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08-09-2012

Clarkson University is Academic Partner for Remediation Conference

Clarkson University will be an academic partner early next year for the RemTEC Summit, a conference focused on the remediation and restoration of contaminated sites.

Prof. Michelle Crimi (left) studies groundwater samples with student Falisha Gilman.Scheduled for March 4-6 in Westminster, Colo., the event will offer information on technology and policy related to contaminated site restoration. Leading experts within the academic, regulatory, and environmental-consulting communities will be speakers, along with representatives from industry.

“The conference is geared toward practitioners and stakeholders in groundwater remediation, but conference organizers are also strongly promoting student participation,” says Associate Professor Michelle Crimi of Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment.
 
Her research is on innovative methods for groundwater remediation, i.e., cleaning up contaminated groundwater, so the conference topics are of particular interest to Crimi and her students.

“It’s good for Clarkson to be an academic partner because it provides a great opportunity for our students to engage with professionals, and it also promotes visibility of our environmental-related graduate and undergraduate degree programs," says Crimi.

Crimi works with undergraduate and graduate students who primarily do laboratory work to develop and evaluate new remediation technologies. The RemTEC Summit is an opportunity for the students to meet professionals working in the field and to hear about the latest technologies available.

Groundwater remediation is a great field for students to enter, Crimi says. There are plenty of opportunities not only for employment, but also to make a positive difference.

“Everyone needs safe drinking water," says Crimi. "People are paying more attention to how limited this resource is and how very many people are competing for it.”

Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment encompasses research, interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and outreach programs. Events like the RemTEC Summit share ISE’s emphasis on promoting informed decisions and science-based policies on environmental matters.

Watch for details about the Summit on the ISE website www.clarkson.edu/ise

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/remtec2013.jpg .]

Photo caption: Clarkson University will be an academic partner early next year for the RemTEC Summit, a conference focused on the remediation and restoration of contaminated sites. Above, Prof. Michelle Crimi (left) studies groundwater samples with student Falisha Gilman.

[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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