The Best Engineer You Can Be

As good as you are, you can be better. Those who recognize this simple truth become exceptional. And this is only one of the transformational characteristics of the engineers in the Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson. Some are professors, some students, but all become better.

The one-on-one talks between professors and students are hallmarks of the Coulter School. And these conversations are catalysts. They help faculty improve teaching and they turn students into thoughtful and accomplished engineers, capable of building a future beyond even their best expectations.

If that sounds good to you, just wait. It’s even better when it happens to you.

Here are some of the people who will help you along:

Professor Selma Thargard working with a student on researchSelma Thagard—professor, chemical engineering
Uses water to clean water. With funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, water turned to steam then plasma. “I tell my students that we create lightning in liquids.” This conversion generates an electrical field so powerful that, within minutes, it can purify several gallons of drinking water, without ever heating the water.

Kevin Fite—professor, mechanical engineering
With research grants from the U.S. Army, Kevin Fite develops prosthetic limbs and sensors that enable prosthetic legs to better interface with the residual limb.

Stephanie Schuckers—professor, electrical and computer engineering
With increasing regularity, passwords are being replaced by biometric identifiers: a fingerprint, voice or the iris of the eye. But these aren’t foolproof. Hackers can forge facsimiles. Professor Schuckers is a biometric security specialist, reducing vulnerabilities in these systems by looking for proof that the biometric identifier is, in fact, part of a living organism.

Sitaraman Krishnan—professor, chemical engineering
Designing new materials for renewable energy and clean energy technologies to lower the cost of solar cell, lithium ion battery and hydrogen fuel cell production. He is also developing pharmaceuticals that can pass through the stomach and release medicine in the small intestine, where uptake is more efficient and effective.

Sulapha Peethamparan—professor, civil and environmental engineering
With funding from the National Science Foundation, Sulapha Peethamparan is working on a multi-faceted project that could usher in widespread use of “green” concrete. By using industrial by-products or waste that can be recycled and re-purposed to make concrete, Professor Peethamparan’s process could prevent millions of tons of carbon dioxide from being released during cement production.

Kerop Janoyan—professor, civil and environmental engineering
Developed a remote, bridge-monitoring system using a network of wireless sensors. This work promises to improve the way transportation departments track and maintain bridges and other vital infrastructure across the country.

Jim Carrol—professor, electrical and computer engineering
Carroll’s research passion is mechatronics, a blend of engineering disciplines that includes robotics, real-time control systems and computer visualization that combine to create next generation applications. He’s helped develop real-time motion capture and 3D visualization systems for modeling virtual soldiers and to deliver cutting-edge interventions to physical therapy patients. He’s also working on a 3D bone modeling system able to predict future development for early detection of disease.

Laurel Kuxhaus—professor, mechanical engineering
By measuring elbow stiffness, Kuxhaus hopes to pinpoint specific exercises that loosen specific muscles and tendons. This can dramatically improve patients’ lives.

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