Raising the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Alumnus David D. Reh '62, a successful entrepreneur, and his wife, Sue, provided a generous gift to name the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson.

The couple established an endowed fund to support the Center, which is focused on student learning, coupled with regional outreach to area entrepreneurs.

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, formerly the Center for Entrepreneurship, will make a significant impact on regional economies using an entrepreneurial model in which students, entrepreneurs and communities work together.

The Center builds upon Clarkson’s nationally recognized expertise in entrepreneurial education and the University’s long-standing commitment to boost regional economies through small business development.

David Reh is the past president and owner of the Raytec Group Inc., which he formed in 1971. It consisted of two principal operating companies: Gorbel Inc. and Retrotech Inc. Retrotech was recently acquired by Savoye Inc., while David and Sue Reh’s son, Brian Reh, now owns and manages Gorbel Inc. David Reh remains chairman.

(l-r) David Reh. Students working with Reh Center Director Marc Compeau in the on-campus Reh Center for Entrepreneurship conference room.

New Programs Build on Expertise

Clarkson has launched an innovative new research and education program focused on the dynamics, form and structure of streams, thanks to a generous gift from a Class of 1959 graduate.

The Lauren Davis ’59 Interdisciplinary Program in Riparian Systems Management will build on the current strength of water resources engineering at Clarkson.

The field of stream and riparian management is emerging as an important contributor to stream ecosystems. The program capitalizes on Clarkson’s current capabilities to take a leadership position in stream and riparian management education and research.

A new graduate degree in Environmental Politics and Governance offered through the Institute for a Sustainable Environment prepares the next generation of environmental and energy policy analysts and experts who understand the complex socioeconomic and political processes that inform environmental outcomes. These include allocation of federal funding of environmentally related research and the development of science-based environmental policy while taking into account the actions and interests of private sector firms and nongovernmental organizations in the environmental arena.

NSF Research Programs — from New York to China

Clarkson administers two undergraduate summer programs funded by the National Science Foundation through their Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and International Research Experiences for Students (IRES).

An IRES student working at the Materials Science lab at Tsinghua University, China. An ASSETS-REU student conducts air sampling.Advanced Materials for Sustainable Development
Advanced Materials for Sustainable Development is a 10-week program that provides students with an international research experience in China focusing on advanced materials. Last summer, six undergraduates from six universities spent nine weeks conducting research at Nanjing University, the Physics Institute of the Chinese Academy, and Tsinghua University. Working under the supervision of Chinese faculty mentors and graduate students, the students learned how to work and live in a country with a very different culture and history, and to conduct research in an international environment.

The program is sponsored by the NSF and co-sponsored by Corning Inc. and Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP). It is organized by Clarkson Professors Hayley Shen and Yongming Liu and CAMP Director S.V. Babu.

ASSETs to Serve Humanity
Advancing Sustainable Systems and Environmental Technologies to Serve Humanity (ASSETs to Serve Humanity) is a 10-week campus-based REU program in the area of sustainable management for undergraduates. The students engage in first-class research projects to understand the role of environmental science and engineering in managing pollutants in natural systems.

Among the research topics for 2012: the fate and transport of emerging contaminants, energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and biosensors for monitoring fermentation processes in the production of bio-ethanol from cellulosic biomass.

Food and Energy for the 21st Century

A new pilot-scale Controlled Environment High-Rise Farm system on campus is providing hands-on learning for students as they explore new technologies for integrating food production and energy recovery from waste.

A three-year research project developed by Clarkson students resulted in the construction of a 650 sq. ft. greenhouse that utilizes innovative energy-efficient technologies for the year-round production of leafy green vegetables. 

The pilot-scale system is a prototype for controlled environment high-rise farming (CEHRF). The CEHRF system uses a biomass-solar thermal heating system and an anaerobic digester for cafeteria waste to create an energy-efficient and zero-waste system that contributes to Clarkson’s sustainability efforts.

The integrated food-waste-energy system provides ample opportunities for project-based learning, as well as research experiences for students. The systems have already been integrated into senior capstone projects and directed study research efforts for student learning. A grant from the Dominion Foundation will help with data collection from this integrated system for use in classroom activities.

Clarkson Claims Top Spot in National Competition

Clarkson students claimed first place in 2011 at the 12th Annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

Clarkson took top prize in the internal combustion (IC) category and third place in the zero emissions category in the 2011 national competition.

The team brought home nine trophies in all. In addition to finishing first overall, the IC team also claimed top honors for best performance, best fuel economy, quietest snowmobile, most practical solution, best value, best ride, and best handling, and finished the endurance race in first place as well.

The IC team utilized a 2011 Ski-Doo MXZ Sport, powered by a Rotax ACE 600 (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) four-stroke engine for the competition, the first Rotax ACE motor to be used for this event.

(l-r) Prof. Susan Powers and graduate student inspect lettuce in the areoponic growing system. Clarkson's clean snowmobile at the national competition.

Keisha Pierre-Lys, majoring in success.