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02-20-2015

Clarkson University is Academic Partner for Remediation Conference

Clarkson University will be an academic partner next month for the RemTEC Summit, a conference focused on the remediation and restoration of contaminated sites.

Associate Professor Michelle Crimi (left) studies groundwater samples with student Falisha Gilman.Scheduled for March 2-4 in Westminster, Colo., the conference offers opportunity to learn about the science behind emerging site remediation technologies, application of those technologies, as well as policy affecting site restoration.  

“The conference offers a unique forum to bring together academic research and practical implementation of remediation technologies. It focuses not only on the theory and development of remediation technologies, but also on cost-effective application,” says Associate Professor Michelle Crimi of Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment.  

Crimi's research is on innovative methods for groundwater remediation -- i.e., cleaning up contaminated groundwater -- so the conference topics are of particular interest to Crimi and her students.

“The conference has an excellent focus on student development," says Crimi. “It has a student program, offering a remediation workshop, one-on-one career advising sessions with top academics and practitioners, and a student presentation competition.”

Crimi works with undergraduate and graduate students who primarily do laboratory work to develop and evaluate new remediation technologies. The RemTEC Summit is an opportunity for the students to meet professionals working in the field and to hear about the latest technologies available.

Groundwater remediation is a great field for students to enter, Crimi says. There are plenty of opportunities not only for employment, but also to make a positive difference.

"Thirty percent of available freshwater comes from groundwater, and estimates indicate that there are more than 100,000 contaminated sites across the U.S., which are expected to cost over $100 billion to clean up,” says Crimi. “We need to continue to develop and advance effective, low-cost technologies for treating these sites.”  

Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment encompasses research, interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and outreach programs. Events like the RemTEC Summit share ISE’s emphasis on promoting informed decisions and science-based policies on environmental matters.

Watch for details about the Summit on the ISE website at http://www.clarkson.edu/ise .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five 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 the health professions, 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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University will be an academic partner next month for the RemTEC Summit, a conference focused on the remediation and restoration of contaminated sites. Above, Associate Professor Michelle Crimi (left) studies groundwater samples with student Falisha Gilman.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/remtec2013.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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