Prof. Martin Heintzelman with Adirondack semester students.
(l-r) Tiyi Brewster, Geordin Soucie, Brittany Rodriguez, Heintzelman,
Elizabeth Hartz and Teaching Assistant Gerlinde Wolf.
Photo: Connie Prickett, The Nature Conservancy.
Honors and Recognition
EE Major Receives Engineering Scholarship
Electrical engineering major Andrew Klem ’13 is one of six recipients
of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power
& Energy Society (PES) John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award.
The scholarship recognizes promising undergraduate students who
are pursuing careers in the power engineering field. Klem, who will
graduate in December with an emphasis in transmission and power
delivery, wants to help solve the nation’s energy issues in his career.
EPA Supports Student’s Research
Erin Corrigan ’14, an environmental science & policy major, has
received a $48,900 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship
from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Corrigan is one of 39 undergraduate students nationwide to
receive the fellowship, which recognizes promising students and
is designed to encourage careers in the environmental sciences.
She will be placed at an EPA research location this summer for
an internship and will also complete a research project before she
graduates next year.
The Adirondack Semester
The six-million-acre Adirondack Park is a living experiment
in sustainability where nature, people and policy have come
together in the largest protected area in the contiguous
As such, it provides a unique learning laboratory for
environmentalists, scientists and policymakers to balance
the competing interests of protected wildlife, small town
communities, and seasonal recreation enthusiasts.
Launched in fall 2012, the Adirondack Semester is
a 15-credit semester exchange program that provides
undergraduates across the country with a unique, fully
immersive opportunity to learn about these diverse
economic, environmental and social issues. Based in
Saranac Lake, courses are taught by Clarkson faculty with
expertise in environmental science, government policy and
economics who are also engaged in research activities that
involve the Adirondack region.
New Graduate and Executive Education
Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology
The new Ph.D. program builds on the University’s strengths in the
biological sciences and technology. It is designed to train the next
generation of scientists for the careers in the rapidly expanding field
Students have the option of specializing in one of four
interdisciplinary subfields: molecular bioscience and biotechnology;
biomedical sciences and neuroscience; computational biology and
bioinformatics; and ecology, evolution and environment.
Engineering Management Master’s Program
Developed in partnership with industry leaders, a new 30-credit
master’s program in Engineering Management is designed to
meet the growing demand for technology leaders for today’s
multifunctional high-tech business environments.
Designed for working professionals, the hybrid program
includes online and in-person courses taught by Clarkson faculty
at the Beacon Institute. [See p. 5]
INITIATIVES & INNOVATION
Erin Corrigan ’14
Universities whose new
graduates earn more than
Harvard’s. — ABC News
and PayScale 2012
One of 12
James Laing, Ph.D. candidate
Environmental Science and Engineering
uring the Cold War, nuclear weapons testing
in the Arctic by the Soviet Union raised concerns
about radiation drifting southward and affecting parts
of northern Europe. So, each week from 1964 to
2010, the Finnish Meteorological Institute collected
weekly air samples in Kevo, 40 kilometers south of
the Norwegian border. An ongoing collaboration
with Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor
of Chemistry Philip K. Hopke brought the massive
stockpile of air filters to Clarkson.
Ph.D. candidate James Laing is working with
Hopke to analyze the chemical composition of
particles found in the 2,300 woven glass filters.
“We have analytical techniques that allow us to
determine the chemical composition of the particles
trapped in the filters so we are able to identify different
sources of air pollution,” says Laing.
These include anthropogenic sources such as
coal burning, oil combustion and different industrial
activities, as well as natural sources including sea
salt particles and dust.
Among the findings: A steady decline in the
amount of lead in the air over the 47-year period. “This
corresponds to the bans European countries imposed
on leaded gasoline,” Laing says.
Further analyses also reveal a drop in
concentrations of black carbon and heavy metals
around the same time that the Soviet Union collapsed
and metal processing facilities shut down.
When the project is finished, global climate
change modelers will have a more complete picture of
the air near the Arctic Circle over the last 50 years.
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