Three more Clarkson University honors students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships and one has received an honorable mention.
Sarah Duclos ’19, a mechanical engineering major from Clifton Park, N.Y, Andres Garcia Jimenez '19, a physics and aeronautical engineering double major from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and David Russell ’20, a computer science and electrical engineering double major from Nashua, N.H., have all been named Goldwater Scholars.
Kiara Cruickshank ’19, a biomolecular science major from Big Indian, N.Y., received an honorable mention.
Including this year’s scholars, 38 Clarkson University students have received this highly coveted award since the scholarships were first awarded in 1989. This is the 19th consecutive year that at least one Clarkson student has received Goldwater Scholarship.
The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the United States given to undergraduates studying in natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. It is given to sophomores and juniors who demonstrate outstanding potential. There were only 211 scholarships awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year, while there were 281 honorable mentions given.
Clarkson is one of only 23 institutions nationwide to win a Goldwater every year since 2005.
Sarah Duclos, a graduate of Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, is a junior Honors Program student majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering. She has conducted research in Asst. Prof. of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Arthur Michalek's Connective Tissue Lab since the summer of 2016. Her previous work focused on measuring residual strain in intervertebral discs and is published in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. It was also selected as a finalist in the poster-teaser category at the 2017 Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting. The goal of Duclos' current research project is to produce a mechanical model of the intervertebral disc using residual strain and compressive stiffness data gained from previous research projects. Her post-graduate plans include attending graduate school for biomedical engineering.
Andres Garcia Jimenez, a graduate of Egg Harbor Township High School, is a sophomore Honors Program student double majoring in physics and aeronautical engineering. Since freshman year, he has been conducting research under Asst. Prof. of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Ioannis Mastorakos on an NSF funded project to strengthen metallic nanofoams through ligaments scale molecular dynamics. During the summer, along with his research team, he will be working on this project and publishing a paper in molecular dynamics and finite element analysis of nanometallic foams. This project is a collaboration between Clarkson University and Purdue University aiming to improve the strength of nanofoams using nanometallic coatings in order to broaden their applications. He is also involved in a research project with Assoc. Prof. of Physics Michael Ramsdell on enhancing vision and motion in virtual reality linking a rollercoaster motion platform with virtual reality. He was born in Colombia and moved to the United States five years ago where he learned to speak English. He studied abroad in France during high school and is currently planning to study abroad in Germany during the spring semester of 2019. He speaks three languages: English, French, and Spanish. He is planning to continue his education in Germany or the United States earning a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and later on he will continue to do research on aerospace materials and structures, specifically, nanosatellites, satellites, and orbiters.
David Russell, a graduate of Kearsarge Regional High School, is a sophomore Honors Program student at Clarkson University, majoring in computer science with a minor in mathematics. He began conducting research with Assistant Professors of Computer Science Sean and Natasha Banerjee the summer before his freshman year, and continued exploring 3D motion capture with them for the following two semesters. The following summer, he participated in an REU at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, where he assisted with Professor Stelian Coros’s research on sensing the shape of soft robots. In his sophomore fall, he worked with the Banerjees on combining the information from thermal and depth cameras to generate predictive models of everyday phenomena. Currently, he is an R&D intern in the computer vision group at Kitware, a company which specializes in open-source software for scientific computing. He will be exploring more about computer vision this summer when he returns to the Robotics Institute to join the lab of Professor Martial Hebert. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and conduct research on perception for autonomous systems.
Kiara Cruickshank, is from Big Indian, New York. After her junior year at Onteora High School, she entered Clarkson University through the Clarkson School. She graduated high school in January of 2016, graduated from the Clarkson School in May of 2016 and is now a junior Honors Program student at Clarkson. Cruikshank is majoring in biomolecular science with minors in mathematics and biomedical engineering. In summer 2017, she began working in Center for Advanced Materials Processing Senior University Professor Richard Partch’s lab developing a chemical treatment for opioid overdose. This method utilizes mesoporous silica nanoparticles as carriers for pi acceptor molecules that should be able to complex with pi donor opioid drug molecules. Whereas the complex will not be able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, it will be degraded and excreted by the body. In this way, opioids can be removed from an individual’s bloodstream, while Naloxone, the current overdose remedy, prevents opioids from exerting their effects on the brain. This research has exposed her to the world of surface functionalization and drug delivery/therapy and forged her career aspirations. This summer, she will be doing silica nanoparticle research focused on molecular imaging and drug delivery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She will return to Clarkson to continue her current research and finish her honors thesis. Post-graduation, she intends to earn her M.D./Ph.D. in biochemistry then pursue research in drug delivery systems.
Clarkson’s Honors Program is an intensive four-year curriculum for exceptionally talented students. The University admits only 50 new students to the Honors Program each year.
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.