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01-24-2011

Clarkson University’s Yapa Receives Award for Exemplary Service to Nation During Deepwater Horizon Crisis


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Clarkson University Civil & Environmental Engineering Prof. Poojitha Yapa has been honored by the United States government for his work during last year’s Deepwater Horizon crisis.yapa-usgs

Yapa recently received the Director’s Award from the U.S. Geological survey of the Department of the Interior for "exemplary service to the nation" during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire.

During the Deepwater incident, USGS Director Marcia K. McNutt served as chair of the National Incident Command Flow Rate Technical Group,

In a letter commending Yapa, McNutt, said, "Under difficult circumstances, you and the other team members set your personal and professional lives aside to tackle these challenges... Your answers and insights helped guide important decisions and made a very real and positive difference during the response to this unprecedented oil spill event. The nation was privileged to have a cadre of such dedicated government, academic and independent scientists to call upon during this disaster."

A computer model developed by Yapa was used to predict the flow of oil and natural gas released into the Gulf of Mexico. He advised officials based on his insight into the problem and simulations using his Comprehensive Deepwater Oil and Gas (CDOG) blowout model to predict where the natural gas and oil released by the explosion might end up.

Yapa and Clarkson are heavily involved in other deepwater-related work, particularly with gas and hydrate related work in deepwater. Yapa is recognized worldwide as a major expert on modeling oil and gas released in deepwater.

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 Civil & Environmental Engineering Prof. Poojitha Yapa (left) received the Director’s Award from the U.S. Geological survey of the Department of the Interior for exemplary service to the nation during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire. Here, Yapa is congratulated by Civil & Environmental Engineering Chair Stefan J. Grimberg (center) and Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Dean Goodarz Ahmadi.

[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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