Current Areas of Research


Clean Air

Understanding, monitoring and reducing air pollutants to benefit public health
Goodarz Ahmadi
Suresh Dhaniyala
Sujan Fernando
Andrea Ferro
Tom Holsen
Alan Rossner

Clean Energy

Technical, business and social consideration for sustainable and
resilient power systems and energy infrastructure

Bebonchu Atems
Stephen Bird
Jan DeWaters
Daqing Hou
Lisa Legault
Jie Li
Marcias Martinez
Amir Mousavian
Tom Ortmeyer
Susan Powers
Ken Visser

Advanced Materials

Developing methods for environmental sensing and treatment
Silvana Andreescu
Ruth Baltus
Devon Shipp
Shantanu Sur
Mario Wriedt

Circular Economy

Recovering value from waste products
Stefan Grimberg
Santosh Mahapatra
Marcias Martinez
Sulapha Peethamparan
Susan Powers

Resources and Facilities

  • The Center for Air Resources Science and Engineering (CARES) facility has analytical facilities that houses world-class major instruments for sample analysis, as well as field instrumentation, a computer cluster, wind tunnels, experimental chambers, a clean room and laboratory space specifically designed to support air resources research. This facility is supported by a lab manager to help coordinate equipment needs and train users.
  • Clarkson processes its pre-consumer food waste in a two stage anaerobic digester that is also used for research. A second digester at the Cornell Cooperative Extension farm in Canton, N.Y., which is used for small scale agricultural waste, extends the research capacity to advance understanding and implementation of digestion systems.
  • Clarkson's Smart Housing Project uses real-time energy feedback with motivation to help students reduce energy and water consumption. The research testbed includes two apartment buildings with electricity and water meters at the apartment level. Utility use data are collected every minute for a highly granular data set.
  • Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (BIRE), a subsidiary of Clarkson University, is headquartered in Beacon, N.Y. At BIRE, teams of scientists, engineers, educators and policy experts interact to create new understanding of rivers and estuaries for the benefit of public health, economic development, restoration of ecosystems and quality of life. ISE faculty can access and use the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning's Point State Park on the Hudson River.