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Whirlpool VP Named To Clarkson University Board Of Trustees

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Potsdam, N.Y. – Karel K. Czanderna (zan-DER-na) of Benton Harbor, Mich., a vice president at Whirlpool Corporation, has been elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.czanderna

Czanderna, a 1977 graduate of Clarkson, assumed her post as Whirlpool’s vice president, Global Product Development, Food Stream Solutions, on November 1. Previous to that she served as vice president and corporate director for Eastman Kodak’s Inkjet business strategy.

Czanderna resided in Potsdam with her parents, Alvin W. and Lucile D. Czanderna, from 1964 to 1977 and is a graduate of Potsdam High School. Her father was a Clarkson physics professor from 1964-1978.

In her new role Czanderna will oversee all of Whirlpool’s regional refrigeration technology and product development centers in Evansville, Ind.; Pune, India; Cassinetta, Italy; Monterrey, Mexico; and Joinville, Brazil.

Czanderna served at Eastman Kodak for 18 years, holding a series of increasingly senior positions, including corporate vice president and GM output systems; corporate vice president and GM portrait photography business; vice president, office imaging and GM supplies business & director of engineering; vice president digital and applied imaging, director digital product quality; and worldwide product service manager, office imaging.

She earned her bachelor of science degree in physics from Clarkson in 1977. She received her master of science (1981) and Ph.D. (1984) in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.

Czanderna was a director of Career Development Services and serves on Cornell University’s President’s Council of Cornell Women and the Engineering Advisory Council. She was named a Rochester Heroine of the 100 Heroines Project, was the first recipient of the Jane Lanphear Legacy Award of the Women’s Forum of Kodak Employees, and is a three-time Rochester Chamber of Commerce Athena Award nominee.

Clarkson University, founded in 1896, is an independent technological university in Potsdam, New York, offering majors in the sciences, engineering, liberal arts, health sciences and business. At Clarkson 2,700 undergraduates and 350 graduate students learn in an academically rigorous, collaborative culture that emphasizes hands-on team projects and real-world multidisciplinary challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. As a result, Clarkson has earned a reputation for developing innovative leaders in technology-based fields. For more information, visit

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