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12-19-2008

Clarkson University's Regel Named Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering

Professor Liya L. Regel has been named Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering at Clarkson University. Regel is associated with both the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This recognition was recommended enthusiastically by the Coulter School of Engineering Dean's Leadership Council and by unanimous resolution from the University Board of Trustees.

Born and educated in Russia, Regel holds that country's highest academic degree, the doctor of science, in physics and mathematics, in addition to a Ph.D. in physics and mathematical sciences (solid state physics). Since 1991, Regel has served as the director of Clarkson's International Center for Gravity Material Science and Applications. She has directed 21 Ph.D. theses and 33 M.S. theses to completion, and is a member of Clarkson's Million Dollar Club in acknowledgment of more than $2.5 million in funding for her research while at Clarkson.

The international scientific community has recognized Regel as a highly innovative materials scientist. Among the many honors and awards bestowed upon her, she was elected a member of the prestigious International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and is the first materials scientist to receive IAA's Basic Science Achievement Award and its Basic Science Best Book Award. She received an honorary doctor of science degree from Clarkson in 2002 and an honorary doctor of science from Alabama A&M University in 2006.

Among her significant achievements are many successful experiments in space. Regel pioneered research on materials processing in giant centrifuges, high-energy heavy-ion implantation, fabrication of optical wave guides, and conversion of graphite to diamond at low temperature and pressure.

She has published more than 270 scientific papers, and is author and co-author of 12 monographs and proceedings published in France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. She has been an assiduous ambassador for Clarkson by presenting numerous keynote addresses, plenary lectures and invited papers at national and international scientific meetings, universities, companies, and government agencies around the world. She has held many leadership roles in scientific organizations and organized numerous conferences and sessions, many of these at Clarkson.

In addition to her numerous academic achievements, Regel is an accomplished artist, pianist and creative author. Her art is in private collections in Canada, France, Israel, Italy, Russia, and the United States, and on public display in the U.S., including Clarkson's library. While she chose to pursue physics over concert piano in her university studies, she continues to compose music and improvise at the piano for delighted audiences around the world. She also writes fascinating short stories and evocative poems. Recently she has given inspired lectures that include not only her science, but also her art, poetry, and sounds of her music accompanied by hypnotic colorful images.

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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