The Clarkson University educational experience is
designed to provide talented and ambitious students
with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve
positions of leadership within their chosen profession.
The combination of Clarkson’s strong technologically
rich curricula and state-of-the-art teaching and research
facilities, coupled with an unparalleled commitment
to a friendly learning environment and to students’
personal development, uniquely prepares Clarkson
graduates to excel in their chosen professions and to
lead rewarding and creative lives.
In addition to attaining mastery of the core knowledge
within his or her field, a Clarkson education is designed
to enable students to:
solve real-world, open-ended problems with
creativity and risk taking to obtain solutions that
are practical and sustainable, including those they
encounter in state-of-the-art research under the
direction of distinguished faculty;
develop and refine exceptional communication skills
with an awareness of potential cultural differences;
lead effectively and work productively within
disciplinary and multidisciplinary teams composed
of members with diverse interests and backgrounds;
excel in using computing and information
learn through instruction and guidance by
nationally recognized faculty whose commitment
to both teaching and research has made Clarkson
a nationally ranked university.
A Clarkson student’s education is greatly enhanced by
a personal and friendly learning environment, within
a small, residential, nationally recognized University,
places students at the center of the educational
process and where all employees have a commitment
to creating an environment that contributes positively
to students’ overall educational experience;
draws undergraduates, graduate students, faculty
and staff together into a cohesive and stimulating
learning community, wherein an atmosphere of
scholarship and spirit of research is cultivated;
uses our campus as a living laboratory to improve
learning, and uses the wider region to broaden
and extend Clarkson’s outreach and service;
provides personal advising and interaction with
faculty and staff as well as supportive relationships
among students;
offers many leadership opportunities through
co-curricular groups and activities;
respects and learns from its community of diverse
people, backgrounds and cultures.
Together, these provide a unique educational experience
that is directed toward developing the whole person.
Vision of a
Clarkson Education
President’s Report
Lawrence J. Delaney ’57
Board Chair
Bayard D. Clarkson Sr.,
Hon. ’74
Distinguished Vice Chair
Nancy D. Reyda ’81
Vice Chair
Jean E. Spence ’79
Vice Chair
Clarkson University
Board of Trustees
Carolyn A. Brandsema ’80
Vice President
737 Engineering
The Boeing Company
John M. Brilbeck ’68
President (Ret.)
Southern Heat Exchanger
Robert A. Campbell ’61
CEO, Asia Pacific Region
Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu
Amy E. Castronova ’04
President & CEO
Novatek Communications Inc.
Bayard D. Clarkson Jr., M.D.
Private Practitioner
Bayard D. Clarkson Sr., M.D.,
Hon. ’74
Memorial Sloan-Kettering
 Cancer Center
John D. Correnti ’69
Chairman & CEO
Steel Development Co. LLC
Jason R. Currie ’94
Managing Director
Conundrum Capital Corp.
Lawrence J. Delaney ’57
Executive Vice President
Operations (Ret.)
Titan Corporation
Mark Dzwonczyk
President & CEO
Nicholville Telephone Co.
Elizabeth A. Fessenden ’77,
Hon. ’00
Fessenden Associates LLC
Anthony G. Collins
Jody A. Markopoulos ’93
James D. Fish ’79
Kelly O. Chezum ’04
Assistant Secretary
Judith J. Foster
Northern NewYork Advocate
Robert K. Goldman ’79
Global Executive Sponsor
Richard R. Griffith ’69
President & CEO
Sturges Manufacturing Co.
William F. Helmer ’56, P ’85
Helmer-Cronin Construction
Michael E. Jesanis ’78, P ’11
President & CEO (Former)
National Grid USA
John B. Johnson Jr., Hon. ’01
Editor & Co-Publisher
Watertown Daily Times
DiannaM.Jones Herrmann ’85
Professional Development
McKinsey & Company
Earl “Skip” R. Lewis ’66
Chairman, President & CEO
FLIR Systems Inc.
Carl B. Mack, Hon. ’10
Executive Director
National Society of Black
Jody A. Markopoulos ’93
President & CEO
GE Intelligent Platforms
Kevin T. Parker ’81
President & CEO (Former)
Deltek Inc.
y goal is to end cancer. I hope I can.”
Marty LaFleur is already on his way. The Honors student
and biomolecular science major has spent three years in the lab
researching cancer.
“We don’t say ‘cure cancer’ anymore, because that hasn’t
happened. Chemotherapy and radiation kill lots of cancer cells,
but not all of them,” he says. “And those cells that resist treatment
start growing again and the cancer comes back.”
Working with faculty mentors Richard Partch (Chemistry
& Biomolecular Science) and Craig Woodworth (Biology), he’s
developed a process that uses nanoparticles, the tiny substances
thousands of times smaller than a speck of dust. LaFleur attaches
a drug that targets tumors to nanoparticles made of gold. The idea
is that the drug kills all the cancer cells it can, but those that resist
the treatment now have a nanoscopic piece of gold in them.
“That’s when the nanoparticle is irradiatedwith a laser.We expect
the gold to heat up and the change in temperature will kill the cancer cell.”
It’s called photothermal therapy and, by using nanoparticles,
it decreases the potential for harm that traditional cancer
treatments can have on the patient’s healthy cells. More time
in the lab is needed and some hurdles remain, but LaFleur’s
research on the cellular level could lead to a breakthrough.
LaFleur credits Clarkson for letting students get into the
lab to conduct research near the beginning — not the end — of
their academic careers.
His work on cancer started the summer after his first year at
Clarkson, as a student inThe Clarkson School, the University’s
early entrance college program. LaFleur worked in Chemistry &
Biomolecular Science Professor Costel Darie’s lab investigating
potential serum biomarkers for prostate cancer and the effects of
tumor differentiation factor.
The next summer, he was one of 24 students across the
nation selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate
Research Fellowship program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center in New York City. Last year, he was honored with a
Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious award in the nation for
undergraduates in the sciences and engineering.
He is set to graduate this spring. “I want to go into
immunology,” he says. “The human immune system is amazing.
It's far more powerful than anything I can create.”
Marty LaFleur ’13 came to Clarkson with a curious, open mind and a lot of
potential. He credits the opportunities and faculty mentors he has had at
Clarkson with helping him realize this potential as well as pursue his passion.
Timothy P. Pettee, P ’11
Chief Investment Officer
SunAmerica Asset
Management Corp.
JamesW. Ransom ’88
Director of Integrated
Resource Management Dept.
Mohawk Council of
Nancy D. Reyda ’81
Managing Director
Global Technology
Deutsche Bank
Stephen D. Ryan ’87
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley
Frank R. Schmeler ’64,
P ’91, ’93
Chairman (Ret.)
Albany International Corp.
Raymond L. Skowyra Jr.,
P ’11
Technology Business
Strategy Consultant
Summit Associates
Jean E. Spence ’79
Executive Vice President
Research, Development &
Mondelez International
James F. Wood ’64
President, CEO & Chairman
of the Board
ThermoEnergy Corporation
Mary Kay Woods ’82
Partner (Ret.)
Robert R. Ziek ’78
ZSource Ltd.
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