Pace Magazine

Drinking It In

July 11, 2022
john cronin talking to students

You probably have no idea what’s actually in your drinking water. How would you? Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems Professor John Cronin, formerly New York’s first full-time Hudson Riverkeeper, is aiming to change that. With the help of a donation of over $200K in water testing equipment from General Electric, he founded Seidenberg’s Blue CoLab.

In this lab, he leads a team of nine students who work with equipment that allows them to test water conditions in real time. They’re creating apps. Reviewing data. Mapping visualizations. Basically, they’re working on the technology that will help ensure a future where no one has to wonder what’s in their drinking water.

"That’s my calling: training the next generation to make a difference."

“I’ve worked for Congress, and for the New York State Legislature. I was the Hudson Riverkeeper for 17 years. I brought all those skills together at Pace. And now at Seidenberg, I’m able to pursue what is needed: more innovation, better use of technology, how to protect people in real time,” says Cronin. “I want to pass on those skills and give students real opportunities. Show them what is possible. That’s my calling: training the next generation to make a difference.”

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