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Susan Conry to be Named Professor Emerita at Clarkson University

Distinguished Service Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Susan E. Conry will be named professor emerita at Clarkson University's 122nd Commencement on May 9. She will be honored for more than 40 years of exemplary service to the University.

Susan E. ConryAn outstanding educator and scholar, Conry's first appointment at Clarkson was in 1975 in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Since 1977, she has been a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, where she has supervised 14 master's degree students and five Ph.D. students.

She has taught courses in computer engineering, ranging from software engineering, database systems and computer graphics, to digital systems design, microprocessors, computer architecture, parallel and distributed systems, and senior design.

Conry’s professional activities have been extensive and multi-faceted. Her research is in the area of multiagent systems, and she has received research funding from such agencies as the NSF and AFOSR. Her work has been cited by others more than 500 times, and she has served on the program committees of multiple national and international conferences in multiagent systems.

She has also worked to improve education in engineering and computer science through her activity with ABET, the accreditation agency that sets global standards for programs in engineering, and CSAB, the Computer Science Accreditation Board.  

Conry was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2006 “for contributions to engineering education.” The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting IEEE membership.

She was elected an ABET Fellow in 2005 “for her contributions to computer science and engineering accreditation, for leadership in the development of CSAB, and for leadership in the integration of ABET and CSAB." In addition, Conry was named CSAB Fellow in 2006 “in recognition of dedicated service and outstanding contributions to computer science education and accreditation."

Her other awards and honors include the IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service Award for contributions to the 1991 Curriculum Task Force, the 2005 IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities, and the 2011 IEEE Education Society William E. Sayle Award “for outstanding technical contributions and service in computer science and engineering education and accreditation”.

Although there weren't a lot of female professors when she joined the faculty, Conry became the first woman to chair an engineering department at Clarkson, serving as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1996-2001. She was instrumental in starting the software engineering program as well. The professor took her pioneering steps in stride, saying, “I always had the support of my husband and family -- and my colleagues.”

Growing up in West Texas as the eldest child of an engineer, her career choices came naturally. “My father expected us to make of our talents the most we could, so we did. Engineering provided me the context and applications for the math I loved,” she says.

“I enjoy being in a position to make a difference,” she says. “As a university professor, I hoped to touch young people's lives and help them to realize a dream. It's been good, but it's time to write a new chapter."

Conry received her Ph.D. and master of science degree, both in electrical engineering, from Rice University. She received her bachelor of arts degree in mathematics 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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