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New Clarkson University Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. Program Forms Advisory Council

The advisory council for Clarkson University’s new Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. program met for the first time in November.

Through this interdisciplinary program, students gain a depth of knowledge from wide access to faculty mentors in departments across the University. Their goal is to facilitate an understanding of the properties, synthesis and processing of advanced materials.

Topics covered in the program include advanced materials for alternative energy, biomaterials, polymer science and engineering, and more.

One of the strengths of the program is its close association with Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), which for more than 20 years has partnered with both corporate and government sponsors to perform innovative research, and conducted educational efforts on the synthesis and processing of advanced materials of interest to industry.

During its first meeting, the council discussed the new program’s curriculum and its research and strategy.

“For future research fields, we hope to focus on solar energy, biomaterials, and energy storage, including batteries and supercapacitors,” said Director of Materials Science and Engineering Ian I. Suni. “We may also invest in computational materials design, as described in President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative.”

Suni says that research by the program’s students, faculty and graduates could eventually bring about advances like less expensive solar cells, portable biomedical sensors and longer lasting batteries.

The members of the advisory council are:

- Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

- James B. Roberto, associate laboratory director for graduate education and university partnerships, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

- Robert Latiff, chairman, National Materials Advisory Board of the National Academies, and director of the Intelligence and Security Research Center, George Mason University

- Dipak Chowdhury, division vice president and program director Flex Substrates, Corning Inc.

- Sowmya Krishnan, chief executive officer and founder, Semitrac

- Paul Gilman, director of technology, deposition materials, Praxair

- Harry Gibson, professor, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

- Igor Luzinov, professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University

- Charles R. Craig, chair of the Clarkson Board of Trustees academic affairs committee and senior vice president, administration and operations, science and technology, Corning Inc.

- Hon. Lawrence J. Delaney, chair of the Clarkson Board of Trustees research committee, and chairman of the board, Schafer Corp.

Industry leaders that hire Materials Science and Engineering graduates include Intel, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Corning, Lockheed Martin, and Johnson & Johnson.

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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