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Holsen Named Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Clarkson University

Clarkson University Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Thomas M. Holsen has been named the Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Holsen also serves as associate director of Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES).

Thomas M. HolsenThe Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professorship in Engineering was established through a generous contribution by the late Jean Smith Newell, Clarkson's first elected female trustee.

Holsen's research interests include determining the sources, movement, transformations and fate of environmental pollutants including emerging contaminants of concern (for example pharmaceuticals, person care products, flame retardants and mercury) in a wide array of environmental systems including the Adirondacks and the Great Lakes. Of particular interest is pollutant exchange (wet deposition, dry deposition and air-surface/air-water exchange) between Earth's surface and the atmosphere.

Holsen's current projects are funded by both state and federal Agencies and include the Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program:  Pushing the Science; Research and Demonstration of Innovative Drinking Water Treatment Technologies in Small Systems; Atmospheric Deposition, Transport, Transformations and Bioavailability of Mercury across a Northern Forest Landscape; and the Impacts of Manure Spreading Techniques on Downwind Air Quality: Particles, Ammonia, and Bioaerosols.
Holsen is a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He has served on U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board committees and the board of the International Association of Great Lakes Researchers. He has more than 140 journal publications.

He received his bachelor of science degree in environmental sciences, and his master of science and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jean Newell was a director of the Newell Manufacturing Company of Ogdensburg, N.Y., from 1966 to 1983. While a resident of Ogdensburg from 1946-1964, she was prominent in social and civic activities and a generous supporter of several scholarship funds at Clarkson during her lifetime. The Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professorship in Engineering is a visible reminder of her commitment to excellence at Clarkson University.

A 1939 graduate of Potsdam Normal School, Newell was the wife of the late Edgar A. Newell II, Clarkson Class of 1940, who was also a Clarkson trustee and manager and secretary-treasurer of Newell Manufacturing.

Today, Jean Newell's son, Allan P. Newell of Hammond, N.Y., carries on the family tradition of community service and is a generous supporter and friend of Clarkson.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five 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 the health professions, 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.

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