Clarkson’s Distinguished Professors Goodarz Ahmadi and S.V. Babu Complete 25 Years of Excellent Service
to the University

Clarkson University Distinguished Professor Goodarz Ahmadi

Dean of Engineering Goodarz Ahmadi

Clarkson's Dean of Engineering Goodarz Ahmadi completed 25 years of service to the University. He joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1982. Prior to his tenure at Clarkson, he was Dean of Engineering at Shiraz University in Iran. Professor Ahmadi (former Vice Provost for Research at Clarkson) is the co-director of Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science and a board member of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing. In addition, he has served the University in numerous capacities, including Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. 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. More recently, Ahmadi was honored with the Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. The professorship was established through a $1 million endowment created from a generous gift from Robert and Mildred Hill and matching funds.

Professor Ahmadi is internationally known for his numerous engineering and scientific research contributions and has authored several books and over 400 technical publications in archival journals. Also he has made more than 500 presentations at national and international technical meetings and has given more than 100 invited talks and short courses at other institutions.

His 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, and nonlinear random vibrations. His work has been supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), EPA, the National Science Foundation, NASA, Corning, IBM, Xerox, Dura and the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research in excess of $5 million over the last 12 years. Ahmadi is currently working on EPA, DOE and NSF-funded projects developing a new technique for modeling air flows and particulate pollutant transport deposition and removal in indoor and outdoor air, gas-liquid flows in porous media and in rock fractures with application to carbon dioxide sequestration, three-phase slurry reactors with application to synthetic fuel generation from coal, modeling of the chemical-mechanical polishing process, and hot-gas filtration.



Clarkson University Distinguished Professor S.V. Babu

Distinguished University Professor / CAMP Director S.V. Babu

Clarkson’s Director of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) and Distinguished University Professor S.V. Babu also completed 25 years of service to the University. Professor Babu (Vice Provost for Research at Clarkson during 2001 – 04) joined the University in 1981 as a faculty member of the Chemical Engineering Department. He has served as a Visiting Scientist at Bell Communications Research Center in New Jersey, at the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark, and at the International Center of Theoretical Physics in Italy. He has also served as a Summer Faculty Member at the Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico and at IBM in Endicott, New York. He taught at IIT, Kanpur in India during 1972-80, before joining Clarkson.

Babu has many accomplishments during his stay at Clarkson. In 2002, he was invited by the Board of Directors of the Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (KSIEC) to present the first Dongjin Lecture (titled “Recent Progress and Emerging Challenges in Chemical-Mechanical Planarization”) in Korea. Babu also spoke at the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Chemcon 2003 conference held in Bhubaneswar, India, where he was presented with a Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award at an international symposium held during this conference. In addition, he was an invited speaker at the SEMICON Japan 2003 conference (the world’s largest exposition for semiconductor manufacturing) and at several other SEMICON conferences including the recent one held in China 2007.

Professor Babu received the 2004 IBM Faculty Award. This award is highly competitive and recognizes the quality of his research program and its importance to their industry. He also delivered an award winning research paper during the symposium on “Application of Polymers in Manufacturing of Integrated Circuits” at the American Chemical Society’s 229 th National Meeting and Exposition held in San Diego, CA in March of 2005. The winning paper, coauthored by graduate students Udaya B. Patri, Youngki Hong, and Vinay G. Meled, and delivered by Professor Babu was titled “Chemical Mechanical Polishing of Polymeric Low-k Dielectric Films.” In addition he is the co-author of over 160 papers and 20 patents.

Professor Babu’s research interests include CMP of Cu, Ta & SiO2, CMP for shallow-trench isolation, adhesion enhancement, thin film deposition, laser annealing, and particle-surface interactions. External funding for his research has totaled more than $6 million. The research funds have come from IBM, Kodak, NYACOL Nano Technologies, Intel/SRC, Infotonics Technology Center, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, NYSERDA, Ebara, St. Gobain, PPG Industries, Rodel, and other organizations. His research led to the development of a CMP slurry licensed to Ferro Corporation, from which Clarkson has received over $ 218,000 in royalties so far.

In addition, other CAMP faculty have provided at least 25 years of service to Clarkson University. They include Professors Egon Matijevic' , Daryush Aidun, Richard Partch, Don Rasmussen, Hayley Shen, Shankar Subramanian, William Wilcox, and John McLaughlin.