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Clarkson University Names Jemison Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Prof. William Jemison has been appointed chair of the Clarkson University Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, effective July 1.

"Professor Jemison brings a wealth of industrial and academic experiences to lead the ECE Department to the next level of excellence," said Goodarz Ahmadi, dean of the William JemisonWallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Ahmadi also thanked Prof. Thomas H. Ortmeyer for serving as ECE chair over the past nine years. "I greatly appreciate the leadership role that Tom has provided and wish him well as he continues in his teaching and research pursuits," said Ahmadi.

Jemison has received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Drexel University in 1993 and joined Lafayette College in 1996. Prior to joining academia, he had 11 years of government and industry experience at Flam & Russell Inc., Lockheed Martin, and the Naval Air Warfare Center.

Jemison was elected a fellow of IEEE in 2007 for contributions to microwave photonics for radar and communications. He also has received the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award from Lafayette College in 2002, as well as three IEEE Lehigh Valley Section Outstanding Advisor Awards in 1997, 1998 and 1999 for his work with the IEEE student branch at Lafayette.

Jemison’s research interests cover the areas of microwave photonic systems, microwave/mm-wave antenna design, radar systems, wireless and optical communications systems, lidar systems, and biological applications of microwaves and photonics.

He has authored many quality technical publications, holds several U.S. patents and has given invited presentations in the U.S. and around the globe. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Center for Optical Technologies.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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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