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Antarctica Point Named In Honor Of Clarkson Professor

Stephen F. Ackley, Visiting Professor of Engineering in Clarkson University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department since 1999, was honored recently for his sea ice work in Antarctica by the U.S. Board on geographic names.

Ackley is a retired ice researcher from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL). The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. CRREL is one of ERDC’s seven laboratories and is the only Department of Defense laboratory specifically conducting research in the world’s cold regions.

Recommendations for Antarctic geographic names are based on the level of a person’s contribution to Antarctic research or history, and on the type of geographic feature. In 2002, Ackley was selected by his peers at CRREL as a distinguished employee. For approximately 11 years he served as both a CRREL researcher and Chief of the Snow and Ice Branch. The plaque presented to Ackley for his service to CRREL states, “his management philosophy was simple - 'Do good work’ - and he set an example by facilitating good research himself. Steve deserves a large measure of credit for the preeminent status that CRREL enjoys today. He left a legacy of research excellence and strong leadership that continues to reverberate.”

Ackley Point is an ice covered spot located near McMurdo Sound where Ackley worked and conducted research for more than 25 years. The exact location is 77 47S 166 55E.

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