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Director Of Clarkson University International Center For Gravity Materials Science & Applications Liya L. Regel Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

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Director of the Clarkson University International Center for Gravity Materials Science and Applications Liya L. Regel received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 109th Commencement in Potsdam, N.Y., on Sunday, May 12.regel1

The degree was awarded "for her pioneering leadership in the development of materials science in space and in large centrifuges, and for her highly successful encouragement of international scientific collaboration."

In addressing the graduates Regel said, in part, "I consider myself very, very lucky. Everything I have today comes from my meeting many unforgettable, talented, incredible, interesting and exceptional people. … I wish you this same luck throughout your life."

Liya Regel has been a leader and pioneer in developing materials science that utilizes orbiting space platforms and large centrifuges. Her research contributed greatly to understanding the influence of gravity on materials properties, as well as leading to improvements in commercial processing of materials on earth.

She has accumulated a long list of scientific discoveries, breakthroughs, innovations, fresh insights and numerous publications. She has played a major role in developing international scientific collaborations through leading the organization of international conferences, chairing committees of international organizations, lecturing by invitation, organizing symposia, serving on editorial boards of scientific journals, editing books, and hosting visiting scientists at Clarkson University.

She has received two major awards from the prestigious International Academy of Astronautics. In 2001 she received IAA's Basic Science Award for "significant contribution to the advancement of international cooperation and leadership in the advancement of materials research in space." She is the only materials scientist to have received this honor. IAA also honored her with its Best Book Award in 1998.

Since 1991, Regel has served as the director of the International Center for Gravity Materials Science and Applications at Clarkson University. During that period, she led the establishment of the first centrifuge in the world dedicated to materials processing research and related flow visualization.

Regel has directed the doctoral research of 20 students and the master's research of 30. These graduates have assumed positions of significant responsibility in industry, government and academia.

Her spontaneous composition of music on the piano always surprises people. In recent years, she began developing her creativity on canvas. She is also an accomplished writer of poetry and fiction. Her work springs from a complex imagination and photographic memory, drawing on her childhood, diverse cultural awareness, crystal growth research, eye for nature's variations, and dreams of the future.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent technological university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in technology-based fields. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,600 undergraduates and 350 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit

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