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National Engineering Honor Society Awards Scholarship To Clarkson University Junior

Dayne E. Fratanduono, a junior majoring in both Mechanical Engineering and Physics at Clarkson University, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship for the 2005-2006 academic school year by Tau Beta Pi’s Fellowship Board.

Tau Beta Pi is a national engineering honor society with collegiate chapters at 229 US colleges and universities.  The society was founded in 1885 “to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in the field of engineering, or by their accomplishments as alumni.”  The Tau Beta Pi Scholarships, established in 1998, are awarded to junior college and university students based on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.  All scholars are members of Tau Beta Pi.  Membership in the Society represents the highest honor attainable by an engineering student.

Letters of recommendation from the student’s professors are part of the application process for this award.  David P. Wick, associate professor of Physics and Ray B. Toland, associate professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, recommended Fratanduono for the prestigious scholarship.  “Dayne is incredibly focused and committed to achieving his goals both as a scholar and student leader, “remarked Wick.  “He is most deserving of this scholarship.”  Toland seconded that assessment of Fratanduono, adding “Dayne is carrying an exhaustive workload by majoring in both Physics and Mechanical Engineering but his intellectual curiosity and self-motivation drives him to excel in both fields of study.”

Fratanduono is from Newark Valley, New York.  He competed with 189 applicants for the Tau Beta Pi scholarship.  He is also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business and the arts and sciences. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 400 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level.  For more information, visit
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