaction Analysis I, Introduction to Engineering (Fortran Programming), Instrumentation for Measurement and Control, Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Processing, and Biochemical Engineering.

She supervised 12 graduate students during her career at Clarkson, with funding from the National Science Foundation and IBM. Having served on many thesis committees and the department’s graduate committee, she also directed summer research programs for undergraduates in 1982 and 1983.

Among her publications are the book Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing Using MATLAB and contributions to the Encyclopedia of Fluid Mechanics and Perturbation Signals for Signal Identification.

Harris received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and both her bachelor and master of science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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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