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Clarkson University Professor Selected for U.S. Department of State Partnership Opportunity Delegation

The U.S. Department of State has invited Clarkson University Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Kerop Janoyan to join a small delegation of executives, investors, entrepreneurs and academic partners to Armenia from Oct. 6 to 8.

Kerop JanoyanStarted in 2014 by Secretary John Kerry, this will be the fifth in a series of Partnership Opportunity Delegations (PODs) led by the Global Partnership Initiative. It is based on the concept that some of the best ideas are created when unlikely combinations of people come together in an unlikely place and are given the freedom to meet, share ideas, and ultimately collaborate on projects of mutual interest.

This POD will be centered on investment opportunities in renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, and sustainable development to achieve greater energy independence. Improving energy efficiency will combat climate change and promote economic recovery, growth and opportunity in Armenia, and build on the relationship with the U.S.

This Armenia Partnership Opportunity Delegation will bring together the U.S. Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Armenia, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).  While there, Janoyan will also participate in United Nations annual International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development that is being held this year in Yerevan from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.

Janoyan is a professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Clarkson University where he served as executive officer from 2010 through the end of 2014. He also is now serving as the director of distance learning in the office of the provost. He was elected by-fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University, where he spent his sabbatical stay in 2009.  

Janoyan’s research and development expertise covers a broad range of related topics with a strong focus on aspects of intelligent infrastructure systems. He is the co-director of Clarkson's Center for the Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CECET) Blade Testing Facility and the director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Infrastructure and Transportation Technologies.

Janoyan has authored or co-authored more than 90 technical papers and reports and has presented his research at national and international conferences and workshops. He has an extensive history of participation in academic and joint industrial projects and his research and development efforts have garnered nearly $4 million in funding. Janoyan is also the co-inventor on one U.S. patent.  

Janoyan received his bachelor of science, master of science, engineer, and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in California.

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 the health professions, 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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