Listen up: there’s a new podcast out there, aimed at letting listeners know and think about the events, research and happenings at Clarkson.  

“The inspiration behind the podcast was, there are a million events on campus,” says producer Matt Hawthorne ’19. “We are a tiny school, but we do a ton of really awesome stuff. But it is impossible for anyone in the campus community to really know exactly the caliber of stuff that goes on here.”

Clarkson University Ignite Podcast

Joining Hawthorne is Nick Lacasse ‘20, who helps with episode planning, interviews, and editing. Hawthorne said his partner helps bring balance to the program.

“I can be known to take things too seriously. Having him bring a little laughter and levity to the podcast is something that can’t be underestimated,” Hawthorne said.

He believes that making information available on demand via a podcast increases learning and discussion possibilities across the Clarkson community. 

“We have a ton of speaker series, we have professors who might give talks on their research or conferences, but you have to physically be there to fully understand what they’re talking about,” Hawthorne said. “I just wanted a way for students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni to be able to go to iTunes or Spotify and find out what’s going on at Clarkson right now that’s really cool.”

The first episodes of the podcast are currently available. In the most recent episode, mechanical engineer-turned-entrepreneur and Clarkson alumnus Damilola Adepoju discusses how he utilized the principles of engineering design and his passion for problem-solving to create a shoe like no other. He, Hawthorne and Lacasse talk about his journey, having to put his passion on pause, and all the ups and downs that go with starting your own business.

The bi-weekly pod runs about 15 to 30 minutes per episode and is available on Spotify, iTunes, and on our website

Find out more about Clarkson Ignite here.

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