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Clarkson University Students Design Plinth for New Veterans Memorial in Brasher

A plinth designed by Clarkson University students is being used to display a new veterans memorial outside the municipal building in Brasher, N.Y.

PlinthThe plinth, which is a heavy base or pedestal for a statue or structure, is being used to support an A-4 Skyhawk Vietnam-era plane.

The plane was dedicated as a memorial to North Country area veterans in July.

A civil & environmental engineering senior design class working with Interim Dean of the Graduate School Kerop Janoyan, Professor Emeritus Gordon Batson, and civil engineering co-instructor Ken Meding '07 '11 created the original design of the plinth three years ago in spring 2013.

Civil engineering graduates Sean Dutcher '13, Tyler Lozzi '13, Ian Donnelly '13, Noelle Miller '13 and digital arts and sciences graduate Margueritte Ngami '13 all worked on the design.

Meding; his wife, Vanora O'Loughlin '09 '12; and Dan Valyou, a U.S. Army veteran, engineering science Ph.D. student and the Blade Test Facility co-director and facility manager, represented Clarkson at the memorial's dedication ceremony.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: A crowd gathers outside the municipal building in the Town of Brasher, N.Y., for a dedication ceremony for a memorial to North Country area veterans. The plinth, or the base supporting the plane, was designed by Clarkson University civil & environmental engineering students.

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