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04-20-2004

Goodarz Ahmadi Named Associate Dean Of Research And Graduate Studies At Coulter School Of Engineering

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Clarkson University Dean of Engineering S.S. Venkata announced today that Goodarz Ahmadi of Potsdam, Clarkson Distinguished Professor of Engineering, has been appointed associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, effective April 1.

"I am pleased that Goodarz Ahmadi has agreed to accept this leadership position. He will play a major role in enhancing academic excellence at Clarkson," said Venkata.

As associate dean for Research and Graduate studies, Ahmadi will be part of an administrative team for the School of Engineering, which also includes the dean, the associate dean for Academic Programs, and the department chairs. He will coordinate research and graduate study efforts at the school and will assist in faculty mentoring.

Ahmadi joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1982. He is the co-director of the Clarkson Center for Air Resources Goodarz AhmadiEngineering and Science and a board member of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing. He has also served the University in numerous capacities, including chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (1991-94).

In 2001, Ahmadi was the first professor to be awarded the title of “Clarkson Distinguished Professor,” which recognizes tenured professors whose accomplishments well exceed the requirements for promotion to the rank of full professor.

Last year, Ahmadi was honored with the Robert R. Hill ’48 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. The professorship was established through a $1 million endowment created from a generous gift from Robert and Mildred Hill and matching funds.

Ahmadi is internationally known for his numerous engineering and scientific research contributions and has authored two books and over 400 technical publications in archival journals. He also has made more than 500 presentations at national and international technical meetings and has given more than 100 invited talks and short courses at other institutions.

His research interests include multiphase and granular flows, particle and fiber adhesion and removal, aerosols, micro-contamination control, turbulence modeling, stability of fluid motions, continuum mechanics, nonlinear random vibrations and earthquake engineering. His research has been supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation, NASA, Corning, IBM, Xerox, Dura and the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research for over $4 million in the last 10 years.

Ahmadi is currently working on DOE and NASA-funded projects developing a new technique for modeling turbulent flows of dense and dilute, solid-gas or liquid mixtures with application to coal transport and processing, spray formation, and hot-gas filtration.

He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Tehran University in Iran, a master's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue. Prior to his tenure at Clarkson, he was dean of Engineering at Shiraz University in Iran.

[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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