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Jemison named interim vice provost for research at Clarkson


POTSDAM - Professor William D. Jemison has been named interim vice provost for research at Clarkson University. He will also continue to serve as chair of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

“I’m delighted that Professor Jemison has agreed to accept these extra responsibilities,” Senior Vice President and Provost Charles E. Thorpe said. “His mix of experience in industry, academia, and government is just what we need to make even stronger connections with our research partners. With his help, our faculty will be well on the way toward our goal of doubling research.”

Dr..Jemison came to Clarkson in 2010 from Lafayette College, where he had served as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering for 14 years. 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.

He was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2007 for his contributions to microwave photonics for radar and communications. Jemison also received the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award from Lafayette College in 2002, three IEEE Lehigh Valley Section Outstanding Advisor Awards in 1997, 1998 and 1999 for his work with the IEEE student branch at Lafayette, and the Clarkson University Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011.

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

Dr. Jemison 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.

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. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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