Suresh Dhaniyala Named Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor

Professor Suresh Dhaniyala of the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department has been named the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor in recognition of his outstanding research accomplishments.

Professor Dhaniyala’s research is geared towards improving our understanding of the role of aerosol particles on the environment, climate, and human health. In particular, his research activities include: aerosol sensor development, ambient aerosol monitoring, advanced inverse modeling of aerosol sensor data, atmospheric aerosol sampling and measurements from aircraft, and fundamental understanding of particle adhesion to surfaces.

Dhaniyala’s external funding has totaled more than $3.3 million and his current projects are funded by National Science Foundation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, US Army and NASA. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and invited articles and two patents.

Dhaniyala is currently serving as the Secretary of the American Association of Aerosol Research (AAAR) and has previously served as the Director on AAAR’s board. He received his bachelor of technology in Naval Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. Prior to joining Clarkson University in 2002, Dhaniyala was a post-doctoral scholar in Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology.

Prof. Dhaniyala’s dual commitment to research and teaching has been recognized by the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2006. He has also received Clarkson University’s John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award in 2007.

The Professorship, previously held by Professor Philip Hopke, is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Bayard D. and Virginia C. Clarkson. Dr. Clarkson has been a long-time member of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees and the Clarkson’s are Life Members of the Clarkson Roundtable. Dr. Clarkson was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University in 1974 and Virginia C. Clarkson was similarly honored in 1989.