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05-08-2010

Clarkson University Professor Narayanan Neithalath Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

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Narayanan Neithalath, an associate professor of civil & environmental engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the University’s 117th commencement ceremony today.Professor Narayanan Neithalath Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

Neithalath has been a faculty member at Clarkson University since fall of 2005. He obtained his Ph.D. from Purdue University, specializing in cement-based materials. His research expertise is in the development, characterization, performance evaluation, and modeling of cement-based materials.

His research projects primarily focus on developing and understanding the behavior of sustainable construction materials for the built environment. His group at Clarkson is actively pursuing research on understanding the material design-structure-property relationships for pervious concrete pavement systems used for runoff reduction and highway noise abatement, developing environmentally friendly concretes that do not contain any portland cement, novel sensing methods for concrete property detection, and the use of several industrial waste/by-product materials in high-performance concretes.

Neithalath was awarded a Portland Cement Association fellowship for his work with pervious concrete systems. A concrete material developed by his group at Clarkson containing waste recycled glass powder as a partial cement replacement material is being used in the construction of the University’s new student center.

Neithalath has published more than 35 papers in refereed journal publications and over 50 in conference and symposia proceedings. Two of his publications have received the best paper awards from International Society of Concrete Pavements and Indian Society for Construction Materials and Structures. He is a member of the editorial board for the journal Cement and Concrete Composites (an Elsevier journal) and an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.

He has secured external research funding totaling about $1.5 million from agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York State Department of Economic Development, and several other funding agencies and industries.

Neithalath was the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2008.

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: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) presents the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award to Narayanan Neithalath.

[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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