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Eclipse Over Clemson

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Team receives $6M for research that could lower drug prices

Sarah W. Harcum, professor of bioengineering, is leading a team that has received $6 million for research that could help lower the cost of several drugs that fight some of the world’s most debilitating ailments. The funding is coming from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR. MORE>>

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Civil engineering reboot backed by $2M from the National Science Foundation

The 500 students who study civil engineering at Clemson University and the 28 faculty members who teach it can expect changes as part of a groundbreaking restructuring. This is the first major reorganization of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering in half a century and it is aimed at creating a model for academic departments around the nation. MORE>>

Automotive engineering certificate program could help advance careers

Fast growth in the state’s automotive industry is one of the driving forces behind a new Clemson University program that gives workers an opportunity to stay on the job while learning the skills they need to advance their careers and earn higher pay. MORE>>

SRNL funds scholarships for Clemson University STEM students

Savannah River National Laboratory, through its management and operating company Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, is funding scholarships for up to 18 Clemson University students through its University Scholars Program. Qualified students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math are eligible to receive $4,000 scholarships, along with career mentoring opportunities and leadership development training. MORE>>

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Lu Yu wins Clemson University Postdoctoral Award

Lu Yu, of the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is receiving the Clemson University Postdoctoral Award, which recognizes outstanding performance in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach and teaching. This computer- and network-security expert is a role model for women in STEM disciplines. MORE>>

Student Awarded Top Prize in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards

Dawn Montgomery, a doctoral student in environmental engineering and Earth science, was awarded a first-place prize in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. She was recognized for her publication in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity entitled, “The Influence of Citrate and Oxalate on 99TcVII, Cs, NpV and UVI Sorption to a Savannah River Site Soil.” MORE>>

Civil engineering alumnus wins top award

Clemson University alumnus C. Joel Sprague has received ASTM International’s top annual award. The Award of Merit, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to the development of standards. MORE>>

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Class Notes

Nadeepa Wickramage, 2016
PhD in Industrial Engineering

Tyler Tucker, PE, 2004
BS in Electrical Engineering

Michael Horton, 1993, 1994
BS in Civil Engineering, MENGR in Civil Engineering


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From the Dean

The beginning of an academic year is always exciting, but this year is very special. We are welcoming our new and returning students with the Great American Eclipse! Clemson is in the path of totality, and our main campus will be one of the nation’s premier spots to watch darkness envelop the land. For many of us, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a truly memorable way to start the academic year.  
The University is responding with “Eclipse Over Clemson,” a family-friendly event that gives the public free access to viewing glasses and experts who can help enhance understanding of the phenomenon.

The College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences invites you to come share this historic occasion with us. The eclipse begins in Clemson at 1:07 p.m. and ends at 4:02 p.m. Please be advised that we are planning for big crowds, especially if the weather cooperates.
Our lead story this month includes a link to the latest eclipse news and a complete guide to Clemson’s event. You can find an agenda, maps and details on where to park here.

This will be a good opportunity to reconnect with your alma mater. We anticipate a spectacle befitting this special place.

Hope to see you soon. Go Tigers!
Anand Gramopadhye, Dean

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