Distinguished Professor Goodarz Ahmadi is Honored with the Robert
R. Hill '48 Professorship
In recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement
and in support of his aero-colloid science research, Clarkson University
has honored Clarkson Distinguished Professor Goodarz Ahmadi of Potsdam
with the Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering.
Earlier this year, a generous gift from Robert and Mildred Hill
established the professorship. The $1-million endowment was created
through the gift from the Hills and matching funds. The guidelines
for the Hill Professorship stipulate that the selected individual
demonstrates excellence in teaching and research in the field of
colloid science applied to mechanical engineering, a commitment
to student learning and achievement, and a commitment to the use
of technology for the betterment of mankind.
In 2001, Ahmadi was the first professor to be awarded
the title of "Clarkson Distinguished Professor," which recognizes
tenured professors whose accomplishments well exceed the requirements
for promotion to the rank of full professor. He has served the University
in numerous capacities, including Chair of the Department of Mechanical
and Aeronautical Engineering and Co-Director of Clarkson's newly
established Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES).
Professor Ahmadi, who has been at Clarkson since 1981, has received
the University Distinguished Teaching award and the University Outstanding
Advisor award as well as many other instructional and advising awards.
He is internationally known for his numerous engineering and scientific
research contributions and has authored two books and over 400 technical
publications in archival journals. He has also given more than 500
presentations at national and international technical meetings and
more than 100 invited talks and short courses at other institutions.
Some of Professor Ahmadi's research interests include
multiphase and granular flows, particle and fiber adhesion and removal,
aerosols, micro-contamination control, turbulence modeling, stability
of fluid motions, continuum mechanics, nonlinear random vibrations
and earthquake engineering. His research has been supported by the
Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation, NASA,
Corning, IBM, Xerox, Dura and the New York State Office of Science,
Technology and Academic Research for over $3 million in the last
10 years. He is currently working on DOE and NASA-funded projects
for developing a new technique for modeling turbulent flows of dense
and dilute, solid-gas or liquid mixtures with application to coal
transport and processing, spray formation and hot-gas filtration.
The Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship in Mechanical
Engineering was established by Hill, a native of Canton and a Clarkson
alumnus, and his wife Mildred in support of his alma mater. Prior
to attending Clarkson, Hill served in Europe and the Philippines
in World War II. He pursued a successful career in engineering,
including positions at GTE, now Verizon. Mildred Hill is a graduate
of Syracuse University's School of Nursing.
Professor Cetin Cetinkaya Receives Promotion and Tenure
CAMP Professor Cetin Cetinkaya, of Clarkson University's
Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, has been
promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure. He joined the
Clarkson faculty in 1997 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to that,
he worked in industry in research and development, and as the engineering
applications coordinator for Wolfram Research. In 1995, he received
a doctoral degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Since coming to Clarkson, Professor Cetinkaya has
received over $1 million in external research funding. Also he has
been named co-recipient of a $400,000 grant from the Combined Research-Curriculum
Development program of the National Science Foundation to facilitate
experiential learning and undergraduate teaching projects.
His research interests focus on thermoelastic wave
propagation (photo-acoustics), nanoparticle adhesion and removal,
laser-based nondestructive testing/evaluation, acoustic/ultrasonic
MEMS devices, vibration analysis and computer algebra. He has published
more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals
including the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, ASME Journal
for Vibration and Acoustics, and the Journal of Sound and Vibration.
In addition he has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate
level courses in elastic waves in solids, integrated design, rigid
body dynamics, mechanical vibrations and control, and the theory
of elasticity. He has also served as thesis director/co-director
for eight masters and Ph.D. degree candidates.
Professor Cetinkaya is a member of the executive committee
of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) Nondestructive
Evaluation Engineering Division and has been elected to the editorial
advisory board of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology,
effective January 2005. He is professionally affiliated with the
American Society for Engineering Education, the American Academy
of Mechanics, and the Acoustical Society of America.