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03-02-2004

Two Clarkson Professors Granted Tenure And Promoted

Brenton Faber joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1998 as an assistant professor. Before that, Faber spent two years at the University of Saskatchewan as a managerial communications consultant and instructor at the College of Commerce and three years at the University of Utah as a doctoral candidate in the University Writing Program and the Department of English. He received his doctoral degree in English in 1998.

His research interests are in the areas of discourse analysis related to social and technological change and workplace communication. Faber is also interested in communication and organizational change, with a special interest in organizational issues related to nonprofits. He is currently exploring the discursive emergence and stability of nanotechnology within physics and chemistry and contrasting scientific and popular narratives of nanoscience.

Faber has compiled a distinguished publishing record since coming to Clarkson. His book, Community action & organizational change: Image, narrative, identity, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2002. He has contributed a half dozen chapters and articles to edited volumes and has published more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and communications publications, including Technical Communications Quarterly and the Journal of Business and Technical Communications. In 2001, Faber was profiled for research excellence in the Clarkson University President's Report and the Provost's Report.

Faber is also a popular teacher. In 2001, he was named the Clarkson University Outstanding New Teacher and the year before that received Clarkson's Student Life Award. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational communication, professional writing, science writing, and rhetorical theory for business and engineering, among others.

Kenneth Visser joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1998 as an assistant professor. Prior to that, he worked at the Boeing Company where he was involved in the design of the High-Speed Civil Transport and the 767-400ER. From 1991-93, Visser was a national research associate at the Basic Aerodynamics Tunnel at the NASA Langley Research Center where he studied vortex flows and high angle of attack aerodynamics. He received his doctoral degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1991.

His research interests include aerodynamics, vortex dynamics, aircraft design, and renewable energy extraction. Since coming to Clarkson, he has received over $760,000 in external research funding, including an award of $1.8 million given jointly to a team of five Clarkson faculty from the New York State Office of Science, Technology & Academic Research's Center for Environmental Quality Systems.

Major research projects include improving the efficiency of small horizontal-axis wind turbines, aircraft wing design optimization, aerial refueling implications for commercial transports, and drag reduction of tractor-trailers. Visser and a team of students are currently road testing an experimental fuel-saving device that has indicated preliminary savings of approximately one-half-mile-per-gallon, an increase in fuel efficiency of about 10 percent.

His research has been presented at national and international engineering conferences and he has published peer-reviewed articles in Wind Engineering, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, AIAA Journal, and AIAA Journal of Aircraft.

At Clarkson, he is chair of the Aeronautical Engineering Committee, serves on the Clarkson Center for the Environment Steering Committee and is affiliated with the Clarkson Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science.

In addition to teaching aircraft design at Clarkson, Visser has focused on expanding the aeronautical engineering program. He also serves as the faculty co-advisor for the Clarkson AIAA student chapter and advises for the Design, Build and Fly SPEED Team.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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