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06-20-2009

Liya Regel Donates Six Artworks to Clarkson University

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Liya L. Regel, Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering at Clarkson University, has donated to the University six artworks that she had created. These consist of two triptychs, titled "Symphony of Colors" and "Beauty of Opals," and are now hanging in the new Technology Advancement Center building. The presentation and unveiling took place on May 9 at the Board of Trustees pre-commencement reception for the new honorary degree recipients and other honored guests.Regel

Symphony of Colors" consists of three paintings, "Eternal Life," "Cacophony," and "Rhapsody of Colors." The three works in "Beauty of Opals" are all titled "Opals Inspiration." The paintings contain mixed media with gold dust, precious and semiprecious gems. Some were created using a single-hair brush. These innovative techniques and materials place Regel’s work in a unique genre of contemporary art.

Professor 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 audiences worldwide. 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 music, accompanied by hypnotic colorful images.

Associated with both the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Regel is a highly innovative materials scientist and has been recognized by the international scientific community with numerous awards from organizations around the world.

Among her significant achievements are many successful experiments in space. A patent holder for breakthrough methods for diamond-film disposition, Regel is known for her pioneering research on conversion of graphite to diamonds, materials processing in giant centrifuges, and high-energy heavy-ion implantation.

Educated in her native Russia, Regel holds that country’s highest academic recognition, the Doctor of Sciences, in addition to a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics. She was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by Clarkson in 2002 and by Alabama A&M University in 2006.

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.

Photo caption: Liya L. Regel, Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering at Clarkson University, has donated to the University six artworks that she had created. The presentation and unveiling took place on May 9 at the Board of Trustees pre-commencement reception for the new honorary degree recipients and other honored guests.

[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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