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02-11-2015

Former Clarkson University Civil Engineering Faculty Member Creates Professorship

Former Clarkson University Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty member James K. Edzwald and his wife, Joan, of Potsdam, N.Y., have provided a generous gift to create the James K. Edzwald Professorship in Environmental Engineering.  

James K. EdzwaldThis professorship will be awarded to a tenured faculty member in recognition of significant research, teaching excellence and scholarly achievements in drinking water treatment.

James Edzwald was a member of the Clarkson faculty from 1974 to 1984. His distinguished career has included positions at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Missouri. He is editor of Water Quality & Treatment: A Handbook on Drinking Water, now in its sixth edition and long considered the seminal book on water quality and treatment resources. His research and consulting has significantly impacted the design and operation of water plants around the world. He is currently advising on water facilities in Canada and the United States. Many of his former graduate students are senior engineers and leaders of major environmental engineering companies.  

Joan Edzwald taught in the Potsdam, N.Y., and Glenwood, Md., schools. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland and a master of science from SUNY Potsdam.  

“Jim has had a relationship with Clarkson for more than 40 years,” said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. "His vision for the future of environmental engineering, combined with a passion for water treatment research, has enabled us to develop a strong program with a focus on our students and their potential. Jim has helped launch many careers and his life’s work has impacted millions across the globe. Clarkson is honored to carry forward his work and benefit future generations in his name."

“It is important for excellent faculty to be recognized for their scholarly work," said James Edzwald. "It is wonderful that Clarkson through this professorship will be able to honor faculty who are making significant improvements in drinking water quality around the globe."

The creation of this legacy also offers the opportunity for colleagues and former students of Edzwald to honor him and his achievements with a gift to the fund. If you would like to do this, please contact Clarkson at 315-268-7778 or email anniesociety@clarkson.edu for information and help in planning your gift.

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.

Photo caption: Former Clarkson University Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty member James K. Edzwald (above) and his wife, Joan, have provided a generous gift to create the James K. Edzwald Professorship in Environmental Engineering.  
 
[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jedzwald.jpg .]

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

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