Clarkson University announces faculty promotions and appointments
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:51 pm

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University has announced promotion and appointment of several faculty members.

• Chunlei Liang has been appointed professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, high-performance computation, computational magnetohydrodynamics, and fluid-structure interaction. Liang has successfully advised eight Ph.D. dissertations and three master of science theses. He has received more than $1.5 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other organizations. Liang was a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2016, a U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award in 2014, the Ralph E. Powe Young Faculty Award in 2012, and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship, among other awards. In 2019, he was also named a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

• Alexander H Cohen has been appointed assistant professor of political science. He previously served as assistant professor, program chair, and associate dean at Ashford University. At Augustana College, he served as visiting assistant professor and manager of the Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainability. He also co-founded and acted as a founding director for the nonprofit Live Lead Free Quad Cities, an organization dedicated to eliminating lead poisoning in the Quad Cities region of Illinois. Cohen's research interests include the role of gender in the profession, the effect of weather patterns on public opinion, and the pedagogy of active learning and teaching through gaming.

• Sofian Audry has been appointed assistant professor of communication, media and design. He received his Ph.D. in humanities from Concordia University, his master of arts in communication from The University of Quebec in Montreal, and both his master of science in computer science and bachelor of science in mathematics and computer science from the University of Montreal. Audry's research interests are in artificial intelligence, artificial life, agent-based art, behavior aesthetics, computational media art, deep learning, machine learning, media art history and robotic art. Through his interdisciplinary practice and research at the crossroads between artificial intelligence and contemporary new media art, he works to develop artistic practices employing artificial agents and behaviors, to design new tools for new media creators, and to critically engage with dimensions of artificial intelligence technologies.

• Pedro L. Fernández-Cabán has been appointed assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. His research interests are in cyber-physical modeling of civil infrastructure performance under wind and other natural hazards; stochastic structural optimization of civil infrastructure; characterization of wind-induced loads on building structures through boundary layer wind tunnel modeling; and behavior of extreme near-surface winds in the tropical cyclone atmospheric boundary layer. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering and master of engineering in civil engineering from the University of Florida, and his bachelor of science in civil engineering from University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

• James Greene has been appointed assistant professor of mathematics. His research interests are in applications of mathematics to biological and medical science; evolution of cancer; drug resistance in chemotherapy; control and optimal control theory; ordinary, partial, and integro- differential equations; applied probability and stochastic processes; systems biology; and synthetic biological circuits. Greene is a member of the Society for Mathematical Biology, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and American Mathematical Society.