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11-17-2011

AECOM Funds Water Research as Part of Academic Alliance with Clarkson University

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Clarkson University and AECOM (AY-EE-COMM) Technology Corporation announced today that they have established an academic alliance to advance the missions of both organizations. 

Tony Bouchard (left), executive vice president and region executive of AECOM’s U.S. Midwest Region, and a 1985 Clarkson graduate, made the announcement today with Clarkson President Tony Collins (right).The agreement includes collaboration in innovation, research and development, technical excellence and advancement, recruiting, diversity, social responsibility, and educational partnerships.

As part of this alliance, AECOM will fund a fellowship for a graduate student who will specialize in water research and will help provide support to Clarkson’s ongoing Engineers Without Borders water project in Ecuador.

“This important partnership with AECOM will address one of our key institutional priorities, ‘Technology Serving Humanity,’” said Clarkson President Tony Collins. “Academic alliances with key corporate partners such as AECOM allow Clarkson to enhance and accelerate our institution’s evolution to excellence in education and research.”
 
The alliance is also beneficial to AECOM.

“AECOM’s core purpose is to create, enhance, and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments,” said Tony Bouchard, executive vice president and region executive of AECOM’s U.S. Midwest Region, and a 1985 Clarkson graduate. “Academic alliances with premier institutions such as Clarkson help us achieve this goal. Working closely together, Clarkson and AECOM have identified intersection points of strategic value for both organizations. We strongly believe this initial focus on alignment will ensure a robust and sustainable alliance.” 

Water research, an important subject to both Clarkson University and AECOM, will be one of the priorities of the alliance. 

“AECOM is committed to various projects around the world that are working to find innovative solutions to water shortage and water quality issues, as well as developing sustainable improvements in our aquatic ecosystems,” said Bouchard. “We are excited to offer a Clarkson graduate student fellowship to advance water research and to be funding the important Engineers Without Borders program in Ecuador, which itself is dedicated to providing clean drinking water to a small village.”

“Meeting global water demand, improving water quality and supply, and maintaining aquatic ecosystems are more important today than ever before,” said Collins. “Due to changes in global population, massive urbanization, and climate change, these concerns are only going to become more serious in the future. At Clarkson, we’re eager to play a role in finding solutions to these emerging issues.”

Clarkson held a special “AECOM Day” on campus today, to introduce the alliance to members of the campus community.

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in approximately 125 countries and had revenue of $7.7 billion during the year ended June 30, 2011. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at http://www.aecom.com.
 
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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University and AECOM Technology Corporation have established an academic alliance. Tony Bouchard (left), executive vice president and region executive of AECOM’s U.S. Midwest Region, and a 1985 Clarkson graduate, made the announcement today with Clarkson President Tony Collins (right).

[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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