April 26, 2011

Mark Dunn and Christopher Foreman received the 2010-2011 Donald W. Clayton Engineering Excellence Award, and William “Barrett” Ainsworth received the 2010-2011 Clayton Graduate Assistantship Supplement at the LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction ceremony on April 7 at the LSU Faculty Club.

Dunn is a native of Baton Rouge, La. and graduated from Catholic High in 2007. He is a civil engineering student and plans to graduate in December. Dunn is a member of the LSU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and captained the LSU ASCE Steel Bridge Team in 2009-2010. The team placed 14th out of 46 teams at the national competition. He would like to pursue a career in structural engineering and earn his master’s degree in civil engineering from LSU while working in the consulting field.

Foreman is a mechanical engineering student and a student in the Mechanical Engineering Accelerated Master’s Program. He was born in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., but grew up in Rayne, La. After graduation, Foreman will be enrolled full time as a graduate student in the LSU Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Foreman’s current research focuses on active control of filmcooling on gas turbine blades and how it is affected by unsteady flow fields. He hopes his research will contribute to the creation of more energy- efficient turbines in the future. After graduation, Foreman would like to work as an aerospace design engineer.

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.

Ainsworth is a native of Lafayette, La. and graduated from LSU in 2004 with a Bachelor’s in biochemistry. After transferring to the Department of Chemical Engineering, Ainsworth began working as a graduate student under Michael Benton and researching the use of the yeast cell cycle to model and treat cancer.

He is an active member of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Graduate Student Association and has established and captained the 2011 championship-bound ChE intramural soccer team. He aspires to enter a post-doctoral program upon graduating with his doctorate degree and plans to pursue a career in academia where he can continue to influence the community through teaching and research.

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

The 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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For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092.



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