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Clarkson University Grad Student Todd Deshane Receives IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Todd M. Deshane, a Ph.D. candidate in engineering science in Clarkson University's Department of Computer Science, is the recipient of the prestigious and coveted IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The award is an annual, worldwide competitive program that recognizes exceptional Ph.D. students in many academic disciplines and areas of study, including computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences, business sciences and service sciences, management, and engineering. Award recipients are selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their progress to-date.

Deshane was nominated for the fellowship by Associate Professor of Computer Science Jeanna Matthews. "Competition for IBM Ph.D. Fellowships is international. The award is highly competitive and very prestigious," said Matthews. "This is Todd's second year receiving an IBM Ph.D. fellowship. Applications for renewals are by no means automatic; they are considered against all other nominations. The renewal of this award is a wonderful recognition of the high quality work Todd is doing at Clarkson."

Deshane's research is in the area of operating system technologies, such as virtual machine monitors, high availability, and file systems. His doctoral dissertation focuses on using these technologies to provide desktop users with an attack-resistant experience, with automatic and autonomic recovery from viruses, worms, and adverse system modifications.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Ph.D. candidate Todd M. Deshane has been awarded an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for the 2008-2009 academic year. Deshane's major is Engineering Science. The award pays tuition, fees and a $17,500 stipend.

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