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05-08-2015

Partch Represents Clarkson University Internationally

Richard E. Partch, senior university professor with Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), represents the University around the globe.

Richard E. PartchHis most recent journey was at the end of April, when he presented his short course on particle surface modification techniques at both the University of Jordan in Amman and the University of Science and Technology at Irbid. He also was keynote speaker at the International Conference on Advanced Materials at the University of Jordan, an event attended by more than 200 professional engineers and scientists.

“While in Amman, I met with University of Jordan President Ekhlei Tarawneh and Dean of Scientific Research Abeer Al Bawab to renew an exchange memorandum of agreement with Clarkson,” Partch notes.

The meeting with Al Bawab counts as a mini Clarkson reunion because she earned her master of science degree in chemistry from Clarkson in 1996 and her Ph.D. in applied physical chemistry from Clarkson in 1997.

In 2014, she was named to the Women in Science Hall of Fame by the U.S. Embassy in Jordan. That October, she visited Potsdam to present the third Egon Matijevic Lecture and spoke about the positive impact her education at Clarkson has had on her career. She mentioned “the huge connection scientists have (and should have) through teaching, research and collaboration and, above all, through interaction.”

Throughout his 50 years on the faculty at Clarkson, Partch has embodied that spirit of collaboration and interaction. He's as likely to be working with students, teens, manufacturers or elder hostel participants as he is traveling to sharing his knowledge on cutting-edge technology.

Partch logs many miles as a national tour speaker for the American Chemical Society as well. This past September, he made presentations to more than 300 professionals at three ACS section meetings in Hartford and New Haven, Conn., and in Charlotte, N.C., where he discussed treatment for commonly overdosed chemicals.

He has received excellence in teaching awards, and has been selected as a Rotary Foundation Fellow, a National Academy of Science Research Fellow and a NATO Workshop presenter. A highly successful researcher, Partch has been inducted into Clarkson's Multi-Million Dollar Club. In 2014, he was presented the Thomas H. Plastino Distinguished Service Award from the Council for International Trade, Technology, Education and Communication in Potsdam.

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.

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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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