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04-22-2008

Clarkson University Environmental Design Team Wins Award at New Mexico Competition

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Clarkson University's environmental design team, Clarkson University Remediation Engineers (CURE), won the best bench-scale and oral presentation award in the 18th annual International Environmental Design Contest (EDC) at New Mexico State University earlier this month. The team is part of the University's Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) program. CURE2008

The Clarkson team's design task was to design an inland desalination process, including the safe disposal of non-hazardous waste in rural, isolated communities. The developed process would supply sufficient drinking water for a town of approximately 40,000 people in rural New Mexico at economical rates. The team's proposed solution for the conversation of brackish (salty) water into drinking water included the use of green technologies such as a renewable heat source and the sale of 20 tons per day of gypsum recovered from the source water.

The teams prepare four different presentations: written, oral, poster and bench-scale model. The Clarkson students competed well in this competition of 13 teams, winning the award for best bench-scale and oral presentation given in this task this year. "Opportunities like this really validate many of the classes we've taken over these long four years," said junior Daniel Lupone.

The competition is a unique event that brings together industry, government and academia in the search for improved environmental solutions. Held annually since 1991 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., the contest draws hundreds of college students from throughout the United States and around the world

The Clarkson team members that competed at New Mexico State University were Jonathan Brown, a senior engineering and management major from Canandaigua, N.Y.; Benjamin Brown-Steiner, a senior environmental engineering major from Rochester, N.Y.; Benjamin Durfee, a senior civil and environmental engineering major from Chittenango, N.Y.; Ian Kuchman, a senior civil and environmental engineering major from Rochester, N.Y.; Daniel Lupone, a junior civil engineering major from Syracuse, N.Y.; and Mark Surette, a senior civil and environmental engineering major from Herman, Maine.

The supporting team members are Omobogie Amadasu, a senior civil engineering major from Lackawanna, N.Y.; Alexander Bauer, a senior environmental engineering major from Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Ryan Davies, a senior civil engineering major from Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Brodie Follman, a junior engineering and management major from Orchard Park, N.Y.; Jeremy Four, a senior engineering and management major from Eldred, N.Y.; David Hechmer, a senior civil engineering major from Canal Fulton, Ohio; Kathleen Jones, a senior civil engineering major from Lansing, N.Y.; Nicholas LaPlant, a civil engineering major from Ripton, Vt.; Gregory Moore, a senior civil engineering major from Camillus, N.Y.; Jared Thisse, a senior civil engineering major from Martinsburg, N.Y.; William Toft, a senior environmental engineering major from Berkeley Heights, N.J.; Christopher Wahl, a senior engineering and management major from Oswego, N.Y.; and Ian Yerdon, a junior civil engineering major from Baldwinsville, N.Y. The team's faculty advisor is Stefan J. Grimberg.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: Clarkson University's environmental design team, Clarkson University Remediation Engineers (CURE), won the best bench-scale and oral presentation award in the 18th annual International Environmental Design Contest in New Mexico. Here, students Daniel Lupone (left) and Mark Surette inspect the bench-scale operation at the competition.

[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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