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11-23-2005

Clarkson Profesor is Named American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fellow

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R. Shankar Subramanian, professor of Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University, has been elected to the grade of Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), a professional organization with more than 40,000 members.

The grade of Fellow is a special category of AIChE membership that identifies and honors members who made a meaningful impact on the chemical engineering profession. R. Shankar Subramanian

Subramanian received a B. Tech. in chemical engineering from the University of Madras, India, in 1968. He earned an M.S. in 1969 and a Ph.D. in 1972 from Clarkson University. After a year of post-doctoral research at SUNY Buffalo, Subramanian returned to join the chemical engineering faculty at Clarkson in 1973, serving as chair of the department from 1986 to 1996. He spent sabbatical leaves visiting NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech in 1979-80, and Harvard University and MIT in 2004.

Subramanian's area of research interests are in transport and interfacial phenomena. In 1978, he began working on the motion of bubbles and drops driven by interfacial tension ingredients, eventually conducting experiments aboard flights of the Space Shuttle in 1994 and 1996. In addition to educating numerous undergraduate students, he has supervised 15 Ph.D. and 18 M.S. theses, and has co-authored 116 publications, including a monograph on the motion of bubbles and drops in reduced gravity published in 2001 by Cambridge University Press. Subramanian has been recognized by Clarkson through the Graham Research Award in 1978 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1981; he also received the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 1980.

Clarkson University is a private, nationally ranked university with 3,000 high-ability students who defy convention and do not simply accept the status quo. Learning is in a positive, friendly and supportive atmosphere that spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Working collaboratively across boundaries, the University's faculty pursues research and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[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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