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Clarkson Prof John Moosbrugger Of Potsdam Promoted And Named Chair

Clarkson University President Denny Brown has announced that John Moosbrugger of Colton, associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at Clarkson University has been promoted to professor and appointed department chair.

Moosbrugger joined the Clarkson faculty in 1989. His research interests include the plasticity and viscoplasticity of materials, including analytical/phenomenological modeling of non-proportional (biaxial), cyclic loading experiments, performing complex biaxial experiments, non-isothermal viscoplasticity model development for metals and thermomechanical behavior of semiconductor materials. 

Moosbrugger received his bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering in 1981 from Wright State University and his master’s (1985) and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1988 from Georgia Institute of Technology. In the summer of 1990 he worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories with the support of an Oak Ridge Associated Universities fellowship.  His work has been supported by the Engineering Foundation (U.S. Air Force AFOSR Research Initiation Grant), DuPont Corporation, Northrup-Grumman Corporation, SUNY Research Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Moosbrugger is currently an associate technical editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. He has served as a guest editor for the International Journal of Plasticity and as a reviewer for several journals and publications.

Moosbrugger received the Alcoa Young Faculty Award in 1990, the American Society for Engineering Education-Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award in 1992, was inducted into the Georgia Tech Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni in 1996 and received the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Ralph R. Teeter Education Award in 1998.  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Mechanics, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education. Since 1996, he has been the Clarkson University Formula SAE advisor, guiding his team to four top-25 finishes the last five years, including a best-ever 10th-place finish in 1999.

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