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David Morrison to be Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering David J. Morrison 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.

David J. MorrisonMorrison began his career at Clarkson in 1989 as assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and was promoted to associate professor in 1995. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in metallurgy, solid mechanics, manufacturing, and dynamics. Over the years, he has advised or co-advised five doctoral and 27 master's students. He was awarded the Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Teaching Award and the Outstanding Advisor Award, as well as being recognized numerous times by the Coulter School of Engineering for teaching excellence.

“I have especially enjoyed working with undergraduate and graduate students in the mechanical testing laboratories and collaborating with mechanical and aeronautical engineering colleagues on research projects,” he says.

His interests include manufacturing processes, fracture mechanics, cyclic plasticity, fatigue crack initiation and growth, microstructural characterization of materials, radiation effects, surface film effects on bulk mechanical properties, ion implantation, welding processes, metal foams, stress corrosion cracking, and hydrogen embrittlement.

In recommending Morrison as professor emeritus, Professor Daryush K. Aidun, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department chair, wrote that he “has always been an excellent mentor, an excellent teacher, and an excellent researcher.” He added that Morrison, who served as chair of the MAE Graduate Committee, provided rules and regulations to the graduate program that “significantly improved” the M.E., M.S. & Ph.D. degree programs.

His service to the University includes directing MAE Department undergraduate student recruitment efforts for 10 years; directing MAE Department graduate program for four years; co-chairing the Clarkson University Library Task Force for four years; and chairing the Clarkson University Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee for three years.

Morrison received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan. He received an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Colorado, and a master of science degree in metallurgy from Michigan State University. He received his bachelor of science degree in engineering mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

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