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 Clarkson University President Anthony Collins (left) presents the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award to Professor Kathleen Issen.

Clarkson University Professor Kathleen Issen Honored with Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Kathleen A. Issen, of Clarkson’s Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering, was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award during the University's 118th commencement ceremony.

Issen earned her bachelor's degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois and her master's and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical and applied mechanics from Northwestern University.  Prior to joining the faculty at Clarkson in 2000, she worked in the nuclear power industry and the health care industry for 15 years. She held a sabbatical research appointment at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2007. 

She has been recognized by the Coulter School of Engineering for teaching excellence every semester since the 2002 inception of the program. She was selected to represent Clarkson at the prestigious National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering Education workshop in 2009. 

Professor Issen's research focuses on the mechanics of porous materials, including theoretical modeling and experimental characterization of sandstone, metal foam and cancellous bone.

Under the most recent of several National Science Foundation awards, hers is the only research group in the nation conducting highly complex true triaxial rock mechanics experiments, to determine the three-dimensional stress states required to locally compact or fracture porous sandstone. Results can be used by engineers to better evaluate opportunities for terrestrial sequestration of carbon dioxide, and by geologists to interpret deformation structures in the earth's crust. In addition, her cancellous bone work seeks to understand how osteoporosis-weakened bone leads to the vertebral compression fractures suffered by millions of Americans.  

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