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Four Clarkson University Professors Named Outstanding Advisers

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Four members of the Clarkson University faculty have been lauded for their work in helping students.

The Outstanding Advising Award is awarded to professors valued by their advisees and by other Clarkson students for the quality of academic and, sometimes, personal advice that they give, said David A. Craig, chair of the University Honors Committee. "The award recognizes that academic advising is as important a responsibility as teaching and research are. While we on the committee don't have sufficient data to prove it, we believe that this year's awardees are the kind of advisers whose advisees seek them out long after they have graduated from Clarkson."

Craig said that the winners were selected based on five years of advising from data collected from those students.

Peter Freitag, director of Project Arete, which allows students to double major in the areas of business and liberal studies and to earn degrees in both, won the Outstanding Adviser Award once before, in 1980. In 1993, he was given the Outstanding Teacher Award, and received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995. He has been at Clarkson since 1976, becoming an associate professor in 1983. He received his B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook in 1971, where he also received his M.A. degree in 1974, and his doctorate in philosophy in 1979.

Ralph Janaro graduated from Stonehill College in 1977 with a B.S.B.A. in management. He then received his M.B.A. (1978) and D.B.A. (1982) from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, both in operations/ production management. He began teaching at Clarkson in 1980, becoming an associate professor in 1988.

David Wells, who directs the E&M program and is also editor of the IEEE Engineering Management Review, has been teaching and advising at Clarkson since returning in 1986. Prior to that, he held engineering management responsibilities in the nuclear services industry with Combustion Engineering, Stone & Webster Engineering, and Newport News Shipbuilding. He graduated from Clarkson in 1972 with a B.S. in industrial distribution, and received his master's and doctoral degrees from Clarkson as well.

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