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Clarkson Professor Susan Powers Recognized By Public Works Magazine As A Trendsetter Of 2004

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Clarkson University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Susan E. Powers of Potsdam, N.Y., has been named a “2004 Trendsetter” by Public Works magazine.   powers

The 2004 Trendsetter list recognizes the top 50 leaders in the public works community, including those who have defined policy, brought public works issues into the spotlight, and set standard within the public works industry. As a 2004 trendsetter winner, Powers is honored along with, among others, former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, and Christopher Swain, an environmental activist who swam many of the U.S.’s polluted waterways, including the Hudson, to raise people’s awareness of the need for clean water. 

Powers was selected for the 2004 Trendsetter award for her work as the director of Clarkson's K-12 Project-Based Learning Partnership Program, an innovative program that has increased middle school students' interest and participation in the sciences and engineering through hands-on projects and partnerships with college mentors. Through this program, trained college students have worked with teachers in nine school districts.

Over the last few years, the partnership program has received substantial funding from the NSF and the GE Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company. Last year, the NSF awarded nearly $2 million jointly to Clarkson and St. Lawrence University to expand the Project-Based Learning Partnership Program created by Powers and St. Lawrence University’s Teaching Scholar Partnership Program. 

For her leadership and contributions to the Project-Based Learning Partnership Program, Powers was recently awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Distinguished Teaching Award,  a prestigious award that honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to research in their discipline as well as the education of undergraduates or K-12 teachers and students. 

Since joining the faculty of Clarkson’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1992, Powers has been at the forefront of studies on the movement of petroleum fuels and other complex mixtures in groundwater. Her research has been widely published in professional and scientific journals and funded through grants from the NSF, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Powers has also served as director of Clarkson’s Center for the Environment. Other awards include the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Distinguished Service Award, the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award, and the Dow Outstanding New Teacher Award. In 1995, Powers received a Career Award, the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty. Powers is also a member of the team of Clarkson faculty and staff recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award. 

Powers graduated from Clarkson in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering, and received her master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson in 1985. From 1985-87, she served as project engineer at Engineering-Science in Liverpool, N.Y. She received a doctoral degree in environmental engineering at the University of Michigan in 1991, and served as a research assistant and lecturer there before coming to Clarkson in 1992.  In 1998, she was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. She was named full professor in 2002. 

Public Works, the voice of the public works industry for more than 100 years, is the only magazine focused on the information needs of local governments and specifiers, as well as the consultants and the contractors who work with them, as they operate, build and maintain public infrastructure. 
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