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University Of Pennsylvania Dean Elected To Clarkson University Board Of Trustees

Potsdam, N.Y. — Gregory C. Farrington of Swarthmore, Pa., dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.

Farrington, also a professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been dean since 1990. At Penn, he has been very active in helping lead the university in issues relating to undergraduate education, research in engineering and medicine, and the new uses of computer and information technology in education.

Farrington has served in a variety of university and government positions and on many committees. He was a member of the Carnegie Foundation commission on “National Security and the Future of Arms Control,” the Materials Research Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, and the Council of the Materials Research Society, and the president of the International Society of Solid State Ionics. In 1984 he was awarded an honorary Ph.D. by the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in recognition of his research in solid-state electrochemistry.

His principal research interests are in the areas of electrochemistry, solid electrolytes, and solid-state chemistry. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 papers on the synthesis, structure, and transport characteristics of conductive ceramics and polymers, and holds 27 patents.

Farrington received a B.S. in chemistry from Clarkson in 1968 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University in 1972. After serving as a member of the technical staff in materials research at the General Electric Research and Development Center, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. From 1984-1986 he served as chairman of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and from 1987-1990 as director of the NSF-sponsored Materials Research Laboratory at Penn.

Farrington resides in Swarthmore with his wife Jean.

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,670 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and  Science; and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

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