Clarkson University Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Sitaraman Krishnan has received the Tau Beta Pi Faculty Award for the second time.
Tau Beta Pi’s New York Theta Chapter at Clarkson University presents this award annually to a faculty member who has embodied and instilled in students the ideals of integrity and excellence in engineering.
Krishnan’s nomination for the award by current chapter members additionally noted his "dedication to students and increasing the knowledge base they receive beyond the basics required for any specific course."
Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. The New York Theta Chapter was established in 1941 and has initiated 3,726 members since then.
Krishnan joined Clarkson in 2007. He has taught more than 800 students in several undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical and materials engineering, served as the thesis advisor of 19 graduate students, and mentored 45 undergraduate researchers.
His research interests are in the science and engineering of advanced materials prepared using polymers. Krishnan’s external research funding has totaled more than $2.8 million, and he has authored or co-authored 67 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and patents.
Krishnan's students have won the Clarkson Ignite program’s President’s Challenge and Undergraduate Research competition awards, the Tau Beta Pi Scholarship, and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
He is a recipient of Clarkson's Omega Chi Epsilon Teacher of the Year Award and the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award.
Krishnan earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai. Prior to Clarkson, he was a postdoctoral researcher and a research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University.