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Robert F. Cotellessa

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Biography

Robert F. Cotellessa received the M.E. and M.S. degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1944 and 1949, respectively, and the PhD. (Physics) from Columbia University. He served as Radar and communications Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1945-46 and began his academic career as Instructor at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1949 he joined the Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, where he worked on the development of color television studio equipment. In 1951, Dr. Cotellessa joined the staff of New York University as Project Director and Technical Coordinator for Research and was subsequently appointed Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Electroscience Research, where he established a solid-state laboratory. In 19_8 he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarksoll College of Technology, Potsdam, New York. During 1980-83, he was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stevens Institute, and, in 1984, returned to Clarksoll University where he is currently Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Cotellessa is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York.

Bob Cotellessa has been a member of IEEE since 1949 and was elected Fellow in 1977. Over the years, he has served as member and chair of numerous Committees and Boards throughout all levels of the Institute, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors, 1973-76; Executive Vice President, 1976; Vice President- Publication Activities, 1973; and Vice President-Technical Activities, 1974-75.

Bob Cotellessa resides in Potsdam with his wife, Violet. The Cotellessas have three children, two grandchildren, and Bob's second love, after his family, is power boating.

Dr. Cotellessa received the 1987 IEEE Haraden Pratt Award 'In recognition of lifelong and dedicated contributions to electrical engineering education and meritorious devotion to the IEEE as Vice President, Publications; Vice President, Technical Activities; and Executive Vice President.'