Clarkson professor of civil, environmental engineering granted tenure
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:21 pm

POTSDAM -- Shane Rogers has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University.

Rogers received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, master of science and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Iowa State University.

He joined the Clarkson faculty in 2007.

Since 2004 he has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio, first as a post-doctoral researcher from 2004-2007, and from 2007 to present as a special government employee.

In his dual roles, has been the principal investigator or co-PI on approximately $4 million in research regarding biotechnologies for soils and water treatment and residuals management, including genome-enabled molecular technologies for monitoring soils, air, and water quality.

His recent research investigates the fate and transport of pathogens and chemical stressors in agroecosystems and risks associated with exposure to these agents in the environment.

He has mentored 33 undergraduate and graduate researchers and a post-doctoral scholar from Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu City, China, on research projects in his laboratory; many of his research students have received state and national-level research awards.

Rogers is also the PI or co-PI on more than $1 million in education-related programs including Clarkson University’s NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program in Environmental Sciences and Engineering: Advancing Sustainable Systems and Environmental Technologies to Serve Humanity; and the NSF-funded ASPIRE of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Rogers recently received funding through the Alcoa Foundation for the “MythOlympic Games,” a program that will engage 40 high achieving high-school students in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Clarkson University. Additional educational outreach includes the Young Scholars Program (K-12), research experiences for K-12 teachers, and “River University” at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University.

He is the chair of the St. Lawrence Section of the American Society for Engineering Education and an associate editor for Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. He is the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education, St. Lawrence Section Outstanding Teaching Award, the Clarkson University Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award, the Clarkson University Student Association Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Water Environment Federation’s McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration, and Sustainable Use Medal, among other recognitions.

Rogers is also the faculty mentor for the Clarkson University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, USA. They are working on water and wastewater treatment systems for impoverished communities and elementary schools in the coastal plains region of Ecuador. Through partnerships with Potters for Peace, Potters Without Borders, Rotary International, and Hogar de Christo, a non-profit humanitarian organization, they have implemented a low-cost ceramic water filter production facility that will make water filters available to tens of thousands of people lacking adequate access to safe drinking water.