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07-21-2016

Clarkson University's Baltus Invited to Be Mentor at Gordon Research Seminar on Membrane Science

Clarkson University Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Ruth E. Baltus has been invited to serve as a mentor at the upcoming Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Membranes: Materials & Processes to be held at Colby Sawyer College July 30 to 31.

Ruth BaltusThe GRS will be held in conjunction with a Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Membranes: Materials & Processes scheduled to immediately follow the GRS (July 31 to Aug. 5). The GRC promotes discussions and the free exchange of ideas among researchers working at the frontiers of membrane science and technology.  

The GRS is organized by young investigators and provides a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other early career scientists to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas focused on membrane materials and processes -- selective barriers that are used to separate components in a mixture.

The organizers have invited two leaders in the field to serve as mentors during the GRS, one of whom is Baltus. She will give a short presentation, "From Discs to Rods and the Tortuous Path Between," in which she will talk about some of the research she has undertaken during her career as well as provide career advice for attendees.

Baltus is recognized as one of the leaders in the field of membrane science. Her scholarly work has involved both theoretical and experimental studies of membrane separations, as well as experimental investigations of room temperature ionic liquids.

She has authored numerous technical publications and given presentations throughout the United States and around the world. She has mentored seven Ph.D., 17 master's and many undergraduate research students over the course of her career.

Baltus joined the Clarkson University faculty in 1983, after receiving her master's and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. She was a visiting research fellow at the General Electric Corporate Research & Development Labs in Schenectady, N.Y., and a faculty research participant at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She is a recipient of the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator Award and Clarkson’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and she was honored with the St. Lawrence American Association of University Women (AAUW) Agent of Change Award in 2014.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

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[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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