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CAMP Professor Cetin Cetinkaya Receives Promotion

Professor Cetin Cetinkaya

Associate Professor Cetin Cetinkaya has been promoted to Full Professor in Clarkson’s Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. In addition to this position, he has a courtesy appointment in Clarkson’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and serves as director of Clarkson's Photo-Acoustic Research Laboratory and co-director of the Nanomechanics/Nanomaterials Laboratory.

Cetinkaya has a Ph.D. and a M.S. degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Istanbul Technical University.  Prior to joining Clarkson as an Assistant Professor in 1997, he was the engineering applications coordinator and a member of the research and development staff at Wolfram Research Inc., and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Cetinkaya's research interests include acoustic/thermoelastic wave propagation, acoustic MEMS devices, laser-based nondestructive testing/evaluation, nanoparticle adhesion and removal, vibration analysis, finite element methods, and computer algebra.

Professor Cetinkaya has written or cowritten 47 refereed journal articles and 33 papers for conference proceedings, as well as several magazine articles. He has two U.S. patents pending and is the inventor on nine provisional patents and a co-inventor on an additional one. Also he has given presentations at many conferences, symposiums, and invited seminars and workshops, and serves as the vice-chair of the MEMS Division of ASME and as a member of the Technology Roadmap Team for semiconductor surface preparation at SEMATECH International.

In addition, Cetinkaya’s work has been funded by many agencies and major corporations.  They include the U.S. Army, the NSF, NASA, the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Consortium for the Advancement of Manufacturing in Pharmaceuticals, International SEMATECH, and NYSERDA, and companies such as Xerox, Intel, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Praxair Surface Technologies/MRC.

Professor Evgeny Katz’s Biocomputing Projects Achieve their Goals

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Professor Evgeny Katz and his group achieve the goals of their biocomputing projects.  From left in back row:  Dr. Marcos Pita, graduate student Melina Kraemer, Professor Evgeny Katz, and graduate student Guinevere Strack.   From left in front row:  Graduate students Tam Tsz Kin and Zhou Jean.

The novel biocomputing projects, initiated by Professor Evgeny Katz (the Milton Kerker Chaired Professor in Colloid Science at Clarkson University) and his group, are achieving their goals. In March the group proudly reported that biomolecular systems could perform logic operations mimicking electronic logic gates, like those used in keypad lock security systems. Professor Katz and his group have also been collaborating with Professor Sergiy Minko. A result of this joint effort is the use of enzymatic logic operations to control different responsive materials such as polymeric membranes, brushes, and colloidal suspensions. Furthermore, these controlled materials can be deposited on an electroactive surface. This is carried out by controlling the swollen and shrunken states of these materials using the logic operation to switch their electrochemical properties on and off.  In addition, Professor Katz’s group collaborated with Professor Vladimir Privman.  This work yielded a very interesting theoretical analysis of the electronics mimicked with the biological systems. The biocomputing research being carried out at Clarkson is currently supported by two NSF-sponsored grants. This multi-disciplinary research in biocomputing includes the collaborative efforts of several groups led by Professors Katz, Minko, Privman, and Sokolov.  Results of this work have already been published in high ranking journals, such as Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ChemBioChem and Electroanalysis.

CAMP Annual Technical Meeting

CAMP's Annual Technical Meeting was held May 14 - 16, 2008 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 Doug Neugold (President & CEO, ATMI) and Rick Schmachtenberg (Senior VP, Xerox). This very successful meeting was well attended and had a record number of poster presentations on CAMP research. Details of the meeting will be included in CAMP's Annual Report (September) Newsletter.