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06-28-2012

AECOM & Clarkson University Expand Academic Alliance to Include Construction Engineering Management

Clarkson University and AECOM Technology Corporation have announced an expansion of their academic alliance with a $60,000 commitment by AECOM in support of the Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program at Clarkson.

In response to growing demand, Clarkson is expanding its CEM program, an innovative program that addresses the design, planning, construction, and management of infrastructures such as highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, buildings, pipelines, dams, and utilities.

CEM students learn both the design aspects and construction project management functions, making them unique professionals who are proficient in skills traditionally practiced by both civil engineers and construction managers.

To assist with the program’s expansion, Clarkson has established a CEM advisory board consisting of industry partners. The board’s main goal is to provide a unique forum for interaction between industry peers and Clarkson administrators and faculty to ensure an industry-relevant education for CEM students. With its support, AECOM becomes the inaugural member of the advisory board.

“Academic alliances with institutions such as Clarkson help us achieve AECOM’s mission of creating, enhancing, and sustaining the world’s built, natural, and social environments,” said Joe Pulicare (Clarkson class of ‘78), executive vice president, Americas Transportation, AECOM. “Ensuring that the CEM program continues to produce graduates able to tackle the challenges of modern engineering is of great value to both Clarkson and AECOM.”

“We are particularly gratified by AECOM’s support of CEM since it builds on our existing academic alliance,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins. “CEM courses have been taught at Clarkson for more than 30 years, but we’ve seen a four-fold increase in students focusing on this area in the last five years.”

The academic alliance, announced in November, also includes a graduate research fellowship with a focus on wastewater treatment and reuse, as well as support for the Clarkson chapter of Engineers without Borders and its water purification project in Ecuador.

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves.

AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 130 countries and had revenue of $8.2 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2012. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[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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