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04-01-2014

Another Clarkson University Student Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Another Clarkson University honors student has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and two other Clarkson students have received honorable mentions.

Mason B. Sutorius (honorable mention), Ruisheng Ruisheng "Rick" Wang '15, a mechanical engineering major from Potsdam, N.Y., has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.

Jeffrey Adam Smith '15, a physics and mathematics double major from Utica, N.Y., and Mason B. Sutorius '15, a mechanical engineering major from Rochester, N.Y., have been awarded honorable mentions.

Of more than 4,000 institutions nationwide, Clarkson is in the top one percent for the number of Goldwater Scholars in the past five years.     

Including this year’s scholar, 30 Clarkson University students have received this highly coveted award since the scholarships were first awarded in 1989. This is the 15th consecutive year that Clarkson Honors Program students have received Goldwaters.



The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the United States given to undergraduates studying in mathematics, science and engineering. Only 283 scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Ruisheng "Rick" Wang, a graduate of Potsdam Central High School in Potsdam, N.Y., is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering and a member of the Honors Program. During his freshman year, he began undergraduate research under the mentorship of Professor Ratneshwar Jha and conducted aerospace related structural health monitoring research. In his sophomore year, Wang transitioned to biomedical research under the mentorship of Professor Charles Robinson and has since been involved in various projects. Wang’s Goldwater proposal details a clinically significant non-invasive technique of cardiovascular disease risk assessment using accelerometers. This summer, he will be working at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital through a fellowship granted by the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Wang plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and would like to eventually start his own biotech company.

Jeffrey Smith, a graduate of Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, N.Y., is a junior pursuing a double major in physics and mathematics with a minor in electrical engineering. As a McNair Scholar, he has conducted research at Clarkson University under Professor Ming-Cheng Cheng since his freshman year. He has studied the application of quantum well structures to third-generation photovoltaics, and has also aided in the development of new applications for a thermal circuit model to describe heat flow within multi-gate field effect transistor structures. Smith’s Goldwater application is based on extending the applications of this thermal model to perform electro-thermal simulation of multiple FinFET devices and integrated circuits. He plans to obtain a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and conduct industrial research in nano-scale device design.

Mason Sutorius, a graduate of Allendale Columbia High School in Rochester, N.Y., is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, with minors in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and mathematics. He is a member of the Honors Program and is a teaching assistant for various classes in both mathematics and mechanical engineering. After his freshmen year, Sutorius began an ongoing internship at NiCoForm Inc. and last summer he completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in electrical engineering at Penn State. He is currently working with Professor Kevin Fite on the design of a wireless instrumentation architecture for real-time gait assessment of lower limb amputees for clinical field use. He plans to obtain a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and conduct research in bionics and biomedical wearable devices for rehabilitative purposes. He would like to become a professor or conduct research in industry, and eventually to start his own biotech company.

Clarkson’s Honors Program is an intensive four-year curriculum for exceptionally talented students. The University admits only 40 new students to the Honors Program each year.

As one of the eight federally funded TRIO programs of the U.S. Department of Education, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares first generation & low-income and/or underrepresented students for doctoral studies.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Another Clarkson University honors student has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and two other Clarkson students have received honorable mentions. Left to right: Mason B. Sutorius (honorable mention), Ruisheng "Rick" Wang (Goldwater Scholar) and Jeffrey Adam Smith (honorable mention).

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/goldwater2014.jpg .]

[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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