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05-13-2007

Clarkson University Senior Andrew T. Bingham of Enosburg Falls Receives Frederica Clarkson Award

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Graduating senior Andrew T. Bingham of Enosburg Falls, Vt., was awarded the Frederica Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 114th commencement ceremony today. He was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty based on his scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.

Bingham, a mechanical and aeronautical engineering major who was a mBingham Frederica 2007ember of the University's Honors Program, has accepted a position with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where he'll start in June.

He is currently working with a group of students to present a concept titled "Manned Missions to Near Earth Objects using Exploration Systems Architecture Study Hardware" at the 2007 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Forum at the Johnson Space Center. The team was one of only about 15 teams selected to participate.

Bingham received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Education in 2005 and the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Student Fellows Prize in 2005-2006, when he developed a concept for interstellar exploration based on reusable launch architecture, presenting a poster at the NIAC annual meeting and an oral presentation at NIAC fellows meeting. He was also co-inventor of a provisional patent, "Compressive Tidal Energy Extractor," with K.D. Visser and T.N. Passmore.

In summer 2005 and 2006, Bingham was employed as an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where he conducted design and testing for the Mars Science Laboratory rover Sample Acquisition/Sample Processing and Handling System and created a dataset used in the alignment of seven flight optics in the optical bench and secondary mirror assembly of a space telescope.

While at Clarkson, Bingham worked as a student teaching assistant for the Honors Program freshmen MATLAB class for the past two years, developing a unique curriculum to teach computer programming and problem solving skills. He was president of the Sigma Gamma Tau national aerospace engineering honor society chapter, president of the Clarkson University Stargazers, a class representative on the Honors Program steering committee, recording secretary for the Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary society chapter, and a member of the Mars Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Photography Club.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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