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05-13-2001

Professor M. Sathyamoorthy Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor M. Sathyamoorthy of Potsdam, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, was awarded the Clarkson University Distinguished Teaching Award during the school's 108th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 13.

Organized in 1960 as the Excellent Teaching Award and renewed a decade later with a new name, the Distinguished Teaching Award and its $1,500 prize recognizes "the importance of superior teaching." Candidates are nominated by Clarkson University alumni with the recipient chosen from a faculty committee.

As an educator, perhaps there is no pleasure greater than being recognized by students and alumni for one's commitment to teaching, said Sathyamoorthy. "Teaching students at Clarkson has always been and continues to be a true privilege and honor for me, and I am indeed humbled to have this award conferred upon me by my faculty colleagues here at Clarkson."

Sathyamoorthy has been at Clarkson since 1979. Prior to Clarkson, he taught at the University of Calgary; the University of Birmingham, England; and the Indian Institute of Technology. His research interests are in the area of nonlinear static and dynamic analysis of structures with particular attention to composite materials. Sathyamoorthy has also served as a consultant to General Motors and the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory on the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Sathyamoorthy has served on a number of committees while at Clarkson, including the Tenure Committee, the Promotions Committee, the MAE Department Graduate Committee and the University Honors Committee. He has also received a number of awards and honors, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Dedicated Service Award and National Faculty Advisor Award, The Clarkson University Outstanding Advisor Award, the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Clarkson chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

Sathyamoorthy received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Madras (India), his master's in engineering mechanics from the Indian Institute of Technology and his doctorate in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

He resides in Potsdam with his wife, Chitra. They have two children, Mohan and Kumaran. Mohan is graduating from SUNY Stonybrook Medical School next week and Kumaran is a graduate student at Columbia University.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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