Robert L. Clark, dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. He will be honored at a ceremony during the AAAS annual meeting on Feb. 19 in Washington D.C.
Clark was chosen for his "distinguished contributions to research on dynamic systems and controls, acoustics, and more recently nanoscience and nanoengineered materials," according to his official citation.
Clark is an expert in the sciences of acoustics and in bionanomanufacturing. One of the foremost goals of his recent research is to enable an industry in producing nano-scale materials and devices for biomedical applications. His work has led to more than 130 journal publications and earned him awards including the Lindsey Award of the Acoustical Society of America, the National Science Foundation Career Program Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the NASA Group Achievement Award. He is a fellow of both the Acoustical Society of America and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Before coming to the University of Rochester in 2008, Clark served as Dean at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, and prior to that served as Senior Associate Dean for six years. He joined Duke's faculty in 1992 after earning his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
This year 503 scientists were elected AAAS fellows in disciplines as varied as medicine, astronomy, and linguistics.