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Coulter School of Engineering Newsletter: October 2021
Message From the Dean
We are back in full swing at Clarkson, and the Coulter School of Engineering is primed for a semester full of innovation, collaboration and opportunity. True to our mission, our faculty and students continue to engage in engineering projects that benefit humanity, as exemplified by the stories below. I hope you have a safe and productive semester.
— Bill Jemison
Dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering / Tony Collins Professor of Innovative Engineering Culture
An intelligent and adaptive firefighting exoskeleton suit is a big idea. Literally. A group of Clarkson professors have received a grant from the NSF program, Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier, one of 10 Big Ideas receiving NSF investment. The grant will fund the design of a personalized, adaptive suit for firefighters.
At any time, a novel device that helps heal broken bones is a real asset. But when the supply chain is under unprecedented strain, anything that adds value is a godsend. Professor Laurel Kuxhaus helped develop such a device — an adjustable-length intramedullary nail — that is making its way through the FDA approval process through a company she co-founded to bring the device to market.
On the Road
While many people may accept asphalt cracks as a fact of life, exacerbated during the winter, Professor Behzad Behnia refused to accept the status quo. He recently received a patent for a testing method that involves measuring fracture characteristics of adhesive polymeric materials. Eventually, his method could help prevent cracks before they even start.
STEM Scholarship Awarded
Honors Program ambassador, president of Clarkson’s student ASCE chapter, student government member — Autumn Lennon ’22 is going places. And to help her on her way, the Atkins Foundation recently recognized Lennon’s outstanding academic and leadership achievements with a STEM scholarship. Congratulations, Autumn!