Our mission is to create and maintain a global center for scientific and technological innovation that advances education, research, and public policy regarding the environment, specifically rivers and estuaries.

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University, is headquartered in the City of Beacon in Dutchess County, New York.  

Beacon Institute | Clarkson University implements its mission through a multi-disciplinary focus on science and technology, education, and policy.  Teams of scientists, engineers, and educators and policy experts take an integrated, data-driven view of how communities and ecosystems interact to create new mechanisms through which humans can gain a more sophisticated understanding of rivers and estuaries for the benefit of public health, economic development, restoration of ecosystems, and quality of life.

Program Highlights

  • Study core concepts via synchronous and asynchronous methods while interacting with peers and faculty throughout email, social media, web-conferencing, and other technologies.
  • Focus on building expertise in project management, financial management, quality management, and operations strategy while having the opportunity to apply what you have studied in a final capstone project that will be completed in conjunction with your organization.
  • Engage with a supportive cohort of goal-oriented professionals and peers enhancing their professional development while managing responsibilities at work and home.
  • Attend several weekend residency sessions in Beacon, NY or Burlington, VT, and connect with fellow classmates, faculty, and prominent members of the Clarkson Community while taking part in classes and exercises that focus on communication, collaboration, and creativity.