CAMP Professor Daryush K. Aidun Appointed Department Chair

CAMP Professor Daryush Aidun

CAMP Professor Daryush Aidun has been appointed chair of Clarkson’s Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, effective July 1, 2005. He joined the Clarkson faculty in 1982, after receiving his Ph.D. in materials science from RPI.

Professor Aidun is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Adams Memorial Award, the William Spraragen Award, and the A.F. Davis Silver Award from the American Welding Society. In addition, he received the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award of the Society of Automotive Engineering. In 2001 he was named Clarkson’s outstanding professor of the year by the Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society Student Chapter, in addition to receiving the University Outstanding Teaching Award.

Professor Aidun has authored more than 50 technical publications and given many invited presentations in the U.S. and around the globe. His research interests include welding and metal joining; metallurgical, mechanical and corrosion properties; and characterization of semiconductor materials. Aidun’s research has been funded by the NSF, Corning, Pratt and Whitney and other organizations. In addition, five Ph.D., 14 M.S., and seven M.E. students graduated under his supervision.

CAMP to Obtain New Microscope

CAMP is in the process of buying a unique microscope which is actually a combination of three state-of-the-art microscopes: Scanning Laser Confocal Microscope (Nikon C1), Scanning Probe Microscope (Nanonics M100), and a Scanning Confocal Raman Microscope. The combined microscopes make it possible to image materials at the highest resolution available and to obtain chemical information of the imaged areas with resolutions up to one micron in all three directions. Also the advanced assembly of four lasers allows for work with both inorganic and organic materials.





New York State Governor George Pataki Praises NanoDynamics Inc.

From left: New York State Senator Charles Schumer, New York State Governor George Pataki, and NanoDynamics Chief Executive Officer Keith Blakely.

Governor George Pataki recently announced that NanoDynamics Inc. ( a Corporate Member of CAMP) is a leading nanotechnology company that will create 325 new jobs and invest $9.7 million to significantly expand its operations over the next five years in Buffalo, while retaining its current Buffalo workforce of 50 jobs.

"NanoDynamics' decision to expand its presence in Buffalo and create 325 new, good-paying jobs is tremendous news for Buffalo's working families and the Western New York economy," Governor Pataki said. "We worked closely with the company and local officials to help NanoDynamics expand and grow in Buffalo. We're proud that they chose Buffalo over other locations across the nation and that they decided there's no better place to do business than here in New York."

"Our tax cuts coupled with our pro-growth, pro-job creating policies have helped companies in Buffalo and throughout New York State grow and expand," the Governor added. "As we continue our fight to strengthen New York's business climate, we will also continue to move forward with the policies that we know work to create new jobs for New Yorkers."

Senator Charles E. Schumer said, "NanoDynamics is one of the most innovative major high tech industries in Buffalo. Buffalo is the right place and this was the right package. When I called the ESD, they went right to work fashioning an offer NanoDynamics could not refuse. The combination of a first rate-labor force and alluring package not only keeps the existing employees in Buffalo, but provides very real opportunities for hundreds of new jobs."

NanoDynamics Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Keith Blakely said, "We are very appreciative of the efforts of the Governor's office, as well as the staff of Empire State Development and other elected officials, including Senator Charles Schumer, who worked closely with our organization on this expansion project. NanoDynamics is committed to commercializing a number of exciting new products that are enabled by nanotechnology, including an advanced solid oxide fuel cell for use in both military and industrial applications, new materials for the electronics and semiconductor industries, and, of course, our exciting NDMX golf ball. We are committed to creating high quality engineering, technical, and manufacturing jobs here in Western New York and are very pleased that New York State understands and is willing to invest in emerging fields such as fuel cells and nanotechnology."

NanoDynamics is a leading company in the field of nanotechnology and a manufacturer of superior nanomaterials that are designed to dramatically improve the form, function and performance of a wide range of both industrial and consumer products. NanoDynamics and its CEO Keith Blakely are one of CAMP’s strongest partners and research/technology transfer collaborators. Keith was presented a plaque for his outstanding effort at CAMP’s Annual Technical Meeting held in Canandaigua, NY during the month of May. He has worked with Senior University Professor Richard Partch on a broad range of topics, including projects in nanotubes which began in late 2003. Also his collaborations with CAMP Professor Dan Goia have resulted in four technology licensing and sublicensing agreements between Clarkson/CAMP and NanoDynamics Inc. NanoDynamics is also working with Professor Ian Suni and a team consisting of Professors Pillay, Rengasamy, and Behal.

New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) Executive Director Russell W. Bessette, M.D., said, "Governor Pataki, through such nationally recognized efforts as the Centers of Excellence initiative, has fostered the growth of industrial corporate innovators, such as NanoDynamics. As a result of the Governor's initiatives, NYSTAR was able to provide financial support to assist NanoDynamics' research efforts, and the announcement today is proof that the Governor's initiatives are bearing fruit. By creating an environment that rewards the types of research that lead to job creation and economic growth, the Governor is helping to foster the technological innovations that will have a significant, long-term impact on the State's economy."

In consideration of its job commitment and investment in New York State, NanoDynamics is eligible for a $1.6 million Empire State Development capital grant. The company is also eligible to receive Empire Zone benefits.