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New Engineering & Management Director at Clarkson University Brings Environment to Forefront

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Prof. Amy K. Zander has been named the director of Clarkson University's Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management program. Formerly an associate dean of the Coulter School of Engineering, Zander started her new duties in January.

Launched more than 50 years ago, the Engineering & Management (E&M) program has served as a model for subsequent programs developed by other universities. zander

Today, the program is breaking new ground once again by preparing tomorrow's business and technical leaders to incorporate environmental considerations into decision-making.

Today, corporate stakeholders include more than shareholders, management, or employees, says Zander. "They include sustainability and the future. Decisions made need to be based on a bottom line that considers economic, as well as environmental costs and benefits. Corporations understand they need to become better citizens and sustainability needs to be incorporated into business and management, rather than relegated to its own separate field."

Zander and her team are reshaping parts of the curricula to consider business operations, product development, manufacturing and marketing in light of social responsibility and corporate citizenship. In special projects and in some course work students will be required to consider environmental consequences in business and technological decisions.

Zander, an expert in the areas of physical and chemical separations in environmental systems, especially drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies, has been a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson since 1991. She was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and was named full professor in 2003. She was named associate dean for academic programs in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering in 2005.

Zander has published dozens of journal articles, written and co-written numerous book chapters, and delivered papers at some 50 professional and academic conferences throughout North America. She has managed research projects totaling over $800,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, and other funding agencies.

Zander is currently chair of a National Academy of Sciences committee on desalination for the nation's water future. The report will go to Congress this spring. She has served on two prior committees of the National Academy of Sciences, producing the report "Safe Water from Every Tap: Improving Water Service to Small Communities" in 1997 and "Confronting the Nation's Water Problems: The Role of Research" in 2004.

Her other honors include the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Distinguished Service Award in 2005; the 2003 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, a division of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the AEESP/McGraw Hill Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science; and Clarkson's 1999 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

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