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01-03-2011

Clarkson Professor Liya Regel Delivers Keynote Address at STEM Conference in Alabama

Liya L. Regel, professor of electrical engineering and director of the International Center for Gravity Materials Science and Applications at Clarkson University, delivered the keynote address for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Day at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala., earlier this month.

Regel was impressed by the reaction to her lecture from the undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff that filled the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center at the University. "I thought that I was standing in front of a youth United Nations General Assembly," she said. "The multinational and multicultural community of this university is amazing and exceptional." She also attended the poster competition of undergraduate and graduate students showing their research projects in different departments at A&M.

Regel pioneered research on materials processing in large centrifuges and on high-energy heavy-ion implantation in semiconductors, magnetic semiconductors and rare-earth materials. She has made significant contributions to materials science in space. She received a U.S. patent for her breakthrough methods for diamond film deposition at low temperature and pressure. She has more than 265 scientific papers, six solo monographs published in Russia, the U.S., and France; edited six books and conference proceedings published in the UK, Russia, and the U.S.; and presented numerous keynote addresses, plenary lectures and invited seminars at national and international scientific meetings, universities and companies around the world.

Educated in Russia, she holds that country's highest degree, the Doctor of Sciences, in physics and mathematics, in addition to a Ph.D. in physics and mathematical sciences (solid state physics). She has many awards and recognitions from professional and private organizations, including an honorary doctor of science from Clarkson University (2002) and an honorary doctor of science from Alabama A&M University (2006).

Regel is also an accomplished artist, pianist, and author of poetry and fiction. Her art has been displayed at public and private solo shows in Decatur, Huntsville, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Quebec City, and Washington, D.C. Her art is in private collections in Canada, France, Israel, Italy, Russia and the United States.

[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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