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Jemison Named Dean of Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University

Professor Bill Jemison, vice provost for research and chair of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University, has been named dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, effective July 1.

Bill Jemison"After an open process, that included nominations, public meetings, and gathering extensive feedback, Clarkson was fortunate to have Bill rise to the top of a very strong field," said Senior Vice President & Provost Chuck Thorpe. "His experience as vice provost for research gives him valuable insights and connections as we seek to grow graduate programs and research programs within the Coulter School. We look forward to working with him as we build the momentum in our engineering programs and reputation."

To continue to influence the work that he has done as vice provost for research, President Tony Collins has asked that Jemison also serve as special assistant to the president. In that capacity, he will help organize University-wide efforts -- such as its partnership with the Trudeau Institute and membership in the New York State Smart Grid Consortium.

After nearly a decade as dean, Goodarz Ahmadi has decided to step down and return to teaching and research. "We thank Goodarz for his distinguished service and look forward to continuing to see him in the classrooms and laboratories on campus," said Thorpe.

Jemison came to Clarkson as chair of electrical & computer engineering in 2010. He was named Clarkson’s vice provost for research in 2012, continuing to serve as chair.

Prior to joining Clarkson, Jemison's work experience included 25 years of combined government, industry, and academic experience at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orbit/FR and Lafayette College.  

Jemison received Clarkson's Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011. He also has received research awards from the Naval Air Warfare Center and Lafayette College, and three IEEE Lehigh Valley Section Outstanding Advisor Awards.

Jemison's research interests include microwave photonic systems, antenna design, radar systems, wireless and optical communications systems, lidar systems, and biological applications of microwaves and photonics.

He has authored many technical publications, holds several U.S. patents, has served as a consultant to industry, and has given invited presentations in the U.S. and around the globe.

Jemison's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2007 for his research contributions to microwave photonics for radar and communications.

Jemison represents Clarkson on several regional technology and economic development initiatives that address smart grid, cyber, and advanced manufacturing.

He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Drexel University, his master of science degree in engineering science from the Pennsylvania State University, and his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College.

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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