Clarkson University appoints new assistant professors
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 3:31 pm

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University has recently appointed four more assistant professors. Parisa Mirbod and Byron D. Erath have been appointed to the mechanical and aeronautical engineering department, and Paul J.G. Goulet and He (Helen) Dong have been appointed to the chemistry & biomolecular science department.

Parisa Mirbod received her bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with distinction from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran, her master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sistan & Baluchestan in Iran, and her doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the City University of New York-Graduate Center.

Before coming to Clarkson, Mirbod was a postdoctoral research associate at the Benjamin Levich Institute, City University of New York. Her research interests focus on bio-fluid mechanics, multiphase flow and flow through porous media, as well as developing innovative, economical and sustainable energy.

Mirbod has co-written articles for professional journals and made academic presentations along with speaking at invited talks.

Byron D. Erath earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and his master of science and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

Before coming to Clarkson, he was a post-doctoral scientist at the George Washington University where his research position focused on developing physics-based fluid mechanics models of voiced speech. While he was at GWU, he was also an instructor for mechanical and aerospace engineering courses.

His research interests include unsteady fluid mechanics and fluid-structure interactions with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of pathological human speech.

Erath has lectured extensively on the engineering aspects of human speech, presenting his work at refereed conferences, seminars and invited talks. He has also authored 11 refereed journal articles. Additionally, he has served as a reviewer for various manuscripts and abstracts.

Paul J.G. Goulet received both his honours bachelor of science degree and doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario.

Before coming to Clarkson, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University in Montreal, where he worked on the synthesis, characterization, and application of metallic nanoparticles. His other research interests include plasmonic sensing, molecular spectroscopy, biolabeling and biosensing, and semiconductor nanoparticles.

As a graduate student researcher at the University of Windsor, Goulet worked on a wide variety of projects centered upon the development and application of surface-enhanced spectroscopies. At the same time, he was a teaching assistant, responsible for introductory and advanced-level chemistry laboratories and tutorials.

Goulet has co-written numerous articles in professional journals.

He (Helen) Dong received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry and master of science degree in analytical chemistry from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and her doctoral degree in organic chemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Before coming to Clarkson, she was a postdoctoral researcher with the University of California at Berkley, where part of her work involved developing functional hybrid biomolecular materials for therapeutic delivery. Prior to that, she did postdoctoral research with the Department of Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta.

While at Rice University, she received the John L. Margrave Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award from the Department of Chemistry.

Dong has regularly participated in scientific conferences and is an invited journal reviewer for several publications. She also has co-written numerous articles in journals as well as a textbook chapter.