Ian Knack has been appointed assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University.
He received his bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson.
From 2011 to 2013, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Clarkson, where he conducts research on mathematical modeling of stream dynamics and riparian systems. He also develops models for evaluating the effectiveness of river restoration projects and their effects on stream dynamics and fish habitat. River dynamics in ice-prone regions is one of his main research interests. In the future, he would like to investigate the interplay of climate change, river ice processes, stream dynamics, and ecology.
Knack taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Clarkson for the past five years and worked as a teaching assistant for two years prior to that. His teaching experience included introductory engineering courses, applied engineering courses, and graduate courses in water resources engineering.
He has been a co-advisor to graduate students and served as Track Club faculty advisor, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity faculty advisor, and CU Connect Mentor.
He has written for a wide range of professional publications and peer-reviewed journals in addition to making presentations and conferences and seminars.
Among his honors and awards are: Best Student Paper Prize, IAHR 21st International Symposium on Ice, Dalian, China, June 2012; Teaching Excellence Recognition, Coulter School of Engineering, Clarkson University, Spring 2011, 2012; Teaching Excellence Recognition, Coulter School of Engineering, Clarkson University, Spring 2012; and George A. Grey Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University, 2005.
Knack’s professional affiliations include the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research; American Society of Civil Engineers; Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society; and Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society.