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04-24-2013

Clarkson University Senior Earns National Tau Beta Pi Fellowship

A Clarkson University student is one of only about 40 nationwide who has been awarded a fellowship from Tau Beta Pi, the oldest engineering honor society in the United States.

Jared D. SmithJared D. Smith of Bay Shore, N.Y., will receive the $10,000 fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Smith, vice president of the Tau Beta Pi chapter at Clarkson, is a senior majoring in environmental engineering with a minor in environmental and occupational health science. After graduation in May, he will attend Cornell University for an M.S./Ph.D. in environmental and water resource systems engineering, studying the risks posed by hydraulic fracturing on surface water and groundwater resources.

Smith first became interested in quantifying the risks of hydrofracking while he was an exchange student at the University of Newcastle, Australia. While there, he learned of the impact that humans may have on subsurface freshwater resources by drilling for oils and fracking for natural gas.

Smith says that he aspires to invoke environmentally safe and sustainable protocols, and develop environmentally conscious engineering solutions for hydrofracking into policy. After graduate school, he would like to remain in academia, research and teaching, as a professor. He also hopes to become a licensed Professional Engineer.

Tau Beta Pi's fellowship program is its single most important project for the advancement of engineering education and the profession. Since its beginning in 1928, the purpose has been to finance, for a select group of members chosen for merit and need, a year of graduate study at the colleges of their choice. Tau Beta Pi fellows are free to do graduate work in any field which will enable them to contribute to the engineering profession.

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 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.

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

[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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