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Spring 2014

Clarkson University Environmental Engineering Programs Rank Highly in U.S. News Best Graduate Schools
Clarkson University is again featured in the latest edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News Media Group. Highlights of the rankings will be published in the U.S. News Best Graduate Schools 2015 guidebook in April.

Clarkson University Students Awarded Associated General Contractors NYS ScholarshipsFive Clarkson University engineering students have been awarded scholarships from the Associated General Contractors New York State Scholarship Program. Left to right: Veronica Raymond, Thomas Haynes, Cynthia Zatwarnicki, and Benjamin Davis and Adjunct Associate Professor Spencer Thew, director of Clarkson's Construction Engineering Management Program. Missing: Jacqui A. Scibior.

Five Clarkson University engineering students who are preparing for careers in the construction industry have been awarded scholarships from the Associated General Contractors New York State (AGC NYS) Scholarship program.  Read complete story here.

Civil and Environmental Engineering students receive awards at University Recognition Day
Sponsored by members of Phalanx, which started in 1929, University Recognition Day recognizes achievements and promotes the interests of students in extracurricular activities, scholarship, service and athletics at Clarkson.  For a list of the Civil and Environmental Engineering recipients and the awards they received, see complete list here.

Professor Thomas Holsen receives the Albert D. Merrill AwardHolson
The Albert D. Merrill Award is awarded annually to a faculty member from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on the basis of his/her contribution toward meeting the goals of the Department.  Professor Thomas Holsen has been selected to receive the Albert D. Merrill Award for 2013-2014.  Dr. Holsen was nominated and selected on the basis of his contributions towards research, graduate goals of the Department as well as service towards the Department. Over the past year Dr. Holsen has mentored 10 graduate and postdoctoral researchers, he and his students published 13 peer reviewed publications and many conference presentations, and his research was cited more than 300 times last year! Within the Department, Dr. Holsen has been an active member as the Co-Chair of the graduate committee and as the Chair of the Structure’s search committee, which recruited two very promising faculty candidates for the coming year.  The service and scholarly activities of Dr. Holsen significantly impact the Departments national visibility. In addition Dr. Holsen has found the balance between scholarship, teaching, and professional service and is a role model for many of the department's faculty.

Professor Sulapha Peethamparan granted tenure and promoted to Associate ProfessorSulapha Peethamparan

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Sulapha Peethamparan has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of civil & environmental engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.  Read complete story here.

Professor Andrea R. Ferro promoted to Full ProfessorAndrea R. Ferro
Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Andrea R. Ferro has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of civil & environmental engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.  Read the complete story here.

Clarkson University Awarded $500K by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for Anaerobic Digester ResearchClarkson Professor Stefan Grimberg with students at the Cornell Cooperative Extension farm in Canton, N.Y.
Congressman Bill Owens and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced yesterday that Clarkson University has been awarded nearly $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to expand its clean energy work by continuing development of anaerobic digesters for North County farms.  Read the complete story here.

CEE Alumni in the News
Greg Goyette, Leading Initiatives in Civil Engineering
While pursuing a bachelor's degree and a master's in civil engineering at Clarkson University, Goyette was awarded the George A. Gray Scholarship for most outstanding civil engineering student. He took that drive to the professional world and moved up to associate from engineer-in-training at Stantec within nine years. Early in his career, he was chosen to work on several large-scale projects including Fletcher Allen Medical Center, where he developed the stormwater management plans for a $300-million campus expansion. Since then, Goyette has become a key figure in Stantec's work with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), helping the agency explore the use of porous pavement at a park-and-ride facility, which is now being monitored by both VTrans and researchers at the University of Vermont to study how this type of surface holds up to brutal northern New England winters. Other accolades include being named Vermont's 2008 Young Engineer of the Year by the state's engineering associations.

Meet our EAC MembersDon SipherDon Sipher
Don Sipher, a ’77 BSCE alumnus and a current member of the CEE EAC, was recently promoted to President of Froehling and Robertson, Inc.  Don is a big supporter of our programs and regularly returns to campus to recruit our students.  Read the complete story.

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Stefan Grimberg
Stefan Grimberg
Professor & Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Phone: 315/268-6490