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Marian Barasch Named Automotive And Technologies Department Chairperson

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, October 12, 2001

\"ImageMarian Barasch of Albany was recently named department chairperson for the Automotive and Technologies department at Hudson Valley Community College. In this newly created position, Barasch will oversee all of the college's automotive programs as well as Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Technical Systems, Mechanical Engineering and the Telecommunications programs.

In his new position, Barasch will oversee curriculum development, faculty hiring and academic advisement for the college's Automotive and Technologies department. Prior to becoming department chairperson, Barasch was a Mechanical Engineering Technology associate professor at Hudson Valley, a position he held from 1985 until 2001. He also currently is an adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at the SUNY Institute of Technology.

A native of Romania, Barasch received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Romania's Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest in 1970. He earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston in 1976 and a master's degree in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982.

A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Barasch was listed in the 2001 edition of "Strathmore's Who's Who." Before beginning his academic career at Hudson Valley, he spent 14 years as a consultant and industrial training instructor in vibration analysis and machinery monitoring, working with paper, power and automotive industries, as well as the United States government. He also has worked in design, research and project engineering.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.