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Clarkson Names Goodarz Ahmadi To Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship

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In recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement and in support of his colloid science research, Clarkson University has honored Clarkson Distinguished Professor Goodarz Ahmadi of Potsdam with the Robert R. Hill ’48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering.

“I am very honored by this recognition,” said Ahmadi. “Clarkson is a great school with which to be associated, with its superb faculty and staff, and great student body. I have very much enjoyed my teaching and research work here over the last 22 years.”

Earlier this year, a generous gift from Robert and Mildred Hill established the professorship. The $1-million endowment was created through the gift from the Hills and matching funds.

“We are pleased to be able to honor Goodarz Ahmadi and to provide ongoing support for his research through the generosity of the Hill family,” said Clarkson Provost and President-elect Anthony G. Collins. “Goodarz has distinguished himself at Clarkson as a committed teacher and researcher, and has established an international reputation as a scholar. The Hill Professorship recognizes and supports his important contributions in the areas of multiphase flows, aerosol and particle transport and turbulence modeling.”

The guidelines for the Hill Professorship stipulate that the selected individual demonstrates excellence in teaching and research in the field of colloid science applied to mechanical engineering, a commitment to student learning and achievement, and a commitment to the use of technology for the betterment of mankind.

In 2001, Ahmadi was the first professor to be awarded the title of “Clarkson Distinguished Professor,” which recognizes tenured professors whose accomplishments well exceed the requirements for promotion to the rank of full professor.

He is internationally known for his numerous engineering and scientific research contributions and has authored two books and over 400 technical publications in archival journals. He also has made more than 500 presentations at national and international technical meetings and has given more that 100 invited talks and short courses at other institutions.

Some of Ahmadi's research interests include multiphase and granular flows, particle and fiber adhesion and removal, aerosols, micro-contamination control, turbulence modeling, stability of fluid motions, continuum mechanics, nonlinear random vibrations and earthquake engineering. His research has been supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation, NASA, Corning, IBM, Xerox, Dura and the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research for over $3 million in the last 10 years.

Ahmadi is currently working on DOE and NASA-funded projects for developing a new technique for modeling turbulent flows of dense and dilute, solid-gas or liquid mixtures with application to coal transport and processing, spray formation and hot-gas filtration.

He has served the University in numerous capacities, including chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. Among the many instructional and advising awards he has received are the University Distinguished Teaching award and the University Outstanding Advisor award.

Ahmadi has been at Clarkson since 1981. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Tehran University in Iran, a master's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue. Prior to his tenure at Clarkson, he was dean of Engineering at Shiraz University in Iran.

The Robert R. Hill ’48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering was established by Hill, a native of Canton and a Clarkson alumnus, and his wife Mildred in support of his alma mater.  Prior to attending Clarkson, Hill served in Europe and the Philippines in World War II. He pursued a successful career in engineering, including positions at GTE, now Verizon. Mildred Hill is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Nursing.

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