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11-19-2007

Clarkson University Prof. Philip Hopke Honored for Outstanding Achievements in Chemometrics

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Chemometrics, which is a subfield of chemistry that focuses on the extraction of information from chemical data, drives research in many areas of science and engineering, including, but not limited to, drug discovery, genomics, and proteomics. Because chemometrics has become a crucial enabling technology, the EAS established this annual award to honor its truly outstanding practitioners. Cosponsored by Eigenvector Research Inc., a major manufacturer of chemometrics software, the award was presented at the EAS Symposium in Somerset, N.J.hopke-eas-2007

Phil Hopke was selected as the recipient of this award because of his pioneering efforts in solving the source apportionment problem for airborne particulate matter in environmental chemistry, said Award Session Chair Barry K. Lavine of Oklahoma State University, formerly a colleague of Hopke's at Clarkson. "During the past 30 years, Phil Hopke has devoted his efforts and those of his research group to the development of new mathematical techniques to extract information from multi-way data. Positive matrix factorization and the multilinear engine, which was developed in Phil Hopke's research group in the 1990s, has revolutionized the field of airborne receptor modeling."

Each year, a panel of experts in the field of chemometrics convenes to select the award winner. Nominations are solicited from the scientific community and candidates from Europe, North and South America, and Southeast Asia are vetted. The award is international in scope and the premiere award in the field.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins introduced Hopke at the award ceremony, saying, "As mentioned by his colleague, Dr. Cliff Spiegelman, Dr. Hopke is not only a great scientist but a humanitarian, having devoted much of his recent time to sharing his knowledge of aerosol behavior with organizations in developing countries with the goal of improving their environment. His qualities make him a remarkable faculty member, one who is recognized both on and off campus for his commitment to the concept of a teacher-scholar."

Last month, Hopke was appointed to the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particulate Matter Panel, and named an AAAS fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition is held each year to provide professional scientists and students continuing education in the analytical and allied sciences through the presentation of symposia of papers, workshops, and short courses.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty members achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo Caption: Philip K. Hopke (right), the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science (CARES) at Clarkson University, is presented with the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) Award for Outstanding Achievements in Chemometrics by 2007 EAS President Robert Geise (center). Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) introduced Hopke at the award ceremony. (photo courtesy of EAS)

[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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