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04-01-2009

Clarkson University Students to Participate in International Environmental Competition

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Students from Clarkson University will be among the 31 teams representing 21 colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada at the 19th Annual Environmental Design Contest April 5-8 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The engineering challenge is sponsored by WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development. WERC is a partner organization of the Institute for Energy & the Environment. The Environmental Design Contest challenges student teams to develop solutions for real-world environmental problems that have been submitted by various companies and government institutions.werc2009

Clarkson University students will compete in the task of developing a zero waste stream for a semi-conductor research, development and production facility.

"The Clarkson team tackled the hardest project in the competition," says team co-advisor Prof. Susan E. Powers. "Their design has resulted in transforming several hazardous and solid waste streams into valuable materials and energy products for sale or for use at the manufacturing facility. The student team has proven the environmental and economic benefits of reclaiming resources rather than landfilling these materials."

All teams prepare four different presentations: written, oral, a bench-scale model and poster, as part of the competition. They will be judged by environmental professionals representing government, industry and academia and cash prizes will be awarded during the competition.

"The design contest brings together industry, government and academia in the search for novel and innovative environmental solutions," WERC Executive Director Abbas Ghassemi said. "The contest provides students with tremendous experience that will help them in pursuit of their careers."

The Clarkson University team, lead by advisors Powers and Prof. Thomas M. Holsen, is made up of a class of more than 25 graduate and undergraduate students. Team members traveling to the competition are seniors Max Martin, environmental engineering, Saranac Lake, N.Y.; Jill A. Collins, civil engineering, Potsdam, N.Y.; Brendan M. Cook, environmental engineering, West Chazy, N.Y.; Wesley A. Hall, environmental engineering, North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Allison M. Hazard, environmental engineering, Mendon, N.Y.; and Michael A. Jahne, environmental engineering, Cambridge, N.Y.

For more information, visit http://iee.nmsu.edu.

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.

Photo caption: Students from Clarkson University will be among the 31 teams representing 21 colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada at the 19th Annual Environmental Design Contest April 5-8 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. Left to right: team members Lisa Bramwell, Allison Hazard, Sabina Gerstenberger, James Thayer, Wesley Hall and Brendan Cook.

[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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