When Clarkson University commenced its fall semester planning back in the spring, it looked to be a daunting task to safely bring more than 3,000 students back to its main campus in Potsdam for both in-person and online classes — especially for a university known for its personal, rigorous hands-on learning.
Questions like “Can classrooms be safely used?” and “Do we have enough classroom technology for online and hybrid classes?” were on the minds of faculty and administrators.
Engineers from Clarkson’s Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES) and experts from the University’s Office of Information Technology quickly went to work to make fall semester classes a reality, while still maintaining rigor in both learning and safety.
Suresh Dhaniyala, the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor and co-director of CARES, took the lead on analyzing the performance of classroom ventilation systems.
“For the COVID-19 pandemic scenario, our focus was on