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June 6, 2006

Yelleshpur Dathatri Appointed Distinguished Service Professorship

Professor Yelleshpur Dathatri and President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter
Professor Yelleshpur Dathatri and
President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter

Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, president of Farmingdale State University of New York, has announced that Professor Yelleshpur Dathatri, professor of Electrical Engineering Technology, has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor by the Chancellor of the State University of New York.

A resident of Farmingdale, Professor Dathatri joined the Farmingdale State faculty over twenty years ago. He is recognized, both locally and nationally, for his exemplary service and work in developing infrastructure in the form of trained professionals on solar energy. His work was published in a recent article on Solar Thermal Systems in Newsday. Additionally, he has published, along with his colleagues, several papers on education and solar energy in refereed journals. 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.

He received the 2006 Research Foundation Award for Research and Scholarship for his exemplary service and work in developing solar energy as an alternative energy source.

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 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 also received a M.S. degree from Stony Brook University.

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service. Recipients have demonstrated substantial distinguished service, not only at the campus and the State University, but also within their local community, and at the regional and State levels. Many have also contributed at the national and international levels. To be considered, the faculty member's service must exceed his or her job description, extend over multiple years and, very importantly, must involve the application of intellectual skills, drawing from the candidate's scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern.