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11-06-2008

Two Clarkson University Students Win National Research Poster Contest

Clarkson University graduate students Sasikala Manthena and Guan Zhao were both recipients of prizes from the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) for poster presentations of their research projects at the AAAR annual meeting.

This is the first year that the AAAR has held the poster contest. The awards were given at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place in Orlando in October. After the judges reviewed approximately 200 posters covering a wide range of topic areas, they chose 10 students as recipients based on technical merit and communication effectiveness, two of whom were Clarkson students.

Manthena, a civil engineering graduate student from India, won with her poster, titled "Estimation of PM Exposure from Human Activities on Real Floorings." She worked under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Andrea Ferro.

Zhao, a mechanical engineering graduate student from China, won with his poster, titled "High Flow Rate Aerodynamic Lens System," and worked under Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Suresh Dhaniyala and Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor Philip Hopke.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[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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