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Daniel Valentine Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Daniel T. Valentine has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of mechanical & aeronautical engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.

Daniel T. ValentineValentine’s expertise is in fluid mechanics. His areas of interest include the computational analysis and related design problems associated with fluid flow and heat transport in advanced welding processes, with nonlinear waves in density stratified fluids, with rotating flows in cylindrical mixing devices and in pipes, with fluid-structure interaction of civil and offshore structures and with marine propulsion devices.  

His research is aimed at understanding fluid mechanical phenomena related to enhancing the practice of engineering. These include investigations of nonlinear water waves, rotational effects in heat and fluid flow, swimming and flying in nature and unsteady-flows in fluids engineering. The applications of primary interest include fluid-structure interaction of civil structures, advanced materials processing and design of marine propulsion devices.

Early in his career, Valentine conducted research in the development of computational design technology and designed marine propulsion devices for the U.S. Navy at the David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center (DTNSRDC), the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology, and at Hydrodynamics Research Associates (HRA) Inc. He was a co-founder of HRA and a member of its board of directors for more than 10 years. After earning his Ph.D. degree, he embarked on an academic career at Clarkson University. During this time he had a sabbatical leave fellowship at DTNSRDC and was a senior scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University.

Valentine has published 122 archival works, including seven edited books and proceedings, four authored books, 32 archival papers, six archival reports, 42 refereed conference papers, 23 technical reports and eight computer code user manuals. One of his books, Essential MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists -- now in a fifth edition published by Elsevier -- has sold more than 5,000 copies within the last two years. It was recently translated into Chinese and Korean.

Valentine organizes the Ocean Engineering Symposium held at the annual OMAE Conference of the Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division (OOAE) of ASME International. This symposium brings more than100 authors each year. He also organized two honorary symposia within OMAE conference series to honor John V. Wehausen and Theodore Y. T. Wu.

A special issue of the Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering featured the key papers of the Wehausen Symposium and a book of 50 papers presented at the Wu Symposium was published by World Scientific. For his first paper on the simulation of welding processes published with A. Bahrami and D. K. Aidun in the Welding Journal, Valentine co-earned the McKay-Helm Award from the American Welding Society.

Valentine's research has been funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

He provides service to his profession as a member of the extended executive committee of the OOAE Division of ASME International, as chair of the ocean engineering committee of OOAE Division and as an editor. He was associate editor of the Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering for 10 years and the Journal of Aerospace Engineering for three years. He has been editor of the refereed Proceedings of OE Symposium of OOAE Division since 2001 and was the OOAE Division Chair.

Valentine holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University, a master of science degree in gas dynamics from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics from the Catholic University of America. His doctoral dissertation was on gravity currents upstream of a buoyant inflow in an open-channel flow.
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