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Meet Tom Seacord '96, '98

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"The Contacts You Have and the People You Know"

Since graduation, Tom Seacord '96 has designed desalination plants used for drinking water treatment as an engineer and project manager with Carollo Engineers in Boise, Idaho. He manages a team of surveyors and geotechnical, structural, architectural, climate control, electrical and instrumentation engineers.

To what does Tom most credit his career success? Connections made at Clarkson.

"It's important to work hard, but equally important to the path of your career are the contacts you have and the people you know," Tom says. "As a small university, Clarkson provides a great opportunity to get to know your professors and get involved in student chapters of professional organizations."

Tom was a member of the Clarkson chapters of the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

"My advice to students today is to get involved," he says. "One of the most important skills that you can develop is the ability to meet, talk with and listen to the professionals who visit campus."