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Ralph W. Earl Company Donates $5,000 To Clarkson's Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management Program

Graham Wood, president of the Ralph W. Earl Company, recently presented a $5,000 check to Clarkson University’s Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management Program (IE&M). 

IE&M Program Director Mark Cornett says that the funds will be used to expose students to potential career opportunities in supply chain and distribution management through internships and visits to industry conferences.

The Syracuse-based Ralph W. Earl Company provides upstate New York industry with hydraulic and pneumatic components and subassemblies.  Thirteen Clarkson alumni work at the 90-person firm. 

“Clarkson alums have played an important part in the company’s growth, and will continue to help the company excel in the new century,” says Wood.

The IE&M Program utilizes Clarkson’s traditional strengths, stressing engineering principles in conjunction with quantitative and qualitative managerial preparation.  It is ideal for students who desire breadth and flexibility in a career centered on leadership and technology.  

The major was established in 1954 – the same year in which the R.W. Earl Company was formed – to meet the growing needs of industry to hire individuals with strong interests in both engineering and management. The curriculum, one of the first in the nation with this interdisciplinary focus, is considered by industry professionals to be the best of its kind.

Clarkson University is in the midst of the “Campaign for Clarkson,” a multi-faceted fund-raising effort that includes construction projects, scholarship aid and academic excellence initiatives.  The University has achieved $38.7 million of the $70 million goal as of December 31, 1999.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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