Clarkson University
President’s Report
Clarkson President
Appointed to State
In November, N.Y. State Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo appointed
Clarkson President Tony Collins to
a state commission to investigate
the response, preparation and
management of New York's power
utility companies.
The Commission has been
tasked to undertake a thorough
review of all actions taken by
the power companies before and
after hurricanes Sandy and Irene,
and make specific recommendations to reform and
modernize oversight, regulation and management of
New York's power delivery services.
Clarkson’s influence in the world continues to grow thanks to:
Our successful research collaborations
with industry and academic partnerships around the world.
Innovative educational initiatives,
including interdisciplinary majors, integrated distance learning
opportunities and the development of programs that anticipate evolving career trends.
New graduates launching careers
in technology companies around the globe or starting their own
promising enterprises.
Commitment to technology transfer,
which provides a pipeline to commercialization for break-
through technology and systems developed in Clarkson laboratories.
Engagement in the regional and state economy
through technology transfer, community service
and a commitment to job creation in the North Country.
The extraordinary success of our alumni
as corporate leaders and technology innovators.
New Academic Leadership
Last spring, former Carnegie Mellon senior leader and
Fellow at the White House Charles E. “Chuck” Thorpe
was named the senior vice president and provost at
At the White House, Thorpe served as an
ASME Fellow and assistant director for advanced
manufacturing and robotics in the Office of Science
and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of
the President. From 2004 to 2010, Thorpe was
the founding dean and CEO of Carnegie Mellon
University in Doha, Qatar. Prior to that, he served
as director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie
Mellon, overseeing approximately 40 faculty, 100
Ph.D. students, and 40 million dollar a year sponsored
research budget, and was the founding head of its
robotics master's program.
A surge in applications.
The charter class of Master of Science in Physician
Assistant Studies (MSPAS) students (Class of 2014) had their White Coat
Ceremony last June, marking their transition from classroom to clinical studies.
MSPAS is a 28-month long program and each entering class is composed of
approximately 20 students. For the Class of 2015, which entered in January
2013, the program received 180 applicants. For the upcoming Class of 2016,
the MSPAS program has received more than 600 applications to date.
#1 in the Nation
Internships ranking, U.S. News & World Report 2013
#2 in the Nation
ROTC Service, Washington Monthly 2012
Top 12 in the Nation
Online Graduate Business Programs, U.S. News &
World Report 2013
One of 12
Universities whose new graduates earn more than
Harvard’s, ABC News and PayScale 2012
Top 15 in the Nation
Entrepreneurship program ranking, The Princeton
Review and Entrepreneur magazine 2013
#16 in the Nation
Supply Chain Management program ranking, U.S.
News & World Report, America’s Best Colleges 2013
#34 in the Nation
“Great Schools at Great Prices”
list, U.S. News &
World Report 2013
#35 in the Nation
Environmental Engineering graduate program ranking,
U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Graduate
Schools 2013
Best Engineering
Among the best undergraduate engineering programs
in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, America’s
Best Colleges 2013
Top-Ranked Military-Friendly
Among the nation’s most military friendly schools,
Victory Media 2013
Driving Economic Development
$270 Million Impact
According to a Commission on Independent Colleges
and Universities, Clarkson provides an economic
impact of more than $270 million to the regional
North Country economy through its institutional
operations and jobs related to supporting student
services and commercialization of research.
$193.4 Million for the North Country
President Tony Collins takes Clarkson’s impact
on the economy a step further by co-chairing the
North Country Regional Economic Development
Council, one of the regional councils established in
2011 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The program
empowers communities to develop strategic economic
development plans tailored to their region’s unique
strengths and resources. In 2012, the North Country
Council received $90.2 million for 82 projects, while
in 2011 it received $103.2 million.
NSF Recognizes Clarkson Professor with
To meet the electric energy needs of the future while reducing
carbon emissions requires new technologies and electric energy
generated from renewable sources. The “Smart Grid” is an
electrical energy system that integrates renewable energy generated
from the wind and the sun. But these energy sources can be
unpredictable and highly variable.
“Renewable generation depends on the weather and on the
location; however, we have to supply the energy to end users second
to second without disruption,” says Assistant Professor of Electrical
& Computer Engineering Lei Wu. “So the challenge is balancing the
generation with the demand when the generation is uncertain.”
Wu is working to remove the uncertainty from smart energy
grid systems by developing mathematical models and control
strategies to supply the energy load constantly and economically
with high-penetration renewable generation.
In January, he received a Faculty Early Career Development
(CAREER) Award from the NSF for his research in stochastic
multiple time-scale co-optimized resource planning of future
power systems with renewable generation, demand response and
energy storage.
A year earlier, in 2012, Wu received a Smart Planet Award
from IBM to develop coursework based on his research to educate
the next generation of industry leaders to use the technology.
Developing Technology Leaders
The new M.S. in Engineering Management is a hybrid
program of online and in-person courses taught by
Clarkson faculty and industry experts at Clarkson’s
subsidiary The Beacon Institute located in the Hudson
Valley. The 30-credit, two-year program is designed for
working professionals in the region, NYC metro area and
Capital District. The program builds on the University’s
expertise in developing technology leaders who succeed
in today’s high-tech business environments.
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