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Clarkson University Trustees to Dedicate Technology Advancement Center Oct. 16

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Clarkson University’s Board of Trustees will dedicate the school’s new Technology Advancement Center on Thursday, October 16, at 3 p.m. on Clarkson’s hill campus. The public is invited to attend. A social gathering and facility tours will follow the dedication.

Keynote speaker Empire State Development Upstate President Dennis M. Mullen will join New York State Foundation for Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR) Executive Director Edward Reinfurt, Trustee Chair Everett G. Foster and President Tony Collins at the podium, along with Clarkson Trustees, faculty, staff and students, and members of New York’s public and private sector for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication.tac-10-7-2008

Serving in his first month as Upstate President of ESD, Mullen has selected Potsdam as one of his first destinations to assess what is being done by university/industry partnerships to promote economic growth. Based in Rochester, he oversees all Upstate ESD offices and projects. Prior to being appointed to this position by Gov. David Paterson, Mullen was president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise, Inc.

The16,000-square-foot Technology Advancement Center (TAC) connects the main library and computing space with the largest academic teaching building, providing critical laboratory and collaboration space for accelerating the development of research, especially in the fields of renewable energy and clean manufacturing technology.

TAC was constructed with a $5 million grant from Empire State Development (ESD), the State of New York’s economic development leader and a development partner with the University on its the Downtown Campus technology and business incubator project. Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency, encompassing business, workforce and community development.

The partnership with ESD is complemented by Clarkson’s longstanding relationship with the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), which designated Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) a NYSTAR Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in 1988 and renewed in June 2008 its third decade of funding. NYSTAR Executive Director Ed Reinfurt will offer remarks regarding the future of the Clarkson CAT.

Among the nation’s leading small research universities, Clarkson derives strength from the caliber of partnerships its faculty and staff develop with members of the public and private sector on a variety of science, engineering and technology projects. These partnerships create new enterprises in the North Country, which drive the growth of high-quality jobs and strengthen existing manufacturing firms throughout the state, especially those with critical requirements for advanced materials processing.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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

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