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05-08-2005

Clarkson University Professor Ratneshwar Jha Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

Ratneshwar Jha of Potsdam, associate professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. faculty Research Award during the University’s 112th commencement ceremony held May 8.

Created in 1974 by the family of the late John W. Graham Jr., president of Clarkson University from 1966 – 74, the $1,500 award is presented annually to “a faculty member showing promise in engineering, management, liberal studies, or scientific research.”

Jha joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1999 as an assistant professor. He received a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to receiving his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University, Jha worked in the aircraft industry for more than 12 years and was involved in the design and development of supersonic fighter aircraft.

Jha’s research interests include composite and smart structures, neural networks for identification and control of smart structures, active and hybrid control system design for vibration reduction, and multidisciplinary design optimization. He has conducted extensive research in these areas, as well as structural health monitoring, modeling of composite and smart structures, and intelligent flight controls. Jha has authored or co-authored 35 papers in international journals and referred conferences.

Clarkson University promoted Jha to associate professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering in January of this year and granted him tenure.

[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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