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Honoring Those Who Ensure UAlbany Offers a First-Rate Education

March 23, 2009



Nanosciences professor Hassaram Bakhru seated with graduate student

Hassaram Bakhru, joined by doctoral student Nirag Kadakia, is the head of UAlbany's nanosciences costellation. Bakhru will be celebrated along with 500 distinguished UAlbany employees and retirees at the Employee Recognition reception March 31. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Hassaram Bakhru has devoted 39 years of his life to teaching at the University at Albany. As head of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineeringís Nanoscience constellation, Bakhru conducts research on nanomaterials, solid state physics, and ion beam physics. He is also teaching a class on particle solid state interaction to graduate students this semester.

Yet after nearly 40 years of service to UAlbany, retirement is far from his mind. "I am too busy enjoying my work, both the research and the opportunity to interact on a daily basis with the brilliant students, faculty, and staff at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)," he said.

Bakhru, who also directs the Ion Beam Laboratories, is one of 500 university employees who will be celebrated at the Employee Recognition reception on March 31. A dessert reception at 1 p.m. in SEFCU Arena honors recent retirees and commemorates the anniversaries of hundreds of employees with 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 years of dedicated service from 2005 through 2008.

UAlbany Employee Recognition reception

UAlbany will honor recent retirees and commemorate the anniversaries of hundreds of employees with 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 years of dedicated service from 2005 through 2008 at the Employee Recognition reception March 31.

Bakhru said the Employee Recognition Reception gives him a chance to meet with his colleagues, "who have worked so hard to ensure that the University at Albany provides a first-rate education for its students."

Bakhru has a long and illustrious career as a researcher, having published more than 130 articles in the leading science journals.
"I am just as proud of the large number of my graduate students who have embarked on successful careers in academia or industry, and are making important contributions to scientific research and discovery," he said.

He was chair of the physics department for three terms from 1994-2003, and has twice been recognized for his service to the University: with a Collins Fellow in 2008 and an Excellence Award for Academic Service in 1984.

"It has been a particular pleasure to be involved in the growth of CNSE, which I am proud to say is the world's number one-ranked college for nanotechnology and microtechnology."

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