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Division of Research

In this Section

Gregory C. Slack, Director of Research and Technology Transfer; Constance M. Ferguson, Grant and Contract Administrator/CAMP Financial Manager; Kimberly Klatt, Research Compliance Officer; Todd C. Travis, Award Administrator and Exchange Visitor Program Alternate Responsible Officer

The Division of Research (DOR) is the central office charged with overseeing the conduct and promotion of research activities at Clarkson University. It is the philosophy of the University that research supports and enhances its educational mission. The DOR strives to provide and constantly enhance services to the Clarkson community as well as individuals and companies that come in contact with the Division. Examples of such services include proposal development for faculty and staff; administration of grants and contracts established under federal, state, and private awards on behalf of the University; assurance of compliance with federal, state, private, and other regulations pertaining to grant sponsorship activities at the University; and the creation, submission, or provision of analyses, reports or policies as required. Through these activities, the DOR promotes innovation and creativity, thereby increasing knowledge and making the knowledge available and useful for scholarship and education. 

Some typical areas of sponsored research in engineering and science include: crystal growth, aerosol kinetics and scavenging, light scattering, stability of colloidal dispersion, strength of materials, metallic systems, ceramic surfaces, phase transitions, bio-engineering, heat transfer and mass transfer, thin film adsorption, film flow stability, transition and turbulence and active flow control, nonlinear wave motion, wave forces, surface shear viscosity, nutrient regeneration in lakes, flow slides, copper and zinc protein, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, oxygenation of metal complexes, asynchronous networks, communication networks, detection of random signals, renewable energy production, power transmission, energy conversion, plasma deposition, osmotic work, and corrosion.

In the business area, studies have been conducted relative to dispute settlement techniques, scientific and technical information systems, effects of organizational changes, economic impact of environmental damage from acid rain, marketing approaches, pricing environmental alternatives, banking systems, and monetary policies.


A New York State Center for Advanced Technology
S.V. Babu, Director; John E. Prendergast, Deputy Director

The essential roles of advanced materials in modern manufacturing include producing “small” particles for advanced ceramics, photo-imaging and inks and medical diagnostics; fabricating integrated circuit chips and electronic packages for computers; producing high-performance plastics and composites for aircraft, and myriad other uses.

Since its inception in 1986, the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) has been dedicated to developing Clarkson’s research and education programs in high-technology materials processing. The Center emphasizes development of scientific and technological expertise in the field of colloids, thin films and surfaces. CAMP researchers produce, modify and convert solids and liquids for which “small” particles, colloidal media or surfaces play an important role, either in the processing or in the properties of the final product. CAMP is an interdisciplinary endeavor, bringing together participants from six departments of science and engineering.

CAMP was designated a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in 1987. As one of the 15 CATs at New York State universities, CAMP receives one million dollars per year from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research for applied research, technology transfer and operating expenses. In addition, CAMP-related work receives several million dollars each year from the federal government and private industry. CAMP places a particularly strong emphasis on cooperative projects with industry, including exchange programs for students, scientists, and engineers. Materials processing activities at Clarkson include undergraduate projects, educational lectures and seminars by international experts, special short courses, and research by graduate students, research associates, and visiting scientists from around the world.

A building funded by New York State was completed in 1991 to house CAMP’s educational and research activities. Occupying 190,000 square feet and containing 70 laboratories, 102 offices, and a variety of special facilities and equipment, the complex is a valuable resource for promoting cooperative research projects with New York State industries.

For more information, check out the CAMP Web site at

Vladimir Privman, Director

As the dimensions of computer components become smaller, quantum effects will have to be accounted for in transport equations used for device modeling. Coherent quantum dynamics (quantum computing) has promise of speeding up certain information processing tasks. The Center for Quantum Device Technology was established at Clarkson in the fall of 2001 to address these and related challenges.

The goal of the Center is to devise comprehensive modeling approaches within the new developing semiconductor solid-state physics needed in device design, with the potential to offer new paradigms for fast and low-power computation, new uses of semiconductor materials, secure information transmission — with implications for future utilization of semiconductor devices, optical fibers, very short pulse lasers, single-photon detectors, and spintronics devices.

Philip K. Hopke, Director; Thomas M. Holsen, Co-Director

The presence of contaminants in the atmosphere can produce a wide variety of adverse effects including increased adverse public health effects, decreased visibility, deterioration of buildings and monuments, acificiation of lakes and rivers, and forest and crop damage. The health effects of atmospheric contaminants cannot be avoided by staying inside since ambient air is transported indoors along with its pollutants while indoor sources can add to the problems. Although we have substantially improved the ambient air quality over the past 35 years, there are still a number of problems that are attributed to air pollution. Recent studies have found strong correlations between changes in particle concentrations and increased mortality. There has been a sharp rise in childhood asthma, and many areas of the country continue to fail to meet national ambient air quality standards. Worldwide much of the world's air quality fails to meet the quality specified by the World Health Organization's guidelines.

Clarkson University has significant resources in people and equipment to bring to bear on the management of air pollution. These resources have been combined with those of a consortium of universities and research organizations to form the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (CoEEES). CoEEES brings together multidisciplinary teams of investigators to measure, model, and suggest implementation strategies that will lead to improved atmospheric conditions including the ambient atmosphere, indoor atmospheres in homes and hospitals, and controlled atmospheres in commercial manufacturing operations and office workplaces. In this process, we are developing new modeling, measurement, and flow management tools that can provide the base for new or expanded commercial ventures as well as providing critical information to state and federal regulatory authorities that will help to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers. CARES is the center that brings together the world-class expertise that is available at Clarkson as part of CoEEES. Our expertise is focused in air sampling and analysis, receptor modeling, atmospheric deposition, and the application of experimental and computational fluid dynamics to air pollution problems. CARES laboratory and office space, and equipment including an aerosol wind tunnel, a high-speed aeronautical wind tunnel, a Beowolf computer cluster, field sampling systems, and analytical equipment are available to programs at Clarkson and throughout CoEEES's other participating institutions.

Michael Twiss, Director

Clarkson University faculty and researchers have a distinguished history of investigating and engineering solutions to a broad range of issues involving the lower Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. Clarkson is best known for contributing to the solution of environmental problems such as eutrophication, toxic chemical pollution, and corrective measures to remediate contaminated environments; to the solution of water resources management concerns related to navigability for commerce and power generation, especially as affected by winter conditions and the formation and dynamics of ice; and for addressing socioeconomic issues such as binational trade and cultural concerns.

These activities have been undertaken by teams comprising faculty members, graduate students and undergraduates using Clarkson facilities and often involving collaborators from several other universities in New York State via the Great Lakes Research Consortium. Not only do these efforts create new knowledge that is essential to the education of students who pursue B.S., M.S., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees and to the professional development of the faculty members, this work provides environmental and economic benefits to the people of the region, the nation and, indeed, the international community.

Recognizing the multiplicative effect of interdisciplinary collaboration, in 1999 Clarkson initiated actions that resulted in the establishment of the Great Rivers Center on the Clarkson campus. The Great Rivers Center is integrated into the education, research and outreach missions of the Clarkson Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

Charles Robinson, Director

The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology was established at Clarkson University in 2005.  Its mission is to educate, mentor and train students to be able to integrate and apply a combined scientific, analytic, technological and business approach to emerging biomedical engineering and biomedical science areas. It is of note that biomedical engineering is the most rapidly growing field of engineering, with outstanding biomedical job prospects, and with half of the undergraduates being female, a ratio that exists in no other engineering discipline. 

The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology takes a unique approach to the study of rehabilitation problems. First, through its focus on biomedical engineering, the Center studies how the nervous and skeletal muscle systems of the human body normally work. Secondly, through its rehabilitation science and technology components, it models the mechanisms by which these systems become impaired through disease or injury. Within its rehabilitation technology aspects, the Center investigates how technology can help to restore or replace functions such as hearing, speaking, seeing or moving through the use of artificial assistive or substitutive devices. Through a clinical link with Clarkson’s Physical Therapy program, the Center investigates the outcome of the applications of this assistive technology. The Center also organizes and presents seminars, campus lectures and classroom discussions by visiting leaders in the field of rehabilitation. 

Medical and health care have become increasingly technology-based in recent years, with an increased demand for engineers with skills that integrate engineering principles with an understanding of the human physical and psychosocial characteristics. The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology offers a concentration in Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering to meet this need.  Obtaining an engineering degree with a concentration in biomedical and rehabilitation engineering is an attractive opportunity for university bound engineering students who have a strong desire to use their talents to improve the quality of life for people with medical conditions or disabilities. Clarkson offers this concentration to augment a degree from a traditional engineering department. This concentration is multi-disciplinary, and will include courses from multiple schools or departments across the University. The Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering Concentration is just one of the examples addressing Clarkson’s Coulter School of Engineering’s motto “Technology Serving Humanity.”

Further information can be found at


On the ground floor of Bertrand H. Snell Hall, the Center for Excellence in Communication (CEC) offers Clarkson students and faculty support for communication education across the curriculum, including graphics, analog and digital video and writing. The CEC has two primary missions: First, the CEC serves as a support facility for Clarkson’s goal of providing each student with the opportunity to develop and refine exceptional communication skills. Second, the CEC helps improve education through the effective pedagogical use of electronic media.

CEC staff assist faculty and students on communication-related teaching and research including communication-across-the-curriculum consulting, usability testing, educational video production, and more. In addition to onsite work across Clarkson University, the CEC includes five teaching, working, and learning areas on the first floor of new Snell Hall.

  1. The CEC Lab (Snell 130) provides studio-style classroom space for communication and digital media software training for up to 21 students in a setting augmented by 22 Windows and Linux workstations as well as an instructional projection system. The CEC Lab also houses teamwork spaces and a client presentation area — including a 72-inch touchscreen Windows and Linux workstation with electronic whiteboard capabilities — in order to support project-based learning and service learning. The workstations in the CEC Lab also include basic digital video editing capabilities. In addition to drop-in hours for communication projects, the CEC Lab and staff are available for communication-related research, classes, and projects on an individually scheduled basis.
  2. The CEC Advanced Multimedia Room (Snell 130E) offers individuals and small teams access to professional-level editing hardware and software for communication projects (both research and educational) involving extensive digital video and audio. Editing platforms include both PC and Mac.
  3. The CEC Usability Lab (Snell 130B) provides a dedicated space for conducting software, documentation and Web-site usability research. The Usability Lab includes systems for monitoring, recording and analyzing users’ experiences and compiling usability reports for clients.
  4. The CEC Writing Center (Snell 139) provides individual tutoring (both face-to-face and online) for students and members of the Clarkson community working to improve personal or academic writing projects in any discipline.
  5. The CEC Media Studio (Snell 127) offers a fully equipped distance education classroom, digital audio recording capability, Internet streaming teleconference technologies, and serves as the primary control system for Clarkson’s on-campus, closed-circuit television station.

Timothy F. Sugrue, Managing Director; Goodarz Ahmadi, Director of Technology; Gabor Forgacs, Scientific Director

The Shipley Center for Innovation, affiliated with the School of Business, is a University-wide resource dedicated to bringing Clarkson innovations to market, gaining recognition for the technology created by our faculty and students, and creating local jobs for graduating Clarkson students. The Center will serve as an engine for economic development in the North Country by engaging in the creation of new enterprises that capitalize on emerging technologies. 

Leading the Shipley Center as its managing director is Timothy Sugrue, dean of the School of Business, and Goodarz Ahmadi, dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, as its director of technology, bringing together complementary knowledge from both areas into one resource.

The Shipley Center for Innovation will be comprised of a museum with Clarkson University’s past technology on display, a workshop for future technology to be developed, and a business incubator. The business incubator will provide the essential tools needed for the emerging technologies to be commercialized and developed into profitable companies.