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Three Clarkson University Faculty Promoted

Clarkson University President Denny Brown has promoted three faculty members. Abdul J. Jerri of Potsdam, and Farzad Mahmoodi and Poojitha D. Yapa, both of Hannawa Falls, have been promoted from associate professor to professor, effective July 1.

Abdul J. Jerri has been at Clarkson since 1967.  He previously served as associate professor of math and computer science.  During his time at Clarkson, Jerri also served as head of mathematics at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, from 1972-74, establishing that school’s mathematics and computer science programs. He also served as the director of the mathematics graduate program at Kuwait University from1979-80, and as a Fulbright lecturer at the Sultan Quaboos University in Muscat, Oman, in 1997.

Jerri's professional interests include sampling theory, integral transforms, integral equations, difference equations and the Gibbs phenomenon.  He is the author of four textbooks, including 1998’s The Gibbs Phenomenon in Fourier Analysis, Splines and Wavelet Approximations. A second edition of his first book on integral equations will be published in the fall, along with a solution manual, the first such book created for the subject.  Jerri is also the author of over 40 papers on his fields of interest, and has been invited to national and international conferences to lecture on his research.

Jerri holds a bachelor of science degree (honors) from the University of Baghdad, a master's degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a doctorate from Oregon State University.

Farzad Mahmoodi came to Clarkson University in 1989 and became an associate professor of operations and production management in 1995.  He has served as the director of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and is currently the director of the Engineering and Manufacturing Management Graduate Industry Program.

Mahmoodi’s professional interests include implementation and management of cellular and flexible manufacturing systems, quality management and systems modeling and simulation.  He has published numerous articles in a variety of professional journals and books.  Mahmoodi has also presented his findings at various national and international conferences and has performed consulting projects in the U.S., Canada, and the Middle East.

His many awards at Clarkson include the Computer Curriculum Award in 1990, the Tau Delta Kappa Teacher's Excellence Award in 1994, the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award in 1995, the School of Business Faculty Leadership Award in 1995 and 1997, and the Clarkson University Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998.  Before coming to Clarkson, Mahmoodi was an instructor at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering in 1982, a master's in industrial engineering in 1983, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 1989.

Poojitha D. Yapa started at Clarkson in 1983 and served as an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering before his promotion.  His research interests include modeling of oil and gas behavior when released in ultra-deep oceans, modeling of fate and transport of oil and chemical spills and their impact on the ecosystem, physico-chemical processes of oil spills, and behavior of oil spilled in ice-infested waters. In 1997, Yapa was invited by the government of Singapore to help develop an oil-spill model for Singapore and the Malacca straits.  In 1998, he began conducting research for the U.S. Department of the Interior to see what happens if oil is spilled in ultra-deep ocean water drill sites.

Yapa has received the Gledden Senior Fellowship to spend a sabbatical year at the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia starting in the fall of 1999. He was invited to serve as a research fellow at the Science University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1992. Last year, Yapa was appointed to the advisory panel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to advise them on their new oil spill model, GNOME.

Yapa received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Moratuwa in 1976, a master’s in hydraulic engineering from the Asian Institute of technology in 1979, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson in 1983.

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