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Helenbrook Named Paynter-Krigman Professor in Engineering Science Simulation at Clarkson University

Clarkson University Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Brian T. Helenbrook has been named the Paynter-Krigman Professor in Engineering Science Simulation in Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Brian T. HelenbrookThe Paynter-Krigman Professorship in Engineering Science Simulation was established through a generous bequest by the late Alan Krigman, who received his master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson in 1963. The professorship honors Henry Paynter, a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Krigman received his undergraduate degree. Known worldwide as the inventor of bond graphs, Paynter was Krigman's adviser.

Helenbrook’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. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, and finite element methods.

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, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.  

He 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 leaving Clarkson, Alan Krigman worked at Battelle Memorial Institute, and then served as editor of Instruments & Control Systems, a trade magazine in Philadelphia, and also consulted for Instrumentation Technology and Combustion Engineering. After leaving Combustion Engineering, Krigman moved to an inner city neighborhood in Philadelphia and bought several rental properties, starting the real estate management company KRF Management. Krigman also owned Icon/Information Concepts, a business-service newsletter that offered statistical analysis services to developers and others in determining the edge and volatility of existing and proposed games and variations.  

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 the health professions, 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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