Ali Boolani, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Clarkson University, has been named a 2017 NNY Business magazine 20 Under 40 award recipient.
Boolani was one of 20 community leaders selected from more than 75 nominations and reviewed by a committee of Watertown Daily Times and NNY Business personnel and Timothy P. Sweeney, general manager for Tunes 92.5/104.5 FM WBLH Radio.
A six-member selection vetted nominations, weighing the community service, professional achievements and leadership attributes of each nominee.
Boolani currently teaches several graduate physiology courses, and works with graduate students on a number of research projects.
“My research focuses on cognition and sports,” he said in his NNY Business magazine profile. “Sports is fun, (but) sports doesn’t get you funded.”
Aside from his work at Clarkson, Boolani’s community involvement was a major factor in his selection to the seventh class of 20 Under 40.
Boolani has begun two community service programs in Potsdam – the PB&J program which provides lunches for kids during the summer and Clarkson Feeds, which distributes spare food from the campus to people in need.
A single father, he makes a point of involving his daughter, Italia Boolani, in his volunteering.
“For me, that’s important, just making sure she is involved in the community.” Boolani said. “Social justice is really, really important to me, income inequality is really important. So my community work is centered around trying to relieve income inequality.”