Top Stories from the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
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February: Top Stories from the College
Feature Story

In a first, Clemson engineers capture two Teetor awards in a single year

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‘Electronic traps’ in the spotlight with Luiz Jacobsohn’s CAREER research

Jacobsohn, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, will experiment with the composition and structure of metal oxides in hopes of better understanding electronic traps. The aim is to improve scintillators and dosimeters. MORE>>

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Amin Khademi targets clinical trials with CAREER award

Khademi, an assistant professor of industrial engineering, plans to use “stochastic dynamic programing” to help researchers identify which treatments in clinical trials are most effective and make adjustments accordingly. It could help save lives and billions of dollars, while bringing treatments to market more quickly. MORE>>

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CAREER award enables Ashok Mishra’s water management research

Mishra, an assistant professor of civil engineering, is helping enhance understanding of drought. A computer model he and his team are building will incorporate more factors than drought forecasters currently use and could help predict drought effects as long as six months before they are felt. MORE>>

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Research team lays groundwork for new biosensor

Nicole Martinez and Mark Blenner, both of Clemson University, are doing research that could lead to a biosensor that helps investigators search for nuclear activity, including weapons development. Martinez is an assistant professor of environmental engineering and earth sciences, and Blenner is the Dean’s Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. MORE>>

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Marek Urban chosen for honor that goes to few peers

Urban, the J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor, was chosen to be Fellow in the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering. The honor recognizes him “for many advances in polymer science and technology, highlighted by innovations in stimuli-responsive, self-healing, and anti-microbial materials.” MORE>>

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Suzanne Roat spreads Clemson University’s impact across the globe

She’s been to the deep blue sea, but the place where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness has been calling back this chemical engineering graduate. Roat joined the Dean’s Leadership Circle in 2014 and strategically used matching gifts to double the impact of her contributions. She co-hosted a dean’s reception that same year in Houston and has made arrangements in her estate to create an endowed scholarship for engineering students in the Calhoun Honors College. MORE>>

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Clemson alumnus wins VES award for ‘Moana’

Marc Henry Bryant (far left) was on a team that won a Visual Effects Society award for “Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature.” Bryant received a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Production Arts in 2003 and a bachelor of science in computer science in 1999. His impact continues to be felt at Clemson. MORE>>

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Hubbell Lighting honors first five scholars

Hubbell Lighting Inc. and the Hubbell Foundation have pledged $250,000 to Clemson University to establish the Hubbell Foundation Engineering Scholarship Endowment. Each scholarship student receives $2,000, and recipients may be offered internships at the Greenville-based company. MORE>>

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New leadership named for Clemson University’s innovation campus in North Charleston

Randy Collins is the new interim associate vice president for the Lowcountry. He will be responsible for oversight of the Clemson University Restoration Institute innovation campus and serve as the provost’s representative for Clemson University in the Lowcountry. Johan Enslin, the new executive director of the energy systems program, is responsible for building the campus’s educational and research programs in power and energy. MORE>>

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Twin tigers plan research careers

Mindy and Megan Earnest are fraternal twins who could pass as identical twins, but they share more than looks. Both are engineering students in the Calhoun Honors College and Tiger Band. Mindy is studying electrical engineering, while Meagan chose industrial engineering. MORE>>

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Class Notes

Andrea Batres, 2016
MS in Electrical Engineering

Stephen Culleton, 2014
BS in Environmental Engineering

Ben Moore, 2010
BS in Mechanical Engineering

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From the Dean

We are highlighting the accomplishments of several young faculty members in this month’s issue of IDEAS Monthly. Their cutting-edge research is creating the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

Luiz Jacobsohn, Amin Khademi and Ashok Mishra have won CAREER awards through the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program. The awards go to some of the nation’s top early-career faculty members and affirm their achievements as teacher-scholars.

Also this month, we are announcing that Robert Prucka and Srikanth Pilla were selected for SAE International’s 2017 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. It’s the first time in the award’s 54-year history that Clemson has had two winners in a single year.

We are also featuring stories about our private-sector collaborators, who are integral to the college’s success. Early this month, we announced the first five Hubbell Lighting Scholars, which was made possible by the company’s generous contribution. Suzanne Roat, who has had a successful career as a chemical engineer, joined the Dean’s Leadership Circle in 2014 and is strategically using matching gifts to double the impact of her contributions.

I’d like to thank all of you for your support and efforts. Together, we are ensuring that we will leave a meaningful and lasting legacy.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

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

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