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Clarkson University Receives $25K Grant from J.M. McDonald Foundation

Clarkson University has received a $25,000 grant from the J.M. McDonald Foundation to support laboratory upgrades in the Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering.

"Clarkson is grateful to the J.M. McDonald Foundation for helping to enhance the laboratories of our undergraduate students," said Goodarz Ahmadi, dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. "We'll be able to upgrade the facilities used in several of our upper division lab courses."

"The funding will essentially improve four components in the mechanical & aeronautical engineering laboratory experience," says Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Ron LaFleur.

"As part of this modernization plan, two types of USB data acquisition (DAQ) Systems have been purchased. These portable DAQ interfaces connect to the notebook computers that are common tools for today’s students. This portability and multi-functionality allow students to take many new types of real-world measurements.

"New, efficient regenerative blowers and DC-capable controllers will replace the older blowers used in jet experiments, and the use of on-site air compression, rather than portable air cylinder delivery, will enable the upgrade and redesign of a supersonic flow experiment

"Finally, a second station for a nozzle performance experiment will expand the Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering laboratory and make the experiment available to both mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering students."

Clarkson has a long standing history with the J. M. McDonald Foundation, which has given nearly $200,000 to the University since 1990.

The J. M. McDonald Foundation, formerly located in Cortland, N.Y., now has headquarters in Florida and Colorado. Founded in 1952 by James M. McDonald, the owner and founder of a department store chain, the J. M. McDonald Foundation has supported capital projects primarily in Upstate New

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