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05-09-2004

Three Clarkson Professors Honored With Emeritus Status At Commencement

Three retiring Clarkson University professors will be honored at the school’s 111th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 9.

Der-Tau Chin, professor of chemical engineering, Vitaly Dubrovsky, professor of management information systems, and Raymond Mackay, professor of chemistry and a former director of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), will each be named professor emeritus, in honor of and in appreciation for their years of service to the University.

Der-Tau Chin

Der-Tau Chin has been a member of the Clarkson University faculty for 29 years. He was appointed an associate professor of chemical engineering in 1975 and was promoted to professor in 1981.

During that time, Chin has played a role in shaping the Department of Chemical Engineering, and has taught generations of undergraduate and graduate engineering students.

Chin’s courses have included Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer, Chemical Engineering Analysis, Corrosion Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Thermodynamics.

He has received professional recognition for his research on corrosion, electrochemical energy conversion, electroplating, industrial electrolytic processing, and applied electrochemistry. In 1996, Chin was elected a fellow of the Electrochemical Society for his work in applied electrochemistry, mass transistor analysis, and current distribution, and his pioneering work on the rotating hemispherical electrode.

His important work on mass transfer to the rotating hemispherical electrode was also recognized two decades earlier by the Electrochemical Society, when he was named the 1971 recipient of the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award for Electrochemical Science and Technology.

Chin’s scholarship has been widely published in technical and scientific journals, including the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, Chemical Engineering Education, and Corrosion. He has also co-authored two patents.

He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Chemical Society, and the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society. He has also served on the AIChE National Program Committee.

Chin also held a number of visiting professorships in chemical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia (2000-01); National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan (1989); National University of Singapore (1987); and the University of California at Berkeley (1981).

Chin holds a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Clarkson he was a senior research engineer in the Electrochemistry Department of General Motors Research Laboratories.

Vitaly Dubrovsky

Vitaly Dubrovsky was a member of the Clarkson faculty for more than two decades. He joined the School of Management in 1982 as assistant professor of computer-based information systems and was promoted to associate professor six years later.

Dubrovsky played a major role in shaping the curricula in Management Information Systems (MIS), and developed 10 of the courses that became key undergraduate and graduate components, including Human Factors Engineering, Introduction to Systems Philosophy, and Human Factors in Computer-Based Systems.

He also pioneered the use of Web site alternatives to textbooks at Clarkson as a response to the dynamic nature of the field.

As a scholar at Clarkson, Dubrovsky’s research was funded by the National Science Foundation and published in technical journals and conference proceedings and as chapters in edited volumes. He contributed in areas that include human errors in man-machine and computer-based systems; psychological, social and cultural implications of computer-media on group decision-making; development of theoretical models related to human action structure, consciousness processes, social norms, and collaborative structures; and general system principles and the philosophy of science.

Though retiring from Clarkson and teaching commitments, Dubrovsky remains active in his field. A journal paper on methodology for development of general system principles was published last month and will be followed by a case study reconstructing system principles used by Plato in Cratylus. Two other papers are near completion.

He has been recognized with academic awards and honors including membership in The New York Academy of Sciences.

Dubrovsky also performed outstanding service to Clarkson as secretary of the Faculty Senate and helped shape the University’s programs and policies as a member of the Graduate and Research Committee and the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee. At the Clarkson School of Business he served on a number of administrative committees including education enrichment and undergraduate and graduate curriculum committees.

Dubrovsky received his doctoral degree in human factors engineering from Moscow University in 1972, and worked as an engineer in the human engineering laboratory at the University as well as a senior researcher at the Moscow Institute of Psychology. He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie-Mellon University before joining the faculty of Clarkson.

Raymond Mackay

As director of Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) from 1991-99, Raymond Mackay played a significant role in the evolution of CAMP as a major technological research center by increasing its funding, attracting top-level researchers, and increasing collaborations between Clarkson faculty and industry and other research institutions.

Mackay joined Clarkson in 1991 as CAMP director and professor of chemistry.  One of his first duties as CAMP director was to lead a strategic reorganization to produce focused functional areas better aligned with the needs of corporate customers. To accomplish this, he established CAMP associate and affiliate programs and advisory boards, and under his leadership, funding support increased 15 percent annually from 1993-97.

As the head of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) directors’ group for two years, Mackay led a successful effort, aided by industry, to preserve the CAT program. He was also responsible for the grant that led to a 10-year renewal of $1 million in CAMP annual funding from New York State effective 1999.

Mackay earned a distinguished record of scholarship and research accomplishments in areas that include electrochemistry in association with colloids and nanosized particles, the effects of surfactants on chemical mechanical polishing slurries, and the use of microemulsions for drug delivery. He is the author or co-author of over 140 technical publications. In 1997, he completed a 13-year tenure as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

Prior to assuming the position of CAMP director, Mackay was chief of the Detection Technology Division, Detection Directorate at the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. In this position, he was responsible for all exploratory development work related to both the point and standoff detection of chemical and biological materials.

Mackay received a doctoral degree from SUNY Stony Brook in 1966. He served as a research associate at SUNY (1964-66), in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1966), and as a captain in the U.S. Army (1967-69). From 1969-83, Mackay was a professor of chemistry at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn.

A past president of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists, he has received a number of awards and honors, including the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Army’s second highest civilian honor, in 1989. He was also honored with the Maryland Chemist of the Year award from that section of the American Chemical Society in 2002.

Mackay is currently a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and is serving as director, Research and Technology Directorate, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The Research and Technology Directorate is comprised of over 300 government scientists and engineers and 100 on-site contractors, and is responsible for the execution of science and technology programs in chemical and biological defense.
[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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