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05-04-2015

Robert Meyer to be Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Robert A. Meyer will be named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 122nd Commencement on May 9. He will be honored for more than 40 years of exemplary service to the University.

Robert A. Meyer Appointed to the faculty in 1974, Meyer's scholarship is in the area of computer engineering, with a focus on computer automation, embedded computing and applications of artificial intelligence. He established and helped grow the computer engineering program at Clarkson.

“Basically nothing I have been teaching over last several years was anything I was taught. It just didn't exist 20 years ago,” he says. “I taught the first software engineering course here in 1977 and it was among the first ever taught in the United States on that subject.”

Meyer has taught computer systems design, embedded microprocessor system design, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, and the senior design lab. He has supervised six master of engineering, 21 master of science, and five Ph.D. students.

He was named ECE Professor of the Year in 1985 by Eta Kappa Nu, the student honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the Outstanding Advisor Award in 1993, and was recognized for Teaching Excellence by the Coulter School of Engineering in 2003.

Meyer’s service is exemplary. In the late 1980s, he proposed the University's new computer engineering degree program to the New York State Department of Education, and helped lead ABET accreditation efforts for it. He served as the chair of the Computer Engineering Curriculum Committee for most of that time. Working with Professor Susan Conry, he assisted in establishing the University's software engineering degree program in 2000.

Meyer authored the original proposal for Clarkson to develop a common curriculum based on outcomes assessment and worked with faculty from across all disciplines within the University to develop the Common Experience Curriculum. He has served as secretary, vice chair, and chair of the Faculty Senate. He has been the grand marshal at University ceremonies for the last 18 years.    

He was an early advocate for distance education, having co-led Clarkson’s involvement in Lockheed Martin’s Engineering Leadership Development Program, which serves as a model for growing distance education with other companies.  

In 1998, he was recognized as a founding member of Clarkson’s Million Dollar Club, and has received over $1.9 million in external funding for his research, principally from the U.S. Air Force.

Meyer also has shared his knowledge about artificial intelligence through a popular new course that has attracted students from all disciplines.

“The goal is to address questions about artificial intelligence, such as social and personal impacts. It was an interesting, fun course to teach. It was always filled up,” he says.

As a first step in retiring, Meyer and his wife, Susan Conry, are in the process of designing a house in New Hampshire.

Meyer received his Ph.D. and his master of engineering degree, both in electrical engineering, from Rice University. His bachelor of arts degree in electrical engineering and mathematics also is from Rice University.

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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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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