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Reunion Keynote Speaker Series

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The Clarkson Alumni Reunion Keynote Speaker series was created to give Clarkson alumni, faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community a fresh perspective from recognized experts on relevant issues that impact our global society.

Three years after its launch, it's starting conversations and engaging our alumni community around topics of great importance.


Past Keynote Speakers:

In 2012, explorer Alexandra Cousteau, got us talking about innovating and re-imagining solutions to the pressing environmental issues that confront and define our species today.

In 2013, actor and entrepreneur John Ratzenberger, was an outspoken advocate for American-made products and the companies that keep Americans working.

In 2014, researcher and astronomer, Dr. Steven Squyres spoke about how design and innovation got us to Mars, and how to foster innovation under tight constraints.


Squyres2014 Speaker: Researcher and Astronomer Dr. Steven Squyres
 told the fascinating story of the twin robotic explorers named Spirit and Opportunity that landed on Mars in 2004, the initial conception through development, and the design process that led to su
ch extraordinary performance, launch, landing and more than six years of exploration.


John Ratzenberger2013 Speaker: Actor and Entrepreneur John Ratzenberger
delivered his thoughts about preventing a national crisis by making Americans aware of the country's manufacturing problems and fostering a turnaround through education, entrepreneurship and job creation. MORE


Alexandra Cousteau2012 Speaker: Alexandra Cousteau National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of the legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, helped us to connect the abundant water resources in Upstate New York with an overall understanding of our water planet. MORE

Continue great conversations about important topics next summer: support bringing other great alumni speakers to campus (put "Reunion Speakers" in "other" box).