Mercer Engineering No. 1 in Goldwater Scholars

Goldwater Scholar Michelle Graham works in the lab.

Mercer University leads all U.S. higher education institutions in the number of engineering students who received this year’s Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship with three winners of the nation’s most prestigious scholarship for undergraduates in science, mathematics and engineering.

Michelle Graham

Juniors Michelle Graham and McPherson Newell and sophomore Maison Clouatre are among 396 college sophomores and juniors from across the U.S. — including 18 from Georgia institutions — to be awarded the scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Graham, Newell and Clouatre bring the University’s total number of winners to 12 over the past eight years, making Mercer one of the state’s leading producers of Goldwater Scholars.

McPherson Newell

Here’s a bit about each recipient:

Graham, a senior majoring in environmental engineering, conducts research involving efficient building design and energy use to create affordable renewable energy options.

Newell, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, conducts research on forearm rollators, wheeled mobility devices, with the goal of promoting a design covered by Medicaid and Medicare.

Maison Clouatre

Clouatre, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, develops intelligent control systems and plans to continue this work as a researcher and professor at a research-intensive university.

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