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03-05-2007

Clarkson Dean Lectures at Brussels Nanoparticles Conference

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ahmadi3.jpg]

The attendees at this workshop/lecture series work in the miniature world of nanoparticles - fragments that are only a few nanometers (1billionth of a meter) in size but pack the potential to dramatically change our lives. In fact, so promising is this new field, many scientists believe it will have a future world-wide impact as profound as today's Internet revolution. Nanotechnology, especially nanoparticle related applications, are already accounting for astonishing changes in high tech medicine, aerospace, the environment and a myriad of manufacturing applications.ahmadi3

Science, however, is only just beginning to understand the full potential, challenges and responsibilities of this emerging technology. The workshop/lecture series, which ran from February 26 thru March 1, was organized to focus on the production, transport and application of hypersonic impactors and aerodynamic lenses.

Internationally known for his numerous engineering and scientific research contributions, Ahmadi delivered lectures to the audience dealing with nanoparticle transport, deposition and removal; environmental and biological modeling applications; and applications to supersonic and hypersonic impactors and aerodynamic lenses.

Ahmadi has authored two books and over 400 technical publications in archival journals. He has also made more than 500 presentations at national and international technical meetings and given more than 100 invited talks and short courses at other institutions. Ahmadi is a member of the five million dollar club at Clarkson University. His research interests include nano- and micro-particle transport, environmental flows, pollutant transport, indoor air, multi-phase and granular flows, particles adhesion, removal and resuspension, aerosols, turbulence modeling, stability of fluid motions, continuum mechanics, and nonlinear random vibrations. Ahmadi holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Tehran University in Iran, a master's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Prior to his tenure at Clarkson, he was dean of Engineering at Shiraz University in Iran. Earlier he served Clarkson University as Chair of Mechanical engineering, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the Coulter School of Engineering and vice provost for Research. You may learn more about Dr. Ahmadi's research at http://www.clarkson.edu/projects/fluidflow.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Goodarz Ahmadi, interim dean of Clarkson University's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, delivered three invited lectures at the Production, Transport and Application of Nanoparticles Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The four-day conference, hosted by the von Karman Institute, concluded March 1.

[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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