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Clarkson University Appoints Ahmadi Interim Dean Of Engineering

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Clarkson University Provost Tom Young announced today that Goodarz Ahmadi of Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson Distinguished Professor of Engineering and vice provost for Research, has been appointed Dean of Engineering on an interim basis, effective July 1. He succeeds S.S. Venkata.ahmadi3

"I could not be more pleased that Goodarz Ahmadi will assume the duties of Dean of Engineering.  His appointment comes at a particularly vital time in Clarkson’s progress toward achieving higher levels of academic excellence. I am certain Dean Ahmadi will continue to provide a role model for students and faculty alike that has no parallel in the Coulter School,” said Young.

As dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, Ahmadi will head an administrative team for the School that will include the associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies, the associate dean for Academic Programs, and the department chairs.

Ahmadi joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1982. In addition to holding the position of vice provost for Research, he also is the co-director of the Clarkson Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science and a board member of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP). He has served the University in numerous capacities, including associate dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.

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. More recently, Ahmadi was honored with the Robert R. Hill '48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. The professorship was established through a $1 million endowment created from a generous gift from Robert and Mildred Hill and matching funds.

Ahmadi 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 than 100 invited talks and short courses at other institutions.

His 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 in excess of $4 million over the last 10 years.

Ahmadi is currently working on DOE and NASA-funded projects 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 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.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Clarkson University Distinguished Professor of Engineering Goodarz

Ahmadi has been appointed interim dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, effective July 1, 2005.

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