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Clarkson Professor Appointed as Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chair

Professor Ruth E. Baltus, a resident of Potsdam, has been appointed the chair of Clarkson University's Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), effective July 1, 2006.

Baltus joined the Clarkson University faculty in 1983, after receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1979 and 1982, respectively. From 1990-91, she was a visiting research fellow at General Electric Corporate Research & Development Labs in Schenectady, N.Y. She was a faculty research participant at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn., during 2001-02. She was the recipient of the Student Life Award from Clarkson University in 1999 in recognition of her superior efforts as a faculty advisor.

The 2003 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Distinguished Engineering Educator Award was received by Baltus. She also served for more than a decade as the advisor for the SWE Clarkson University Student Section. During that time, the group was honored three times as the Best Student Section in the Northeast U.S.

In March 2006, Baltus delivered the prestigious Augustine Silveira Jr. Distinguished Lecture at her undergraduate alma mater, SUNY Oswego, where she was also honored with a Lifetime Award of Merit from the university's alumni association.

Baltus' scholarly work has involved both theoretical and experimental studies of membrane separations, experimental investigations of the characteristics of room temperature ionic liquids as well as quartz crystal microbalance based biosensors. In addition, Baltus has also authored many quality technical publications and given fascinating presentations throughout the U.S. and around the world. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she has mentored four Ph.D., 11 M.S. and 24 undergraduate research students.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

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