Clarkson hires new assistant professors
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 3:39 pm

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University has recently added four new assistant professors to the faculty.

Cecilia Martinez has been appointed assistant professor of engineering and management at Clarkson University.

Lisa Legault has been appointed assistant professor of psychology at Clarkson University.

Tyler J. Smith has been appointed assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering at Clarkson University.

Khiem Tran has been appointed assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering at Clarkson University.

Martinez received her B.S. in industrial engineering and her M.Sc. in manufacturing systems, from Monterrey Tech, Mexico. She holds a doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from Monterrey Tech, and another in systems and engineering management from Texas Tech University at Lubbock. She is also certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Martinez worked in private industry before branching into teaching. Her teaching experience includes being an adjunct instructor and designing a business statistics course. She also has developed training material for Six Sigma and served as an instructor for the in-house certification at Siemens VDO.

A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Legault received her bachelor of arts degree in honors psychology, her master of arts in social psychology and quantitative methods, and her doctoral degree in psychology, all from the University of Ottawa.

Before coming to Clarkson she was a visiting scientist at Defence Research and Development Canada in Toronto, where she worked in the effects & influence research group, socio-cognitive systems section, for the Government of Canada. She also spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Toronto Laboratory for Social Neuroscience at the University of Toronto.

She also served as a graduate student professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and a senior research coordinator in the Department of Psychology and Psychoeducation at the University of Quebec in Outaouais.

Smith received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a bio-resources engineering option with honors, his master of science degree in civil engineering, and his doctoral degree in ecology and environmental sciences, all from Montana State University.

Before coming to Clarkson, he was a research assistant at Montana State University, working in the Watershed Analysis Lab. Prior to that, he was a visiting scholar and a research assistant at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he studied Australian watersheds.

He has taught watershed analysis courses and engineering hydrology. He also has co-written articles in professional journals and made many presentations about his area of research.

Tran received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the National University of Civil Engineering in Hanoi, Vietnam, and his master of science and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

Before coming to Clarkson, Tran was a postdoctoral associate with the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida.