Professor Çetin Çetinkaya, a renowned expert in additive manufacturing, is the newly appointed Michael E. ’78 and Janet D. Jesanis Endowed Chair at Clarkson University.
Çetinkaya joined Clarkson as an assistant professor in 1997. He directs the Photo-Acoustic Research Laboratory and co-directs the Center for Metamaterials at Clarkson. Among his numerous professional accolades, Çetinkaya was appointed as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2011.
Çetinkaya’s own work explores a breadth of additive manufacturing centered questions from acoustic monitoring and characterization of mechanical properties of materials to micro-nano-particle work-of-adhesion and motion characteristics of these materials. In addition to his fundamental research efforts, Çetinkaya is the inventor on nine U.S. patents for methods and systems to monitor and characterize materials in additive manufacturing.
“In the world of academic research and as a research mentor to students and colleagues, Çetin Çetinkaya is a graceful superstar. I know I speak for all at Clarkson when I say that his contributions to additive manufacturing and to the University illustrate the best of Clarkson’s mission to apply the knowledge discovered by our faculty and students to solve real-world problems,” said Provost Robyn Hannigan of Çetinkaya’s appointment.
“His research track record is truly impressive and he is clearly a leader in his profession,” said Brian Helenbrook, Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.
Çetinkaya has both a Ph.D. and a master of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Istanbul Technical University.
Professor Çetinkaya is a faculty advisor for the Clarkson Tau Beta Pi chapter. He has served as the advisor for the Clarkson ASME Student chapter. Dr. Çetinkaya also serves as the Primary Investigator for an NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) program (0836640).
The Jesanis Chair was established by a generous donation from Michael E. Jesanis, Clarkson class of 1978, and his wife, Janet D. Jesanis, of Sunapee, N.H., in order to create a prestigious faculty chair and attract individuals representing STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. The Jesanis Chair recognizes Çetinkaya for his scholarly achievements and contributions to his profession and society at large.