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08-20-2010

Clarkson University Launches New Horizons in Engineering Lectureship Series

Clarkson University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering has launched its New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series, dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.

Eminent world-renowned engineers, members of national academies, Clarkson alumni, and other leaders in their fields will present the latest advances on the frontier of engineering to students, faculty and the North Country community.

The distinguished speakers will explore the latest discoveries and alert us to the benefits of engineering and technological advances to humanity.

Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering Liya L. Regel created New Horizons in Engineering (NHE) with a generous personal gift.

"Our School of Engineering has an impressive history and outstanding talented faculty, students and alumni," said Regel. "For the last decade, we’ve had immense and impressive changes in campus life, bringing an increased visibility of Clarkson, not only around the North Country but also abroad. We must all feel lucky to be part of it."

"We are grateful to Professor Regel for her generosity and for her insight in establishing this important series," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "These eminent speakers will enable us to improve our vision of the future of the engineering enterprise, its challenges and its potential."

"New Horizons in Engineering has three goals," said Dean of the Coulter School of Engineering Goodarz Ahmadi. "To introduce our students and faculty to these eminent engineers and their achievements; to stimulate our thinking about the latest engineering advances and visions of the future; and to provide these distinguished engineers with lasting memories of our impressive campus, research, and student activities."

"I am pleased to announce that Dr. Regel has agreed to serve as the first chair of the NHE Distinguished Lecture series," added Ahmadi.

The inaugural lecture will be delivered by distinguished Clarkson alumnus Thomas Zacharia, the deputy director for science and technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He will present his lecture on Friday, October 22.

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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