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Five Honored with Clarkson University's Most Prestigious Alumni Award

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Karel Czanderna

Karel K. Czanderna earned her bachelor of science degree in physics from Clarkson in 1977. She continued her education at Cornell University where she received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 1984. She also participated in the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. gk-2007

Today, Czanderna is vice president and general manager of KitchenAid Brand and Cooking Products, where she and her team are responsible for profitable revenue growth for the second largest appliance category in Whirlpool. She invests her time ensuring the global business strategy and robust product development, while delivering a sustainable stream of consumer focused, innovative products.

Previously, Czanderna worked at Eastman Kodak for 18 years, holding a series of increasingly senior positions. She was corporate vice president and business general manager for the commercial inkjet and photographic digital printing businesses, as well as the worldwide portrait photography business; vice president of copier supplies business and director of engineering; vice president and director of digital product quality; and worldwide product service manager in the copier business.

Czanderna is the United Way campaign co-chair at Whirlpool and a member of the President's Council of Cornell Women. She served on the board of directors for Career Development Services in Rochester, N.Y., was the recipient of the first Jane Lanphaer Legacy Award from the Women's Forum of Kodak Employees, and was named one of a hundred "Rochester Heroines." She was also nominated for the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Athena Award three times.

Lawrence Delaney

Lawrence J. Delaney received both a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University in 1957 and 1958, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961.

Retired Titan Corporation executive vice president and advanced systems development sector president, Delaney is a senior executive with more than 40 years of international experience in high technology program acquisition, management and engineering. Prior to joining Titan, he was chairman of the board, CEO and president of Arete Associates.

Previously, Delaney was president of Delaney Group Inc., a technical and business consulting firm he founded in 1997. Additionally, Delaney, who is fluent in German, was managing director, BDM Europe, the European holding company for BDM International Inc., where he was corporate vice president. He was also senior vice president and group manager at IABG.

Earlier in his career, Delaney was managing partner, member of the board of directors, and director, Washington Operations of Montgomery & Associates. He also served as a group senior vice president at SAIC, as well as a deputy sector manager of the SAIC Military Sciences/Information Systems Sector. Delaney has directed programs for the Chief of Naval Operations, the Defense Nuclear Agency and the U.S. Army.

Delaney was appointed vice chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Army Science and Technology in 1992. In 2001, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Department of the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. The Department of the Army awarded Dr. Delaney the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his work on the Army Science Board. He currently serves as chair Air Force Studies Board (AFSB) of the National Academies and vice chairman of the Army Science Board.

Delaney also serves as chairman of the board of Engility Corporations, as a member of the board of SET Corporation, and on the advisory boards of the Analysis Group and Magnetic Torque International. In addition, he serves on the plant and facilities committee of the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington.

He lives in Potomac, Md., with his wife, Antoinette. They have five grown children: Lawrence Jr., Joe, John, Gene and Chris.

Joel Goldschein

Joel Goldschein passed away on June 24. His wife, Lynda, along with daughters Terri Goldschein, Gail Bell and Sharon Parker, accepted his Golden Knight Award.

Goldschein graduated from Clarkson University in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

Joel and Lynda Goldschein shared a deep love for the outdoors and nature. They channeled this interest into their philanthropic efforts on behalf of Clarkson by initiating on-campus projects directed toward the improvement and aesthetic enhancement of Clarkson's campus. These efforts culminated in the campus's grand sandstone entranceway, which was funded by the Goldscheins, as well as other changes that helped create today's walking-friendly campus.

In order to enable qualified students to enjoy the benefits of a Clarkson education, Mr. and Mrs. Goldschein established the Joel '57 and Lynda Goldschein Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2007 to recognize academic achievement and provide access to Clarkson University for future generations of students.

Jon Harrington

Jon Harrington graduated from Clarkson University in 1977, receiving a dual degree in mathematics and industrial distribution.

Harrington has always been interested and engaged in pivotal issues that concern Clarkson University. In the past, he has been an active member of the Clarkson Alumni Council, the Business Leadership Council and Business Advisory Council. He has also served on Clarkson's Board of Trustees. Harrington continues to support Clarkson as an admission volunteer.

Harrington and his wife, Janet, live in Bernardsville, N.J., where he is involved with the Children's Aid Society of New York and the Greater Newark Conservancy.

George Jamesson II

George Jamesson II graduated from Clarkson University in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

Jamesson began at Fisher-Price as an engineer-in-training in 1972 and was soon promoted to manager and then director in the 1980s. He was promoted to vice president of engineering in 1992 and to senior vice president of engineering the following year. Throughout his career at Fisher-Price, Jamesson has successfully managed engineering functions through many stages of the company's evolution, including its spin-off from the Quaker Oats Company, its time as an independent public corporation and its merger with Mattel.

In 2002, Jamesson was promoted to senior vice president of engineering and Mexico operations. Under his direction, Fisher-Price has introduced successful innovations to its product line and boosted quality to the company's products, especially the baby gear products that blend safety and comfort with the most innovative features. This new category of products is distinctively different from toys and seeks to equip new parents with everything that they need to care for their baby. Jamesson's contributions have been honored with the Mattel Chairman's Award as well as the Pathfinder Award, which recognizes individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to mentoring.

Since his graduation from Clarkson, Jamesson has volunteered his time to support class reunion activities and reunion giving. He also was a member of the alumni board of governors.

Jamesson is a member of the Buffalo Bicycling Club and is actively involved with the Buffalo Public Schools mentoring program, as well as the Buffalo Rotary Club and the South Wales Presbyterian Church.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, N.Y., is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive, but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: Five Clarkson University alumni were recently honored with the Golden Knight Award, the University's highest alumni honor. L-R: Lynda Goldschein (accepting for her husband, the late Joel Goldschein); George Jamesson; and Karel Czanderna. Not present for the ceremony were Lawrence Delaney and Jon Harrington.

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