Burke receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Burke receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service

Dr. Richard Burke, ABS professor of marine engineering and naval architecture at SUNY Maritime College, recently received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service from the State University of New York.

The award was giving in recognition of Burke’s years of service to the engineering department, SUNY Maritime, SUNY and the naval architecture profession.

“This award was developed by faculty for faculty, and only those who have demonstrated a record of sustained, superior service to a wide range of diverse constituents receive this distinction,” said Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY chancellor. “Your dedication and continuing contributions to SUNY are a great source of pride and inspiration.”

Dr. Burke has been at Maritime since 2002 and served as the chair of the engineering department for 12 years. In that time, he doubled the number of faculty members and helped to triple student enrollment. He also oversaw ABET reaccreditation efforts for two of the department’s five majors, and led the successful effort to earn ABET accreditation for the other three.

Dr. Burke expanded ties between the engineering department and the maritime industry and has helped lean the college’s engineering programs to prominence.

He has also served diligently and consistently to help the college improve overall. He has contributed to the college’s reports for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is active in a variety of high-level college committees, including strategic planning efforts, academic council and faculty senate.

Within SUNY, Dr. Burke has participated in Zimpher’s system-level strategic planning effort, is a member of the patents and inventions policy board, and served as a presidential fellow at the SUNY Research Foundation.

He has also served as a peer reviewer for Middle States and ABET. He was elected a fellow at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in London and is a nationally recognized expert in matters related to naval architecture and marine engineering.

“Dr. Burke’s service has greatly benefitted the college overall and the engineering department in particular,” said Dr. Carl Delo, engineering department chair. 

Dr. Burke is a native of Rexford, New York, and a resident of Lenox, Massachusetts.

He was one of three Maritime faculty members to be recognized by the chancellor. Dr. Daniel Fridline, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. Dr. Elissa DeFalco, associate professor of humanities, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.