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Clarkson University Alumnus to Deliver Inaugural Matijevic Lecture

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Clarkson University alumnus Terry A. Ring, professor and chair of chemical and fuels engineering at the University of Utah, will deliver the Inaugural Egon Matijevic Lecture on Friday, October 1.

Ring’s lecture, which will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Science Center Room 360, is titled "What is a Clarkson education good for?" and will focus onClarkson University Alumnus to Deliver Inaugural Matijevic Lecture the impact his education at Clarkson has had on his successful international career. Light refreshments will be served at 4 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ring will also discuss his experiences both as a student at Clarkson, the University of California at Berkeley, and Cambridge University, and in the real world, including positions at Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical, MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

The presentation is the first in a lectureship series endowed by Clarkson Professor Richard Partch and his wife, JoAnne, in recognition of Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science Egon Matijevic’s outstanding teaching and research with Clarkson students for more than 50 years, and his internationally recognized achievements in colloid and surface chemistry.

Ring was born in Batavia, N.Y., studied at several universities in the United States and England and became an educator who has taught and done research in the U.S., China, Japan and Europe. His teaching ranges from colloidal chemistry and chemical engineering to materials science and engineering, with an emphasis on fundamentals and process modeling.

He received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1972. He went on to receive a master of science in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, a master of science in physical chemistry from Clarkson, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Cambridge University (England).

Ring has published more than 125 journal articles in the areas of colloids and ceramics processing and nano-particle synthesis and one book, Fundamentals of Ceramic Powder Synthesis and Processing.

In 1988, he founded the Powder Technology Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Ring is also chairman of the board of directors of the Council for Chemical Research of the American Chemical Society, the interface between industry, the society and the nation.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Richard Partch at 315-268-2351 or

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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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