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08-29-2014

Clarkson University Receives Support from Qualcomm

Qualcomm Incorporated has awarded Clarkson University a $15,000 grant to purchase a commercial grade 3D printer. The printer, to be housed in the Student Prototyping Machine Shop, will be utilized by 300 students majoring in various engineering disciplines, many of whom are involved with the Students Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) Program.

Fram Akiki '86, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; Casey Godzyk ’15; Clarkson Vice Provost for Research William Jemison; Clarkson President Tony Collins; and Amanda Clapper ’15.SPEED team project opportunities originate from national engineering design competitions and require multidisciplinary contributions from students majoring in engineering, business, science, and liberal arts.

The commercialized printer will help students design, conceptualize, and build test components for such SPEED projects as FIRST Robotics, Formula SAE, and the Zero-Emission Snowmobile.

“We are extremely thankful to Qualcomm for its commitment to Clarkson University,” said Robert J. Davis, director of the SPEED Program. “Qualcomm’s continued generous support provides Clarkson students, specifically the members of the various SPEED teams, with the hands-on experience they need to begin their careers ready to make a positive impact for their employer.”

The SPEED program provides hands-on project-based team learning experiences to all undergraduate students. Students solve open-ended problems and gain essential communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

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 the health professions, 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: Qualcomm Incorporated has awarded Clarkson University a $15,000 grant to purchase a commercial grade 3D printer. Above, Fram Akiki '86, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; Casey Godzyk ’15; Clarkson Vice Provost for Research William Jemison; Clarkson President Tony Collins; and Amanda Clapper ’15.

[A photograph for media use is available http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/qualcomm-2014.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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