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04-25-2013

Environmental Engineering Honor Society Established at Clarkson University

A Tau Chi Alpha Environmental Engineering Honor Society has been established at Clarkson University, creating the third active chapter in the United States.

Tau Chi Alpha Inductees (left to right) Bradley Kelsey, Karen Dawson, Nichole Baldwin, Trisha Dupnock, Katharine Angel, Kristin Darby, Jessica Hernandez, Sabra Warren, Chelsea Fanara, Jared Smith, Danielle Singer, Prof. Stefan Grimberg, Chuan Tang, Michael Jahne, Heidi Lemieux, Jared Best, and Prof. Susan Powers."With the growth of environmental engineering undergraduate degree programs in the United States over the past 15 years, high-performing students have been looking for similar recognition common to traditional degree programs -- for example, chemical, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering -- all of which have national honor societies," says Prof. Stefan J. Grimberg, chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Richard Pope of Malcolm Pirnie, the Water Division of ARCADIS, conducted the inaugural ceremony for the chapter and also presented a lecture on odor control in wastewater treatment plants.

Inductees consist of juniors, seniors, and graduate students in the top one-third of their class, as well as environmental engineering faculty nominees.

The inductees are:

Juniors Kristin E. Darby (civil engineering and environmental engineering) of Williston, Vt., Karen M. Dawson (political science, chemical engineering, and environmental engineering) of Voorheesville, N.Y., and Trisha L. Dupnock (chemistry and environmental engineering) of Binghamton, N.Y.

Seniors Katharine A. Angel (environmental engineering) of Troy, N.Y., Jared L. Best (environmental engineering) of Hague, N.Y., Chelsea A. Fanara (environmental engineering) of Snyder, N.Y., Jessica C. Hernandez (environmental engineering) of Candor, N.Y., Bradley R. Kelsey of Selden, N.Y., Heidi E. Lemieux (environmental engineering) of Georgia, Vt., Danielle C. Singer (environmental engineering) of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Jared D. Smith (environmental engineering) of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Sabra M. Warren (chemical engineering and environmental engineering) of Bloomfield, N.Y.

Graduate students Nichole M. Baldwin (environmental science & engineering M.S.) of Greenfield Center, N.Y., Michael A. Jahne (environmental science & engineering Ph.D.) of Cambridge, N.Y., and Chuan Tang (environmental science & engineering M.S.) of Guiyang, Guizhou, China.

Faculty members Prof. Stefan J. Grimberg, chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Prof. Susan E. Powers, the Jean '79 and Robert '79 Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems and associate director for sustainability in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. 

The officers-elect for next year are Trisha Dupnock as president, Karen Dawson as secretary, and Kristin Darby as treasurer.

A Tau Chi Alpha chapter at Clarkson University allows for environmental engineering students to be recognized for their educational and service related accomplishments within the field of environmental engineering. Graduate students who have completed one semester at Clarkson University and have shown a clear contribution to the field of environmental engineering are also deemed eligible for induction.

Along with student inductions, environmental engineering faculty are eligible for induction in order to foster an interaction between environmental engineering professionals and students at Clarkson University. Benefits to the students who are initiated include increased networking with professionals, other students, and alumni, and also a society to discuss current environmental engineering technologies.

The national chapter of Tau Chi Alpha was incorporated 1998 and is administrated and supported by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

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.

Photo caption: A Tau Chi Alpha Environmental Engineering Honor Society has been established at Clarkson University. Inductees are (left to right) Bradley Kelsey, Karen Dawson, Nichole Baldwin, Trisha Dupnock, Katharine Angel, Kristin Darby, Jessica Hernandez, Sabra Warren, Chelsea Fanara, Jared Smith, Danielle Singer, Prof. Stefan Grimberg, Chuan Tang, Michael Jahne, Heidi Lemieux, Jared Best, and Prof. Susan Powers.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/tau-chi-alpha.jpg .]

[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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