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05-08-2008

Clarkson University's Hopke Named Fellow of American Association for Aerosol Research

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hilip K. Hopke, the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science (CARES) at Clarkson University, has been elected to the first class of fellows in the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR).

The status was awarded to him in recognition of his many years of significant contributions to aerosol science and technology, and to society. Hopke has been a director and president of AAAR and edited their journal for nearly a decade.Hopke has been elected first class of Fellows.

Aerosol science and technology is the science and engineering needed to understanding particles suspended in a gas. Aerosols can be beneficial for uses such as drug delivery systems for medicines that would be destroyed in the digestive system or in creating new materials that could not be fabricated in conventional ways. However, other types of particles, such as the ambient aerosol, can be harmful to health, reduce visibility, and cause other damage to the environment.

Hope will be inducted as a fellow at the AAAR annual meeting in October.

Under Hopke's stewardship, Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science (CARES) has become a major center for air quality research, attracting more than $5 million in capital funding and nearly $13 million in grants from both private industry and federal agencies. This growth has attracted 10 world-class Clarkson faculty to become affiliated with the center, conducting interdisciplinary research on the sources, chemistry, health and ecological effects of air pollution.

Last October, Hopke was appointed to the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Particulate Matter Panel. He recently served on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Energy Futures and Urban Air Pollution in China and the United States. He has also served on the EPA's Science Advisory Board and was a member of the National Research Council's (NRC) congressionally mandated Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter and the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States. He has also served on five other NRC committees.

In 2005, Hopke was appointed by the National Academy of Engineering to conduct a study in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Science to assess the urban impact of the dual problems of continued coal consumption and the rapid increase of private vehicles in China. He is a recipient of the David Sinclair Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research and has served as the association's president. Hopke is also an International Aerosol Fellow.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[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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