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Clarkson Professor Susan Conry Recipient of IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award

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Established in 1984, the award recognizes individuals' contributions and commitment to maintain and improve education through the process of accreditation of engineering, engineering technology, computer science, and applied science programs. Susan Conry

Conry was honored for "contributions to computer science and engineering accreditation, to the development of Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (now CSAB, Inc.), for leadership in the integration of ABET and CSAB, and the development of model curricula."

Susan E. Conry, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University, was honored last month with the Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities by the Educational Activities Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE).

From 1992-1999, Conry served on the CSAB Board of Directors, and as its president from 1997-98. During her tenure as board president, the memorandum of understanding between CSAB and ABET that resulted in the merging of their activities was signed. She has also served as a program evaluator and is currently a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, serving on the criteria committee. She was recently elected to the Engineering Accreditation Commission.

Conry also serves on the IEEE's Education Society's Administrative Committee, The Administrative Committee is responsible for advancing the theory, practice and accessibility of engineering education, through educational methods, instructional materials, and educational technology. She is a member of the IEEE's Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities, and was a recipient of a meritorious service award for her work on computing curricula in 1991.

Conry was recently elected a 2005 Fellow of ABET for her contributions to computer science and engineering accreditation, for leadership in the development of the CSAC, and for leadership in the integration of ABET and CSAB

After receiving her doctoral degree from Rice University, Conry joined the faculty at Clarkson University in 1975, serving as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1996-2001. Her research interests include distributed artificial intelligence and parallel and distributed systems, as well as interests in coordination problems in problem-solving environments involving multiple intelligent agents. She is also concerned with developing a theory of rational actions by an intelligent agent.

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