December 2016: Top Stories from the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
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December: Top Stories from the College
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Two scholars bring industry experience to new roles as endowed chairs

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Conference asks, ‘Who’s not at the table?’

Clemson University recently hosted a diversity and inclusion conference called, “Who’s Not at the Table? Building Research Capacity for Underserved Communities in Engineering.” Funding came from the National Science Foundation. The principal investigator is Julie Martin, associate professor of Engineering and Science Education. MORE>>

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Michelin Teams Up With Clemson, USC to Create Sustainability Course

Michelin North America and students from the two largest universities in South Carolina are teaming up in an effort to improve sustainability within the tire industry. The initiative, "One SC to Sustain," officially launches in January 2017, when Clemson University and the University of South Carolina will kick off a new academic course that will create a fresh path from the classroom to the tire industry. MORE>>

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Mechanical engineering seniors create equipment for elementary schools

Elementary and middle school students visited Clemson University recently as part of The Clemson Engineering Design Expo, the final event of Mechanical Engineering 4010. The class, taught by Joshua Summers, the IDEaS professor in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, gives mechanical engineering majors a chance to design and build equipment while doing some good for the community and learning to interact with clients. MORE>>

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Applying industrial engineering concepts to sports management

Professor Kevin Taaffe and Dotan Shvorin, an industrial engineering doctoral student, are taking advantage of the agile classroom design in the Watt Family Innovation Center to study how IE tools can be used to improve decision-making and performance in sports applications. MORE>>

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Clemson University ranks in Top 20 in graduating African-American engineers

Clemson University recently celebrated its ranking as the nation’s 20th highest producer of African-American undergraduates receiving baccalaureate degrees, according to the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Clemson’s ranking this year was up four spots from 2015 and 13 spots from 2014. When historically black universities are excluded, Clemson ranked 12th this year among predominantly white institutions. MORE>>

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Staff members honored at college luncheon

Outstanding staff members in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences were honored recently at their annual holiday luncheon. The awards recognize classified employees for performance, achievements or accomplishments that are exemplary and that contribute to the success of the college. MORE>> | PHOTOS>>

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Five students named University Innovation Fellows

Five Clemson University students were named University Innovation Fellows through a Stanford University program that encourages innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity. This year’s crop of fellows include: Collin Braeuning, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering; Patrick Gorospe, a junior majoring in industrial engineering; Madison Maddox, a sophomore majoring in computer science; Elena Miyasato, a sophomore majoring in biosystems engineering; and Carlie Van a junior majoring in bioengineering. MORE>>

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Charleston’s next major disaster targeted in new research

Kalyan Piratla, an assistant professor in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, is leading a project that could help predict when critical services will fail and provide utilities with strategies on how to best respond to unprecedented disaster. The two-year project is funded by the National Science Foundation. MORE>>

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Research raises hopes for abdominal aoretic aneurysm sufferers

Naren Vyavahare, the Hunter Endowed Chair in the Department of Bioengineering, is leading a team of researchers who has found a new way of delivering potentially life-saving drugs directly to abdominal aortic aneurysms. They’re using nanoparticles that are 250-fold smaller than the width of a human hair. MORE>>

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Hirt appointed associate dean

Doug Hirt was named associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences after serving in an interim capacity for nine months. Hirt stepped into his new role in February after Tanju Karanfil, who previously held the post, became the university’s vice president for research. More>>

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9/11: Response Time

At 9:37 a.m., on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon only 60 feet from where Colonel Eddy Morehead sat. The actions of this industrial engineering alumnus over the next few hours were recognized with the Soldier’s Medal for “heroism above and beyond the call of duty.” MORE>>

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Class Notes

David Newton
2008 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2010 Master of Science in Civil Engineering

William Heedy, JD
2006 Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering

Tyler Tucker, PE
2004 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering


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From the Dean

Picture yourself back in college. Chances are the major you picked, the relationships you made and the job opportunities you found shaped the course of your life. When you made those crucial decisions, who was there to help? When you said “I can’t,” who replied “yes, you can”?

The holidays are an ideal time to reflect on our success and remember who helped make it possible. We want to acknowledge and thank those who have supported the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Your gifts allow us to recruit, retain and reward top talent, while providing exemplary experiences and world-class facilities.

Your support helps the college provide a solid foundation for the next generation of engineers and scientists to build successful careers and impactful lives.

The stories in this newsletter should give you an idea of what we have accomplished so far. More is to come.

On behalf of the college, happy holidays! I wish you health, wealth and happiness in the New Year. 


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

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