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09-09-2013

Clarkson University Receives Support from Qualcomm

Qualcomm, a longstanding corporate partner of Clarkson University, has awarded Clarkson a $15,000 grant to construct the “Qualcomm Software Engineering Student Project Space” (Q-Space). The Q-Space, to be housed in the Center for Advanced Materials Processing building, will be available beginning fall 2013 for use by more than 130 students enrolled in the computer and software engineering program at Clarkson.

Left to right: Clarkson Provost Chuck Thorpe; Fram Akiki '86, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; Clarkson Distinguished Service Professor Susan Conry; and Phil Wadsworth, vice president and legal counsel, Qualcomm, Inc., with Conry's software engineering senior design class.“We are extremely grateful to Qualcomm for its continued support of Clarkson University,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins. “This generous grant from Qualcomm will allow Clarkson software and computer engineering students the opportunity to collaborate and learn from peers.”

Software engineering is a discipline that is expected to grow at a rate of more than 30 percent over the 10-year period 2010-2020 -- much faster than the average of all occupations. Clarkson’s software engineering students will utilize the Q-Space to foster greater camaraderie and teamwork, strengthen the learning environment, and encourage students to engage in extracurricular engineering activities. Interdisciplinary project work is important in the development of lifelong learning skills, the ability to work in teams, and the acquisition of practical engineering skills -- all of which are highly valued by industry.

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.

Photo caption: Qualcomm has awarded Clarkson University a $15,000 grant to construct the “Qualcomm Software Engineering Student Project Space." Above (left to right), Clarkson Provost Chuck Thorpe; Fram Akiki '86, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; Clarkson Distinguished Service Professor Susan Conry; and Phil Wadsworth, vice president and legal counsel, Qualcomm, Inc., with Conry's software engineering senior design class.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/qualcomm-2013.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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