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June: Top Stories from the College
Feature Story

Laser weapons could go from big screen to battlefield with engineers’ help

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REVIVAL: Breathing new life into an old industry

Since his graduation in 2003 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Brent Beason has led the evolution of his family business into the global conglomerate it is today. MORE>>

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Researchers land $3 million to build cyberattack defenses

Hongxin Hu, an assistant professor in the School of Computing, is part of a team from five universities working on a National Science Foundation project to make computer and network systems more secure.  MORE>>

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Faculty Awards

Students help island nation still recovering from devastating storm

Engage Dominica is a new global outreach program that allows Clemson University students to develop projects that will help the small Caribbean island deal with the remaining effects of Tropical Storm Erica. MORE>>

Year-End Meeting

Bioengineering students head to Tanzania

Three members of the Medical Technologies for Developing Countries Creative Inquiry team at Clemson University, in partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina, are headed to Tanzania this summer. They are designing, testing, and implementing novel medical ideas to help improve the lives of those in need within our global community. MORE>>

Year-End Meeting

Changing the world

Bioengineering graduate Joey Wilson is driven by a desire to have a positive impact on the world. As an undergraduate he took great advantage of the Calhoun Honors College offerings to enrich his undergraduate education and best prepare for his future.  MORE>>

Year-End Meeting

Civil engineering graduate Matthew Knowles makes it big in Chinese film industry

After graduating from Clemson with a degree in civil engineering, Matthew Knowles took off to Sichuan province, China, to teach English and volunteer. Originally only planning to stay for one year, Knowles — now a lead actor in China’s highest-ever-grossing action film — got talked into re-upping his commitment, a decision that would prove to be life changing.  MORE>>

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Stephen Moysey

Clemson’s Lisa Benson plans to take helm at Journal of Engineering Education

Lisa Benson, professor of engineering and science education, is beginning to make plans for her five-year term as editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, the nation’s premier publication for research in the field.  MORE>>

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Bioengineering Students

Alumnus named S.C. Civil Engineer of the Year

Michael Horton (B.S. ’93; M.Eng. ’94), chief engineering officer for Davis & Floyd, Inc., has been named the 2017 Engineer of the Year by the South Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This annual award is presented to the engineer that has made the most outstanding contribution to the profession in South Carolina.  MORE>>

John DesJardins

Laine Mears receives high honor from manufacturing society

The BMW SmartState Chair in Automotive Manufacturing has been elected to the SME College of Fellows, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession.  MORE>>


Marek Urban wins same award as seven Nobel laureates

The J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor is receiving an award that has also gone to seven Nobel Prize winners since 1973 and recognizes his cutting-edge work in polymers. He received the Chemical Pioneers Award from the American Institute of Chemists.  MORE>>

Robotic Arm

Industrial engineering Ph.D. student receives highly competitive scholarship

Hunter Rogers, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Industrial Engineering, is receiving a Department of Defense scholarship that pays full tuition, a book allowance, health insurance and a substantial stipend.  MORE>>

Sarah Donaher

Civil engineering doctoral candidate recognized by Women of Color magazine

In the spring issue of this digital publication, Shakira Hobbs was singled out as one of higher education’s top innovators on the cusp of significant impactful breakthroughs. She is investigating waste energy strategies using food waste and bioplastics.  MORE>>


Lighting the way for future engineers

Hubbell Lighting Scholar Jennifer Hibberts traveled a unique path to Clemson, one that spanned nearly 7,000 miles, three generations and the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.  MORE>>

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Class Notes

Ryan Borem, 2015, 2015
B.S. in Bioengineering, MS in Bioengineering
Matthew Knowles, 2008
B.S. in Civil Engineering
Bryan Dick, PE, PH, 1996, 2003, 2007
B.S. in Forest Management, B.S. in Civil Engineering, M.S. in Civil Engineering


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From the Dean

Our June newsletter illustrates the global impact our alumni, faculty and students are having on the world around them.

From advanced materials to cybersecurity our research faculty are engaged in work directly related to the nation’s defense. Two researchers highlighted this month are continuing Clemson’s tradition of laser-weapon research. Since 2011, we’ve received a total of nearly $16 million from the Department of Defense High-Energy Laser Joint Technology Office.

We also have an alumnus whose company’s focus on advanced materials has led to its products being used in circuit boards, aircraft, roofing substrates, automobiles, boats and protective apparel.

And our students? They’re everywhere! You’ll find them in Dominica helping with storm recovery. In Tanzania they’re designing medical devices that are more sustainable, easily repairable, and very affordable. In China one of our alumni has a lead in that country’s highest-ever-grossing action film. Our students are making an impact on communities around the world.

What great ambassadors they are for Clemson!

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

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