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Matthew Allen Of Ogdensburg Honored With Frederica Clarkson Award At Clarkson University Commencement

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Matthew R. Allen, son of Glenn Allen of Ogdensburg and Penny Murphy of Ogdensburg, received the Frederica Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 107th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 14.

Allen, a mechanical and aeronautical engineering major, was selected for the $1,000 award by vote of the full University faculty, based on his scholarship and promise of outstanding professional achievement. The award was established in 1921 through the will of Clarkson’s co-founder Frederica Clarkson, sister of Thomas S. Clarkson, for whom the college is named.Matthew R. Allen

Allen graduated from Clarkson with a grade point average of 3.97 and was a Presidential Scholar for all four years.  He was a member of the Clarkson Honors Program, serving as program chair and Steering Committee Chair; was design team leader for the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Team, which received a grant from received a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA); team leader for an educational software program that also received a grant from the NCIIA; founder, team leader, program coordinator and adviser to Clarkson’s Odyssey of the Mind Program; a tutor in physics and rigid body dynamics; and a summer intern at Pratt and Whitney Large Military Engines and Lockheed Martin Control Systems.

Allen was the recipient of the Mechanical Engineering Sophomore of the Year Award, the Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Junior Award and the 1999 Commendable Leadership Award.  In addition, Allen was a Member of Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering National Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi, the National Technical Honor Society.  In 1999, Allen was inducted into Phalanx, the University’s highest honors society, and elected President.

This month, Allen completed his Honors Program undergraduate thesis, “Flow-Structure Energy Extraction,” which he has been working on for the past 18 months.

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