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05-11-2008

Clarkson University Senior Niall Mangan of McAllen, Texas, Receives Levinus Clarkson Award

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Graduating senior Niall M. Mangan of McAllen, Texas, was awarded the Levinus Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 115th commencement ceremony today. She was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty based on her scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.

Mangan, who received dual degrees in physics and mathematics, with a minor in chemistry, was a member of the University's Honors Program. For her honors thesis, she modeled diffusion using random walks. Using probability theory and a number of techniques for solving differential equations she modeled the diffusion of dye particles in nanochannels.  Niall M. Mangan of McAllen receives the Levinus Clarkson Award

In the summer of 2006, Mangan was part of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network's Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Michigan. There she used nano-fabrication techniques to construct experimental devices in a clean room and then preformed measurements of the electrical properties of the device using high magnetic fields and low temperatures.

During the summer of 2007, Mangan worked at Los Alamos National Laboratories in the Center for Nonlinear Studies, a part of the Theoretical Division. She presented her computational work on transitions between reversible and irreversible behavior in driven superconducting vortices at a conference on Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Mangan's work is being published in peer review journals including the Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Chemical Physics, and Physical Review Letters.

Mangan received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship during her sophomore year for her work on diffusion. She is also a recipient of the Bridge-O'Beirne Endowed Scholarship, Clarkson Merit Scholarship, and Honors Scholarship. She is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the math honors society, and a presidential scholar for all of her semesters at Clarkson. She received the Department of Physics Most Promising Senior Award and the Commendable Leadership Award.

On campus, Mangan was the Honors Program service committee chair and steering committee co-chair; a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics; vice president of service and vice president of membership of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) national co-ed service fraternity; and a red belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: Graduating senior Niall M. Mangan of McAllen, Texas, was awarded the Levinus Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 115th commencement ceremony. President Tony Collins presents the award to Mangan.

[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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