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Four Clarkson University Faculty Promoted

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Clarkson University President Denny Brown has promoted four faculty members. Daniel ben-Avraham (Potsdam) of the Department of Physics, Scott Fulton (Colton) of the Department of Mathematics, Johndan Johnson-Eilola (St. Regis Falls) of the Department of Technical Communications and Amy K. Zander (Madrid) of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have each been promoted from associate professor to professor, effective July 1.

Daniel ben-Avraham joined the Department of Physics at Clarkson as an assistant professor in 1987. He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1994.  Before arriving at Clarkson, ben-Avraham spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at Boston University and worked for a year as physicist in the electro-optical industry in Israel. He has also been a visiting professor and researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico (2003 and 1995), the University of Granada in Spain (2003), Bar-Ilan University in Israel (1994-95) and Heidelberg University in Germany (1990-92).

To date, ben-Avraham has received research funding of nearly a half million dollars from the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.

His research focuses on statistical physics of networks, polymers and self-avoiding walks, percolation and diffusion in distorted media, kinetics of reactions, heterogeneous catalysis, nonequalibrium dynamics, dynamical phase transitions, Monte-Carlo techniques, and structure and dynamics of protein.

Ben-Avraham is co-author of Diffusion and Reactions in Fractals and Disordered Systems, published in 2000 by Cambridge University Press, and his articles have appeared in Physical Review Letters, Biophysical Journal and the Journal of Cell Science, among others. He was named a co-recipient of the Best Popular Science Paper for 2002 by Israel’s Ministry of Science.

Ben-Avraham received his doctoral degree in physics from Bar-Ilan University.

Scott Fulton joined the faculty of Clarkson as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in 1986. He received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 1992. During this time he also served as visiting research associate at Colorado State University in the Department of Atmospheric Science, and in 1977, was a University Corporation for Atmospheric Research fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.Scott Fulton

Fulton’s areas of expertise and research interests include computational mathematics, numerical analysis, numerical methods for spatial differential equations, atmospheric dynamics, hurricanes and climate modeling.

He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research. His research has been published in numerous professional journals, including the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Monthly Weather Review, the Journal of Computational Physics, and Electronic Transactions on Numerical Analysis.

Fulton received his doctoral degree in atmospheric science in 1984 from Colorado State University. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Johndan Johnson-Eilola came to Clarkson in 2000 as an associate professor of technical communications and director of the Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication. Prior to his joint appointment at Clarkson, he was in the Department of English at Purdue University, from 1994-2000, during which time he was promoted to associate professor and named director of Professional Writing. Johnson-Eilola spent one year at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in the Department of Humanities and was a Ford Motor Company Graduate Research Fellow at Michigan Technological University from 1990 to 1993.Johndan Johnson-Eilola

Johnson-Eilola’s research and scholarship includes work in information architecture, online communication, cultural studies, intellectual property, deconstructivist architecture, and music theory.

He is the author of the book, Nostalgic Angels: Rearticulating Hypertext Writing, published in 1997. He has also authored and co-authored two textbooks: Designing Effective Websites: A Concise Guide and Professional Writing Online. Johnson-Eilola has also published dozens of articles in technical communications and composition journals, and contributed chapters and essays to published collections. 

His scholarship has been recognized with numerous awards, including: Best of Kairos, 1996-2000; Computers and Composition Distinguished Article Award (2000); the Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies (1997); a Kairos Best Article Award Finalist (1996); and the Nell Ann Picket Award for best article published in Technical Communications Quarterly (1996). He also contributed a chapter to a book that received the National Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award (2000).

Johnson-Eilola received his doctoral degree in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University in 1993.

Amy Zander has been a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson since 1991. She was promoted to associate professor in 1997. In 2000, she was named executive officer of the department.

Zander’s research interests are in the areas of physical and chemical separations in environmental systems, especially drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies. Her work involves finding new solutions for safe drinking water and for minimal impact of water and wastewater treatment systems on the natural environment.  She specializes in membrane processes – both pressure-driven and concentration-driven—in environmental processes.  Amy Zander

Zander has published dozens of journal articles, written and co-written numerous book chapters, and delivered papers at some 50 professional and academic conferences throughout North America. She has managed research projects totaling over $800,000 from the National Science Foundation, the American Water Works Association Research Foundation and other funding agencies.

Zander’s honors include the 2003 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award from the American Society of Chemical Engineers for the article that makes the most valuable contribution to the environmental engineering profession; the AEESP/McGraw Hill Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science; Clarkson’s 1999 Distinguished Teaching Award; the 1997 John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award; the 1996 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award for the Middle Atlantic Section of the American Society for Engineering Education; the John Chester Brigham Service Award for Service to the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA); the 1994 NYWEA Membership Award; and Clarkson’s Outstanding Adviser. In 1997 she was named to the editorial advisory board of the Water Environment Research Journal.

She has served on the Arsenic Cost Working Group, a panel commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency to explore the costs, benefits and health effects of arsenic in drinking water. Zander was chosen for the 12-member group because of her research on arsenic in drinking water and her work with small drinking water treatment plants. In 2000, she was one of 20 individuals selected to participate in the National Science Foundation’s Women in Engineering Leadership Conference.

Before coming to Clarkson, Zander worked as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota where she received her doctoral and master’s degrees in civil engineering. She has also served as an engineer with James M. Montgomery Consulting Engineers in Pasadena, Calif.; an area supervisor/water quality specialist with the Texas Water Commission in Houston; and a chemist at the Harris County Pollution Control Department in Houston.

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