Professor Raymond Mackay (left) receives Emeritus Status Award from Clarkson University President Anthony Collins (right).

Professor Raymond Mackay Honored with Emeritus Status at Commencement

Retiring University Professor Raymond Mackay was honored with emeritus status at Clarkson's 111th commencement ceremony this past May

As director of Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) from 1991-99, Professor Raymond Mackay played a significant role in the evolution of CAMP as a major technological research center by increasing its funding, attracting top-level researchers, and increasing collaborations between Clarkson faculty and industry and other research institutions. He joined Clarkson in 1991 as CAMP director and professor of chemistry. One of his first duties as CAMP director was to lead a strategic reorganization to produce focused functional areas better aligned with the needs of corporate customers. To accomplish this, he established CAMP associate and affiliate programs and advisory boards. Under his leadership, funding support increased 15 percent annually from 1993-1997.

As the head of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) directors' group for two years, Professor Mackay led a successful effort, aided by industry, to preserve the CAT program. He was also responsible for the grant that led to a 10-year renewal of $1 million in CAMP annual funding from New York State effective 1999.

Professor Mackay earned a distinguished record of scholarship and research accomplishments in areas that include electrochemistry in association with colloids and nanosized particles, the effects of surfactants on chemical mechanical polishing slurries, and the use of microemulsions for drug delivery. He is the author or co-author of over 140 technical publications. In 1997, he completed a 13-year tenure as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society.

Prior to assuming the position of CAMP director, Mackay was chief of the Detection Technology Division, Detection Directorate at the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. In this position, he was responsible for all exploratory development work related to both the point and standoff detection of chemical and biological materials.

Mackay received a doctoral degree from SUNY Stony Brook in 1966. He served as a research associate at SUNY (1964-66), in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1966), and as a captain in the U.S. Army (1967-69). From 1969-83, Mackay was a professor of chemistry at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

A past president of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists, he has received a number of awards and honors, including the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Army's second highest civilian honor, in 1989. He was also honored with the Maryland Chemist of the Year award from that section of the American Chemical Society in 2002.

Professor Mackay is currently a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and is serving as director, Research and Technology Directorate, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The Research and Technology Directorate is comprised of over 300 government scientists and engineers and 100 on-site contractors, and is responsible for the execution of science and technology programs in chemical and biological defense.



CAMP Annual Technical Meeting

CAMP's Annual Technical Meeting was held May 12 - 14, 2004 at the Canandaigua Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, New York. It included representatives of Industry, University, and New York State Economic Development Organizations. The keynote speakers were Bob Callendar, Vice President of Programs at NYSERDA, and Dr. Marijn Dekkers, President and CEO of ThermoElectron. This very successful meeting had record attendance with a record number of poster presentations on CAMP research. A reception was hosted by Ferro Electronic Material Systems (a Corporate Sponsor of CAMP). Details of the meeting will be included in CAMP's Annual Report (September) Newsletter.