Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced that Clarkson University will receive a $221,517 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will be utilized by the Clarkson Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering departments to optimize the aerodynamics of Olympic luge sleds. The researchers have a long history of working in Clarkson’s laboratories with the US Luge team that is headquartered in nearby Lake Placid.

“I am proud to announce this grant for Clarkson to support the important research that they conduct,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This specific project will benefit researchers and students at Clarkson, but also U.S. Luge athletes in Lake Placid and across the United States. I look forward to witnessing the positive impact that this will have, and I will continue to advocate for federal funding for our higher education institutions.”

“American competitiveness in manufacturing and international sport competition have unique synergy for Clarkson faculty researchers when it comes to studies in aerodynamics and drag optimization,” said Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University.  “We truly appreciate the bi-partisan support from our Congressional representatives for research that brings real-world relevance for multiple sectors in the North Country economy.”