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Clarkson University Students Get Five Awards from New York Water Environment Association

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Clarkson University won several awards at this year’s conference of the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) held in New York City.

Clarkson received the student chapter service awards first prize of $1,000, given to one student chapter in the state based on an application, which highlighted the chapter’s activities.nywea-nyc-2009

Senior Michael A. Jahne, an environmental engineering major from Cambridge, N.Y., received two awards: the Chapter Service Award for his outstanding service to the Clarkson Student Chapter and the Association Student Service Award, given to one student at NYWEA for his or her outstanding service to the association.

In addition, two students were recognized for their presentations at the University Forum of this year’s conference. Matthew E. Donnelly, an environmental science & engineering graduate student under the advisement of Prof. Shane Rogers, received the second place award in the presentation competition. Rudras Baliga, a civil engineering grad student under the advisement of Prof. Susan E. Powers, placed third.

"In all, Clarkson received five awards, the most of any university at the conference," said Prof. Stefan J. Grimberg, NYWEA advisor. "This illustrates the quality and commitment of our students."

The NYWEA student chapter at Clarkson University sponsors a number of recycling programs that benefit the University and the wider Potsdam community.

In addition, the chapter annually promotes environmental science and engineering in the Potsdam High School through its "adopt to school" program, invites guest speakers raising environmental awareness on campus, and organizes an annual campus clean-up event on Earth Day.

NYWEA was founded in 1929 by professionals in the field of water quality as a non-profit, educational organization. Association members helped lead the way toward existing state and national clean water programs. Today the Association has over 2,500 members representing diverse backgrounds and specialties, but all are concerned and involved with protecting and enhancing our precious water resources.

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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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University won several awards at this year’s conference of the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA). Left to right: students Rudras Baliga, Sabina M. Gerstenberger and Sarah M. Hunte, faculty advisor Stefan J. Grimberg, and students Yunhui (Rhoda) Deng, Michael A. Jahne, Rajiv Narula, and Matthew E. Donnelly.

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