All of this is intense and a lot of work. But the payoff at the end is confidence
— you are well-prepared for whatever opportunities the world has to offer.
Honors students frequently choose graduate school or professional school as
their next step. In 2013, Honors graduates went on to Ph.D. programs at Carnegie
Mellon, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Purdue and the University of Michigan.
Others go into great jobs. This year they are working for companies like
Assured Information Security, Rome, N.Y.; GE Aviation, Lynn, Mass.; IBM
Research, Austin, Texas; IBM Linux Technology, Portland, Ore.; NAVSEA,
Norfolk, Va.; and Procter & Gamble in Boston. Two graduates are going into
nonprofits: Global Nomad and the Peace Corps.
, a Goldwater Scholarship recipient at Clarkson, chose to continue
her education in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. There, she is
researching fluid mechanics, specifically the heat transfer and fluid behavior in
turbulent fluid flow in turbomachinery, such as gas turbine engines.
turned a summer internship with General Electric
into a fast-track, full-time job, becoming the manager of after-market
locomotive sales in South Africa. Next stop? Graduation with Distinction from
Harvard Business School and a return to Nigeria as general manager of an
agricultural production start-up company.
“I remember the day my boss in Houston asked me if I was ready to move
to the Netherlands,” said
, “and that was after only eight
months on the job.” Now the ExxonMobil engineer works with the construction
contractor building a floating oil drilling platform 120 miles offshore of Angola.
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Putting a Human on Mars
Not many 19-year-olds are invited by NASA to formally present their ideas for
interstellar space exploration to senior scientists and engineers. But like other
Honors students, Andrew Bingham ’07, a mechanical and aeronautical
engineering major, was not your typical undergraduate.
As an Honors student, Andrew conducted research growing out of his
lifelong interest in manned spacecraft design. As a sophomore, an idea
Andrew developed for a system of space stations to provide electromagnetic
propulsion for interstellar space probes won a competition sponsored by the
NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. He was also awarded a Barry M.
Goldwater Scholarship for outstanding performance and great promise in the
fields of science, engineering and math.
This led to a summer internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., where he performed development testing and design
on an automated system to obtain and analyze Martian rock for the Mars
Science Laboratory rover.
Today, Andrew works full-time at JPL as lead technical engineer,
responsible for design and assembly of automated protective covers for the
Mars rover’s eight cameras.
“Throughout my research experiences, the faculty was very engaged,
listening to my ideas, providing feedback and encouragement, and pointing
me towards opportunities,” he says.
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