Leveraging science and technology to understand and protect rivers, estuaries and other important freshwater resources.


FATHOM: Hudson River Data as Music wins 2016 New Music USA award

A project commissioned for Beacon Institute's Science Cafe Series and submitted to New Music USA by "the mad scientist of dance floor jazz" (CMJ) Ben Neill has won a prestigious national award. Learn more...

Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)

A hybrid online and in-person Clarkson Master of Science in Engineering Management for working professionals. 
Learn more and apply! 

The Big Picture

Learn how Beacon Institute of Clarkson University puts research, education and policy to work, expanding the understanding of waterways for the benefit of human health, ecosystem restoration, economic development and quality of life. 

Upcoming Events

Science Café
Thurs., Oct. 20, 7pm
The Hop
554 Main Street Beacon

On (Mock) Trial: Groundwater vs. Corporation X

Clarkson University Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering Michelle Crimi and you-the-people examine the slippery slope of pinpointing polluters in a mock trial of Corporation X. Learn more, register now!


Sat., Nov. 12, 10am
199 Main Street Gallery

Hudson Habitats: A Virtual River Tour

Take a 3D virtual tour of the habitat-rich Hudson from start to finish, a journey to understand the unique physical characteristics and creatures of the 'river that flows both ways.' Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Environmental Educator Carl Heitmuller will captain this tour with help from Beacon Institute's virtual watershed exhibit. Learn more, register now!

Science Café
Thurs., Nov. 17, 7pm
The Towne Crier Café
379 Main Street Beacon

FATHOM: Hudson River Data as Music

Hear the debut performance of the 2016 New Music USA award-winning composition FATHOM: Hudson River Data as Music by "the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz" (CMJ) Ben Neill and dream pop vocalist Mimi Goese. RSVP early!