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10-04-2007

Goodarz Ahmadi Named Dean of Clarkson University's Coulter School of Engineering

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It gives me great pleasure to announce that Goodarz Ahmadi will assume the duties of dean of Engineering, said Young. "He has served with distinction as dean on an interim basis for the past two years, and he is well poised and the very best person to take the Coulter School to the next level of excellence. I am certain Dean Ahmadi will provide all aspects of the leadership sought for the Coulter School and that he will continue to serve as an outstanding role model for students and faculty alike."ahmadi

As dean of the Coulter School of Engineering, Ahmadi will head an administrative team for the school that will include the associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies, the associate dean for Academic Programs, and the chairs of the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.

Ahmadi has served the University in numerous capacities since he joined the Clarkson engineering faculty in 1982. Among other posts, he has held the position of vice provost for Research, associate dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies, and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. He also has served as co-director of the Clarkson Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science and has been a board member for the Center for Advanced Materials Processing.

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. And in 2004, 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.

His research interests include multiphase and granular flows, particle and fiber adhesion and removal, aerosols, and turbulence modeling. His research has been supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, NASA, Corning, IBM, Xerox, Dura and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation for over $5 million in the last 10 years.

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 held numerous positions at Shiraz University in Iran, including dean of Engineering.

[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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