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Clarkson Chemical Engineering Celebrating Centennial

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Clarkson’s Chemical Engineering program during the 2003-04 school year. The program was initiated during the academic year 1903-04.

Its first graduate, Frank Caspar Zapf, was awarded the a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at the 1904 commencement ceremonies. Zapf was born in Great Bend, N.Y., and attended high school in Carthage, N.Y., prior to joining Clarkson in 1900. 

The Chemical Engineering program was first housed within the Chemistry Department.  In 1958,  it was established as a separate department.  During the past 100 years, the Chemical Engineering program has educated 3,329 bachelor’s, 350 master’s, and 172 doctoral graduates who have gone on to pursue successful, and in many cases, distinguished careers.

Several activities are planned as part of the centennial celebration. The first lecture of the Centennial Seminar Series was delivered by Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus Herman L. Shulman, who discussed the history of Chemical Engineering and research at Clarkson from 1948 to 1988. 

The second lecture by University of Minnesota Distinguished Professor Edward L. Cussler is titled “Refocusing Chemical Engineering Education” and is scheduled for Monday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in CAMP Building Room 177.

Additional lectures by eminent chemical engineers from Eastman Chemical Company and MIT are scheduled in April.

The Chemical Engineering Department also will release a publication on the history of the program and hold receptions for its students and alumni.

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

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