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Scott Keefe '10

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Although Clarkson is well known for its rigorous academics, sometimes it's the experiences that students have outside the classroom that really set them apart in the job market.

Take electrical engineer Scott Keefe '10, for example. He says that his hands-on experiences with Clarkson's Zero-Emissions Electric Snowmobile (ESled) SPEED team had just as much impact on preparing him for the real world as his courses and labs did.

"My opportunity to be on the ESled team has really helped me at my current job as an electrical engineer at Hatch Engineering," he explains. "It was one of the best experiences I've ever had."

As a transfer student from Broome Community College, Scott was a member of the ESled team for the two years that he was at Clarkson. During his junior (and first) year on the ESled team, Scott was able to travel to Michigan Technical University and see the competition firsthand.

His senior year, Scott was the electrical engineering leader of the team, which placed second at the Michigan Tech competition and was asked by the National Science Foundation to bring their snowmobile to Summit Station, Greenland, for actual use in arctic atmospheric research operations.

"I was chosen to represent my team and Clarkson in Greenland shortly after graduation," explains Scott. "The researchers were so happy to get the snowmobile. I spent a week there, seeing how the research team used the snowmobile that my team and I built while collecting data for research. I doubt I'll ever get another chance like that in my life."