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05-13-2017

Clarkson University Associate Professor Luciana Echazu Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Luciana Echazú, an associate professor of economics and financial studies in Clarkson University's School of Business, was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award during the University's 124th commencement ceremony today.

TeachingThe $1,500 prize is given "in recognition of the importance of superior teaching." Candidates are nominated for the award by Clarkson alumni and the final selection is made by a faculty committee.   

Echazú has been at Clarkson University since 2007, teaching courses in economics to both graduate and undergraduate students. The courses she has taught include industrial organization in supply chain, econometrics, game theory, economics of innovation and international economics. She has also taught and led three trips to Chile and Argentina as part of the Global Business Program.

Echazú has been actively involved in mentoring and advising students. Informally, she has been advising students on future career prospects; she is also the academic adviser to the women's basketball team, the economics club and the international honor society in economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon. In addition, she has served as a mentor of junior faculty to help them in their journey to becoming an active part of the University.

Her main research interests are in law and economics, with a specific focus on corruption and criminal behavior. She also conducts research in industrial organization, new trade theory and, lately, she has been working in the area of risk and uncertainty. A common thread in her research is the examination of strategic behavior in different settings.

Echazú has co-authored papers with colleagues and presented her work at several national academic conferences. She has published several articles in highly ranked peer reviewed journals, including Journal of Public Economics, Health Economics, International Review of Law and Economics, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Review of Law and Economics, American Law and Economics Review, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, among others. She has also contributed to chapters in edited volumes, has written book reviews, and has served as a reviewer for several academic journals.

As a teacher, Echazú has received numerous awards. Her accolades include being named MBA Faculty Member of the Year in 2012. She was tapped into Phalanx, Clarkson's highest honorary society, and received the Commendable Leadership Award in 2012. She is also a recipient of the Ralph Janaro Memorial Faculty Award in 2012 and 2011 (presented by the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma), the Outstanding Teacher award by CUSA in 2011, the Respect Award in 2011 and 2012, the Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2009, and the Inspiring Mentor Award in 2009 (presented by Delta Zeta).

Before Clarkson, Echazú received her bachelor of arts degree (licenciatura) from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina; her MBA from East Carolina University; and her master of arts and Ph.D. in economics from University of Memphis. In Argentina, she worked for the government for six years. While in Memphis, she taught several courses in introduction to microeconomics and econometrics.

"I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this award," said Echazú. "It feels unreal that I am distinguished with such an honor. I always had this need to share the things I know with others, as much as to learn from others in the process. Clarkson University has provided me with the perfect environment for my 'eternal quest for knowledge and sharing,' and I am very thankful to the institution and its members for that.

"Many people are responsible for my upbringing as an educator and I would like to thank them: My parents, who taught me two fundamental things: one, to follow the profession I love with passion, and two, to never compare myself to anyone else but me so that I could pursue continuous improvement.

"My professors, who fostered and nurtured my natural curiosity -- especially my mentors during my Ph.D.: Pinaki Bose, William T. Smith, and Volodymyr Lugovskyy.

"My mentor, Mark Frascatore, who is also an excellent professor and helped me find my own teaching style.

"My nephew, Tomas Echazú, who I had the pleasure to grow up with and play "teacher" with since he was only 3 years old -- teaching him how to read, write and do basic math.

"My colleague and husband, Diego Nocetti, who has always believed in my potential and my gift as a teacher, and who, together with our daughter, Isabella, has always pushed me to step out of my comfort zone in this great adventure that is the game of life.

"And last, but certainly not least, to every student I ever taught -- I am thankful to them for allowing me to share my knowledge, to push them beyond their limits, all in the promise that 'while you might not like it now, you will thank me later.' I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to enter their lives and learn from them as much as they were learning from me. I would not be here where I stand today had it not been for all of these people; my most sincere gratitude goes to them."

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) presents the Distinguished Teaching Award to Luciana Echazu.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/teaching-2017.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations, at 315-268-4483 or kchezum@clarkson.edu.]

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