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Renowned Fluid Mechanics Scholar Andreas Acrivos Is Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

[A photograph of Dr. Acrivos receiving his degree is available at]

Potsdam, New York - Dr. Andreas “Andy” Acrivos, Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science and Engineering at the City College of the City University of New York and Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University’s 112th Commencement in Potsdam, New York, on Sunday, May 8.

The degree was awarded for Acrivos’ profound contributions to the field of suspension rheology, a discipline of relevance to problems in physiology as well as in energy production and transport and for his distinguished university career, spanning nearly 50 years. acrivos2

Dr. Acrivos is considered a pioneer in the field of Fluid Mechanics and has received numerous awards from professional societies including the Colburn, Professional Progress, and Lewis Awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society; and the Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology. He has also received two Guggenheim Fellowships and seven honorary degrees. Acrivos is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. On the eve of his 74th birthday, Dr. Acrivos was honored with the 2001 National Medal of Science from President Bush.

Contributions made to the field of Fluid Mechanics by Acrivos include some 200 scientific articles, primarily in the field of suspension rheology, which is of relevance to problems in physiology as well as in energy production and transport. He served as the editor of The Physics of Fluids from 1982-1997, and is credited with transforming it into one of the two top journals in Fluid Mechanics on an international scale. In the role of mentor during his teaching and research tenure, Acrivos was the principal Ph.D. thesis advisor for 45 students, a number of whom have already achieved international recognition, such as election to the U.S. Academy of Sciences or the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, e.g. A.S. Grove (NAE, Semiconductor Technology), R.E. Davis (NAS, Oceanography), L.G. Leal (NAE, Fluid Mechanics), W.B. Russel (NAE, Colloids) and J.F. Brady (Rheology).

Acrivos earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1950 and his Ph.D., also in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Minnesota in 1954. He then joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley. In 1962 Acrivos became a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University. He retired from that position in 1988. That same year Acrivos was appointed the Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering at the City College of the City University of New York and director of its Benjamin Levich Institute, a post from which he retired in 2000. He resides on the Stanford campus with his wife of 49 years, Juana Vivo Acrivos, professor emerita of Chemistry at the California State University in San Jose.

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