A Different University for Today and Tomorrow
University campuses all over America fuel ideas. What differentiates Clarkson as
an institution? The know-how to turn ideas into action.
At Clarkson the momentum that leads to ideas going places begins with the
engagement of faculty who value both teaching and research. They are hired not
only for their disciplinary expertise, but also for a deliberate commitment to span
disciplines. Many have industrial experience. Our faculty creates an intellectual
environment that encourages teamwork and research collaboration across the
University, as well as with other institutions and partners around the globe.
That collaborative mindset infuses our student experience and carries
past graduation for Clarkson alumni. While coursework builds relevance for
immediate career opportunities, it is engagement beyond the classroom that
underpins future success. Clarkson students are known to participate with purpose,
choosing to practice leadership, build camaraderie and act on ideas with their
classmates through more than 100 clubs, project teams and sports. They apply
those skills in internships, co-ops, study abroad programs and nowadays new
venture start-ups and independent research pursuits.
In the last two years, the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the Shipley
Center for Innovation have combined to support the formation of more than
start-ups and have another 100 projects in a pipeline of ideas bringing new
technology to commercial stages. In the last year, undergraduate students have also
engaged in more than 540 independent research projects collaborating with faculty,
industry and peers to take on the real problems relevant to world needs.
With well-practiced problem-solving and collaboration skills, students leave
Clarkson highly employable and ready for what’s next. That is why in September
identified Clarkson graduates among 12 schools who earn more than
Harvard students when they graduate and why our alumni help raise the institution’s
reputation through their own rise in positions of influence and leadership.
In a recent survey of Clarkson alumni (p. 10), our graduates underscored the
significance of their overall academic experience and the relationships they developed
with faculty and fellow students as important components of their career success. We
have just launched a renewed strategic planning process to strengthen our core mission,
add bold thinking to our approach and act upon the results of the alumni survey.
We encourage you to engage in the process and help us turn ideas into action at
Clarkson is pleased to be a Creative Core Partner, working with other academic, business, government and community
leaders who share a common vision of promoting this region as a place to find economic opportunity and quality of life.
Michael P. Griffin ’00
Jessica McPherson ’12
Carolyn Orth ’10
Zach Swank ’08
David McKay Wilson
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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY
Clarkson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status in provision of educational
opportunity or employment opportunities. This policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation does not apply to the University’s relationships with outside organizations,
including the federal government, the military, ROTC, and private employers. Clarkson University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or disability in its educational programs and activities,
pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the American Disabilities Act of 1990, respectively.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR
Kelly O. Chezum ’04
Suzanne F. Smith
A greener choice.
UNIVERSITY MARKETING &
VICE PRESIDENT OF
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF
WORLD WIDE WEB
A M e s s a g e f r o m T h e P r e s i d e n t
With well-practiced problem-
solving and collaboration
skills, students leave
Clarkson highly employable
and ready for what’s next.