April 16, 2009

Ryan Michael Meyer was granted the 2008-09 Donald W. Clayton Engineering Excellence Award, and Paige Kathleen Brown was granted the 2008-09 Clayton Graduate Assistantship Award at the LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction ceremony on April 16, 2009, which took place at the LSU Faculty Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Meyer is a senior in mechanical engineering and holds a 3.85 cumulative grade point average (gpa), placing him on the Dean’s List. He has gained knowledgeable work experience over the past few years as an intern in the piping department for BOH Brothers in New Orleans, as an Upstream Engineering Intern for ConocoPhillips, as a technical staff engineer Intern for DuPont Chemical, and currently a research assistant of NASA/EPSCor Smart Joint Research for LSU. Meyer is the founder of the first LSU Red Bull Flugtag Team for the Human Powered Flying Machine Competition in 2009.

He is a member of many societies, including the Foureaux Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Society of Automotive Engineers, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Accelerated Master’s Program, which has allowed him to achieve his MS degree during this final year of earning his BS degree.

The Donald W. Clayton Engineering Excellence Award is granted each year to an outstanding undergraduate student(s) who exhibits extraordinary character, scholastic achievement, and evident leadership in the College of Engineering. Nominations are made by faculty, staff, and students. The award entails a stipend of $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.

Brown is a graduate student in biological & agricultural engineering (BAE), with focus in molecular methods and BioMEMS advances. Brown holds a cumulative gpa of 3.91. She graduated from LSU with a BS in BAE in 2008. She has received numerous accolades, including 2005-2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2005-2006 Outstanding Sophomore of Phi Kappa Phi, 2007 LSU Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, and 2008 Wally Pontiff Academic Excellence Award. She has also been awarded the Richard L. Bengston Endowed Scholarship in 2006, the Carl H. Thomas Memorial Scholarship in 2007, the H. Boyd McWhorter Postgrad Scholarship in 2008, the NCAA Walter Byers Postgrad Scholarships in 2008, the Donald W. Clayton Undergraduate Scholarship in 2008, and the Economic Development Assistantship (EDA- 4 years).

In the summer of 2007 she received the Summer HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Research Program Scholarship, which supported her research on a BioMEMS design for detection of apoptosis. She has also completed numerous other independent study and group process design projects.

Brown has lettered for four years on the LSU Swimming and Diving team, garnering numerous awards such as the Most Improved Diver Award in 2006-2007 and qualifying for the U.S. Diving National Championships three years running. In 2008, she was the SEC Gold Medalist for the 10 meter dive. Besides being an accomplished student-athlete, she is also fluent in the French language, and studied abroad in France for a year.

The Clayton Graduate Assistantship Award is granted each year to an outstanding graduate student(s) who exhibits extraordinary character, scholastic achievement, and evident leadership in the College of Engineering. The award entails a stipend of $10,000 to the recipient and a $2,000 stipend to the graduate student’s principal adviser/faculty member.

These awards were founded in 2004 through a generous donation by Donald W. Clayton (BS PETE, 1959), who was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 1993, and Gloria Pichon Clayton.

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