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02-05-2001

Corning Incorporated Foundation Makes Lead Gift To Clarkson

The Corning Incorporated Foundation has provided a generous lead gift to Clarkson University for construction of a team project laboratory addition to the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) building. The “Corning Foundation Team Learning Center” will serve as the home base for student team projects, part of the University’s innovative SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) initiative.

Corning is a longtime supporter of Clarkson team entries in national engineering design competitions. They were one of the first corporate sponsors of the Clarkson Solar Knights, a solar-electric vehicle design team that competes in national races.

In 1997, Clarkson organized its design teams under the SPEED umbrella and increased the number of project opportunities from three to 14. Current teams tackle such challenges as environmental remediation of hazardous waste sites, Formula SAE race car design, and reduced-emission snowmobile design.

With a focus on enhancing technical, communication and problem-solving skills, the projects provide excellent career preparation for students to apply engineering and business fundamentals to solving “real-world” problems. 

“This construction is essential in order for us to continue to expand student team learning opportunities,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Anthony G. Collins. “The popularity of the SPEED program among students -- and the national success of our teams -- has made this new lab a necessity.” 

Collins expressed appreciation for Corning’s commitment to this priority of Clarkson’s capital campaign: “The ‘Corning Foundation Team Learning Center’ will provide Clarkson students with the space and equipment they need to be successful in team-based initiatives and design competitions.”

“Our contribution to the laboratory initiative will advance the skills demanded by the global marketplace and will further promote the goals of Corning Incorporated Foundation through enrichment of the educational experience of students enrolled in engineering, science and technology curricula,” said Karen Martin, program officer for the Corning Foundation. “We are also encouraged by the emphasis that faculty and staff place on engaging women, minorities and under-represented groups in science and technology fields.” 

The gift from Corning is part of “The Campaign for Clarkson,” which includes fundraising priorities for new construction, student financial aid and academic excellence initiatives. To date, the University has raised more than $48 million toward its $70-million goal.

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

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