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Three Clarkson University Faculty Promoted

Clarkson University President Denny Brown has promoted three faculty members.  Daryush K. Aidun (ay-DOON) of Potsdam, Robert Dowman of Potsdam, and Levon Minnetyan (minn-ET-tyon) of Canton have been promoted from associate professor to full professor, effective May 3.

Daryush K. Aidun’s areas of research include microstructural analysis of repaired welded cast steels, weldability and mechanical properties of aluminum metal-matrix composites and ultrasonic welding of thermoplastics.  He has been responsible for the construction of the world’s first multi gravity research welding system dedicated to investigation of welding and casting in a high “g” environment.  He also served as a project manager for a 1992-93 Liquid Encapsulation Melt Zone experiment, which was successfully flown on a Space Shuttle mission.

Aidun has presented papers at various international conferences and has been a contributor to two books, Welding Metallurgy (1987) and Centrifugal Materials Processing (1997).  He is a two-time recipient (1996 and 1998) of the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from Pi Tau Sigma, the American Society for Mechanical Engineering honor society on the Clarkson campus; the A.F. Davis Silver Award (1985) from the American Welding Society for his contribution to the progress of welding; and the Adams Memorial Membership Award (1991) from the American Welding Society in recognition of his work in advancing the knowledge of welding to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Aidun is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in materials science.  He holds a doctorate in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Robert Dowman came to Clarkson in 1988 as an assistant professor of psychology.  In 1994, he became an associate professor and chaired the Department of Psychology from 1994-98. In 1999, he was appointed to serve as head of the Division of Life and Health Sciences.

Prior to Clarkson, Dowman served as a research scientist for the New York State Department of Health (1983-85) and as a research associate in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta (1985-88).

Dowman teaches classes in “Introduction to Psychology,” “Learning and Memory,” “Perception,” “Neurobiology and Behavior,” “Brain and Behavior,” “Physiological Psychology,” “Stress,” and “The Psychology of Psychoactive Drugs.” He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Psychological Society and the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

Dowman’s honors include a 1985 Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Fellowship, a 1977 National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post Graduate Scholarship, a 1981 Walter Dill Scholarship at Northwestern University and a 1975 University of Victoria President's Scholarship.

Dowman has been invited to present his research at conferences in the United States, Canada and Europe and has been a contributor to or a reviewer of many scientific journals.

Dowman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Victoria, B.C., and received both his master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Northwestern University.

Levon Minnetyan came to Clarkson in 1978 from Kimley-Horn Associates of Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously he had served as a visiting assistant professor at North Carolina State University (1977), and as a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA (1975-1976).  Minnetyan became an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson in 1984.  His areas of expertise are in structural engineering, composite structures, progressive fracture, and structural damage tolerance.

Minnetyan’s work on the GENOA Progressive Failure Analysis Software System earned him and his colleagues the 1999 Software of the Year Award from NASA.  In addition, he is a two-time winner of the NASA Commercial Technology Office New Technology Award (1998 and 1999).

The author of 28 research journal articles, and a presenter at numerous national and international conferences, Minnetyan has been an adviser to 14 students pursuing their thesis.  He has also served as member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Committee, the Faculty Senate and as an adviser to the Concrete Canoe Team.

Minnetyan holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey and a master’s degree in civil engineering and a doctorate in structural mechanics from Duke University.

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