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University of Connecticut and Xerox of the Northeast announce donation, recognize faculty member (Released: 5/30/96)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Lt. Gov. Jodi Rell today helped announce a partnership between the University of Connecticut and Xerox of the Northeast designed to support and enhance the quality of education and business development in Connecticut.

Rell was joined by Mark A. Emmert, University Chancellor and Provost for University Affairs, and Joseph E. Mulcahy, vice president and general manager of Xerox of the Northeast, to introduce the partnership, beginning with a five-year, $500,000 pledge from the Xerox Foundation to the University's Downstate Initiative. In conjunction with the University, Xerox of the Northeast also launched an annual academic award to recognize a UConn professor who has developed an innovative solution for business in the state.

"This is a prime example of the kind of corporate commitment that will serve to rebuild, renew and enhance the University in the coming decade," Rell says. "The UCONN 2000 initiative -- augmented by donations like this from Xerox -- will help Connecticut meet the changing and growing demands of higher education and the business community alike."

The five-year pledge will be used to support the technological development of UConn's new Stamford campus and will meet some of the University's immediate needs -- including planning, program development, staffing and equipment -- and make the campus state-of-the-art, Emmert says.

"A portion of the donation will establish a permanent endowment -- The Xerox Information Technology Fund -- which will be used to forward the development of technology and related programs at the Stamford campus," he says. "This fund, eligible for the dollar-for-dollar match by the state under the matching grant component of the UCONN 2000 commitment, will also be used for on-going institutional planning for access to new technologies as they emerge."

As part of this partnership, the University and Xerox of the Northeast, a customer business unit of The Document Company - Xerox, also announced the state's first annual "Documenting Solutions For Connecticut" award. George E. Hoag, associate professor of civil engineering and director of the University's Environmental Research Institute (ERI), was named this year's award recipient to recognize the outstanding services, research and technological assistance that he and ERI have provided to businesses throughout Connecticut. The University received a donation of a Xerox 3006 in Hoag's honor as this year's award winner.

"As a company, we're in the business of documenting solutions for our customers," Mulcahy says. "That is precisely why we wanted to recognize a professor who is not only working to find academic solutions, but one who is helping the business and economic development of the state as well."

With ERI, Hoag's work with companies like ENCAP Systems Inc. of Ohio and New Haven Manufacturing has directly contributed to economic growth in Connecticut. With ENCAP, the Institute took part in a demonstration and evaluation project to test a new product, ENCAP SEAL I, used to encapsulate lead-based paints, renovate interior surfaces, and reduce hazards in working environments caused by lead-based paints. As a result of this first-year project, ENCAP agreed to move its operations to Connecticut. The company has since merged with ABT, LLC., a Connecticut architecture/engineering marketing and distribution company, to form ENCAP Systems, LLC. of Connecticut. ENCAP Systems, LLC. is presently developing a capacity in Connecticut to manufacture the product.

Hoag also supervised ERI's research that allowed New Haven Manufacturing (NHM) to perfect the use of the Parrot Water Treatment System. This system uses electrical energy instead of chemical intervention to eliminate the problems caused by scaling, which is the build-up of various mineral deposits from water used in boilers. With a variety of applications, the Parrot has the potential to enable NHM to expand its operations, resulting in additional manufacturing jobs in Connecticut.

Along with his administrative duties at ERI, Hoag is a renowned researcher. His work has focused on the fate and transport of organic chemicals in groundwater. He has developed and produced processes for cleanup of oil spill sites and leaking underground petroleum tanks. He has also done extensive work assessing engineering at hazardous waster sites.

ERI was created in 1987 and is administered by the University's School of Engineering. A unique research and teaching organization, it is comprised of nearly two dozen faculty from 10 different academic departments. The institute has served scores of clients over the past nine years, from well-established corporations to small start-up businesses, including United Technologies Corp. of Hartford; Camp, Dresser and McKee of Hartford; U.S. Filter-Continental Penfield; Yankee Gas Services Co. of Meriden; Soneco Services Inc. of Groton; and Atlantic Environmental Services Inc. of Colchester.

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