Zubairi and Lee join the distinguished ranks of SUNY

Fredonia President Stephen Kolison Jr. congratulates the university’s newest distinguished SUNY faculty members, Distinguished Professor Junaid Zubairi (left) and Professor Emeritus Ted Lee.

The State University of New York awarded prestigious honors to two faculty members from the State University of New York at Fredonia: Dr. Ted Lee, as Professor Emeritus, and Dr. Junaid Zubairi, as professor emeritus.

Professor Lee of the Department of Biology and Professor Zubairi of the Department of Computing and Information Science, who have 46 years of combined teaching service at SUNY Fredonia’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – both arrived in 1999 – are the 48th and 49th university faculty members to be promoted to distinguished ranks by SUNY.

“These awards are among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a faculty member of the SUNY system. Please join me in congratulating Drs. Lee and Zubairi for this achievement and for their contribution to the prestige of SUNY Fredonia,” said Chairman Stephen Kolison Jr.

Dr. Lee has become an integral part of the Department of Biology through his passion for science, teaching, and enabling students to grow. It is dedicated to providing meaningful and high-quality learning experiences for students. Lee has designed several courses for majors and non-majors, including honors courses, and has taught introductory and graduate level courses in biology, genetics, and the history of medicine, and has also developed instruction manuals for laboratories.

Lee has been a driving force in advancing the Health Professions Counseling program and also developed a study abroad program in Honduras which consists of two courses that prepare students to serve in the medical brigades of the Central American countries during the J-Term. He took the initiative to develop meaningful research projects for students and to obtain funding for these projects. Lee has also served as principal investigator or co-investigator on research grants totaling over $350,000 for SUNY Fredonia.

Leadership positions held by Lee include chair of the Department of Biology, from 2005 to 2008 and 2020 to present, and chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, since 2008.

Lee has served on numerous departmental committees and as an advisor to the Biology Club, Health Professions Advisory Program, and Fredonia for Global Health student clubs, and has been a member of more than 20 university committees.

Awards received by Lee include the President’s Achievement Award at SUNY Fredonia, 2014; the doctoral award at Syracuse University, 1992; and the Goerovitch Memorial Award for Outstanding Research in the Department of Biology, Syracuse University, 1991. Aquatic microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry pedagogy, pre-health education, and health care in Latin America are among of Lee’s academic interests.

Lee has a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and a BS from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He conducted postdoctoral research at The Ohio State University and Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Zubairi has demonstrated exceptional scholarship through accomplishments and research done while carrying a substantial teaching load and providing substantial institutional and professional service. His contributions in the areas of flight data tracking, network traffic engineering, emergency medical data transmission and disaster management, as well as assisting in smart city planning, have the potential to have a global impact.

His work on the flight data tracker earned him a non-provisional US patent that recognizes it as a useful invention. Zubairi’s team received a prestigious I-Corps grant from the National Science Foundation to continue work on the flight data tracker.

As chair of the Department of Computing and Information Science since 2019, Zubairi planned and coordinated its move to Houghton Hall with six new labs. He has established strong links with industry and worked towards establishing an advanced graduate certificate for cybersecurity to be launched in the fall semester of 2022.

Zubairi also chaired the department’s assessment committee and administrative committee and served as the ABET coordinator at SUNY Fredonia. Zubairi served as a senator for the department and a member of the Graduate Studies and Research Committee and the Senate Programs and Awards Committee.

Among the many awards Zubairi has received since joining SUNY Fredonia include: being named the 2019 Robert M. Kasling Memorial Lecturer; State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Endeavors, 2018; Excellence Award, WNY Muslims, 2017; and the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Service, American University of Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 2015, while on leave from SUNY Fredonia.

Zubairi has held leading roles in over 54 conferences and served as reviewer for 21 professional journals. He has supervised over 100 semester projects by undergraduate and graduate students and master’s thesis research for four students and reviewed 18 doctorates. dissertations and 11 master’s theses.

Zubairi is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, and the advisory boards of DiscoverSTEM, TEKNOLOGIX journal, Indus Journal of Management & Social Sciences, and Asian Journal of Engineering, Sciences and Technology, ICOM’01. He is a member of the Alpha Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars.

Zubairi holds a Ph.D. and MS, both in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, and a BE in Electrical Engineering from NED University, Pakistan.

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