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Real-World Learning

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“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.”
-- Aristotle

You can learn a great deal from books and lectures.  You can learn even more by applying what you are learning in real-life situations.  Clarkson provides numerous opportunities for students to get out into the world and develop important abilities--creative thinking, teamwork, appreciating diversity--before graduation!

Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED)

Clarkson’s SPEED program brings students from all disciplines together to work on 16 different projects—projects like building a (working) canoe out of concrete, designing zero-emission snowmobiles, or developing methods for treating hazardous waste. SPEED participants learn to work with students from other disciplines, to think creatively, and to tackle real-life problems—and they have a great time!

Co-ops and Internships

What will a career in chemical engineering be like? The best way to find out is through a summer or a semester of professional employment. Through Clarkson’s Career Center, you can arrange a co-op or internship, earn money, gain valuable experience, and still graduate in four years.

Study Abroad Exchange Program

The world is becoming smaller every day. As a chemical engineer, you might interact every day with people from other countries—or you might end up living in another country yourself! Spending a semester or a year studying abroad will broaden the way you look at the world and prepare you to be a respectful, responsible member of the global community. Clarkson has exchange programs with more than 20 universities in 14 countries, from Australia to Korea to Mexico.


One of Clarkson's SPEED teams is the Chem-E-Car team, which designs and builds a shoebox-sized car powered by a chemical reaction. 

The Chem-E-Car team competes in events at the AIChE Regional and, if it qualifies, National conferences.  For information about the Chem-E-Car Speed Project, click here.

Chemical Engineering SPEED team in the news:

Chem-E-Car Team Powers on to Fall Nationals

Clarkson University Chem-E-Car team places third in NorthEast Regional AIChE competition