AAUW American Fellowship awarded to doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Clarkson
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:49 am

POTSDAM -- The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2017–18 AAUW American Fellowship to Melissa C. Richards, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Clarkson University.

Upon graduation in 2018, “that will make me the first African-American female to graduate from Clarkson University with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering,” she said.

Richards, who received her associate's degree in engineering science at Nassau Community College, and both her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from Clarkson, spent a year teaching English in China before beginning her doctoral studies.

Her research focuses on the constitutive modeling of rock, which involves understanding the composition of rocks and how they react to pressure.