Finding Your Authentic Self
In this episode of the Clarkson Ignite Podcast, we sit down with Simoon Cannon '97, who gave the commencement address to the December Graduates this year. She had much to share about her career and life, but what really excited us about this episode was the opportunity to explore what it means to be your authentic self. It was central to her commencement speech, and to who Simoon is as an individual. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.
Where the Wind Blows
In this episode of the Ignite Podcast, we talk with Ken Visser, associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at Clarkson. Prof. Visser has worked at NASA Langley and Boeing in addition to Clarkson. In the episode, we discuss many of his successes including the current 2017 Clarkson ISE Sustainability Project and some projects that did not make it to the implementation phase. Ken was really fun to talk with, and we hope you learn just as much as we did. For more on Ken's current work, visit http://ductedturbinesinternational.com.
Where Do You See Yourself?
In this episode, we sit down with Ken Camarco '85, president of Boundless Breakthroughs LLC, to talk about decision making and what drives him in life. Finding fulfillment and success can be difficult. Ken provides some advice based on how he found both of these things himself.
Plasma Does What?
Professors Tom Holsen and Selma Mededovic-Thagard discuss their innovative water purification system that tackles one of the world's most toxic and stubborn chemicals: PFAs. Their story of their accidental discovery is fascinating and a great listen for anyone interested in how research can turn into much, much more.
From Forcefields To Acid Neutralization
In this episode of the Ignite Podcast, we sit down with Matt Borowiak '19 about his company Workers First LLC. He has worked with the Shipley Center and Dr. Richard Partch to create a new generation of chemical suits and protective clothing. We discuss the challenges of refining ideas, the slow process of creating IP, and how to balance school with your business.
What A Journey
On this episode of the Clarkson Ignite Podcast, we reflect on what it took to get here. We discuss all that we learned in order to start the podcast as well as our favorite aspects of every episode from this semester. All of our reflections are accompanied by related clips from the interviews. Each episode was unique in what it offered to the Clarkson Community, and every interview was a great opportunity to learn something new. This semester was everything we had ever hoped the podcast would be, and we can't wait to see what next semester holds.
IoT & Looking for Problems
In this episode of the Ignite Podcast, alumnus and University trustee Rajan Raghavan '82 discusses IoT (Internet of Things), this year's theme for the President's Challenge. As a serial entrepreneur, Rajan has built numerous businesses and found his niche in IoT. In this episode, we discuss how IoT was born and how he became interested in it. In addition, we discuss IoT security and his formula for founding companies. To learn more about what Rajan is doing now, visit www.thefabricnet.com.
One Shoe at a Time
Mechanical engineering-turned-entrepreneur Damilola Adepoju '13 joins us for this episode of the podcast. As a Clarkson graduate, he utilized his principles of engineering design and his passion for problem solving to create a shoe like no other and a company, Fini Shoes. In this episode, we talk to him about his journey, having to put his passion on pause and all of the ups and downs that go along with starting your own business. Check out @finishoes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Think. Make. Podcast.
An introduction to Clarkson Ignite with Managing Director Erin Draper and Dean of the Coulter School of Engineering William Jemison. In this episode, we give background as to why this podcast exists, what Clarkson Ignite is and why students should care.
Yacht Clubs and Beer Science
In this episode, we talked with Stacey Oakley '04, who has had an extremely unique career in finance and operations. Since graduating in 2004, she has helped finance, build, and manage a new yacht club in Nantucket before becoming Controller at The Florida Brewery. We discuss her journey, experiences, and her extensive knowledge of beer science.
Making Class Interesting
This week we talked to Chris Martin, an instructor in the Mathematics department. He is known in the Clarkson Community for teaching calculus classes in a way that connects with students and makes it more enjoyable; all the while ensuring students are able to learn the content well. We discuss the challenges of teaching pre-requisite courses that no one wants to learn, how he got to Clarkson, and what students can take away from classes they may not find useful or interesting. It was a great conversation with a very entertaining man. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did."
Biosensors And A Global Breakfast
On this weeks episode of the Clarkson Ignite Podcast, we talked with PhD student Fatima Mustafa. Originally from Jordan, she came to Clarkson to pursue her PhD in chemistry, and did not hesitate to get involved on campus. She was one of the primary organizers of the Global Women's Breakfast which focused on empowering women in chemistry. They had over 100 attendees discussing possibilities, challenges, and common myths about pursuing a career in chemistry. In addition, we discussed Fatima's fascinating research on biosensors as consumer-based indicators with wide ranging implications in a number of customer-facing markets."
Designing a Bridge in 48 Hours
In this episode of the Clarkson Ignite Podcast, we sat down with Professor Erik C. Backus, the Howard E. Lechler Endowed Director of the Construction Engineering Management program at Clarkson. He is extremely involved with sustainability initiatives at Clarkson and in the surrounding community. He serves on the University Sustainability Committee, and is an affiliate faculty in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. He is also heavily involved in the Lake Placid initiative to become the world's first LEED Certified community. We discussed this along with some interesting stories from his time serving in the U.S. Army."