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James Kane to be Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering James H. Kane will be named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 122nd Commencement on May 9. He will be honored for more than 25 years of exemplary service to the University.

James H. KaneEarly in his career, Kane performed sponsored research in computational stress, acoustic, and thermal analysis of continuum solids, attracting close to $1 million in financial support from National Science Foundation, NASA, United Technologies and others. Toward mid-career, he performed development activities related to the use of computers for instruction in science and engineering. His work in that area was sponsored by General Motors, EDS, United Technologies, as well as by textbook publishers.

“It was a great experience,” he says of his years at Clarkson. “I was blessed to be in a great department. The faculty are wonderful, and the new faculty are truly outstanding.”

Kane was assistant professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts before he joined the faculty at Clarkson in 1989 as associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering.

Over the years, he taught statics, dynamics, strength of materials, mechanical vibrations, thermodynamics, mechanical design, design optimization, elasticity, finite element analysis, and boundary element analysis. In 2005, he stepped forward to teach capstone senior mechanical design courses.

“It was a heavy load that I asked him to take on, with hands-on projects to 150 seniors,” notes Professor Daryush K. Aidun, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department chair. “It was so rewarding to see Dr. Kane in the machine/wood shop working with his students.”

In addition to his classroom instruction, Kane wrote 42 articles in professional journals and is the author of “Boundary Element Analysis, in Engineering Continuum Mechanics.” He also co-edited two academic books.

Now he and his wife Angela have a head start on retirement, having relocated to sunny Arizona. They live close to their son and daughter, who run a thriving software company. They're enjoying time with their grandchildren, and Kane is actively pursuing his woodworking hobby.

“I've already flunked retirement, though,” he reports. “I'm an adjunct professor in the Mathematics Division of Paradise Valley Community College in Scottsdale. It's just 1.7 miles from our house.”

Kane received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He pursued his bachelor of science and master of science degrees, both in mechanical engineering, from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

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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