Clarkson University trustee and provost serve on National Research Council committee
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 5:29 am

Clarkson University trustee Thomas J. Burns and provost Chuck Thorpe recently served on a National Research Council committee, which reviewed STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and management graduate study programs in the federal Department of Defense, Clarkson said.

Burns, president and CEO of ENSCO Inc., served as vice chair of the "Committee on Review of Specialized Degree-Granting Graduate Programs of the DoD in STEM and Management," which reviewed programs in the Naval Postgraduate School and the Air Force Institute of Technology to evaluate their worth according to Clarkson.

The report reviews the DoD's need for civilian and military personnel with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and management, and evaluates the ability of DoD educational institutions compared with private institutions or distance learning programs to meet those needs, Clarkson said.