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05-14-2006

Clarkson University Professors Raghunathan Rengaswamy and Igor Sokolov Receive Graham Faculty Research Award

[A photo of Rengaswamy receiving his award is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/rrengaswamy.jpg]

Created in 1974 by the family of the late John W. Graham Jr., president of Clarkson University from 1966 - 1974, this $1,500 award is presented annually to a faculty member showing promise in engineering, management, liberal studies or scientific research.Raghunathan Rengaswamy

Rengaswamy earned a bachelor of science degree from IIT Madras, India, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Indiana. His research interests are in the areas of fuel cells, process systems engineering and systems biology. He joined the faculty of Clarkson in 2002. The courses he teaches at Clarkson include Chemical Process Calculations and Senior Capstone Design.

Rengaswamy has published several refereed journal and conference papers and delivered invited lectures in universities and industry. Five doctoral and 11 master's students have graduated under his supervision. Four doctoral students are currently working under his guidance. He has been a consultant to companies such as ABB and Invensys, India.

The "Young Engineer Award" for the year 2000 was awarded to Rengaswamy by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). The award is given to recognize outstanding engineers under the age of 32. He guided a BS project "Qualitative Simulation in Process Engineering" that won an award for being one of the most innovative thesis at the bachelor's level (all disciplines) awarded by INAE. A paper co-authored by Rengaswamy on fault diagnosis was awarded the CAST Directors Award for the Best Poster Presentation at the AICHE annual meeting in 2000. News articles about his work have also been published in R&D Newsletters. He has been a keynote speaker at international conferences and has been awarded the Best Paper Prize in its category by the International Federation of Automatic Control journal Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence for the years 2002-2005.

Sokolov joined the faculty of Clarkson in 2000 as an assistant professor of Physics and Chemistry. He received a doctoral degree from D.I. Mendeleev Metrology Institute in Russia and completed his postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto. The courses he teaches at Clarkson include Astrophysics, Math Methods in Physics, Modern Physics, Molecular Forces and Interfaces, Quantum Physics, Optics and Theory of Fluids.

Research interests pursued by Sokolov are in the areas of Biological Physics, Advanced Materials, and Atomic Force Microscopy. The focus of this research is on the aging of human cells, self-assembly of nanostructured functional colloids, and self healing materials. His work on aging cells was highlighted on the front page of the May 2004 issue of APS News magazine, in newspapers in nine countries, and several magazines. Sokolov currently is a leading Co-Principle Investigator on a $2 million grant to study self-healing materials. He has 85 refereed publications, one U.S. patent, and seven U.S. and one international patents pending. He has delivered 63 invited lectures, seminars, conference presentations and participated in 41 conferences with contributed presentations.

[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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