2016 President's Report - page 4-5

Capital Region Campus
New York City
Pier 26
Saranac Lake
Trudeau Institute
Adirondack Semester
Beacon Institute
for Rivers &
“Clarkson has long been a
pioneer in materials science
research achievements.
This support from the
Keck Foundation not
only elevates us to the
next level of success in
materials research, but also
has the potential to truly
transform nanoscience.”
– Tony Collins, Clarkson President
Clarkson University
President’s Report
Research Collaborations.
Beacon Institute-affiliated faculty and staff are facilitating research
collaborations with state-supported and other environmental organizations
to address water-related challenges throughout the Hudson River Watershed.
Last May, 11 Clarkson faculty members hosted a seminar at Beacon
to discuss research opportunities in New York Harbor and the lower
Hudson River Valley. The aim of the seminar was to explore how Clarkson
researchers might work with the New York Harbor School and Billion
Oyster Project and inspire new environmental projects in the Hudson
River Valley.
Educational Opportunities. Community Outreach.
The Clarkson seminar also provided an opportunity for Clarkson
data analytics graduate student Allison Montroy to consult with the
interdisciplinary faculty team for her digital art project
Hudson River
. Montroy, a 2016 Open Space Institute Barnabas McHenry
Hudson River Valley award winner, applied what she learned to create an
innovative, educational exhibit about the Hudson River. The interactive
display launched in December at the hands-on education and discovery
space at the Beacon Institute offices in Beacon, N.Y.
Last November, the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute announced
a Community Grant award for the Watershed Education Through STEM
Education (WET STEM) project.
WET STEM will combine STEM enrichment and community
partnerships to assess and protect the health of Fishkill Creek, an
understudied Hudson River tributary. Partners from Clarkson’s Institute
for STEM Education, Beacon Institute, Riverkeeper and New York Hall
of Science will guide a student-led project with their expertise in STEM
pedagogy, science communication, stream assessment and pollution-
specific curriculum.
Understanding and Protecting
New York’s Waterways
Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, Beacon, N.Y.
Across all operations in New York, Clarkson’s Beacon Institute is leveraging
science and technology to gain a better understanding of how to protect
rivers, estuaries and other important freshwater resources
through collaboration, education and scientific research.
Keck Foundation Awards $1 Million
for Nanoscience Research
Assistant Professor of Chemical and & Biomolecular Engineering Zijie Yan has been
awarded $1 million by the W. M. Keck Foundation to pursue cutting-edge research
in nanoscience — the study of structures and materials, such as atoms, molecules
and objects, whose size is on the nanometer scale (1 - 100 nm).
One nanometer is a billionth of a meter. There are 25.4 million nanometers
in an inch.
Yan’s research team includes colleagues from the University of Chicago and
Argonne National Laboratory.
The team’s project, “Light
Driven Self-Organization of Reconfigurable
Artificial Nanomaterials,” has the potential to solve one of the greatest
unaddressed challenges in nanoscience: the dynamic, directed, precise self-
assembly of nanoscale “building blocks” into designed architectures. The
research could open the doors to many new ways of utilizing nanotechnology
in the everyday world.
Prof. Zijie Yan
Clarkson Partners with Norsk Titanium
Norsk Titanium, a global supplier of additive-manufactured, structural titanium
components, is working with Clarkson to develop partnerships relating to
materials research, as well as educational programs to prepare Clarkson students
for careers in advanced additive manufacturing.
The company is developing a 67,000+-square-foot, advanced manufacturing
facility in Plattsburgh, N.Y., that will produce aircraft components using Norsk’s
proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) process.
The pioneering aerospace production facility will require highly trained
engineers, scientists and staff to operate it.
“We are pleased to welcome Norsk Titanium to the region and to Clarkson
University to initiate this exciting relationship,” says Clarkson President Tony
Collins. “We look forward to aligning Clarkson’s rich engineering and research
programs with Norsk’s advanced production technologies to give our students
the most state-of-the-art education possible.”
On September 24 at Pier 26 in Manhattan, Clarkson faculty, students and alumni introduced
New Yorkers to the fun and excitement of robotics and the importance of estuary science
through hands-on activities as part of SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival. Sponsored by the
Hudson River Park in partnership with the New York Hall of Science, the day-long celebration of
marine science raised awareness about the importance of coastal waters. Over 4,000 people
attended the festival.
Public health is directly linked
to clean watersheds and
waterways. A majority of the
world’s people are dependent
upon rivers, estuaries and
their watersheds for survival,
yet the supply and quality
of these resources are
vulnerable to complex human
and natural impacts.
Clarkson students with Clarkson alumna
Amanda Clapper, CEO of The Robot Zone.
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