Nearly 200 people turned out on October 17 to witness the dedication of a new data visualization lab at RPI’s Darrin Fresh Water Institute, in Bolton.
The facility is an integral part of the multi-million dollar Jefferson Project whose goal is to protect Lake George from threats such as road salt, invasive species, stormwater pollution and shoreline development.
Eventually it’s hoped that this high-tech effort – a collaboration between RPI, IBM and The Fund for Lake George – can be used to protect fresh water bodies throughout the Adirondacks, New York state and around the globe.
“This is bigger than Lake George,” said John E. Kelly, IBM’s research director and senior vice president. “We want to create a technology that we can bring around the world to preserve one of our most precious resources – that is water.”
The new data lab has been named for Kelly, an RPI alumnus, and his wife, Helen-Jo, who gave a major gift to create an endowed fund to support ongoing research at the new facility.
The Jefferson Project, launched in 2013, is named for Thomas Jefferson who described Lake George as the most beautiful body of water he’d ever seen.