Potsdam resident one of two to win awards for graduate student presentations at Clarkson
Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 1:51 pm

Two Clarkson University students received two out of the three awards for Best Graduate Student Presentation for research they presented at the Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC) in Geneva, N.Y., in July.

Daegan A.J. Gonyer of Groveton, N.H., and Andrew F. Brouwer of Potsdam, N.Y., received first and third place awards, respectively.

Gonyer, who is working on a master's degree in engineering science, presented his research on the optimal design and feasibility analysis of a high-tech, multiple-story greenhouse for year-round vegetable production in cold climates. His work also contributed to the receipt of a $75,000 grant through the EPA P3 Sustainability Design Competition. Gonyer is advised by Prof. Susan E. Powers, associate director for sustainability in Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

Brouwer is part of a research team investigating anaerobic digestion as a method of managing and treating dairy manure waste. He presented research on the development of a mathematical model that may be used to optimize a system that includes both an anaerobic digester, which produces biogas, and a combined heat and power system, which utilizes that biogas. Brouwer is a master of science degree student in the environmental science and engineering degree program. He is advised by Powers and Prof. Stefan J. Grimberg, chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

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