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Spring 2015

Clarkson University Student Awarded Ruston Paving Scholarship bohnert
Clarkson University's Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program has awarded the 2014-15 Ruston Paving Scholarship to a civil engineering student.
Jacob Bohnert '16 of Sherburne, N.Y., was selected for his academic achievements and student involvement throughout campus. (Read full story here)

Clarkson University Students Design Bridge to be Built in Nicaragua
Clarkson University's new Bridges to Prosperity chapter has designed a bridge that will be constructed in Las Lagunas, Nicaragua, this summer.bridges The student organization was established with the Clarkson University Student Association last summer after the University awarded an honorary degree to Bridges to Prosperity CEO Avery Bang. The chapter is co-advised by Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Kerop Janoyan and Director of Construction Engineering Management Erik Backus. (Read full story here.)

rogers_hauntingsClarkson University Undergrads Research Link Between Hauntings & Indoor Air Quality
A team of Clarkson University researchers is studying the possible links between reported hauntings and indoor air quality. Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Shane Rogers said human experiences reported in many hauntings are similar to mental or neurological symptoms reported by some individuals exposed to toxic molds. It is known that some fungi, such as rye ergot fungus, may cause severe psychosis in humans. (Read story here.)

Civil and Environmental Engineering student awards presented at University Recognition Day
(See list of students and awards here.)

Civil Engineering SPEED Teams 2014 - 2015
Concrete Canoe:
The ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material. Clarkson's Concrete Canoe Team took their 2015 entry named "Black Pearl" to the shores of Lake Popolopen in West Point, NY in April as the US Military Academy ASCE Student Chapter hosted the competition.  Seventy-five percent of the competition is based on engineering design and construction principles, a written report and oratory skills. The remainder is based on the performance of the canoe and the paddlers in six different race events. The Clarkson team placed 7th overall in the canoe competition which is fairly impressive for a team made up of mostly freshman and a few sophomores.

Steel Bridge:
The National Student Steel Bridge Competition is an inter-collegiate challenge which requires students to design, fabricate and construct a take-apart steel bridge. Clarkson University's Steel Bridge Team attended the AISC/ASCE Upstate New York Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition in April at the US Military Academy at West Point.  During the competition the teams were timed on bridge construction and judged on accuracy, efficiency, overall weight of the structure, load deflection and design presentation. The Clarkson team placed 6th overall in the competition for 2015 with their highest scores coming in design presentation (3rd), economy (4th), and construction speed (4th).  In addition, Clarkson student Janine Goodwin placed third overall in the Mead paper presentation and received a monetary award.  The prize was established and endowed in 1939 by Daniel W. Mead, an ASCE past president.  The contest provides an opportunity for alert young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain national attention by writing a 2000 word essay on a controversial civil engineering topic.

Timber Bridge:
This year the Clarkson Timber Bridge team partnered with the Clarkson Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE), to design, fabricate and install a timber frame bridge spanning a wetland located on the access trails to the Clarkson ROTC trail system.  The team is also working on repairing an existing timber bridge at the Clarkson Seven Springs location that washed out from last spring’s excessive winter run-off.   As the Timber Bridge team does not participate in a college design competition they undertake outreach projects such as this on a yearly basis and have worked with organizations such as the New York State Snowmobile Association on bridge projects in the past which we look to continue in 2016.

Environmental Design Team:
The goal of the Clarkson Environmental Design Team project is to integrate technology resulting in sustainable food production and waste management.  Over the past three years, students designed, built and are now operating a cold climate greenhouse. The system is housed in a passive solar building and employs an aeroponic growing system, LED lights and extensive sensors and controls for energy efficiency.  The greenhouse is part of an integrated process that also includes an anaerobic digester to convert campus food waste into heat and electricity. Effluent from the digester will be used as fertilizer for the greenhouse and as a soil amendment for Clarkson’s grounds, thus reducing the need of commercial fertilizer. A high-efficiency solar thermal and a wood-pellet heating system provide additional thermal energy to the greenhouse and the digester as needed during the winter. The overall system will reduce the environmental impact of the campus by removing a portion of the waste stream, while generating renewable energy and locally grown produce.

Engineers without Borders:
The Clarkson SPEED program is not solely about competition as the Engineers without Borders team will attest. One of the most diverse SPEED teams, the EWB team is currently finalizing infrastructure enhancement projects for the village of La Margarita, Ecuador.  The team has worked for the past three years with the local community on such projects as wastewater handling, clean water filtering, and providing the local school with refurbished PC’s.  The team is currently finalizing is project in Ecuador and is now in the early stages of development of its next project which is currently in the research phase.

Construction Management:
Last semester, 12 Clarkson University students on the Construction Engineering Management Team competed in the 25th annual Student Competition for the Associated Schools of Construction in Morristown, N.J. Two teams traveled to the competition -- one to compete in the commercial building competition, and the other to compete in the heavy highway competition. At this regional competition student teams are required to analyze and then prepare a cost bid for a perspective construction project. The teams were required to determine labor, material, tools and equipment cost and requirements, analyze quotes from subcontractors, and present a schedule to a panel of professionals in the construction management industry.  Unfortunately the teams did not place in the top three (only the top three teams are listed) but gained valuable experience that will help them in their future careers.

holsenProfessor Thomas Holsen named Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Clarkson University
Clarkson University Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Thomas M. Holsen has been named the Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Holsen also serves as associate director of Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES). (See full story.)

Clarkson University Partners with Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority
Clarkson University has entered into a partnership with the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (OBPA) to test and monitor the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge,which is operated and maintained by the OBPA, over a three-year period. (Read full story here.)

Kerop Janoyan Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson Universityjanoyan
Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Kerop D. Janoyan has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of civil & environmental engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty. (Read story here.)

yapaClarkson Univerity Professor to Lead International Session on Oil Spill Modeling
Clarkson University Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Poojitha Yapa is organizing the oil spill modeling session as chairman of the group at the 36th International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research World Congress. (Read story here.)

Clarkson University Researchers Awarded NYSERDA Funds to Research Air Quality in New York State
Three Clarkson University professors have been awarded contracts by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) to support their research on air quality in New York State.  (Read story here.)

edzwaldFormer Clarkson University Civil Engineering Faculty Member Creates Professorship
Former Clarkson University Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty member James K. Edzwald and his wife, Joan, of Potsdam, N.Y., have provided a generous gift to create the James K. Edzwald Professorship in Environmental Engineering. (Read full story here.)


Clarkson graduates employed by Froehling & Robertson, Inc.

Standing, Left to right:

William Westerman, Geotechnical Staff Engineer, Dulles, VA ’07 ‘12
Nate Schwarz,PE,  CMT Department Manager, Dulles VA ’06, ‘07
Don Sipher, PE, President, Richmond VA ‘77
Carl Bell, PE, Manager, Dulles VA ‘04
Caleb Lange, PE, Manager, Fredericksburg VA ‘07
James LaMarco, Staff Engineer, Dulles, VA ‘13
Gary Pasquarell, PE, Senior Engineer, and CMT Department Manager, Roanoke VA ’78, ’83, ‘87
Darin Deneke, Staff Engineer, Fredericksburg VA ‘14
Marc Nellis, Staff Engineer, Chesapeake VA ‘12
Matt Dubois, PE, CMT Department Manager, Chesapeake VA ‘06

Seated, Left to right:

Kelly Clawson, PE, Senior Engineer and Structural Monitoring Department Manager, Jessup, MD  ‘99
Natalie Worley, Staff Engineer, Jessup, MD  ‘14

Dr. Anahita Williamson, '98, '02, '06, is named Director of EPA Region 2’s Division of Environmental Science and Assessment
(New York, New York) The U.S Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 announced that it has selected Rochester Institute of Technology engineer Dr. Anahita Williamson to be the Director of EPA Region 2’s Division of Environmental Science and Assessment in Edison, NJ. Dr. Williamson is currently director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In her six years as Director, Dr. Williamson has worked with states and universities to help more than 200 companies reduce waste and make work environments cleaner and safer, at the same time reducing manufacturing costs.  (Read full story.)
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Stefan Grimberg
Stefan Grimberg
Professor & Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Phone: 315/268-6490

8 Clarkson Avenue | Potsdam, NY 13699