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07-23-2009

Gaus Receives Clarkson University’s Top Award for Young Alumni

John P. Gaus of Watertown, N.Y., founder of Enermetrix and Golden Technology Management, LLC., has received the Woodstock Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University.

Given each year during Reunion Weekend, the Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.

Gaus received his bachelor of science degree in electrical & computer engineering from Clarkson in 1989. While at Clarkson, Gaus was a member of Army ROTC, Theta Chi fraternity, the weightlifting club and a competitor in many intramural sports.

After graduating, Gaus worked as a junior officer in the Army. He continued his studies at the Boston College extension in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Hartford Graduate School. Before becoming a successful entrepreneur, he worked as a project engineer at an electric utility company where he managed projects that spanned the spectrum from building electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure to developing advanced information systems.

In 1998, Gaus was the founder of Enermetrix, an Internet technology and transaction management venture and a leader in deregulating energy markets. The company deployed enterprise software and transaction management services to many of the world’s largest energy trading companies. Enermetrix was twice awarded the prestigious CIO Web Business 50/50 Award for the innovative design and functionality of its software. In October of 1998, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates nominated the company for the highly distinguished Computerworld Smithsonian Institute.

After the sale of Enermetrix, Gaus founded Golden Technology Management, LLC. Golden Technology incubates and actively manages new technology ventures. The firm employs Clarkson School of Business graduates and works closely with researchers, students and investors to commercialize new technology. Golden Technology focuses on community-scale energy, food, water and other resource technologies and has invested in the creation of companies that conduct business around the world, as well as in upstate New York.

Gaus has created businesses that have resulted in over $100 million in venture investments or liquidity events. He is an avid advocate for economic development in the North Country and volunteers to teach a course in private equity and venture capital at Clarkson. Gaus serves on the Clarkson Business Leadership Council, actively recruits and mentors students for Clarkson, and assists students with job placement

He lives in Watertown with his wife, Jennifer, and four children.

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.

[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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