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CITEC Names Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing Outstanding Partner

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During the past several years, CITEC and Clarkson / CAMP have partnered to address waste process issues at 18 North Country companies - ultimately saving in disposal costs and improving productivity while finding ways to reuse materials to create value-added products that have previously been destined for landfills. The projects involve research teams from the University, CITEC staff and partnerships between the region's manufacturing companies.

Those partnership efforts between CITEC and Clarkson have not gone unnoticed by New York State's leading economic development and research organizations. Empire State Development's Environmental Services Unit has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding support for the waste reduction projects. Project Manager Brenda Grober from ESD's Environmental Services Unit attended CITEC's annual banquet to offer her congratulations to CAMP. NYSTAR's Director of Programs Kathleen Wise also joined in praising the partnership. NYSTAR provides significant State resources in support of the work performed by both CITEC and CAMP.

Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director S.V. Babu expressed his gratitude for the recognition and looked forward to additional project opportunities. "We at CAMP are delighted and gratified by this CITEC award. The close collaboration between CITEC and CAMP and the results that already followed exemplify the complementary skills and synergistic strengths of these two North Country organizations. My colleagues and I derive immense pleasure in working with the CITEC team, especially Tom Plastino and John Pinkerton, helping strengthen technologically and financially our local companies and contributing to their continued success. CAMP, supported by President Collins, is committed to enhancing this collaborative environment and to deliver benefits to North Country and New York State economies," Babu said.

CITEC Manufacturing & Technology Solutions is a not-for-profit economic development organization that receives significant financial support from the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), New York's high-technology economic development entity, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). CITEC is one of NYSTAR's ten designated Regional Technology Development Centers in the State and one of nearly 400 MEP locations across the country.

 

Clarkson University President Anthony Collins (left) introduces Bozica Matijevic' and Dr. Egon Matijevic', the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science, at the Egon's Day dinner.

Professor Egon Matijevic' Celebrates Fifty Years of Excellence at Clarkson University

For fifty years at Clarkson University, Egon Matijevic', the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science, has been inspiring excellence in the laboratory, the classroom, and in life. As a world-renowned researcher with numerous scientific publications and patents to his name, he has defied convention among his higher education peers and been a leader among the Clarkson faculty to mentor students to span boundaries across disciplines, nations, and cultures in order to link discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Throughout this past year, many exciting and memorable events were carried out in honor of Professor Matijevic'. The year-long celebration culminated in "Egon's Day," which was held in Potsdam on October 18, 2007. It included four lectures. Poet Virginia Clark Clarkson, who received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Clarkson in 1989, read her poetry on the theme of science and humanity dedicated to Egon. Sir John Meurig Thomas, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, gave the presentation titled "The Sons of Genius: Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, and Humphrey Davy." Professor Thomas was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 for services to chemistry and the popularization of science. Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst, Professor Emeritus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, gave a presentation titled "Fascinating Tibetan Painting: Art Seen through the Eyes of a Western Scientist." He received the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work toward the development of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Also Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever, Professor Emeritus of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, spoke about science and technology. In 1973, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with L. Esaki and B.D. Josephson.

On his special day, Professor Matijevic' made an announcement about a gift that he and his wife Bozica would give to Clarkson University. They contributed $100,000 to the "Egon Matijevic' Endowed Scholarship." This Scholarship was first launched in 1988, when a group of his former students started a fund to honor his many years of teaching at Clarkson and to recognize his scholarly contributions to research. His colleagues, friends, and former students have contributed to the endowed fund over the past year bringing its total to nearly $300,000. The scholarship will provide assistance for undergraduates who are pursuing a degree in chemistry and demonstrate financial need.

In addition a second fund, the Matijevic' Endowed Lectureship Series, was started with a $20,000 donation by his colleague Senior University Professor Richard Partch and his wife JoAnne. The money will be used to attract successful Clarkson alumni to visit the campus annually to share with students the value of a Clarkson education in their careers.

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