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April 7, 2006

Farmingdale State Professor Yelleshpur Dathatri Recipient of Research Foundation Research and Scholarship Award

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, president of Farmingdale State University of New York, is proud to announce that Professor Yelleshpur Dathatri, professor of Electrical Engineering Technology, is one of two Farmingdale State professors selected as recipients of the 2006 Research Foundation State University of New York Research and Scholarship Award.  Professor Dathatri is among only 44 SUNY faculty members statewide recognized by the SUNY Research Foundation.  The awards will be given at a special dinner to be held on May 3, at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.

Professor Dathatri joined the Farmingdale State faculty over twenty years ago as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and full professor in 1999.  He is recognized, both locally and nationally, for his exemplary service and work in developing solar energy as an alternative energy source.  His work was published in a recent article on Solar Thermal Systems in Newsday.   He is the founder and director of the Farmingdale State Solar Energy Center, which is the site of the first large-scale grid connected Photovoltaic system in the northeastern United States.

Professor Dathatri has been awarded grants from LIPA, KEYSPAN and the Federal Department of Energy.  Most recently, he worked with Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) to secure a New York State grant to construct an energy independent house on the Farmingdale State campus.  Through Professor Dathatri's efforts, the Farmingdale State Solar Energy Center became the first accredited institution in the Northeast by the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP).

Professor Dathatri, a Farmingdale resident, obtained his Professional Engineering License from New York State in 1989.  Professor Dathatri is a graduate of Bangalore University, where he earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees. He received a M.S. degree from Stony Brook University.

The Research Foundation supports The State University of New York by assisting campuses in their efforts to increase their volume of research, protect University developed intellectual property, provide high quality administrative support for research conducted by SUNY faculty, and promote philanthropy among individuals, corporations and foundations. In the past two years, three other members of the Farmingdale State faculty have been honored for their research.  They are Dr. Frances Santiago-Schwarz, biology; Dr. Sheldon Gordon, mathematics; and Dr. Hazem Tawfik, mechanical engineering technology.