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Clarkson Announces New Graduate Degree Programs In Environmental Science & Engineering

Clarkson University has received State Education Department approval for new master of science and Ph.D. programs in Environmental Science and Engineering.

Administered through the Clarkson Center for the Environment, the new programs offer interdisciplinary graduate studies that incorporate science and engineering, as well as economic, policy and communications issues.

“The environment is composed of complex, interacting, biological, chemical, physical and social systems,” said Susan Powers, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Center for the Environment. “To adequately understand the functioning of this complex system, and how environmental factors are integrated into a comprehensive decision-making process, it is essential that it be studied in an interdisciplinary framework.  Our new degree programs in Environmental Science & Engineering span both science and engineering disciplines and include courses that investigate how science or engineering impact and are affected by the environment in a broader context.”

Students entering the programs will study and work alongside faculty with significant research expertise in a broad range of areas including air resources, Great Lakes and rivers, and environmental management. Other areas of research interest at Clarkson include sustainable energy systems, environmental economics, risk and exposure, water and waste treatment processes, groundwater remediation, and ecology.

Housed within the Center for the Environment is the new Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES) that is under the leadership of internationally renowned air quality researcher and Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Philip K. Hopke. CARES is a founding member of the New York Environmental Systems Center, a network of 12 research institutions that recently received a $15-million grant to study air quality.

“With our interdisciplinary approach and state-of-the-art technology, our graduates will enter their employment with a broader educational background and will be able to better understand how engineering and sciences impact and inform policy decisions,” added Powers.

The degrees provide a flexible framework for developing educational programs of courses and research that fit each individual student’s interests and needs. Interdisciplinary groups of faculty affiliates associated with the Clarkson Center for the Environment will advise graduate students.

The mission of the Center is to develop, foster and enhance innovative, cross-disciplinary research and educational activities at the forefront of environmental investigation. Details on the new graduate program are available at For more information, contact Susan E. Powers, director, Center for the Environment, at or 315-268-6542; or Thomas Holsen, chair, Center for the Environment Graduate Committee, at or 315-268-3851.

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

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