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01-14-2016

Clarkson University Faculty & Students Play Leading Roles & Win Awards at International Aerosol Research Conference

Clarkson University faculty and students delivered 15 of the 700 presentations -- and a keynote speech -- at the 34th American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) annual meeting.

AAARFour Clarkson faculty members as well as postdoctoral researchers and students attended the annual meeting to present on the importance of airborne particles in industry, health and climate change.

Philip K. Hopke, director of Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson, was a plenary speaker at the conference, speaking on the topic of science and public policy for airborne particles.

Suresh Dhaniyala, professor of mechanical & aeronautical engineering / Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor, was recognized at the meeting for two years of service on the AAAR executive board.

Gautham Sekar, a chemical engineering graduate student working with Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Nakao Shunsuke, won one of the best student poster awards for his research.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Andrea Ferro served as the conference chair, leading the technical program for the conference and advancing new initiatives. Ferro said it was a privilege to serve as the conference chair for this international meeting, as airborne particles play a large role in industry, health and climate change research.

Airborne particles have a strong impact on respiratory and cardiovascular disease, Ferro said. Aerosols also affect climate change because different types of particles can absorb or reflect radiation. She said airborne particles can change the water cycle by seeding cloud droplets as well as by reducing sunlight, which is the energy for evaporation, cloud formation and precipitation.

"Clarkson University has a very strong presence in the aerosol research field," she said. "Clarkson faculty are leaders in many areas of aerosol research, investigating atmospheric processes, developing new aerosol instrumentation, assessing human exposure to particulate pollutants, and advising government agencies on related policies that protect human health and the environment."

AAAR is a nonprofit professional organization for scientists and engineers who wish to promote and communicate technical advances in the field of aerosol research. About 800 people, including 250 students, attended the event in Minneapolis, Minn., this fall.

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.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University Ph.D. student Mark Kanaparthi, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Andrea Ferro, post-doctoral fellow Ishara Hungama Mudalige, and North China Electric Power University Associate Professor Huadong Yang at the AAAR Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., this fall.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/aaar-2015.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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