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Lehigh alumni honored by Clarkson University

Two distinguished Lehigh alumni were recently lauded by Clarkson University of Potsdam, NY, for their contributions to their fields of endeavor.

Mark Sarkisian '85G, director of seismic and structural engineering in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 120th Commencement on Saturday, May 11. His career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for more than 100 major building projects around the world, including the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai,i the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the Al Hamra Fidrous Tower in Kuwait City, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California.

At Clarkson’s commencement, another Lehigh alumnus Sitaraman Krishnan ‘03 Ph.D, recently minted associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Clarkson, was awarded the school’s John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award. Krishnan's research interests are in the science and engineering of novel materials, focusing on nanostructured and stimulus-responsive polymer-based materials. After graduating from Lehigh University with a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, he served as a postdoctoral researcher and a research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, and joined Clarkson's faculty in 2007.

Both Sarkisian and Krishnan were recognized during the ceremony by a third Lehigh alumnus -- Tony Collins '73G '82 Ph.D., the president of Clarkson University.

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Mark Sarkisian '85G

Mark Sarkisian '85G received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 120th Commencement.

Sitaraman Krishnan ‘03 Ph.D

Clarkson associate professor and Sitaraman Krishnan '03 Ph.D (right) was the winner of the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award. The award was presented by university President and Lehigh alum Tony Collins'73 G, '82 Ph.D. (left)