Sarah Lilholt conducting research

We pursue interdisciplinary research focused on rapidly solving real world problems for a better future.  

Our students learn through instruction and guidance from nationally recognized faculty whose commitment to teaching, scholarship, research and innovation has made Clarkson a top-tier nationally ranked research university.

While individual scholars pursue many interests, Clarkson is internationally known for data analytics, STEM and entrepreneurial education, healthy world solutions, and the next generation of advanced materials. Our external network engages more than 380+ active partners in industry, government agencies, chambers of commerce and research organizations affording students access to world relevant problems to pursue with their professors as well as a direct pipeline to internships and careers after graduation.


When I decided to attend Clarkson and major in mechanical engineering, with a minor in biomedical engineering, I definitely never thought it would involve cows — but one summer I worked on a biomedical engineering research project with Prof. Arthur Michalek that focused on the mechanics of intervertebral discs in bovine tails.

Research, Scholarship & Thought Leadership Ignite Innovation

Our research and scholarship environment stretches boundaries across disciplines and ignites the Clarkson mindset to rigorously question the status quo and push the limits of what is known. At our intellectual core, research expands our base of knowledge and thought leadership; and innovation harnesses these results into sustainable solutions and impact. By changing the idea of what a university can be, Clarkson excels at bringing all of this together on a scale that is not happening in the same way, anywhere else in the country to create tangible commercial value, entrepreneurial growth, and benefit to society.

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Olympic Medal-Winning Luge Sled
Clarkson Technology Behind Olympic Medal Winning Chris Mazdzer.

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Small Package, Big Impact
Potsdam Air Sensors May Up Global Air Quality.

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Reducing Prejudice Through Motivation Science
Understanding Can Lead to Change.

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When Your Campus is Your Client
Communications & Media Students Boost Fundraising.

Honors & Accolades

Research, scholarship and thought leadership drive the creation of new knowledge and innovation, and underpin the ongoing evolution of our rigorous education. Numerous faculty and staff are recognized national and international experts advancing their research and education around the globe.  We are often called upon to serve our professional societies, advance our Nation and steward our world. 

Our Legacy of Fulbright Scholars

Shane Rogers

Clarkson University's Shane Rogers received a Fulbright Scholar Award to research the use of macroalgae, or kelp for nutrient bioextraction and recovery with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), Fisheries and Aquaculture in Trondheim, Norway.

Clarkson has a legacy of Fulbright Scholars infusing the global perspectives in our classrooms and laboratories.  

Leadership & Recognition

Erik C. Backus

Clarkson University Professor of Practice, Erik C. Backus, the Howard E. Lechler Endowed Director of Construction Engineering Management (CEM) and Executive Officer for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been elected Co-Chair of the Market Leadership Advisory Board for the New York Upstate Community of the U.S. Green Building Council.  Backus, who is a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, brings with him years of experience in sustainability of the built environment.

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