SUNY Potsdam chemistry chair first prof from the school named a SUNY Distinguished Professor
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 8:57 am

POTSDAM -- Chemistry Professor and Department Chair Dr. Maria Hepel is the first faculty member at SUNY Potsdam to be named a SUNY Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

“Maria is a nationally and internationally renowned scholar, not to mention a truly remarkable woman. Her work inspires our students, faculty, staff and alumni alike,” College President Dr. John F. Schwaller said.

In addition to Hepel, SUNY Potsdam has eight faculty members with Distinguished Service professorships and 11 faculty members with Distinguished Teaching professorships.

Since the program’s inception in 1963, SUNY has appointed 942 faculty to distinguished ranks.

Dr. Hepel is one of only 16 SUNY Distinguished Professors at the system’s 13 comprehensive colleges.

The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the case of the arts. The candidates’ work must be of such character that the individuals’ presence will tend to elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues both within and beyond these persons’ academic fields.

Hepel has attained national and international recognition primarily for her work on piezoelectric sensors, quantum conductance of nanowires, and environmental remediation processes. At last count, she had some 148 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals in her field. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Electrochimica Acta, the Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. Her record of external funding is also impressive for a campus which until recently focused principally on classroom teaching. In the last three years, she has been awarded $804,000 in grants. She has been an active presenter of her research at conferences, listing some 342 presentations and nearly 70 invited lectures.

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