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Clarkson Student and Faculty Member Honored by Pi Tau Sigma

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The Pi Tau Sigma honor society honored a Clarkson University student and faculty member this spring. Junior Andrew W. Mac Dougall received the Pi Tau Sigma Most Promising Sophomore Award. He was honored by Pi Tau Sigma for his academic success and for showing future promise in the field of mechanical engineering. Associate professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Brian Helenbrook received the Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Honor Award. pi-tau-sigma-2007

Mac Dougall, a mechanical engineering major, is the son of Brian and Linda Mac Dougall of Colton, N.Y. He first gained interest in mechanical engineering because of his love for the Indy Racing League and the Indianapolis 500. His interests and hobbies include working on and reading about cars. He is a member of the Clarkson Baja SAE Team and competed in both the East and Midwest competitions this year. Mac Dougall's says he hopes to someday design and build cars and perhaps race in the Indianapolis 500.

Prof. Helenbrook teaches Fluid Mechanics and Intermediate Fluid Mechanics, as well as the graduate classes Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Methods. He has twice been honored by the School of Engineering for teaching excellence. He mentors undergraduate student research and has had one research group win the 2006 AIAA Region 1-NE Student Conference team competition. His research interests are in the development and application of new numerical simulation techniques for simulating fluid-flows. He received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1997.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive while defying traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: The Pi Tau Sigma honor society honored a Clarkson University student and faculty member this spring. Left to right: Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Department Chair Daryush K. Aidun; Associate Professor Brian Helenbrook, Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Honor Award recipient; Andrew W. Mac Dougall, Pi Tau Sigma Most Promising Sophomore Award recipient; student Robb Gavalis, Pi Tau Sigma 2006 - 2007 chapter president; and Professor Ken Willmert.

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