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Joseph Skufca Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Joseph Skufca has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of mathematics & computer science in the School of Arts & Sciences. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.

Joseph SkufcaJoseph Skufca received a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. He served 20 years in the Submarine Force, with sea tours aboard both fast attack and ballistic missile submarine of both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He retired from active duty in 2005.  

He earned his master of science (2003) and Ph.D. (2005) degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His areas of expertise include dynamical systems, chaos, control, complex networks, and engineering applications. Skufca joined the faculty of Clarkson University in 2005, where he teaches in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science.

His research stretches across a broad spectrum of applied mathematics, with particular focus on applied mathematical modeling, both with analytic and data methods. He has contributions stretching from modeling of disease spread,  study of the workings of the human postural control system in response to small perturbations, study of theoretical dynamical systems tool that allow quantifying the quality of mathematical models, modeling of phytoplankton population dynamics, application of evidence theory to analysis of network structures, and general studies on evolving complex networks, cybersecurity and cyber mission defense, and biometric identification methods.

Skufca co-developed and co-taught a new interdisciplinary curriculum in computational science and engineering at the United States Naval Academy and received the William P. Clements Award in 2001, recognizing him as the most outstanding military instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.

At Clarkson, he has continued with a strong pedagogical record, developing a number of new courses as well as bringing a project-based approach to learning to solve applied problems, bringing that material into the core calculus curriculum.

Skufca’s leadership experience plays an active role in a number of key University initiatives focused on the continued excellence of University programs. He is currently supporting the development of a strategic plan for the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, with key goals of broadening the impact and relevance of teaching and scholarship in this critical domain.

Additionally, he is co-lead on the design of a new master of science in data analytics program, currently expected to launch this fall. This interdisciplinary program will be executed from all the schools at Clarkson and is meant to provide students with the skills to be effective professionals in a highly sought-after field of identifying, acquiring, managing, presenting, analyzing and interpreting large amounts of data in a variety of professional fields and organizational settings.

His efforts were recognized by his being awarded the most Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2007, at Clarkson. Additionally, in 2010, he received the John W. Graham Junior Faculty Research Award. His pedagogical contributions were recently recognized on the national level, as he developed the question for this year’s Moody’s Math Challenge, a nation-wide contest in mathematical modeling for high school students.

Skufca has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. His research is supported by a number of funding agencies at both the national and state levels.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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