SUNY Broome Engineering Science & Physics Professor Thomas Grace to Receive Clarkson University Inspirational Educator Award

POTSDAM, NY (05/03/2018) Thomas B. Grace of Chenango Bridge, N.Y., takes the time and care to ensure that every student grasps each concept he teaches. Grace is one of three recipients of this year's Clarkson University Inspirational Educator Awards.

The associate professor in the Engineering Science program at SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y., was nominated by former student Christopher Diaz of St. Regis Falls, N.Y., a senior mechanical engineering major at Clarkson. The award will be presented during Clarkson's commencement weekend activities.

Each year, Clarkson asks its seniors to nominate the educators who have significantly affected their lives and helped guide their higher education and career decisions. The award recognizes these educators for their lasting impact on their students and in their fields of education.

Early in the spring term, graduating seniors submit their reasons for choosing their nominees, how they influenced them and actual situations in which they showed themselves to be outstanding educators.

"Professor Grace was an excellent teacher who took time and care to ensure every student grasped each concept he taught," said Diaz in nominating Grace. "Every day in class, he was prepared, focused, and was able to convey the lesson in a detailed manner, allowing each student to grasp the concept, which was taught. He was the best teacher I had at SUNY Broome.

"Professor Grace was instrumental in my choosing Clarkson as the school where I would graduate from. Thank you, Professor Grace, for your guidance and the ethics imprinted on me."

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations, and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.