Dr. Samuel P. Clemence, interim dean of Hendricks Chapel and professor emeritus in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will give a talk entitled “The Engineering History of the Erie Canal” on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library.
Famous in song and story, the Erie Canal linked the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. The canal’s engineering achievements are one of the great stories of American technology. Following the canal’s opening in 1825, upstate New York became the equivalent of our modern day “Silicon Valley”. Its impact was extraordinary, both on the state of New York and the entire United States. It has been called the Mother of Cities, Pathway to an Empire, and the Eighth Wonder of the World. Dr. Clemence’s multi-media presentation will include songs, video, and animations that describe the planning, construction, and completion of the canal.
The Library Associates of the Syracuse University Libraries are pleased to present this unique lecture and reception in Bird Library, which is free and open to the public.
Dr. Clemence joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University in 1977 as an associate professor. His previous academic service was at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1973-1977. Prior to entering academics, he was employed by several consulting engineering firms and served six years as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He supervised engineering and construction projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the South Pacific, Spain, and the United States.
Dr. Clemence is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Chi Epsilon and Sigma Xi, and was elected to Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1977. He is the editor of three books and author or co-author of over sixty technical publications. He served as senior associate dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science from 1991-1996. Dr. Clemence received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973.