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Clarkson partnering in contaminated site event in Colorado

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POTSDAM - Clarkson University will be an academic partner early next year for the RemTEC Summit, a conference focused on the remediation and restoration of contaminated sites.

Scheduled for March 4-6 in Westminster, Colo., the event will offer information on technology and policy related to contaminated site restoration. Leading experts within the academic, regulatory, and environmental-consulting communities will be speakers, along with representatives from industry.

“The conference is geared toward practitioners and stakeholders in groundwater remediation, but conference organizers are also strongly promoting student participation,” Associate Professor Michelle Crimi of Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment said.

Her research is on innovative methods for groundwater remediation, i.e., cleaning up contaminated groundwater, so the conference topics are of particular interest to Crimi and her students.

“It’s good for Clarkson to be an academic partner because it provides a great opportunity for our students to engage with professionals, and it also promotes visibility of our environmental-related graduate and undergraduate degree programs,” Crimi said.

Crimi works with undergraduate and graduate students who primarily do laboratory work to develop and evaluate new remediation technologies. The RemTEC Summit is an opportunity for the students to meet professionals working in the field and to hear about the latest technologies available.

Groundwater remediation is a great field for students to enter, Crimi says. There are plenty of opportunities not only for employment, but also to make a positive difference.

“Everyone needs safe drinking water,” according to Crimi. “People are paying more attention to how limited this resource is and how very many people are competing for it.”

Watch for details about the Summit on the ISE website www.clarkson.edu/ise.

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