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09-14-2009

Babu Reappointed Director of Clarkson University Center for Advanced Materials Processing

Distinguished University Professor S.V. Babu has accepted reappointment to the directorship of Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), a position he has held for the past 10 years.

A professor in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Babu led the Clarkson team whose recent successful efforts resulted in recertification of CAMP as a Center for Advanced Technology for a third decade of service to New York by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR).

Babu is responsible for managing $920,000 per year from NYSTAR and over $250,000 per year in CAMP membership funds. CAMP’s research and technology transfer efforts have led to an economic impact of over $30 million per year across New York state in the last five years. During this five year period, CAMP has also been credited with creating or retaining approximately 100 jobs in New York.

In offering reappointment to Babu, Provost Thomas C. Young said that the University recognized the strength of Babu’s leadership, his high level of scholarly achievement and innumerable academic and professional contributions to the University, including his efforts in enhancing the University’s research profile.

"Dr. Babu has demonstrated a diverse array of strengths in leadership and scholarship during his past tenure as CAMP director," said Young. "His past service has been exemplary and his expertise will be vital to the development of opportunities, and pursuit of strategies and policies necessary to elevate our research activities in the area of material sciences and engineering. I am certain that Clarkson and CAMP’s New York state industrial sector will continue to benefit greatly from Dr. Babu’s visionary leadership during his next term as the director of CAMP."

Under Babu’s leadership, CAMP, while strengthening its internationally recognized colloid and surface science expertise, has also developed into a world-wide leader in the field of chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP), an area of critical importance to semiconductor device manufacturing.

Babu has delivered plenary and key note lectures at numerous international and national conferences on CMP and has organized the internationally renowned annual symposium on CMP in Lake Placid for the last 14 years, as well as many CAMP conferences and symposia. More recently, he has been leading CAMP’s research efforts in the area of advanced materials for photovoltaic devices and systems as well as energy storage.

An outstanding scientist in his own right, Babu has published more than 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings, edited three books on CMP, and has co-authored more than 25 patents, some of which were licensed and have already generated over $400,000 in royalties to Clarkson. Under Babu’s mentorship, 31 doctor of philosophy and 35 master of science students have completed their degrees. Many undergraduate students have also worked in his research group.

Some of Babu’s current research interests include CMP of Cu, Ta, and low-k and other dielectric films for metallization and shallow-trench isolation in semiconductor device fabrication, and thin film processing for photovoltaic applications. His own research, which has generated around $8 million in funding, has been supported over the years by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, IBM, Intel/SRC, Kodak, Ferro Electronics, Infotonics Technology Center, Ebara, St. Gobain, Umicore, Rhodia, BASF, NYACOL Nano Technologies, Climax Engineered Materials, NYSERDA, PPG Industries, and Rohm & Hass, among others. He is also a consultant with several companies in the area of CMP and thin films.

Babu joined Clarkson in 1981 as an associate professor of chemical engineering and served as the vice provost for research during 2001-2004. He completed his doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook in physics after graduate study in chemical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He was at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and for eight years on the faculty at IIT, Kanpur, before coming to Clarkson. He has also worked with IBM at Endicott, Bellcore and Sandia National Laboratories while on leave from Clarkson.

The Center for Advanced Materials Processing at Clarkson University is dedicated to developing Clarkson’s research and educational programs in high-technology materials processing and is focused on finding solutions for technical challenges faced by industrial concerns. CAMP’s mandate is to develop innovations in advanced materials processing and to transfer this technology to business and industry.

The Center’s core technologies are rooted in Clarkson’s recognized expertise in colloid and surface science and fine particle technology. CAMP receives support from NYSTAR for research and operating expenses as one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs). In addition, CAMP-related work receives several million dollars each year from the federal government and private industry.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.


[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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