Paulette Clancy

Samuel and Diane Bodman Professor of Chemical Engineering, R.F. Smith School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and the Director of the Cornell Institute for Computational Science and Engineering

 

Paulette Clancy is the Samuel and Diane Bodman Professor of Chemical Engineering, R.F. Smith School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and the Director of the Cornell Institute for Computational Science and Engineering.  She served two terms as the William C. Hooey Director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University from 2002- 2010. She was the first female Director of the School and the first woman to chair an Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at Cornell. A native of London, England, she graduated with First Class Honors from London University and received a D. Phil in Chemistry from Oxford University in Physical Chemistry. After post-doctoral research at Cornell and at London University, she joined the faculty at Cornell in 1987.

 

Professor Clancy’s Kaplan award will build on her past involvement in creative service-learning projects to continue a Sciencenter collaboration that exposes middle-schoolers in the Sciencenter’s Future Science Leaders program (FSL) to the joys of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE).  Reaching this cohort is critical since this is the age when young girls, in particular, need to be encouraged to learn about programming and computational skills.   She plans to develop a game that explains how solar cells turn sunlight into electricity and learn how they can design better materials to make that process more efficient. This service-learning project will be sustained by its integration into an underclass Cornell course (EngrI 1510/Chem 1510) that will engage freshmen and sophomores to help the FSL students to learn about the computational aspects of STEM in a fun learning experience.