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Clarkson University Prof Named Outstanding Teacher by ASEE

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Shane Rogers, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, was recently named the recipient of the St. Lawrence Section Outstanding Teaching Award given by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Rogers was nominated by Professor Hung Tao Shen, civil and environmental engineering department chair, because of his efforts in the classroom. He was one of only nine winners

The St. Lawrence Region of ASEE includes 28 higher education institutions in both the U.S. and Canada, including McGill University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Cornell University. The award was open to all engineering professors at the participating schools.

Rogers regularly teaches courses in introduction to environmental engineering, water and wastewater treatment processes, and graduate-level environmental biological processes.

"Professor Rogers brings enthusiasm to the classroom and engages students through demonstrations in class that help us learn and remember important concepts," said Tim Zoll ’10. "He also takes students to see real-world applications of processes in the field of engineering that relate to class topics and brings real-world knowledge back to the class through his previous work experiences."

Rogers has mentored students outside the classroom too, notably as the faculty advisor of the Clarkson chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), an international non-profit humanitarian organization that partners with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life.

In 2008 and 2009, Rogers led groups of EWB students to La Margarita, Ecuador to help the small village find solutions for clean drinking water. Now, Rogers and EWB students are expanding their clean water efforts, hoping to improve the quality of life in more communities across the globe.

Rogers was also a 2008 recipient of the McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration and Sustainable Use Medal for his research on expedited site characterization of aquifers contaminated with coal tar compounds at former manufactured gas plants.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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 health sciences, 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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