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Clarkson's Dempsey Elected Fellow Of American Academy Of Mechanics

John P. Dempsey of Potsdam, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Clarkson University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM).  Dempsey was elected at a recent meeting of AAM fellows in Nashville, Tenn.

The academy is composed of distinguished scientists and engineers active in the field of mechanics in the U.S., Canada, Central America and South America.  Fellowship in the Academy is considered in the mechanics community to be one of the highest distinctions attainable.

“This recognition is a high honor for Professor Dempsey, one that ranks with several other professional honors he has received during his career at Clarkson,” said Thomas C. Young, chair of the CEE Department.  “It provides one more opportunity for the University to be proud of its faculty.”

Dempsey received his bachelor’s degree in engineering science from the University of Auckland in 1975 and his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Auckland in 1979.  A member of the Clarkson faculty since 1980, Dempsey teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in structural mechanics.  His research interests include the fields of solid mechanics and arctic engineering, specializing in ice mechanics, fracture mechanics, contact mechanics, composite materials and impact dynamics.

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