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07-27-2007

Clarkson Graduate Student Named Tau Beta Pi Fellow

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Clarkson University graduate student Jennifer Ehrhardt of Vestal, N.Y., has been awarded a Tau Beta Pi fellowship. Ehrhardt graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University in May.ehrhardtj

The fellowship, awarded by the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, recognizes students of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. Since 1928, when the program was established, more than $4.5 million has been given to over 870 recipients. Ehrhardt was one of only 37 fellows selected this year.

Tau Beta Pi fellows may conduct graduate work in any field, which will enable them to contribute to the engineering profession. Ehrhardt's research with Hopke is studying ambient air quality in an urban area within Syracuse, N.Y. She is also interested in environmental research, such as how to use chemical engineering to protect or repair damage done to the environment.

After her master's studies, Ehrhardt plans on going into an industry related to chemical engineering and the environment. "There are many options in this area." says Ehrhardt, "and I just hope that whatever industry I decide upon, that I will make a difference and help the world around me."

Ehrhardt has also been a Tau Beta Pi scholar and interned at the Rohm and Haas Emerging Technologies Division performing research on polymer emulsions. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society for Women Engineers.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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