September 2016: Top Stories from the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
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October: Top Stories from the College
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Sez Atamturktur is having a $6.4-million semester

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Clemson scientists unraveling astonishing complexities of the butterfly proboscis

Since 2007, engineer Kostya Kornev, and entomologist Peter Adler, have blended their diverse skill sets to study the proboscises of butterflies, moths and other varieties of fluid-feeding insects. Their work with these flexible mouthparts could eventually lead to manufactured devices that could revolutionize medical procedures and other yet-to-be-conceived applications. MORE>>

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Researcher uses award to create WebMD of academic advising

Assistant Professor Marisa Orr is using her NSF CAREER award to develop an online dashboard that could become the WebMD of academic advising, helping students make the crucial decisions that can mean the difference between dropping out and graduating. MORE>>

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Mechanical engineering student part of Edisto Beach's recovery efforts

South Carolina National Guardsman, Dillon Overton, waded through neck-deep floodwaters to check on residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. MORE>>

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Zoran Filipi gives keynote address at high-profile conference in Greenville

A premier conference that brings together some of the world’s top mechanical engineers each fall has been everywhere from Houston, Texas to Lucerne, Switzerland, but its visit to the Upstate this year gave Clemson University and Greenville a chance to shine. Zoran Filipi, the chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering, gave the plenary keynote address at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Internal Combustion Engine Fall Technical Conference. MORE>>

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Creative Inquiry team applying origami to material science manufacturing

Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, worked with the group, which utilized the ancient art of paper-folding in the manufacturing of metal carbide devices. MORE>>

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PEER and WISE unveil new study hall

Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention and Women in Science and Engineering invited friends, alumni and current students to a homecoming reception that marked the opening of the new Fluor Study Hall in Freeman Hall. The gathering was also designed to connect students with alumni for career mentoring and to announce the establishment of an endowment named for PEER founder Sue Lasser.  VIEW PHOTOS>>

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Students explore the potential of human-powered vehicles

For members of the human-powered vehicle Creative Inquiry team, September means scouring the recently published American Society of Mechanical Engineers competition guidelines and the beginning of a two-semester, high-intensity vehicle build project. MORE>>

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Georges Fadel recognized with ASME award

ExxonMobil Employees Chair in Engineering Georges Fadel has received the Design Automation Award from the Design Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. More>>

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Award-winning student returns to Clemson for Ph.D.

Matthew Tuggle has been recognized with the Alfred R. Cooper Scholars Award from the Glass & Optical Materials Division of The American Ceramic Society. He graduated from Clemson in May with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering and has returned to pursue his Ph.D. More>>

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New lab equipment heats up clean-energy research at Clemson University

Clemson’s new “high-temperature melt solution calorimeter” is helping South Carolina play a leading role in research that ensures nuclear waste is stored safely for generations to come. It’s the only device of its type on the East Coast and one of five in the country. MORE>>

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Engineering professor explains fluid mechanics using a bee on a leash

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Ethan Kung is receiving recognition for a creative lesson he taught to a fluid mechanics class. Kung brought a carpenter bee on a leash to his classroom to illustrate the momentum balance equation. MORE>>

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CECAS marks Homecoming with breakfast tailgate

Some 300 friends and alumni from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences celebrated homecoming with an early morning tailgate prior to the noon kickoff of the Clemson vs. N.C. State game. There was something for everyone, including special activities for the kids. Thanks to all who made the gathering so special. VIEW PHOTOS>>

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Class Notes

Dr. April Gillens,
2016 M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering

Marshall Norris,
2001, 2011 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.B.A.  

Dr. Daniel Stanzione,
1991, 1993, 2000 B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Computer Engineering, Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

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From the Dean

It was great to see so many of our alumni and friends at the CECAS Homecoming tailgate on Oct. 15. We’ve posted a few photos from the morning here.

Part of our DNA as a land-grant institution dictates that we have a positive impact on society by improving the quality of life. Here in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences we generally accomplish that through translational research that moves innovations in the laboratory to practical applications for public use. There are several stories in this month’s edition that describe that process.

There is one feature, though, that illustrates a public commitment of a more personal nature. Mechanical engineering student Dillon Overton serves in the South Carolina National Guard, and he recently became the face of the hurricane recovery efforts on Edisto Beach, South Carolina. Dillon is typical of many CECAS students who are positively impacting lives across the region and the world. They’re great ambassadors for the college and university, and we are proud of their efforts. Thank you, Dillon, for making a difference.

Sincerely,

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

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