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Clarkson University Students Succeed at National Society of Black Engineers Conference

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Clarkson University students were successful in several competitions at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) fall regional conference in Rochester, N.Y., this month.NSBE 2009

Junior chemical engineering student Theodore D. Glave of Bronx, N.Y., took second place in the Technical Research Experience competition. Junior electrical engineering student Paul A. Russell of Mandeville, Jamaica, took third place.

Glave performed research on nanoporous polypyrrole membrome through nanowire substances, under the guidance of University of Buffalo faculty Javid Razyev with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Russell studied the glucose detection with covalently immobilized enzymes on zinc oxide nanorod arrays, under the guidance of Ken-ichi Ogata at Osaka Institute of technology in Osaka, Japan. He received funding from the NSF and Partnerships for International Research Experience (PIRE).

The competition’s objective is to encourage underrepresented undergraduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to participate in research projects that might lead to graduate degrees in technical fields. Several Clarkson NSBE students competed in this event.

A number of students also participated in the Academic Technical Bowl, where Clarkson NSBE took second place. The team consisted of sophomore Roshan Das, a mechanical engineering major from Avon, Conn.; Glave; Russell; sophomore Muhammad B. Yusuf, a physics major from Brooklyn, N.Y.; and junior Christianne A. Gosling from St. Albans, N.Y. The team was successful in beating the NSBE chapters at Columbia University and Cornell University, but lost to MIT in the finals.

The Clarkson NSBE Chapter was also named Chapter of the month in the Upstate Zone for September.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University students were successful in several competitions at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) fall regional conference in Rochester, N.Y., this month. Left to right: Roshan Das, Paul A. Russell, Christianne A. Gosling, Theodore D. Glave, and Muhammad B. Yusuf.

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