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05-10-2009

Clarkson University Professor Andrea Ferro Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

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Andrea R. Ferro of Potsdam, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in Clarkson University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the University’s 116th commencement ceremony today.graham

Created in 1974 by the family of the late John W. Graham Jr., president of Clarkson University from 1966-1974, this $1,500 award is presented annually to "a faculty member showing promise in engineering, business, liberal arts or scientific research."

Ferro joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University in 2003. She has an M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Ferro’s research interests are in indoor air quality and human exposure to contaminants. Her research projects include determining sources of indoor air contaminants, establishing the relationship between indoor and outdoor air, investigating the fate and transport of contaminants, assessing human exposure to air contaminants through direct (measurement) and indirect (modeling) methods, and finding links between human exposure and human health.

The overall goal of her work is to improve human health by improving the quality of the air we breathe through source control, ventilation and purification strategies, education, and regulatory policy.

Ferro’s dual commitment to research and education has been recognized by NSF’s CAREER Award. Ferro’s research has been funded by the NSF, EPA, NYSERDA, HEI, HUD and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.

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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) presents the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award to Andrea R. Ferro.

[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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