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Thomas Young Named Associate Dean At Coulter School Of Engineering; Shen Named C.E.E. Interim Chair

Hung Tao Shen named interim chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Clarkson University Dean of Engineering S.S. Venkata announced today that Thomas C. Young of Potsdam, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), has been appointed associate dean for academic programs in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, effective February 1.Thomas C. Young

“I am thrilled that Tom Young has agreed to accept this leadership position. He is our unanimous choice to play a major role in enhancing academic excellence at Clarkson,” said Venkata.

As associate dean for academic programs, he will be part of an administrative team for the School of Engineering, which will also include the dean, the associate dean for research, and the department chairs. Young will coordinate and be the liaison for all academic programs in the School of Engineering, including engineering undergraduate and graduate programs. He will also assist with the management of facilities utilization.

Young joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1977 and was named chair of the CEE Department in 1999. He has led or collaborated on research related to water quality in freshwater systems, with a focus on such topics as eutrophication, acid deposition effects, and toxic chemical fate and exposure assessment. He has more than 150 professional presentations and 60 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, and is a past recipient of the Chandler-Misener Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research. Young received his doctorate from Michigan State University. 

Clarkson Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Hung Tao Shen of Potsdam replaces Young as the interim chair of the CEE Department effective February 9.  Shen joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1976, after spending two years in industry. He received his doctoral degree in Mechanics and Hydraulics from the University of Iowa in 1974.

Shen’s research interests include river hydraulics and transport processes, river and sea ice processes, and mathematical modeling of surface water flow and transport processes. He has published over 160 technical papers in this area. He has been active in professional societies such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research, where he serves as chair of the organization’s Ice Research and Engineering Section. He is a past recipient of the Harold R. Peyton Cold Regions Engineering Award, the CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity Award of ASCE, and the R. Larry Gerard Medal of the Canadian Geophysical Union.

“Hung Tao Shen is the obvious choice to lead the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department,” said Venkata. “I take great pleasure in appointing him to this position because of his extensive experience and distinguished record. Above all, he is widely respected by all his colleagues.”

Clarkson University President Tony Collins shared Venkata’s enthusiasm for the appointments and added that he commends “the speed with which Dean Venkata, who came to Clarkson January 1, is putting his administrative team in place to advance Clarkson’s position as a nationally ranked engineering program.”

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