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Brian Helenbrook Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Brian T. Helenbrook has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of mechanical & aeronautical engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.

Brian T. HelenbrookHelenbrook’s expertise is in the areas of computational fluid mechanics and multi-phase flows. Some of his current projects are designing a novel wind turbine, manufacturing of solar cell wafers, thermal modeling of electronic circuits, and aerodynamic optimization of luge sleds for the U.S. Olympic luge team.

At Clarkson, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, and finite element methods.

Helenbrook holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Notre Dame in mechanical engineering and a master’s and Ph.D. from Princeton University, also in mechanical engineering.

After completing his Ph.D., he was a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University funded by the Applied Strategic Computing Initiative. He was a fellow in the NASA Faculty Fellowship program at NASA Langley in 2002 and at NASA Kennedy in 2005. He also spent a year as a visiting faculty member at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Helenbrook has published 34 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 refereed conference papers, and contributed to 50 conference presentations since his arrival at Clarkson.

His research has been funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, as well as private companies.

Helenbrook provides service to his profession as a member of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as a proposal reviewer on several NSF panels, and as an editorial board member for Atomization & Sprays.  

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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