Message From the Provost

I am pleased to share with you the spring edition of the provost's e-newsletter. Our students and faculty have persevered through a challenging winter and continue to pursue the interdisciplinary research and knowledge needed to solve the real-world problems facing us all. In this edition, we have highlighted just a few of their stories. I hope you enjoy reading them.

— Robyn Hannigan, Provost

Clarkson Provost Robyn Hannigan
Beth Davies and the car she retrofitted for a child with disabilities

Hot Wheels 

Beth Ann Davies wanted her occupational therapy capstone project to positively impact the local community. For one lucky child, that means being able to hit the road — or sidewalk, rather — in a new set of wheels Davies created by adapting a toy car. Retrofitted with the help of fellow students, the car helps the child, who has disabilities, to play and get around more independently.

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Healthy Waters

Here’s a Golden Knight who takes researching healthy global solutions to heart: doctoral student Robert Stanton has worked on projects to remove phosphorus from eutrophic waters and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances from aqueous solutions. If that’s not impressive enough, his research productivity garnered him the American Chemical Society’s 2020 Graduate Student Award.

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Robert Stanton
Simona Liguori

International Impact

A relative newcomer to Clarkson, Simona Liguori is already making her mark as a Golden Knight on the international stage: she was recently appointed as an associate editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal. Liguori, an assistant professor in chemical & biomolecular engineering, joined Clarkson in 2020 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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From Clarkson to Mars

This past year has been a busy one for Professor Suresh Dhaniyala. At Clarkson, he applied his  expertise in aerosol physics to ensure the campus stayed safe from airborne COVID-19 particles. Now, a project he’s worked on with NASA — the Mars 2020 program — has finally come to fruition.

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Mars 2020 Rover