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06-13-2002

Clarkson Receives National Recognition For Team Projects

Clarkson University’s award-winning SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) Program, which challenges more than 250 students each year to participate and compete in engineering design competitions, has once again gained national recognition.

The Corporate and Foundation Alliance (CFA) has honored the SPEED program for its “exemplary effort to improve teaching and learning in undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.”

“Through the numerous awards SPEED and our other team-based programs have received, one clear message can be heard: namely, that Clarkson is simply the best at creating highly effective, hands-on learning opportunities for our students,” said Clarkson President Denny Brown.

Recipients of this prestigious award must be nominated by CFA members. Clarkson was nominated by The Boeing Company, which also honored SPEED with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award for its exceptional contribution to improving undergraduate engineering education.

“Clarkson’s project-based learning teams are a model for other universities,” added Brown. “Our real-world projects cover all disciplines and include business, engineering, science and computing. The excellence of Clarkson’s education is clearly recognized in the accolades received by programs like SPEED, Students in Free Enterprise, Venture@MooreHouse and the Open Source Institute.”

The CFA is composed of 38 corporations and foundations that support undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The group represents some of America’s most influential organizations, including Microsoft, Exxon Mobil, the General Electric Fund, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Boeing. CFA’s Recognition Program is designed to identify and showcase innovation in undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Educational programs are judged on results, sustainability, their potential to be replicated or adapted, and the ability to increase their effectiveness over time.

Established in 1996 by the National Science Foundation, CFA serves as a forum for identifying strategies and innovations that have the greatest potential for preparing scientists, engineers and technicians for the 21st century workplace. For more information, see http://www.cfalliance.org.

This year, SPEED is one of only two programs recognized by the CFA as exemplary. The other is Purdue University’s Engineering Projects in Community Service. Clarkson's SPEED projects involve engineering design and analysis, fabrication, and the enhancement of professional competencies such as budget management, effective teamwork and communication skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from Alcoa, Corning, Eastman Kodak, the General Electric Fund, and Procter & Gamble. For more information, see http://www.clarkson.edu/speed.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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