Professor Goodarz Ahmadi

Clarkson Distinguished Professor Goodarz Ahmadi is Honored with the Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship

In recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement and in support of his aero-colloid science research, Clarkson University has honored Clarkson Distinguished Professor Goodarz Ahmadi of Potsdam with the Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. Earlier this year, a generous gift from Robert and Mildred Hill established the professorship. The $1-million endowment was created through the gift from the Hills and matching funds. The guidelines for the Hill Professorship stipulate that the selected individual demonstrates excellence in teaching and research in the field of colloid science applied to mechanical engineering, a commitment to student learning and achievement, and a commitment to the use of technology for the betterment of mankind.

In 2001, Ahmadi was the first professor to be awarded the title of "Clarkson Distinguished Professor," which recognizes tenured professors whose accomplishments well exceed the requirements for promotion to the rank of full professor. He has served the University in numerous capacities, including Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and Co-Director of Clarkson's newly established Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES). Professor Ahmadi, who has been at Clarkson since 1981, has received the University Distinguished Teaching award and the University Outstanding Advisor award as well as many other instructional and advising awards. He is internationally known for his numerous engineering and scientific research contributions and has authored two books and over 400 technical publications in archival journals. He has also given more than 500 presentations at national and international technical meetings and more than 100 invited talks and short courses at other institutions.

Some of Professor Ahmadi's research interests include multiphase and granular flows, particle and fiber adhesion and removal, aerosols, micro-contamination control, turbulence modeling, stability of fluid motions, continuum mechanics, nonlinear random vibrations and earthquake engineering. His research has been supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation, NASA, Corning, IBM, Xerox, Dura and the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research for over $3 million in the last 10 years. He is currently working on DOE and NASA-funded projects for developing a new technique for modeling turbulent flows of dense and dilute, solid-gas or liquid mixtures with application to coal transport and processing, spray formation and hot-gas filtration.

The Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering was established by Hill, a native of Canton and a Clarkson alumnus, and his wife Mildred in support of his alma mater. Prior to attending Clarkson, Hill served in Europe and the Philippines in World War II. He pursued a successful career in engineering, including positions at GTE, now Verizon. Mildred Hill is a graduate of Syracuse University's School of Nursing.




Professor Cetin Cetinkaya

CAMP Professor Cetin Cetinkaya Receives Promotion and Tenure

CAMP Professor Cetin Cetinkaya, of Clarkson University's Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, has been promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure. He joined the Clarkson faculty in 1997 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to that, he worked in industry in research and development, and as the engineering applications coordinator for Wolfram Research. In 1995, he received a doctoral degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Since coming to Clarkson, Professor Cetinkaya has received over $1 million in external research funding. Also he has been named co-recipient of a $400,000 grant from the Combined Research-Curriculum Development program of the National Science Foundation to facilitate experiential learning and undergraduate teaching projects.

His research interests focus on thermoelastic wave propagation (photo-acoustics), nanoparticle adhesion and removal, laser-based nondestructive testing/evaluation, acoustic/ultrasonic MEMS devices, vibration analysis and computer algebra. He has published more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, ASME Journal for Vibration and Acoustics, and the Journal of Sound and Vibration. In addition he has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in elastic waves in solids, integrated design, rigid body dynamics, mechanical vibrations and control, and the theory of elasticity. He has also served as thesis director/co-director for eight masters and Ph.D. degree candidates.

Professor Cetinkaya is a member of the executive committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) Nondestructive Evaluation Engineering Division and has been elected to the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, effective January 2005. He is professionally affiliated with the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Academy of Mechanics, and the Acoustical Society of America.