POTSDAM -- Thomas C. Young was named provost emeritus and Frederick M. Carlson was named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 120th commencement recently.
Young was honored for 36 years of service to the University.
Young joined Clarkson in 1977, serving as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1999 to 2004, before becoming associate dean for academic programs in the Coulter School of Engineering.
In 2005 he was named provost and chief academic officer, a position that he held until 2012. In this role he established numerous procedures that aid in the operation of the university.
Young taught more than 20 different courses and generations of undergraduate students for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Coulter School of Engineering.
In addition, he advised more than 30 master's and Ph.D. students through completion of their degrees. He also served on the tenure, promotions, standing review and academic integrity committees and the faculty senate and administrative council.
Young’s research funding earned him a charter membership in Clarkson’s Million Dollar Club. He twice received the MHW Soft Excellence in Engineering Education Award and was a two-time recipient of the Coulter School of Engineering’s Albert D. Merrill Award.
He has prepared more than 175 professional presentations and 100 peer-reviewed articles and technical publications.
In recognition of his scholarly achievement he has received the Chandler-Misener Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research.
His professional service contributions included leadership positions on the Great Lakes Research Consortium, the Adirondack Research Consortium, the Syracuse Center of Excellence and the International Association for Sediment-Water Science.
Young received his bachelor of arts degree in zoology/fisheries biology and his master of science in sanitary engineering from the University of Missouri, and his doctoral degree in limnology from Michigan State University.
Associate professor Frederick M. Carlson was named professor emeritus. Carlson was honored for 38 years of service to the University.
A committed teacher, Carlson educated several generations of undergraduates, developing courses that introduced students to finite element methodology and new analytical software and engineering applications.
He is a recipient of the Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Teaching Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teaching Award.
He also guided six master of engineering, seven master of science and five doctoral candidates through their studies.
From 1985 to 1988, Carlson served as the executive officer of what was then called the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering.
He was advisor to the student sections of ASHRAE, ASME, and Mini Indy, which he founded.
He was also a recipient of the ASME Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award and a two-time recipient of the Clarkson Outstanding Advisor Award.
Carlson’s work was one of the reasons that Clarkson University was selected by NASA to head up the NASA/Crystal Growth Consortium.
Carlson’s research funding earned him membership in Clarkson’s Million Dollar Club.
Carlson received his bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut and is a professional engineer in the State of New York.