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Kathleen Issen

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Associate Professor
Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

207 CAMP
Clarkson University
PO Box 5725
Potsdam, NY 13699-5725

T: 315-268-3880 Fax: 315-268-6438
E-mail: issenka@clarkson.edu

Educational Background:
Ph.D., Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University,2000
M.S., Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University, 1997
B.S., General Engineering, University of Illinois, 1983

Research Interests:
Dr Issen’s research interests fall within the field of solid mechanics, and include: Constitutive modeling of natural and manufactured heterogeneous and/or anisotropic materials.

Investigation of bifurcation phenomena and instability problems. Current work focuses on porous materials, such as sandstone, metal foam and bone. Investigation of the onset and propagation of localized deformation is of particular interest. Theoretical, experimental and computational approaches are applied to develop a fundamental understanding of the deformation behaviors of each material individually and of porous materials in general.

Research Goals:
Establish connections between material microstructure and macrostructural behavior and express these connections in constitutive models.

Seek a unifying theory to predict the localized deformation observed in various porous, but otherwise dissimilar, materials.

Dr. Issen is also interested in promoting, organizing and sponsoring undergraduate research, and regularly advises undergraduate researchers from the following programs: Clarkson University Honors, McNair Scholars, and NSF REU.

Honors:

  • Outstanding Advisor Award, Clarkson University, 2005.
  • Teaching Excellence, Clarkson University School of Engineering, Spring 2005.
  • NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics and Materials, Tuition Scholarship, 2004.
  • Teaching Excellence, Clarkson University School of Engineering, Fall/Spring 2004.
  • Outstanding New Teacher Award, Clarkson University, 2003.
  • Teaching Excellence, Clarkson University School of Engineering, Spring 2003.
  • NSF CMS Workshop for the Advancement and Retention of Underrepresented and Minority
    Engineering Educators, 2003.
  • Teaching Excellence, Clarkson University School of Engineering, Fall 2002.
  • ASME Minority Leadership Program Internship, 2001-2002.
  • Fellow, Outdoor Women’s Leadership Seminar (Engineering Information Foundation
    sponsored), 2001-2003.
  • Engineering Education Scholars Program (NSF sponsored), University of New Hampshire, 2000.
  • GE Faculty of the Future Internship, Northwestern University, 1999-2000.
  • Walter P. Murphy Fellowship in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University,
    1997-1998.
  • Abbott Laboratories Annual Team Exposition: Showcases top performing teams during National
    Quality Month, 1996 (team leader).
  • Abbott Laboratories Annual Team Exposition: Showcases top performing teams during National
    Quality Month, 1995 (team leader).
  • Abbott Laboratories Chairman's Award for excellence in teaching Team Problem Solving, 1994.
  • Abbott Laboratories Chairman's Award for outstanding achievement in implementing a
    corporate-wide computerized maintenance management system, 1990.
  • Abbott Laboratories Engineering Management Leadership Program: Develops young engineers
    with strong management potential, 1990.


Selected Publications:


Issen KA, and V Challa, “Strain Localization Conditions in Porous Rock under Axisymmetric Loading,” Geological Society of London Special Publications , in press, 2005.

Issen KA, TP Casey, DM Dixon, MC Richards and JP Ingraham, “Characterization and Modeling of Localized Compaction in Aluminum Foam,” Scripta Materialia , in press, 2005.

Challa V and KA Issen, “Conditions for Localized Compaction of Porous Granular Materials,” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 130, No. 9 , pp. 1089-1097, September 2004.

Issen KA, “The Influence of Constitutive Models on Localization Conditions for Porous Rock,” Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 69 , pp. 1891-1906, 2002.

Issen KA and JW Rudnicki, “Theory of Compaction Bands in Porous Rock,” Physics and Chemistry of Earth, Part A, Vol. 26 , pp. 95-100, 2001.

Issen KA and JW Rudnicki, “Conditions for Compaction Bands in Porous Rock,” Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 105, No. B9 , pp. 21529-21536, 2000.

Bekker A, LC Brinson and K Issen, “Localized and Diffuse Thermoinduced Phase Transformation in 1D Shape Memory Alloys,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 9, No. 5 , pp. 355-365, 1998.