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April: Top Stories from the College
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College honors top students

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Naren Vyavahare receives $1.47 million from NIH for nanoparticle research

The research that Vyavahare and his team are doing targets abdominal aortic aneurysms, one of the top 10 killers for men older than 55. They are working to create a therapy that would shrink the aneurysms, making them less likely to rupture. Vyavahare is the Hunter Endowed Chair in Bioengineering. MORE>>

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Sophie Joerg receives CAREER award for finger animation research

The work Joerg and her team are doing in the School of Computing could automate how hands and fingers come to life in animated movies, videogames and virtual reality simulations. The idea for her research came from her experience as an animator for a German TV series. MORE>>

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CAREER award goes to Simona Onori for engine research

Onori, an assistant professor of automotive engineering, is working to reduce fine-particle emissions in gasoline direct injection engines. She will collaborate with industry and is based at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. MORE>>

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Melissa Smith to collaborate on $2.95 million award from National Science Foundation

Smith, an associate professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is working with Alex Feltus to design a system called Scientific Data Analysis at Scale. Their goal is to help current researchers and future innovators discover data, move it smoothly across advanced networks and improve flexibility and accessibility to national and global resources. MORE>>

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Robert Prucka named Kulwicki Endowed Chair in Motorsports

Prucka, of the Department of Automotive Engineering, said it was “awesome” and “humbling” to hold an endowed chair named for his childhood hero, Alan Kulwicki, a NASCAR driver who died in a plane crash 24 years ago. One of Prucka’s first tasks in his new position is to oversee the celebrated Deep Orange program. MORE>>

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Premier journal on engineering education names Benson new editor

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has announced that Lisa Benson, who holds joint appointments in engineering and science education and bioengineering at Clemson University, will be the new editor of the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE). MORE>>

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Two receive 2017 Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Two College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences alumni have been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award, the Clemson Alumni Association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate. James H. Stovall ‘51 is a pioneer in air pollution control and environmental engineering. Perry Sprawls Jr. ’56, M. ’61, Ph.D. ’68 earned Clemson’s first doctorate in bioengineering, and established an international reputation in medical physics.

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Clemson University-based probe could revolutionize engineering and science education

Some of the top minds in engineering and science education gathered at Clemson University for the STEM Faculty Development Collaboratory. Faculty and graduate students hope that the workshop will lead to new ways of encouraging STEM faculty members to sharpen their teaching and mentoring skills. MORE>>

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Clemson, MUSC collaborate on new education initiative

The School of Computing at Clemson will be the academic home for a new joint Ph.D. program, Biomedical Data Science and Informatics. It is among seven programs offered through the collaboration and will be supported by several departments, including the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. MORE>>

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Auto industry leaders meet at CU-ICAR in Greenville

The future of transportation came sharply into focus when some of the auto industry’s top experts gathered at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. The Masters Program was sponsored by the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America and was organized by Zoran Filipi, chair of Clemson’s Department of Automotive Engineering. MORE>>

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Clemson Give Day Donations Top $2 million

Donors more than doubled their contributions on the second annual Give Day at Clemson University. They provided $2,062,864 to support scholarships, teaching and facilities, topping last year’s total of $907,603. MORE>>

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Awards ceremony live tweet session 

Join us live on Twitter on May 4 as we honor outstanding young alumni and the newest members of the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists. We’ll be live-tweeting the banquet from @ClemsonCECAS with hashtag #TopAlumni2017. Awards start about 7:30 p.m. Re-tweet to share the good news!

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Class Notes

Doug Rizeakos, 2016
MFA in Digital Production Arts
Kayley Seawright, 2014
BS in Mechanical Engineering
Brad Stolz, 2006
BS in Civil Engineering


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From the Dean

We are featuring some of the College’s top faculty members and students in this edition of Ideas Monthly. Their hard work and creativity is truly inspiring and positions the College to have a global impact.
Robert Prucka was recently named the Kulwicki Endowed Chair in Motorsports and is overseeing  Deep Orange, a one-of-a-kind program that prepares students for the auto industry. Naren Vyavahare, the Hunter Endowed Chair in Bioengineering, has received $1.47 million from the National Institutes of Health to advance nanoparticle research that could lead to new therapy and better diagnoses for abdominal aortic aneurysms.
We are also announcing two additional CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation, bringing the College’s total this year to six. The most recent awardees are Sophie Joerg from the School of Computing and Simona Onori from the Department of Automotive Engineering. This year’s total is two more than last year and the most in a single year since 2008.
The dozen top students recognized in the annual Honors and Awards ceremony at the Madren Conference Center are doing amazing work all over the globe. Their honors are well-deserved.
Finally, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who made contributions on Clemson Give Day. You are helping us shape tomorrow’s leaders.

Anand Gramopadhye, Dean
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

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