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

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Firefighter gear


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.

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Mending Bones

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.

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Adaptable Ortho
Behzad Behnia

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.   

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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!

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Autumn Lennon