Designing a Bridge in 48 Hours

In this episode of the Clarkson Ignite Podcast, we sat down with Professor Erik C. Backus, the Howard E. Lechler Endowed Director of the Construction Engineering Management program at Clarkson. He is extremely involved with sustainability initiatives at Clarkson and in the surrounding community. He serves on the University Sustainability Committee, and is an affiliate faculty in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. He is also heavily involved in the Lake Placid initiative to become the world’s first LEED Certified community. We discussed this along with some interesting stories from his time serving in the U.S. Army.

Biosensors And A Global Breakfast

On this weeks episode of the Clarkson Ignite Podcast, we talked with PhD student Fatima Mustafa. Originally from Jordan, she came to Clarkson to pursue her PhD in chemistry, and did not hesitate to get involved on campus. She was one of the primary organizers of the Global Women’s Breakfast which focused on empowering women in chemistry. They had over 100 attendees discussing possibilities, challenges, and common myths about pursuing a career in chemistry. In addition, we discussed Fatima’s fascinating research on biosensors as consumer-based indicators with wide ranging implications in a number of customer-facing markets.

Making Class Interesting

This week we talked to Chris Martin, an instructor in the Mathematics department. He is known in the Clarkson Community for teaching calculus classes in a way that connects with students and makes it more enjoyable; all the while ensuring students are able to learn the content well. We discuss the challenges of teaching pre-requisite courses that no one wants to learn, how he got to Clarkson, and what students can take away from classes they may not find useful or interesting. It was a great conversation with a very entertaining man. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Yacht Clubs and Beer Science

In this episode, we talked with Stacey Oakley ’04, who has had an extremely unique career in finance and operations. Since graduating in 2004, she has helped finance, build, and manage a new yacht club in Nantucket before becoming Controller at The Florida Brewery. We discuss her journey, experiences, and her extensive knowledge of beer science.