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11-04-2009

Castronova Elected to Clarkson University Board of Trustees

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Clarkson University alumna Amy E. Castronova, president and CEO of Novatek Communications, Inc., has been elected to Clarkson’s board of trustees. She will serve on the marketing and student affairs committees.Amy Castranova

Novatek is a technical documentation and training company in Rochester, N.Y., that energizes information with technical writers, instructional designers, developers, programmers and editors.

Castronova earned a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary engineering and management from Clarkson in 2004. She was president of Delta Zeta sorority, a member of the women’s club hockey team, and a member of Phalanx, Clarkson’s highest honorary society.

As an undergraduate, Castronova interned at the Center for Optics Manufacturing at the University of Rochester’s Laser Lab for Energetics before purchasing Novatek in 2003.

She serves on Clarkson’s Alumni Council and on the admissions committee as a liaison to the Rochester area. This summer, Clarkson honored Castronova with both the Woodstock Award and the Charles S. Ehrlich ’56 Alumni Admission Award.

Castronova was the 2008 recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year awards at the district, state, and regional levels from the U.S. Small Business Association.

In 2007, the Rochester Women Presidents Organization named her a Rising Star and she received the Society for Technical Communication Presidents Award.

In 2006, Castronova was named an Up and Coming Business Woman in Rochester and her company was named a Patriotic Employer by the Department of Defense.

She is a member of the international Women Presidents Organization and Entrepreneurs Organization.

Castronova resides in Rochester.

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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