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Three Clarkson Professors Granted Tenure And Promoted

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Clarkson University President Tony Collins announced today that Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering faculty member Ratneshwar Jha, Department of Chemistry faculty member Devon Shipp, and Clarkson School of Business faculty member Kevin Siqueira have each been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure.

Ratneshwar Jha joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1999 as an assistant professor. Before receiving his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University, Jha worked in the aircraft industry for more than 12 years and was involved in the design and development of a supersonic fighter aircraft. He also holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. jha

Jha has conducted research in adaptive control of structural vibrations, structural health monitoring, modeling of composite and smart structures, and intelligent flight controls. His contributions involve both theoretical and experimental research that has resulted in 35 papers in international journals and referred conferences.

Earlier this year Jha was named an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). According to the AIAA guidelines, the grade of Associate Fellow is an honor bestowed upon a member in recognition of notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.

Devon A. Shipp joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor in 1999. Prior to coming to Clarkson, he held the Bayer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University (1998). He received a doctoral degree in chemistry in 1997 from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Shipp’s research interests lie in polymer chemistry. In particular, his work focuses on living radical polymerization techniques, nanocomposites, novel polymer architectures and materials, and photochemistry in polymeric systems. Current research projects include developing new polymer-clay nanocomposite materials, creating light-harvesting polymer materials, making novel biodegradable polymers for medical and dental use, and understanding and determining reaction mechanisms and rates in radical polymerization.

His research has been published in 23 peer-reviewed publications and he has delivered more than 50 conference and invited presentations. He has been the recipient or co-recipient of over $500,000 in research funding from industry, government and non-profit agencies.

Shipp teaches courses in organic chemistry and polymer and materials chemistry. In 2001 he received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Clarkson University Student Association. He is very active in providing an experiential learning experience to undergraduates and has supervised over 20 students in his research laboratory. He is the director of the nuclear magnetic resonance facility at Clarkson, a faculty member of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) and the Clarkson Center for the Environment, and a member of Clarkson’s Faculty Senate.

Siqueira’s research interests include topics in environmental economics, microeconomics, public economics, and defense economics. His research has been published in a number of professional journals, including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Public Choice, the Bulletin of Economic Research, and European Journal of Political Economy. He has also been invited to deliver papers at national and international conferences.

Siqueira’s ongoing research includes a collaboration with Todd Sandler of the University of Southern California on the economics of terrorism. Their paper, “Global Terrorism: Deterrence Versus Preemption,” was delivered at Tulane University, Queens University, and meetings of the American Economics Association and the Canadian Economics Association. Their joint research uses the tools of economics to analyze two types of anti-terrorism policies when each nation’s people and property are at jeopardy at home and abroad.

Siqueira has taught courses in Game Theory, Environmental Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Managerial Economics at the MBA level. He is also affiliated with the Clarkson Center for the Environment.

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