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02-04-2008

Clarkson's Neithalath Receives $400K NSF CAREER Award

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The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.Neithalath

Neithalath's CAREER award proposal, "Linking pore structure, performance, and material design of a sustainable macroporous concrete for multifunctional applications," deals with a special class of concrete called enhanced porosity concrete (or pervious concrete), which is gaining rapid prominence in sustainable construction because of its ability to control storm water runoff and reduce tire-pavement interaction noise.

The project proposed by Neithalath investigates the influence of the material design on the pore structure and performance of pervious concretes, and is expected to provide performance-based design methodologies, and novel test methods for these types of concretes.

Neithalath has been a member of the Clarkson faculty since 2005. Prior to that he was a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University, specializing in civil engineering materials. He also has also worked in the cement and chemical admixture industry.

Neithalath has published extensively, including 23 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and 30 papers in international conferences. He was awarded a Portland Cement Association fellowship in 2003 for his novel work on pervious concretes for highway noise reduction applications. He also received a best paper award from the International Society of Concrete Pavements for a publication in this area.

Other funding for his research comes from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), the New York State Department for Economic Development and private companies.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[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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