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10-26-2009

National Grid Creates $350k Sustainable Energy Endowment at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University and National Grid today announced the creation of a $350,000 endowment at Clarkson. The National Grid Endowed Fund for Student Research Opportunities in Sustainable Energy will annually fund up to five summer research opportunities for Clarkson Honors Program students studying sustainable energy. nationalgrid

"Clarkson has a rich history of educating engineers for the energy industry and we are proud to be able to support and broaden its resources dedicated to building our industry's sustainable future," said Tom King, president of National Grid, U.S. "National Grid's endowment at Clarkson University is designed to provide educational and career pathways for bright young students and is an investment in the future of sustainable energy and engineering. The endowment supports National Grid's community involvement goals, which are focused on energy and the environment; education and skills; and community development."

"We are most grateful to National Grid for this generous endowment, which will enable further research opportunities for our undergraduate students in one of the University's signature areas of research, the environment and energy," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "Partnerships like this one provide our students with access to state-of-the-art research technology, while simultaneously benefitting our nation's energy consumers. National Grid is enabling Clarkson and its students to continue playing a key role in research that will ultimately strengthen the economy of both New York state and the nation."

"This support will enable some of our most promising students to perform cutting-edge research and acquire the skills necessary to contribute to a sustainable future for all of us," said David M. Craig, director of the Honors Program.

The students' research includes areas like power systems, energy education, energy efficiency, energy harvesting and storage, bioenergy, fuel cells and hydrogen fuel, solar energy systems, and wind energy.

"Our need for sustainable energy may be the biggest challenge the world has ever faced," said Prof. Kenneth D. Visser, director of Clarkson's Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. "We are very grateful for National Grid's generosity and belief in the importance of investing in this research."

The students will also benefit from a series of seminars and workshops on sustainability and participate in field trips and team-building activities.

Built upon current and emerging problems in science, technology and society, Clarkson's Honors Program offers unique academic challenges and opportunities for Clarkson's most promising students. The University admits no more than 30 new students to the program each year.

Clarkson recently announced a new minor in sustainable energy systems for all engineering and engineering and management majors. The minor requires courses in technology, policy and industrial ecology, encouraging students to examine the human side of energy issues.

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University and National Grid have announced the creation of a $350,000 endowment at Clarkson. The National Grid Endowed Fund for Student Research Opportunities in Sustainable Energy will annually fund up to five summer research opportunities for Honors Program students in sustainable energy. Left to right: Honors Program Associate Director Hayley H. Shen; National Grid Vice President, Energy Solutions Services, Susan Crossett; Clarkson University President Tony Collins; National Grid, U.S., President Tom King; and Prof. Kenneth D. Visser.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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